We report on the cavity-length detuning characteristics of a synchronously pumped femtosecond linear-resonator cw dye laser. The severe cavity-matching requirement (to within 0.2 μm) for optimum short-pulse generation is addressed by an active cavity-length stabilization scheme based on second-harmonic generation. This allows pulses ~100 fsec in duration to be maintained for periods of several hours.
© 1988 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: September 18, 1987
Manuscript Accepted: November 23, 1987
Published: February 1, 1988
Martin D. Dawson, Thomas F. Boggess, Arthur L. Smirl, and Dwight Maxson, "Cavity-length detuning effects and stabilization of a synchronously pumped femtosecond linear dye laser," Opt. Lett. 13, 126-128 (1988)