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  • Vol. 16, Iss. 4 — Apr. 1, 1999
  • pp: 546–549

Self-starting mode locking and Kerr-lens mode locking of a Ti:Al2O3 laser by use of semiconductor-doped glass structures

I. P. Bilinsky, R. P. Prasankumar, and J. G. Fujimoto  »View Author Affiliations


JOSA B, Vol. 16, Issue 4, pp. 546-549 (1999)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/JOSAB.16.000546


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Abstract

We report a novel wedge-shaped saturable absorber structure based on commercial semiconductor-doped glasses. By use of several different semiconductor-doped glasses, fast saturable absorber passive mode locking of a Ti:Al<sub>2</sub>O<sub>3</sub> laser was demonstrated, which generated pulse durations as short as 2 ps in the 780–860-nm range. These saturable absorbers were also used to start Kerr-lens mode locking, and transform-limited 52-fs pulses were generated. Photodarkening effects in the semiconductor-doped glasses have been observed and characterized on a femtosecond time scale.

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OCIS Codes
(140.3580) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, solid-state
(140.3590) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, titanium
(140.4050) Lasers and laser optics : Mode-locked lasers

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I. P. Bilinsky, R. P. Prasankumar, and J. G. Fujimoto, "Self-starting mode locking and Kerr-lens mode locking of a Ti:Al2O3 laser by use of semiconductor-doped glass structures," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 16, 546-549 (1999)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/josab/abstract.cfm?URI=josab-16-4-546


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