Solid-state laser gyro using ZnS for Kerr-lens mode locking

R. Jason Jones, Matthew J. Bohn, Jean Claude Diels

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Abstract

Bias-free bidirectional operation of a Ti:sapphire laser has been obtained through the use of a ZnS crystal as Kerr-lensing element. Two types of cavity configuration have been investigated. The Ti:sapphire crystal is located symmetrically with respect to the cavity waist. A ZnS crystal is located close to an auxiliary waist in the cavity. The circulating phase has been found to be naturally symmetric for both directions. However, there is a lock-in effect associated with the scattering of each pulse into each other at their meeting point in the ZnS crystal. This lock-in can be eliminated by either motional dithering or electro-optic dithering.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Number of pages1
StatePublished - Jan 1 1998
Externally publishedYes
EventProceedings of the 1998 Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, CLEO - San Francisco, CA, USA
Duration: May 3 1998May 8 1998

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OtherProceedings of the 1998 Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, CLEO
CitySan Francisco, CA, USA
Period5/3/985/8/98

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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    Jones, R. J., Bohn, M. J., & Diels, J. C. (1998). Solid-state laser gyro using ZnS for Kerr-lens mode locking. Paper presented at Proceedings of the 1998 Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, CLEO, San Francisco, CA, USA, .