Tunable dye-laser pulses of 300 fsec have been generated by synchronously pumping with pulses of a mode-locked Nd:YAG laser compressed to 5 psec. The tuning range lies between 1.25 and 1.35 μm. Conventional pumping with 100-psec pulses results in dye-laser pulses of 3-psec duration. The two pumping schemes are compared, and it is found that the mode-locking stability is greatly improved when the short pump pulses are employed.
© 1986 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: September 5, 1985
Manuscript Accepted: October 24, 1985
Published: January 1, 1986
P. Beaud, B. Zysset, A. P. Schwarzenbach, and H. P. Weber, "1.3-μ subpicosecond pulses from a dye laser pumped by compressed Nd:YAG-laser pulses," Opt. Lett. 11, 24-26 (1986)