Abstract

We have developed a novel source for the generation of powerful phase-coherent light pulses. Our setup uses an acousto-optic modulator (AOM) inside an external high-finesse resonator. By applying a short rf pulse to the AOM, we dump the cavity and extract a large part of the stored and enhanced power within a short optical pulse and with a controllable optical phase. In preliminary experiments we reached 100  W of peak power in a 15-ns optical pulse. The mutual phase coherence of successive light pulses is demonstrated with a molecular iodine interferometer experiment in a cell.

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