We demonstrate the fabrication of a broadband saturable absorber with a silver bottom mirror. The reflectivity bandwidth of the absorber shows the potential for generating sub-10-fs pulses. With a Ti:sapphire laser we obtained self-starting Kerr-lens mode-locked pulses as short as 10 fs at the cavity stability limit and self-starting soliton mode-locked pulses of 16 fs over the full cavity stability regime.
© 1996 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: November 13, 1995
Published: May 15, 1996
R. Fluck, I. D. Jung, G. Zhang, F. X. Kärtner, and U. Keller, "Broadband saturable absorber for 10-fs pulse generation," Opt. Lett. 21, 743-745 (1996)