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Highly compact and efficient femtosecond Cr:LiSAF lasers

Hopkins, J.M. and Valentine, G.J. and Agate, B. and Kemp, A. and Keller, U. and Sibbett, W. (2002) Highly compact and efficient femtosecond Cr:LiSAF lasers. IEEE Journal of Quantum Electronics, 38 (4). pp. 360-368. ISSN 0018-9197

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Abstract

Methods for developing more compact femtosecond Cr:LiSAF laser sources are examined. By careful modeling of the low threshold performance and intracavity dispersion characteristics of these cavities, a highly asymmetric z-cavity design with a single prism for dispersion compensation is developed. Transform-limited pulses as short as 113 fs and modelocked output powers up to 20 mW are demonstrated for less than 110 mW of laser-diode pump power. The complete laser system (including the laser diode pump system and drivers) has a footprint of 21.5 × 28 cm2, about the size of a sheet of US letter or A4 paper