Mode Locking

  • Walter Koechner
Part of the Springer Series in Optical Sciences book series (SSOS, volume 1)

Abstract

As we have seen in the previous chapter, the minimum pulse width obtainable from a Q-switched laser is on the order of 10 ns because of the required pulse buildup time. With the cavity dumping technique, the pulse width can be reduced to a minimum of 1 to 2 ns. The limitation here is the length of the cavity, which determines the pulse length. Ultrashort pulses with pulse widths in the picosecond or femtosecond regime are obtained from solid-state lasers by mode locking Employing this technique, which phase-locks the longitudinal modes of the laser, the pulse width is inversely related to the bandwidth of the laser emission.

Keywords

Quartz Microwave Argon Radar Tungsten 

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  • Walter Koechner
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  1. 1.Fibertek, Inc.HerndonUSA

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