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  • Vol. 14, Iss. 6 — Mar. 15, 1989
  • pp: 314–316

Pump-pulse effects in hybridly mode-locked dye lasers

D. L. MacFarlane and Lee W. Casperson  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 14, Issue 6, pp. 314-316 (1989)

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The pump pulse of a hybridly mode-locked laser provides additional parameters for system optimization. We use a semiclassical model to explore numerically the role of the pump pulse in the ultrashort pulse production of a hybridly mode-locked dye laser. Pump pulses of lengths less than ~1 psec are found to correspond to Dirac delta functions and deliver the shortest output pulses. We conclude that existing dye-laser systems would yield a twofold to threefold shortening in output pulse widths and a threefold to fivefold increase in peak power if pump pulses of 1 psec were used. We note that a 1-psec pump pulse is attainable using fiber-compression techniques.

© 1989 Optical Society of America

Original Manuscript: October 11, 1988
Manuscript Accepted: December 28, 1989
Published: March 15, 1989

D. L. MacFarlane and Lee W. Casperson, "Pump-pulse effects in hybridly mode-locked dye lasers," Opt. Lett. 14, 314-316 (1989)

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