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  • Vol. 20, Iss. 9 — May. 1, 1995
  • pp: 994–996

Hidden mechanism for mode locking solid-state lasers by use of a slow off-resonant saturable absorber

J. Herrmann and M. Müller  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 20, Issue 9, pp. 994-996 (1995)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.20.000994


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Abstract

We describe a hidden mechanism for stable mode locking of solid-state lasers that uses a slow saturable absorber. The physical origin of this novel mechanism is attributed to the transformation of the saturable-absorber-induced self-frequency shift into a fast nonlinear loss because the absorption line is off resonance. Based on the exact solution of the governing steady-state equation, we investigate in detail the dependence of the pulse parameters on the laser control parameters in connection with the stability region of the solution.

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History
Original Manuscript: December 19, 1994
Published: May 1, 1995

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J. Herrmann and M. Müller, "Hidden mechanism for mode locking solid-state lasers by use of a slow off-resonant saturable absorber," Opt. Lett. 20, 994-996 (1995)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-20-9-994


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