The Shortest KLM Ti:Sapphire Laser Pulse Started by a Semiconductor Saturable Absorber Mirror (SESAM)

Dirk H. SUTTER  Isabella D. JUNG  Nicolai MATUSCHEK  Francois MORIER-GENOUD  Franz X. KARTNER  Ursula KELLER  Volker SCHEUER  Markus TILSCH  Theo TSCHUDI  

IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Electronics   Vol.E81-C   No.2   pp.123-124
Publication Date: 1998/02/25
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Print ISSN: 0916-8516
Type of Manuscript: Special Section LETTER (Special Issue on Ultrashort Optical Pulse Technologies and their Applications)
femtosecond Ti:sapphire laser pulses,  semiconductor saturable absorber mirrors,  SESAM,  double-chirped mirrors,  dispersion compensation,  Kerr-lens modelocking,  KLM,  

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This paper summarizes our recent efforts in modelocking Ti:sapphire lasers with semiconductor saturable absorber mirrors (SESAMs). We present the shortest optical pulses ever generated directly from a laser. The modelocking build-up time (T BU) of 60 µs is, to our knowledge, the shortest reported for a passively modelocked KLM laser to date.