Abstract

A ring resonator containing a Kerr lens and a Gaussian slit is analyzed. From the point of view of Kerr lens mode locking, it is shown that a self-defocusing nonlinear element is as effective as a self-focusing one and that the positioning of the Kerr element introduces trade-offs between self-starting and operational stabilization. The nonlinearity can lead to unidirectional lasing.

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