Femtosecond transform-limited Kerr-lens mode-locked dye lasers

Chau Hwang Lee, Jyhpyng Wang, Yuh Fwu Chou

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Using SF6 glass plates as intracavity Kerr lenses and double-prism pairs for dispersion compensation, we achieve tunable femtosecond passive mode locking in rhodamine 590 (R6G) and 4-dicyanomethylene-2-methyl-16-p-dimethylaminostyryl-4H-pyran (DCM) dye lasers. The R6G laser produces transform limited 240-500 fs pulses between 577 and 606 nm, and the DCM laser produces 150 fs transform-limited pulses between 650 and 671 nm. We use dilute intracavity saturable-absorber jets to make the mode locking self-starting. Characteristics of the pulses and the stability regions of the lasers agree with general theories of passive mode locking.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1443-1452
Number of pages10
JournalOptical and Quantum Electronics
Issue number10
StatePublished - 1996


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