From Event: SPIE Optical Engineering + Applications, 2017
Ultrashort pulsed mode-locked lasers with exceptional performance qualities (e.g. short temporal widths or high peak powers) are desired for applications ranging from biomedical imaging to materials processing. Despite rapid progress in source development, evidence suggests that performance limits anticipated theoretically have not yet been reached. In this talk, we review recent progress and help resolve the discrepancy by presenting a limit to mode-locked laser performance based on the route taken to reach the desired steady-state pulse solution instead of on the pulse solution itself. Furthermore, we introduce an iteratively seeded method of mode-locking that allows this limit to be surmounted.
Victor Bucklew, William Renninger, Perry S. Edwards, and Zhiwen Liu, "Iteratively-seeded mode-locking for high performance ultrashort pulsed lasers (Conference Presentation)," Proc. SPIE 10380, Ultrafast Nonlinear Imaging and Spectroscopy V, 1038009 (Presented at SPIE Optical Engineering + Applications: August 06, 2017; Published: 19 September 2017); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2272987.5581154578001.
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