Towards a Compact Thin-Disk-Based Femtosecond XUV Source
This thesis provides unique information on the Kerr-lens mode-locking (KLM) technique applied to a thin-disk laser. It describes in detail cavity geometry, the qualitative approach to KLM, and self-starting behavior in the regime of both negative and positive dispersion. Comprehensive comparative analysis of KLM and semiconductor saturable absorber techniques is also carried out. Recent successful experiments on carrier-envelope phase stabilization, spectral broadening and compression of output of this oscillator underline the importance of this new, emerging technology.
Nominated as an outstanding Ph.D. thesis by the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics and the Ludwig Maximilian University Munich, GermanyProvides details of the Kerr-lens mode-locking of thin-disk laserContains comprehensive comparative analysis of different mode-locking techniquesShows the way to future applications