It is shown that Kerr-lens mode locking of a Ti:sapphire laser, with no intracavity elements except the laser rod and the dispersion-compensating prisms, can be made to be completely self-starting. We achieve this result by carefully designing the resonator to maximize the nonlinear mode variations and dynamic loss modulation.
© 1994 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: February 2, 1994
Published: July 15, 1994
G. Cerullo, S. De Silvestri, and V. Magni, "Self-starting Kerr-lens mode locking of a Ti:sapphire laser," Opt. Lett. 19, 1040-1042 (1994)