We report what is to our knowledge the first Kerr-lens mode locking of the visible transitions at 607 and 639 nm in Pr3+:YLF. Initiation of the self-mode locking took place through the use of liquid saturable absorbers to establish saturation parameters, and it was carried out in optimized all-solid-state laser configurations (but with gas-laser pumping) with thin (<100-μm) colloidally colored CdSeS glasses. Pulse durations were in the range of 8–10 ps.
© 1995 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: October 17, 1994
Published: May 1, 1995
S. Ruan, B. H. T. Chai, J. M. Sutherland, P. M. W. French, and J. R. Taylor, "Kerr-lens mode-locked visible transitions of a Pr:YLF laser," Opt. Lett. 20, 1041-1043 (1995)