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  • Vol. 22, Iss. 14 — Jul. 15, 1997
  • pp: 1098–1100

True fundamental solitons in a passively mode-locked short-cavity Cr4+:YAG laser

B. C. Collings, K. Bergman, and W. H. Knox  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 22, Issue 14, pp. 1098-1100 (1997)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.22.001098


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Abstract

We demonstrate a self-starting, passively mode-locked short-cavity Cr4+:YAG laser that supports fundamental intracavity solitons over wide ranges of cavity group-velocity dispersion and pulse energies. The total dispersion and nonlinear effects are small enough that stable, N=1 soliton pulses are generated. Equally spaced multiple pulsing is also observed, with fundamental soliton behavior preserved. Regions of bistability exist where, at a constant cavity dispersion, the laser can produce transform-limited pulses of a different width and energy. The laser produces 200-fs pulses at approximately 0.9-, 1.8-, and 2.7-GHz repetition rates with a total of 82 mW of average output power.

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B. C. Collings, K. Bergman, and W. H. Knox, "True fundamental solitons in a passively mode-locked short-cavity Cr4+:YAG laser," Opt. Lett. 22, 1098-1100 (1997)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-22-14-1098

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