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  • Vol. 19, Iss. 8 — Apr. 15, 1994
  • pp: 566–568

Measurements of the self-starting threshold of Kerr-lens mode-locking lasers

Yuh-Fwu Chou, Jyhpyng Wang, Hsiao-Hua Liu, and Nai-Ping Kuo  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 19, Issue 8, pp. 566-568 (1994)

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We measured the self-starting threshold of passive Kerr-lens mode-locking dye lasers and Ti:sapphire lasers by varying the concentration of the intracavity dilute-dye saturable absorbers that start the mode locking. From the threshold absorber concentration, we determined the strength of the intracavity pulse-broadening effects that counteract the pulse-shortening mechanisms in the self-starting stage. Experimental results agree well with theories based on phase diffusion and mode pulling.

© 1994 Optical Society of America

Original Manuscript: November 12, 1993
Published: April 15, 1994

Yuh-Fwu Chou, Jyhpyng Wang, Hsiao-Hua Liu, and Nai-Ping Kuo, "Measurements of the self-starting threshold of Kerr-lens mode-locking lasers," Opt. Lett. 19, 566-568 (1994)

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