A New Family of Self-Modelocked Chromium Doped Solid State Lasers

Since the first observation of self-modelocking in a Ti:sapphire laser in 1990, remarkable progress has been made in developing these lasers to the point where they are rapidly replacing modelocked dye lasers as the preferred source for ultrafast laser spectroscopy. The large spectral bandwidth and relative simplicity of the modelocking mechanism provides stable, high power, sub-100 fsec duration pulses with wide tunability in the near infrared.

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