We study soliton generation, based on self-consistent field theory, in cw solid-state lasers with semiconductor saturable absorbers. Various soliton destabilizations, i.e., the switch from femtosecond to picosecond generation (picosecond collapse), an automodulation regime, breakdown of soliton generation, and hysteresis behavior, are predicted. It is shown that the third-order dispersion reduces the region in which the solitons exist and causes pulse oscillation and a strong frequency shift.
© 2000 Optical Society of America
(140.1540) Lasers and laser optics : Chaos
(140.3430) Lasers and laser optics : Laser theory
(140.3580) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, solid-state
(140.4050) Lasers and laser optics : Mode-locked lasers
V. L. Kalashnikov, D. O. Krimer, and I. G. Poloyko, "Soliton generation and picosecond collapse in solid-state lasers with semiconductor saturable absorbers," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 17, 519-523 (2000)