We report the operating characteristics of a Kerr-lens mode-locked Ti:sapphire laser as the intracavity dispersion is varied continuously from negative to positive values. These measurements include a delineation of the unstable region around zero dispersion that is predicted by a recent theoretical treatment of Kerr-lens mode locking. A detailed comparison with the theory is made.
© 1993 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: April 15, 1993
Published: October 1, 1993
Bob Proctor, Erik Westwig, and Frank Wise, "Characterization of a Kerr-lens mode-locked Ti:sapphire laser with positive group-velocity dispersion," Opt. Lett. 18, 1654-1656 (1993)