Pulsed single-mode dye laser for coherent control experiments
John D. Corless, James A. West, Jake Bromage, and C. R. Stroud, Jr.
Rev. Sci. Instrum. 68, 2259 (1997)
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We describe a pulsed single-mode dye laser whose output characteristics satisfy the stringent requirements of coherent
control experiments. This simple, low cost laser exhibits 1.6X transform-limited frequency performance with a
single-shot linewidth of 58 MHz, and a time averaged linewidth of
240 MHz. The spatial mode is nearly Gaussian and has a
beam quality parameter M2=1.2.
We modified the pulse shape using saturable absorption in the dye amplifier.
The resultant pulses are temporally smooth and have a duration of approximately 20 ns.
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