We present a novel high-power, self-starting mode-locked Ti:sapphire laser with a semiconductor saturable-absorber mirror as the starter element. This laser, whose slope efficiency is 22%, generates pulses with an average power as high as 1.7 W and a pulse width as short as 16 fs. The self-starting process is also investigated.
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Jinghua Sun, Ruobing Zhang, Qingyue Wang, Lu Chai, Dongqing Pang, Jianming Dai, Zhigang Zhang, Kenji Torizuka, Tadashi Nakagawa, and Takeyoshi Sugaya, "High-Average-Power Self-Starting Mode-Locked Ti:sapphire Laser With a Broadband Semiconductor Saturable-Absorber Mirror," Appl. Opt. 40, 3539-3541 (2001)