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  • Vol. 21, Iss. 18 — Sep. 15, 1996
  • pp: 1493–1495

Sub-10-fs operation of Kerr-lens mode-locked lasers

Ivan P. Christov, Vency D. Stoev, Margaret M. Murnane, and Henry C. Kapteyn  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 21, Issue 18, pp. 1493-1495 (1996)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.21.001493


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Abstract

We present results of a three-dimensional model of a Kerr-lens mode-locked titanium-doped sapphire laser in the sub-10-fs regime of operation. We find that space–time focusing of the pulse within the laser crystal imposes a limitation on the pulse duration as a function of the crystal length. Thus good compensation of the net group-velocity dispersion of the cavity is not sufficient for successful sub-10-fs operation of the laser. The dependence of the pulse duration on the intracavity dispersion is also presented, which demonstrates that pulses as short as 6 fs can be generated directly from the laser.

© 1996 Optical Society of America

History
Original Manuscript: May 3, 1996
Published: September 15, 1996

Citation
Ivan P. Christov, Margaret M. Murnane, Henry C. Kapteyn, and Vency D. Stoev, "Sub-10-fs operation of Kerr-lens mode-locked lasers," Opt. Lett. 21, 1493-1495 (1996)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-21-18-1493

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