Abstract

Period doubling of an 84-MHz repetition-rate Kerr-lens mode-locked Ti:sapphire laser operated at 830  nm and producing 300 mW of average power has been observed and explained in terms of total mode locking of TEM00 and TEM01 modes in an effective confocal cavity. This configuration leads to a spatial sweeping action of a single-peaked pulse at 42  MHz. Period tripling and quadrupling is observed for certain cavity configurations.

© 1998 Optical Society of America

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