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We demonstrate a Kerr lens mode-locked folded cavity using a planar (non-Brewster) Ti:sapphire crystal as a gain and Kerr medium, thus cancelling the nonlinear astigmatism caused by a Brewster cut Kerr medium. Our method uses a novel cavity folding in which the intracavity laser beam propagates in two perpendicular planes, such that the astigmatism of one mirror is compensated by the other mirror, enabling the introduction of an astigmatic free, planar-cut gain medium. We demonstrate that this configuration is inherently free of nonlinear astigmatism, which in standard cavity folding needs a special power-specific compensation.
|Number of pages||3|
|Journal||Journal of the Optical Society of America B: Optical Physics|
|State||Published - Mar 2013|