Indexed on: 04 Sep '08Published on: 04 Sep '08Published in: Physical review. E, Statistical, nonlinear, and soft matter physics
We report on bistable mode-locking in a semiconductor disk laser. The disk laser mode-locked with a semiconductor saturable absorber is investigated for different designs of the gain medium that allow the hysteresis loop to be controlled. Hysteresis formation in the pulsed regime of a semiconductor oscillator with saturable absorption and unsaturated gain is discussed qualitatively. The laser represents an attractive setup for generation and manipulation of dissipative solitons and observation of their interaction.