Applied Physics B

, Volume 26, Issue 3, pp 197–202 | Cite as

Theory of passive mode-locking of CW dye lasers with contacted and non-contacted absorbers

  • J. Herrmann
  • F. Weidner
  • B. Wilhelmi
Contributed Papers


A theoretical treatment of the influence of a saturable absorber in close contact with a highly reflecting mirror on a light pulse is given. The shaping of a Gaussian pulse during a single passage through such an absorber is calculated for various absorber lengths. The influence of absorber position and length on the pulse parameters and the stability of a continuously pumped dye laser are investigated. The shortest pulses and the most favourable operation conditions of the laser are to be expected in the case of a short contacted saturable absorber.




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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. Herrmann
    • 1
  • F. Weidner
    • 1
  • B. Wilhelmi
    • 1
  1. 1.Dept. of PhysicsUniversity of JenaJenaGerman Democratic Republic

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