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Further Methods for the Generation of Ultrashort Optical Pulses

  • C. Hirlimann

Abstract

Up to the beginning of the sixties, the shortest measurable time duration was of the order of one nanosecond (10−9 s). Short pulses were produced through the generation of short electrical discharges. After the laser was invented in 1960, the situation quite rapidly changed. In 1965, the picosecond (10−12 s) regime was reached by placing a saturable absorber inside a laser cavity. Twenty years of continuous progress led to the production of light pulses of less than 10 femtoseconds. In the meantime, progress was made on the tunability of the pulsed-laser sources. Today’s tunability extends from the near ultraviolet to the near infrared [4.1–4].

Keywords

Light Pulse Laser Cavity Saturable Absorber Gain Medium Group Velocity Dispersion 
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