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mode-locked laser

A laser in which many resonant modes are coupled in phase, to yield a train of very short pulses (e.g. ps pulses). The coupling of the modes is obtained by modulation of the gain in the resonator, and can be active (electro-optic modulation of the losses or of the pump intensity), or passive (with a saturable absorber).
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PAC, 1996, 68, 2223 (Glossary of terms used in photochemistry (IUPAC Recommendations 1996)) on page 2254
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IUPAC. Compendium of Chemical Terminology, 2nd ed. (the "Gold Book"). Compiled by A. D. McNaught and A. Wilkinson. Blackwell Scientific Publications, Oxford (1997). XML on-line corrected version: http://goldbook.iupac.org (2006-) created by M. Nic, J. Jirat, B. Kosata; updates compiled by A. Jenkins. ISBN 0-9678550-9-8. doi:10.1351/goldbook.
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