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  • Editor: Michael Duncan
  • Vol. 12, Iss. 12 — Jun. 14, 2004
  • pp: 2731–2738

Possibility of self-similar pulse evolution in a Ti:sapphire laser

F. Ö. Ilday, F. W. Wise, and F. X. Kaertner  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 12, Issue 12, pp. 2731-2738 (2004)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OPEX.12.002731


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Abstract

A theoretical investigation of the possibility of achieving self-similar pulse propagation in a solid-state laser is presented. Limited group-velocity dispersion hinders true self-similar pulse evolution, but an intermediate regime that exhibits some of the characteristic features (and offers some of the benefits) of self-similar propagation can be reached. This regime of operation offers the potential to increase the pulse energy by at least an order of magnitude compared to energies obtained in the usual operation of Kerr-lens mode-locked lasers with anomalous dispersion. Ti:sapphire lasers that generate pulse energies as high as one microjoule and peak powers of ~100 MW should be possible based on this mode of operation.

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OCIS Codes
(140.3580) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, solid-state
(140.7090) Lasers and laser optics : Ultrafast lasers
(320.5540) Ultrafast optics : Pulse shaping
(320.7090) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast lasers

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History
Original Manuscript: April 26, 2004
Revised Manuscript: June 3, 2004
Published: June 14, 2004

Citation
F. Ilday, F. Wise, and F. Kaertner, "Possibility of self-similar pulse evolution in a Ti:sapphire laser," Opt. Express 12, 2731-2738 (2004)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-12-12-2731


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