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  • Vol. 27, Iss. 3 — Feb. 1, 2002
  • pp: 194–196

Carrier-envelope offset dynamics of mode-locked lasers

F. W. Helbing, G. Steinmeyer, U. Keller, R. S. Windeler, J. Stenger, and H. R. Telle  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 27, Issue 3, pp. 194-196 (2002)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.27.000194


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Abstract

We investigate coupling mechanisms between the amplitude and the carrier-envelope offset phase in mode-locked lasers. We find that nonlinear beam steering in combination with the intracavity prism compressor is the predominant mechanism that causes amplitude-to-phase conversion in our laser. A second mechanism, induced by self-steepening, is also identified. These mechanisms are important for stabilizing the carrier-envelope offset phase and also explain the extremely low pulse-to-pulse energy fluctuations observed in some lasers with carrier-envelope lock. The coupling mechanisms described have important implications for applications of few-cycle optical pulses.

© 2002 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(320.7090) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast lasers
(320.7110) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast nonlinear optics

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F. W. Helbing, G. Steinmeyer, U. Keller, R. S. Windeler, J. Stenger, and H. R. Telle, "Carrier-envelope offset dynamics of mode-locked lasers," Opt. Lett. 27, 194-196 (2002)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-27-3-194


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