Features and common character of active mode-locking in gas, solid-state and dye lasers

Alexander A. Apolonsky, A. A. Zabolotskii, V. P. Drachev, E. I. Zinin

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Although the model of active mode-locking for a laser with homogeneous broadened active medium is well-known after Kuizenga and Siegman, up to now there is no common description of mode4ocking for various types of lasers. Besides there are no important data on both complete pulse evolution as laser parameters are varied, and the pulse location inside the temporal mode-locker "window", though some papers briefly touched this aspects for ion-argon, He-Ne, Nd:YAO, KCl:Ti, Ti:sapphire lasers. Such experimental data arc vital for developing of an adequate theory of an active mode-locking. In present paper we report about experimental investigation of acousto-optical mode locking in various types of lasers: Gas,solid-state and dye ones. The theoretical description which takes into account the amplifying process of short puhes in resonant active medium had been carried out. Experimentally the pulse location inside the temporal mode-locker " window" and its shape as a function of both active medium gain and the resonator length detuning have been done. The pulse shape comprises satellite(s) following the main pulse. The number of the sa-tellites with their relative amplitude and spacing from the main pulse was also one of the subjects of investigation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)385-396
Number of pages12
JournalProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
Publication statusPublished - 1993
Externally publishedYes
EventMode-Locked and Other Ultrashort Laser Designs, Amplifiers, and Applications 1993 - Quebec City, Canada
Duration: 16 Aug 199320 Aug 1993


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