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Frequency stability of a solid state mode-locked laser system
Author(s): Thomas B. Simpson; Frank Doft; Michael M. Malley; George W. Sutton; Timothy Day
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Paper Abstract

The authors have stabilized the frequency of a cw, lamp-pumped, mode-locked Nd:YLF oscillator. The output pulse duration is 50 ps and, simultaneously, the mode jitter is less than 25 kHz relative to a stable, high-finesse Fabry-Perot. The frequency shifts and broadening of the oscillator modes caused by pulsed amplification in a flashlamp-pumped Nd:glass rod with a gain of 100 have been measured. Broadening and frequency shifts on the order of 10 kHz are induced by the amplifier. The changing population of the active transition in the amplifier is the dominant source of the frequency shifts. For frequency-stable amplification, significant saturation of the gain medium must be avoided.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 July 1991
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 1410, Solid State Lasers II, (1 July 1991); doi: 10.1117/12.43593
Show Author Affiliations
Thomas B. Simpson, JAYCOR (United States)
Frank Doft, JAYCOR (United States)
Michael M. Malley, JAYCOR (United States)
George W. Sutton, JAYCOR (United States)
Timothy Day, Edward F. Ginzton Lab./Stanford Univ. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1410:
Solid State Lasers II
George Dube, Editor(s)

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