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  • Vol. 24, Iss. 4 — Feb. 15, 1999
  • pp: 229–231

Self-mode-locked pulsed monomode laser

Marc Brunel, Olivier Emile, Mehdi Alouini, Albert Le Floch, and Fabien Bretenaker  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 24, Issue 4, pp. 229-231 (1999)

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We predict the existence of a new pulsed-laser operation regime, when the phases and polarizations of the two coupled cold-cavity eigenstates of a monomode solid-state laser are taken into account in the derivation of the Maxwell–Bloch equations. This monomode pulsed regime is experimentally observed, without any normal mode locking or Q switching occurring inside the cavity. We obtain close agreement between experiments and theory, even in the simple case of a Nd:YAG microchip laser, for which sech2 pulses at nearly megahertz repetition rates are readily observed.

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OCIS Codes
(060.5530) Fiber optics and optical communications : Pulse propagation and temporal solitons
(140.3570) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, single-mode
(140.3580) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, solid-state
(140.4050) Lasers and laser optics : Mode-locked lasers

Marc Brunel, Olivier Emile, Mehdi Alouini, Albert Le Floch, and Fabien Bretenaker, "Self-mode-locked pulsed monomode laser," Opt. Lett. 24, 229-231 (1999)

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