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Journal of the Optical Society of America B

Journal of the Optical Society of America B

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  • Vol. 12, Iss. 5 — May. 1, 1995
  • pp: 945–949

Completely self-starting picosecond and femtosecond Kerr-lens mode-locked Ti:sapphire laser

J.-M. Shieh, F. Ganikhanov, K.-H. Lin, W.-F. Hsieh, and Ci-Ling Pan  »View Author Affiliations


JOSA B, Vol. 12, Issue 5, pp. 945-949 (1995)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/JOSAB.12.000945


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Abstract

Completely self-starting and stable operation of a Kerr-lens mode-locked Ti:sapphire laser was realized in both picosecond and femtosecond regimes. The cavity has a symmetric X configuration with soft aperturing. Enhanced Kerr nonlinearity and reduced backscattering effects were thought to be key to obtaining stable self-starting self-mode-locked operation from 765 to 815 nm for the picosecond regime and from 770 to 835 nm for the femtosecond regime. The mode-locking starting time as measured by the onset of the second-harmonic signal ranged from 300 ms to 2 s, depending on cavity alignment. Preliminary data also suggest that intracavity intensity fluctuation necessary for the laser to evolve into stable mode locking could be as short as 10–40 ps.

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J.-M. Shieh, F. Ganikhanov, K.-H. Lin, W.-F. Hsieh, and Ci-Ling Pan, "Completely self-starting picosecond and femtosecond Kerr-lens mode-locked Ti:sapphire laser," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 12, 945-949 (1995)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/josab/abstract.cfm?URI=josab-12-5-945

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