We have demonstrated self-mode locking of an NaCl:OH− color-center laser by exploiting the Kerr effect in a rod of high-nonlinearity glass placed within the laser cavity. The mode-locking process was initiated by a regenerative acousto-optic modulation, and sub-100-fs pulses were produced at wavelengths of ~1575 nm.
© 1993 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: June 8, 1993
Published: October 15, 1993
G. T. Kennedy, R. S. Grant, and W. Sibbett, "Self-mode-locked NaCl:OH− color-center laser," Opt. Lett. 18, 1736-1738 (1993)