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Continuous-wave femtosecond lasers

 a, b
a Lebedev Physical Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences, Leninsky prosp. 53, Moscow, 119991, Russian Federation
b Fiber Optics Research Center, Russian Academy of Sciences, ul. Vavilova 38, Moscow, 119991, Russian Federation

Studies in the field of laser science and technology have resulted in the creation of a unique passively mode-locked laser generating a continuous regular train of ultrashort pulses. The unique feature of this laser is that it combines the properties of a radiation source with the output spectrum consisting of numerous extremely narrow strictly equidistant spectral lines with the properties of a radiation source emitting ultrashort high-power laser pulses. This feature has permitted a wide range of remarkable results. The basic properties of continuous-wave passively mode-locked lasers are discussed and their main applications are considered.

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PACS: 42.55.−f, 42.62.−b, 42.65.−k (all)
DOI: 10.3367/UFNe.0183.201309a.0897
Citation: Kryukov P G "Continuous-wave femtosecond lasers" Phys. Usp. 56 849–867 (2013)
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Received: 18th, October 2012, revised: 26th, March 2013, 26th, March 2013

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