We report on optically pumped semiconductor disk lasers passively mode locked with a semiconductor saturable absorber mirror. The effect of second- and third-order dispersion and dynamic gain saturation on the pulse formation is studied both experimentally and numerically. Improvement of the pulse quality and duration in the disk laser with resonant periodic gain structure requires accurate control of dispersion by wavelength detuning.
© 2007 Optical Society of America
Lasers and Laser Optics
Original Manuscript: June 14, 2007
Revised Manuscript: August 22, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: August 23, 2007
Published: October 12, 2007
Esa J. Saarinen, Robert Herda, and Oleg G. Okhotnikov, "Dynamics of pulse formation in mode-locked semiconductor disk lasers," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 24, 2784-2790 (2007)