We employ our extended spatial–temporal matrices to analyze the Ti: sapphire self-mode-locked laser. Our results agree with previously reported experimental work and give us a deeper understanding of the way this laser functions. We found the pulse-shaping mechanism to be essentially solitonlike; the role of the aperture is to discriminate against cw operation. We also study the buildup of the pulse starting from a fluctuation.
© 1993 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: June 12, 1992
Revised Manuscript: November 2, 1992
Published: April 1, 1993
Juan L. A. Chilla and Oscar E. Martínez, "Spatial–temporal analysis of the self-mode-locked Ti: sapphire laser," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 10, 638-643 (1993)