Third-order dispersion in femtosecond solid-state lasers can induce a resonant transfer of energy from the mode-locked pulse into a dispersive background. The presence of intensity-dependent self-amplitude modulation can compensate for this loss. A condition for energy balance between these two effects is evaluated and related to the stability of femtosecond pulse generation.
© 1993 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: June 7, 1993
Published: December 1, 1993
Thomas Brabec and Stephen M. J. Kelly, "Third-order dispersion as a limiting factor to mode locking in femtosecond solitary lasers," Opt. Lett. 18, 2002-2004 (1993)