The development of compact femtosecond lasers that are capable of being pumped by laser diodes or are based on laser diodes directly is described. Particular attention is paid to crystal-based femtosecond sources having high efficiencies and those operating at high repetition rates in the telecommunications window at around 1500nm. Work in progress on the design and development of mode-locked quantum-dot diode lasers that operate into a femtosecond regime is also described.
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(140.3480) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, diode-pumped
(140.4050) Lasers and laser optics : Mode-locked lasers
(140.5960) Lasers and laser optics : Semiconductor lasers
(140.7090) Lasers and laser optics : Ultrafast lasers
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