Abstract

We demonstrate 60-fs pulses with an average output power of 84  mW from a diode-pumped Nd:glass laser mode locked by a low-finesse antiresonant Fabry–Perot saturable absorber (A-FPSA). The mode-locked spectrum spreads over most of the available Nd:glass fluorescence bandwidth. At increased pulse energy fluence or decreased negative group-velocity dispersion, multiple pulsing was observed. We experimentally characterize this behavior, which can be explained by the saturation behavior of the A-FPSA and the limited available gain bandwidth. These considerations are significant for the design of saturable absorbers to achieve stable passive mode locking.

© 1997 Optical Society of America

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