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  • Vol. 17, Iss. 7 — Apr. 1, 1992
  • pp: 511–513

Self-focusing-induced saturable loss for laser mode locking

David Huang, Morrison Ulman, Lucio H. Acioli, Hermann A. Haus, and James G. Fujimoto  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 17, Issue 7, pp. 511-513 (1992)

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Self-focusing has recently been used for fast saturable absorber mode locking and femtosecond pulse generation in Ti:Al2O3 lasers. We describe the operation, design, and optimization of self-focusing loss modulators for mode locking. A new formalism is developed that simplifies the treatment of self-focusing in thick nonlinear media by using a simple transform of the complex Gaussian beam parameter. Theoretical predictions are confirmed by experimental measurements.

© 1992 Optical Society of America

Original Manuscript: November 21, 1991
Published: April 1, 1992

David Huang, Morrison Ulman, Lucio H. Acioli, Hermann A. Haus, and James G. Fujimoto, "Self-focusing-induced saturable loss for laser mode locking," Opt. Lett. 17, 511-513 (1992)

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