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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 18, Iss. 19 — Sep. 13, 2010
  • pp: 20422–20427

Pulse compression in synchronously pumped mode locked Raman lasers

Eduardo Granados and David J. Spence  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 18, Issue 19, pp. 20422-20427 (2010)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.18.020422


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Abstract

We explain a pulse compression mechanism reported in picosecond Raman lasers pumped by continuous trains of mode-locked pulses. Our theoretical model is based on transient Raman scattering equations, and shows good agreement with the experimental results. The model reveals that the compression effect is produced by a combination of group velocity walk-off and strong pump pulse depletion. We predict the possibilities and the limitations of this technique for constructing highly efficient, low cost, ultrafast Raman lasers in the visible.

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OCIS Codes
(140.3550) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, Raman
(140.4050) Lasers and laser optics : Mode-locked lasers
(320.5520) Ultrafast optics : Pulse compression

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

History
Original Manuscript: June 16, 2010
Revised Manuscript: August 27, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: August 29, 2010
Published: September 10, 2010

Citation
Eduardo Granados and David J. Spence, "Pulse compression in synchronously pumped mode locked Raman lasers," Opt. Express 18, 20422-20427 (2010)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-18-19-20422


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