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Resonant passive mode-locked Nd:YLF laser

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2 Author(s)
Keller, U. ; AT&T Bell Lab., Holmdel, NJ, USA ; Chiu, T.H.

The authors review the theory of resonant passive mode locking (RPM) lasers and present experimental results for an improved Nd:YLF RPM laser that produced stable pulses as short as 3.7 ps at a repetition rate of 250 MHz. The average output power was 550 mW with 1.3-W average pump power from a Ti:sapphire laser. It was possible to couple 85% out of the nonlinear coupled cavity and still maintain stable mode locking. In RPM and amplitude nonlinearity such as absorption bleaching in a semiconductor reflector introduces an intensity-dependent reflectivity which strongly mode locks the laser. The reduced carrier lifetime in a low-temperature MBE-grown (LT) InGaAs-GaAs quantum-well reflector produces a sufficiently fast saturable absorber in the coupled cavity

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Quantum Electronics, IEEE Journal of  (Volume:28 ,  Issue: 7 )