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).
See also: free-running laser
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