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Advances in solid-state modelocked lasers: generation and amplification of sub-20-femtosecond pulses
Author(s): Jianping Zhou; Dennis W. Garvey; Chung-Po Huang; Melanie T. Asaki; Howard Nathel; Henry C. Kapteyn; Margaret M. Murnane
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Paper Abstract

By optimizing the intracavity dispersion compensation in a self mode-locked Ti:sapphire laser, we have generated pulses of less than 11 fs in duration. Dispersion within the laser cavity can be reduced by using a short highly-doped Ti:sapphire crystal and a prism glass which reduces third-order dispersion. Amplifier design which reduce third order dispersion have also been tested, and we have demonstrated stretching an 11 fs pulse by a factor of 1000, followed by recompression of 20 fs pulse duration. Our results demonstrate that the exceptionally broad bandwidth of Ti:sapphire can be utilized to generate pulses shorter than has been possible with any other type of laser material to date.

Paper Details

Date Published: 8 July 1993
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 1860, Short-Pulse High-Intensity Lasers and Applications II, (8 July 1993); doi: 10.1117/12.147567
Show Author Affiliations
Jianping Zhou, Washington State Univ. (United States)
Dennis W. Garvey, Washington State Univ. (United States)
Chung-Po Huang, Washington State Univ. (United States)
Melanie T. Asaki, Washington State Univ. (United States)
Howard Nathel, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
Henry C. Kapteyn, Washington State Univ. (United States)
Margaret M. Murnane, Washington State Univ. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1860:
Short-Pulse High-Intensity Lasers and Applications II
Hector A. Baldis, Editor(s)

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