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Temporal reshaping in mode-locked solid state lasers
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Paper Abstract

We analyze the high power operation of self-mode-locked solid-state lasers. Excessive Kerr lensing is shown to bring the laser cavity out of the limits of geometrical stability; this situation results in temporal fluctuations, and pulse-break-up into many pulses. Kerr lensing can also reduce the size of the beam to such a point where higher-order transverse modes start to oscillate. Sudden changes in beam size are also examined. Experimental results obtained with a Ti:sapphire laser indicates that two-pulse emission can be more stable than one-pulse emission.

Paper Details

Date Published: 5 January 1994
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 2041, Mode-locked and Other Ultrashort Laser Designs, Amplifiers, and Applications, (5 January 1994); doi: 10.1117/12.165619
Show Author Affiliations
Michel Piche, COPL/Univ. Laval (Canada)
Jean-Francois Cormier, COPL/Univ. Laval (Canada)
Francois Salin, Institut d'Optique Theorique et Appliquee (France)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2041:
Mode-locked and Other Ultrashort Laser Designs, Amplifiers, and Applications
Michel Piche; Paul W. Pace, Editor(s)

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