5 January 1994 Temporal reshaping in mode-locked solid state lasers
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Proceedings Volume 2041, Mode-locked and Other Ultrashort Laser Designs, Amplifiers, and Applications; (1994); doi: 10.1117/12.165619
Event: Optics Quebec, 1993, Quebec City, Canada
We analyze the high power operation of self-mode-locked solid-state lasers. Excessive Kerr lensing is shown to bring the laser cavity out of the limits of geometrical stability; this situation results in temporal fluctuations, and pulse-break-up into many pulses. Kerr lensing can also reduce the size of the beam to such a point where higher-order transverse modes start to oscillate. Sudden changes in beam size are also examined. Experimental results obtained with a Ti:sapphire laser indicates that two-pulse emission can be more stable than one-pulse emission.
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Michel Piche, Jean-Francois Cormier, Francois Salin, "Temporal reshaping in mode-locked solid state lasers", Proc. SPIE 2041, Mode-locked and Other Ultrashort Laser Designs, Amplifiers, and Applications, (5 January 1994); doi: 10.1117/12.165619; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.165619

Solid state lasers

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