We investigate the use of PbS quantum-dot-doped glasses as saturable absorbers for ultrashort-pulse lasers by means of absorption bleaching experiments and numerical analysis of the pulse shaping process using the Haus' master equation. We explain the mode-locking mechanism and the limitations of these absorbers. The generation of transform-limited fs pulses is predicted by soliton mode locking initiated by the absorption saturation of higher excited states of the quantum-dot saturable absorber.
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- Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)