Abstract

An all-optical stabilization method of laser pulse energy is proposed using the optical Kerr effect (OKE). The method uses the OKE induced by a portion of the laser pulse as a power controller. The decrease (increase) in the throughput of the optical setup for OKE compensates for the increase (decrease) in pulse energy, thereby stabilizing the pulse-to-pulse fluctuation in pulse energy. The validity of this principle was proven by experiments with a femtosecond laser.

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