We describe an all-solid-state tunable self-mode-locked Cr:LiSAF laser that is pumped with a single 250-mW laser diode and produces almost-bandwidth-limited pulses of 97-fs duration. The self-mode locking is initiated by a regeneratively driven acousto-optic modulator, and the cavity incorporates a hard aperture in the form of an adjustable slit. The design considerations for low-threshold self-mode-locked diode-pumped lasers are outlined.
© 1994 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: August 11, 1994
Published: December 1, 1994
M. J. P. Dymott and A. I. Ferguson, "Self-mode-locked diode-pumped Cr:LiSAF laser," Opt. Lett. 19, 1988-1990 (1994)