Abstract

We show for the first time, to our knowledge, that the buildup time to steady-state femtosecond pulses in a typical colliding-pulse mode-locked dye laser (λ = 620 nm) with compensating prisms is 15 μsec after the pulses have been completely modulated. For a similar laser without the compensating prisms, the buildup time is 40 μsec and exhibits interesting oscillatory behavior in the initial stage.

© 1990 Optical Society of America

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