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  • Vol. 22, Iss. 13 — Jul. 1, 1997
  • pp: 1009–1011

Self-starting 6.5-fs pulses from a Ti:sapphire laser

I. D. Jung, F. X. Kärtner, N. Matuschek, D. H. Sutter, F. Morier-Genoud, G. Zhang, U. Keller, V. Scheuer, M. Tilsch, and T. Tschudi  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 22, Issue 13, pp. 1009-1011 (1997)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.22.001009


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Abstract

We demonstrate self-starting 6.5-fs pulses from a Kerr-lens mode-locked Ti:sapphire laser with 200-mW average output power at a pulse repetition rate of ∼86 M Hz. This is to our knowledge the shortest pulse ever generated directly from a laser. For dispersion compensation we used a prism pair in combination with double-chirped mirrors, which balances the higher-order dispersion of the prism pair and therefore flattens the average total group-delay dispersion in the laser cavity. For self-starting mode locking we used a broadband semiconductor saturable-absorber mirror.

© 1997 Optical Society of America

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I. D. Jung, F. X. Kärtner, N. Matuschek, D. H. Sutter, F. Morier-Genoud, G. Zhang, U. Keller, V. Scheuer, M. Tilsch, and T. Tschudi, "Self-starting 6.5-fs pulses from a Ti:sapphire laser," Opt. Lett. 22, 1009-1011 (1997)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-22-13-1009

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