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Journal of the Optical Society of America B

Journal of the Optical Society of America B

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  • Editor: Henry van Driel
  • Vol. 27, Iss. 12 — Dec. 1, 2010
  • pp: 2739–2742

Diode-pumped Nd : Ba Y 2 F 8 picosecond laser mode-locked with carbon nanotube saturable absorbers

Antonio Agnesi, Luca Carrà, Federico Pirzio, Giancarlo Reali, Alessandra Toncelli, Mauro Tonelli, Sun Young Choi, Fabian Rotermund, Uwe Griebner, and Valentin Petrov  »View Author Affiliations


JOSA B, Vol. 27, Issue 12, pp. 2739-2742 (2010)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/JOSAB.27.002739


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Abstract

Picosecond pulse generation near 1 - μ m wavelength has been achieved with a Nd : Ba Y 2 F 8 (Nd:BaYF) laser mode-locked using a single-walled carbon nanotube saturable absorber (SWCNT-SA). The laser was operated at its main 1049 - nm transition, generating 8.5 - ps pulses with 70 - mW output power for 570 - mW absorbed pump power. This is the first demonstration of cw mode-locking in the picosecond regime with Nd-doped crystals and SWCNT-SAs. The requirements on the SWCNT-SA for successful mode-locking in relatively narrow-band neodymium lasers are reviewed and their implications are discussed.

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OCIS Codes
(140.3480) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, diode-pumped
(140.4050) Lasers and laser optics : Mode-locked lasers
(140.7090) Lasers and laser optics : Ultrafast lasers

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

History
Original Manuscript: September 28, 2010
Revised Manuscript: October 21, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: October 21, 2010
Published: November 18, 2010

Citation
Antonio Agnesi, Luca Carrà, Federico Pirzio, Giancarlo Reali, Alessandra Toncelli, Mauro Tonelli, Sun Young Choi, Fabian Rotermund, Uwe Griebner, and Valentin Petrov, "Diode-pumped Nd:BaY2F8 picosecond laser mode-locked with carbon nanotube saturable absorbers," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 27, 2739-2742 (2010)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/josab/abstract.cfm?URI=josab-27-12-2739

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