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Laser mode-locking with saturable absorbers

Garmire, Elsa M. and Yariv, Amnon (1967) Laser mode-locking with saturable absorbers. IEEE Journal of Quantum Electronics, 3 (6). pp. 222-226. ISSN 0018-9197.

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In this paper we describe a mode-locked laser in terms of traveling pulses of light. We show that the energy absorbed by a saturable absorber is a minimum if the pulselength is a minimum, and that two pulses are essentially as favorable as one if they meet at the position of the dye cell. Under steady-state pulsing conditions, however, we show that the pulses will have a width which depends on their energy. We find that for parameters appropriate to present Nd: glass experiments, the expected length is about 10-11 seconds, in agreement with observations. Finally, we demonstrate the rather surprising result that a linearly dispersive medium does not broaden the mode-locked laser pulses to first order.

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Additional Information:© Copyright 1967 IEEE. Reprinted with permission. Manuscript received February 13, 1967. The work reported in this paper was supported by the USAF Avionics Laboratory through Contract AF33(615)-67C-1055. Correction: IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 3(9):377, September 1967.
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