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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 37, Iss. 14 — Jul. 15, 2012
  • pp: 2859–2861

Dual-polarization mode-locked Nd:YAG laser

J. Thévenin, M. Vallet, and M. Brunel  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 37, Issue 14, pp. 2859-2861 (2012)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.37.002859


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Abstract

A mode-locked solid-state laser containing a birefringent element is shown to emit synchronously two frequency combs associated to the two polarization eigenstates of the cavity. An analytical model predicts the polarization evolution of the pulse train, which is determined by the adjustable intracavity birefringence. Experiments realized with a Nd:YAG laser passively mode locked by a semiconductor saturable absorber mirror are in perfect agreement with the model. Locking between the two combs arises for particular values of their frequency difference, e.g., half the repetition rate, and the pulse train polarization sequence is then governed by the relative overall phase offset of the two combs.

© 2012 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(140.3580) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, solid-state
(140.4050) Lasers and laser optics : Mode-locked lasers
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization
(320.5540) Ultrafast optics : Pulse shaping

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

History
Original Manuscript: April 4, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: May 14, 2012
Published: July 10, 2012

Citation
J. Thévenin, M. Vallet, and M. Brunel, "Dual-polarization mode-locked Nd:YAG laser," Opt. Lett. 37, 2859-2861 (2012)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-37-14-2859

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