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Optics Express

  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 21, Iss. 23 — Nov. 18, 2013
  • pp: 28801–28808

Exploring ultrafast negative Kerr effect for mode-locking vertical external-cavity surface-emitting lasers

Alexander R. Albrecht, Yi Wang, Mohammadreza Ghasemkhani, Denis V. Seletskiy, Jeffrey G. Cederberg, and Mansoor Sheik-Bahae  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 21, Issue 23, pp. 28801-28808 (2013)

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We present analytical considerations of “self-mode-locked” operation in a typical vertical external-cavity surface-emitting laser (VECSEL) cavity geometry by means of Kerr lens action in the semiconductor gain chip. We predict Kerr-lens mode-locked operation for both soft- and hard-apertures placed at the optimal intra-cavity positions. These predictions are experimentally verified in a Kerr-lens mode-locked VECSEL capable of producing pulse durations of below 500 fs at 1 GHz repetition rate.

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OCIS Codes
(140.4050) Lasers and laser optics : Mode-locked lasers
(140.5960) Lasers and laser optics : Semiconductor lasers
(190.3270) Nonlinear optics : Kerr effect
(320.7090) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast lasers

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

Original Manuscript: September 17, 2013
Revised Manuscript: October 18, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: October 18, 2013
Published: November 15, 2013

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Alexander R. Albrecht, Yi Wang, Mohammadreza Ghasemkhani, Denis V. Seletskiy, Jeffrey G. Cederberg, and Mansoor Sheik-Bahae, "Exploring ultrafast negative Kerr effect for mode-locking vertical external-cavity surface-emitting lasers," Opt. Express 21, 28801-28808 (2013)

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