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Analysis of Mode Locking and Ultrashort Laser Pulses With a Nonlinear Refractive Index

Laussade, Jean-Pierre and Yariv, Amnon (1969) Analysis of Mode Locking and Ultrashort Laser Pulses With a Nonlinear Refractive Index. IEEE Journal of Quantum Electronics, 5 (9). pp. 435-441. ISSN 0018-9197. doi:10.1109/JQE.1969.1076293.

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A new method for locking the longitudinal modes of a laser resonator and generating ultrashort pulses of light is described. The cavity modes are coupled together when a medium with a refractive index nonlinearity is placed in the cavity. A theoretical study is presented which analyzes the mode structure of a laser resonator containing a cell filled with an anisotropic molecular liquid. It is found that under certain conditions the energy exchange between the modes gives rise to a mode-locked spectrum and to the attendant generation of ultrashort pulses of light (~ 10^(-11) second for a ruby laser, 10^(-12) second for a Nd^(3+): glass laser).

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Additional Information:© 1969 IEEE. Manuscript received January 6, 1969; revised April 22, 1969; Date of Current Version: 06 January 2003; Issue Date: September 1969. This work was supported by the Army Research Office, Durham, N. C., and the NASA Electronic Research Center. The authors gratefully acknowledge many fruitful discussions with J. Comly and Dr. E. Garmire.
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Subject Keywords:Anisotropic magnetoresistance; Couplings; Energy exchange; Glass; Laser mode locking; Laser theory; Neodymium; Optical pulse generation; Optical pulses; Refractive index
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Official Citation:Laussade, J.-P.; Yariv, A.; , "Analysis of mode locking and ultrashort laser pulses with a nonlinear refractive index," Quantum Electronics, IEEE Journal of , vol.5, no.9, pp.435-441, September 1969
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