We demonstrate and discuss the scaling of the antiresonant Fabry–Perot saturable absorber toward a novel antireflection-coated thin saturable absorber. With a Ti:sapphire laser we obtained self-starting Kerr-lens mode-locked pulses as short as 19 fs. With the higher modulation depth of the thin saturable absorber we obtained soliton mode-locked self-starting 34-fs pulses over the full cavity stability regime with a significantly shorter mode-locking buildup time. The pulse duration was limited only by the semiconductor Bragg mirror.
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I. D. Jung, L. R. Brovelli, M. Kamp, U. Keller, and M. Moser, "Scaling of the antiresonant Fabry–Perot saturable absorber design toward a thin saturable absorber," Opt. Lett. 20, 1559-1561 (1995)