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  • Vol. 21, Iss. 19 — Oct. 1, 1996
  • pp: 1573–1575

Kerr-lens mode locking without dispersion compensation

S. Gatz, J. Herrmann, and M. Müller  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 21, Issue 19, pp. 1573-1575 (1996)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.21.001573


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Abstract

We propose and theoretically investigate a novel operating regime of femtosecond Kerr-lens mode-locked solid-state lasers that avoids group-velocity dispersion compensation by use of a nonresonant semiconductor plate in the focused resonator section that provides an overall negative nonlinear refractive index per round trip. The saturable loss of the laser resonator with an effective self-defocusing nonlinearity is derived from a generalized ABCD matrix formalism, and the correspondingly calculated steady-state pulse parameters show that a Kerr-lens mode-locked laser with an overall negative nonlinear refractive index generates stable femtosecond pulses without any dispersion compensation.

© 1996 Optical Society of America

History
Original Manuscript: April 29, 1996
Published: October 1, 1996

Citation
S. Gatz, J. Herrmann, and M. Müller, "Kerr-lens mode locking without dispersion compensation," Opt. Lett. 21, 1573-1575 (1996)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-21-19-1573

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