Abstract

We demonstrate 12-fs-pulse generation from a diode-pumped Kerr-lens mode-locked Cr:LiSAF laser. This is to our knowledge the shortest pulse ever produced from a mode-locked Cr:LiSAF laser. Based on an improved estimation of the intracavity dispersions, we utilized BK7 glass for the Brewster-prism-pair material.

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1998 (1)

S. Uemura, Jpn. J. Appl. Phys. 37, 133 (1998).
[CrossRef]

1997 (4)

I. T. Sorokina, E. Sorokin, E. Wintner, A. Cassanho, H. P. Jenssen, and R. Szipöcs, Opt. Lett. 22, 1716 (1997).
[CrossRef]

S. Uemura and K. Miyazaki, Opt. Commun. 133, 201 (1997).
[CrossRef]

S. Uemura and K. Miyazaki, Opt. Commun. 138, 330 (1997).
[CrossRef]

R. Szipöcs and A. Kohazi-Kis, Appl. Phys. B 65, 115 (1997).

1995 (1)

1992 (3)

1989 (1)

S. A. Payne, L. L. Chase, L. K. Smith, W. L. Kway, and H. W. Newkirk, J. Appl. Phys. 66, 1051 (1989).
[CrossRef]

Barry, N. P.

Cassanho, A.

Chai, B. H. T.

Chase, L. L.

S. A. Payne, L. L. Chase, L. K. Smith, W. L. Kway, and H. W. Newkirk, J. Appl. Phys. 66, 1051 (1989).
[CrossRef]

DeLoach, L. D.

S. A. Payne, W. F. Krupke, L. K. Smith, W. L. Kway, L. D. DeLoach, and J. B. Tassano, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 28, 1188 (1992).
[CrossRef]

Dymott, M. J. P.

M. J. P. Dymott and A. I. Ferguson, in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, Vol. 15 of 1995 OSA Technical Digest Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1995), p. 251.

Evans, J. M.

Ferguson, A. I.

M. J. P. Dymott and A. I. Ferguson, in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, Vol. 15 of 1995 OSA Technical Digest Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1995), p. 251.

French, P. M. W.

Hyde, S. C. W.

Jenssen, H. P.

Jones, R.

Kohazi-Kis, A.

R. Szipöcs and A. Kohazi-Kis, Appl. Phys. B 65, 115 (1997).

Krupke, W. F.

S. A. Payne, W. F. Krupke, L. K. Smith, W. L. Kway, L. D. DeLoach, and J. B. Tassano, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 28, 1188 (1992).
[CrossRef]

Kway, W. L.

S. A. Payne, W. F. Krupke, L. K. Smith, W. L. Kway, L. D. DeLoach, and J. B. Tassano, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 28, 1188 (1992).
[CrossRef]

S. A. Payne, L. L. Chase, L. K. Smith, W. L. Kway, and H. W. Newkirk, J. Appl. Phys. 66, 1051 (1989).
[CrossRef]

Mellish, R.

Miller, A.

Miyazaki, K.

S. Uemura and K. Miyazaki, Opt. Commun. 138, 330 (1997).
[CrossRef]

S. Uemura and K. Miyazaki, Opt. Commun. 133, 201 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Newkirk, H. W.

S. A. Payne, L. L. Chase, L. K. Smith, W. L. Kway, and H. W. Newkirk, J. Appl. Phys. 66, 1051 (1989).
[CrossRef]

Payne, S. A.

S. A. Payne, W. F. Krupke, L. K. Smith, W. L. Kway, L. D. DeLoach, and J. B. Tassano, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 28, 1188 (1992).
[CrossRef]

S. A. Payne, L. L. Chase, L. K. Smith, W. L. Kway, and H. W. Newkirk, J. Appl. Phys. 66, 1051 (1989).
[CrossRef]

Rizvi, N. H.

Sibbett, W.

Smith, L. K.

S. A. Payne, W. F. Krupke, L. K. Smith, W. L. Kway, L. D. DeLoach, and J. B. Tassano, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 28, 1188 (1992).
[CrossRef]

S. A. Payne, L. L. Chase, L. K. Smith, W. L. Kway, and H. W. Newkirk, J. Appl. Phys. 66, 1051 (1989).
[CrossRef]

Sorokin, E.

Sorokina, I. T.

Spence, D. E.

Szipöcs, R.

Tassano, J. B.

S. A. Payne, W. F. Krupke, L. K. Smith, W. L. Kway, L. D. DeLoach, and J. B. Tassano, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 28, 1188 (1992).
[CrossRef]

Taylor, J. R.

Uemura, S.

S. Uemura, Jpn. J. Appl. Phys. 37, 133 (1998).
[CrossRef]

S. Uemura and K. Miyazaki, Opt. Commun. 133, 201 (1997).
[CrossRef]

S. Uemura and K. Miyazaki, Opt. Commun. 138, 330 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Valster, A.

van der Poel, C. J.

Wintner, E.

Appl. Phys. B (1)

R. Szipöcs and A. Kohazi-Kis, Appl. Phys. B 65, 115 (1997).

IEEE J. Quantum Electron. (1)

S. A. Payne, W. F. Krupke, L. K. Smith, W. L. Kway, L. D. DeLoach, and J. B. Tassano, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 28, 1188 (1992).
[CrossRef]

J. Appl. Phys. (1)

S. A. Payne, L. L. Chase, L. K. Smith, W. L. Kway, and H. W. Newkirk, J. Appl. Phys. 66, 1051 (1989).
[CrossRef]

Jpn. J. Appl. Phys. (1)

S. Uemura, Jpn. J. Appl. Phys. 37, 133 (1998).
[CrossRef]

Opt. Commun. (2)

S. Uemura and K. Miyazaki, Opt. Commun. 133, 201 (1997).
[CrossRef]

S. Uemura and K. Miyazaki, Opt. Commun. 138, 330 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Opt. Lett. (4)

Other (2)

We used dispersion data on TLM2 mirrors from the catalog Laser Optics and Coatings (CVI Laser Corporation, Albuquerque, N.M., 1997), p. 36.

M. J. P. Dymott and A. I. Ferguson, in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, Vol. 15 of 1995 OSA Technical Digest Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1995), p. 251.

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Figures (4)

Fig. 1
Fig. 1

Schematic of the diode-pumped Kerr-lens mode-locked Cr:LiSAF laser.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

(a) Round-trip group delays and (b) GDD’s for the BK7 prism pair, the Cr:LiSAF crystal, the laser mirrors, and the total components.

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

Typical spectrum profile of a femtosecond pulse. The spectral bandwidth (FWHM) is 76.7  nm.

Fig. 4
Fig. 4

Corresponding interferometric autocorrelation trace of the femtosecond pulse in Fig.  3. The dashed curves represent the calculated envelopes of an 11.5-fs sech2-shaped pulse. The dotted curve is a good fit derived from the inverse Fourier transform of the laser spectrum, assuming some residual third- and fourth-order phase distortion (TOD, 600 fs3; FOD, -4000 fs4 at 880  nm).

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