Numéro
J. Phys. IV France
Volume 01, Numéro C7, Décembre 1991
2nd International Conference
Laser M2P
Page(s) C7-419 - C7-419
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1051/jp4:19917107
2nd International Conference
Laser M2P

J. Phys. IV France 01 (1991) C7-419-C7-419

DOI: 10.1051/jp4:19917107

STARTING AND GENERATION OF SUB-100fs PULSES IN Ti:Al2O3 BY SELF-FOCUSING

B. COUILLAUD

Coherent Laser Group, 3210 Porter Drive, Palo Alto, CA 94304, USA


Abstract
Ti:Al2O3 has the available bandwidth for directly generating very short tunable pulses at high average power. We introduce a modelocking technique based on self-focusing that has been used to modelock titanium sapphire in an aligned, GVD compensated cavity. When the peak power levels are sufficiently high we demonstrate that self-focusing takes place in the sapphire due to the optical Kerr effect. We show how the mode changing aspects of this self-focusing can be harnessed to drive and sustain the modelocking process. We also describe how the self-phase modulation resulting from the Kerr effect, in conjunction with the negative GVD introduced by the intracavity prism dispersion delay line leads to a quasi-soliton pulse whose parameters can be modified and its properties can be understood based on non-linear solution solutions previously described We report 800 mW at sub- 100fs (when pumped with 8W) and 2.1W output with 120fs pulsewidth (pumped with 14W). Passive modelocking techniques are generally not self starting. We have developed a method based on mode-dragging to generate the intensity fluctuations required to initiate the modelocking process in Kerr Lens Modelocked lasers.



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