Abstract

We present a diode-pumped Nd:glass fiber laser, emitting at 1060 nm, that is passively mode locked by fast nonlinear loss in low-temperature-grown GaAs (LT-GaAs). This new mode-locking mechanism is based on intensity-dependent defocusing in LT-GaAs that occurs after nonresonant generation of free carriers by two-photon absorption. Mode locking is self-starting and produces pulses as short as 4.1 ps.

© 1999 Optical Society of America

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