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Journal of the Optical Society of America B


  • Editor: Henry van Driel
  • Vol. 29, Iss. 11 — Nov. 1, 2012
  • pp: 3027–3033

Realizing self-similar pulses in solid-state laser systems

Victor G. Bucklew and Clifford R. Pollock  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA B, Vol. 29, Issue 11, pp. 3027-3033 (2012)

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A novel path to achieving self-similar pulses in an all-normal-dispersion solid-state laser resonator is presented and numerically examined. The spatially asymptotic self-similar solution to the nonlinear Schrödinger equation with gain is approached over many cavity round trips and the resultant steady-state solution, stabilized with a saturable absorber possessing a nearly rectangular power response profile, displays minimal spectral, temporal, and amplitude breathing. This method simplifies cavity construction and allows for a more than thirtyfold increase in pulse energy when compared to dispersion-managed soliton mode-locking schemes. A path to directly generable microJoule femtosecond pulses is identified.

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OCIS Codes
(190.5530) Nonlinear optics : Pulse propagation and temporal solitons
(320.5540) Ultrafast optics : Pulse shaping
(320.7090) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast lasers

ToC Category:
Ultrafast Optics

Original Manuscript: May 22, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: September 5, 2012
Published: October 11, 2012

Victor G. Bucklew and Clifford R. Pollock, "Realizing self-similar pulses in solid-state laser systems," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 29, 3027-3033 (2012)

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