We study solid-state laser mode locking in the self-induced transparency regime of an intracavity absorber. Depending on the absorber dephasing, pulse energy, and resonator dispersion, we find stable coherent 2π -pulse operation, pulse splitting, oscillatory pulse shapes, and smooth transition to incoherent saturable-absorber mode locking.
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V. P. Kalosha, M. Müller, and J. Herrmann, "Coherent-absorber mode locking of solid-state lasers," Opt. Lett. 23, 117-119 (1998)