Applied physics

, Volume 2, Issue 6, pp 281–296 | Cite as

Mode-locked lasers and ultrashort light pulses

  • D. von der Linde
Invited Paper

Abstract

This article reviews some aspects of the generation of very short optical pulses using mode-locked lasers, with the emphasis laid on pulsed laser systems. Active and passive mode-locking is discussed, and the problem of measuring ultrashort light pulses is considered. A survey of some commonly used sources and techniques for the generation of ultrashort light pulses follows. The paper concludes with a short account of limitations in the generation and propagation of these pulses.

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Lasers Mode locking Ultrashort light pulses 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • D. von der Linde
    • 1
  1. 1.Bell LaboratoriesMurray Hill

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