Abstract

We report the generation of 14-fs pulses at 1.3 μm with 80-mW average power at 100-MHz repetition rate by an all-solid-state Kerr-lens mode-locked Cr:forsterite laser. The laser spectrum covers wavelengths of 1230–1580  nm, with a FWHM of 250  nm. Since 1.3μm wavelengths are close to the zero dispersion wavelength of Cr:forsterite, higher-order dispersion is the main factor limiting pulse durations. We use specially designed and fabricated double-chirped mirrors in combination with high-index PBH71 prisms to compensate for the intracavity dispersion over almost 300  nm.

© 2001 Optical Society of America

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