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  • Editor: Michael Duncan
  • Vol. 14, Iss. 5 — Mar. 6, 2006
  • pp: 1810–1821

Femtosecond synchronously mode-locked vertical-external cavity surface-emitting laser

Wei Zhang, Thorsten Ackemann, Marc Schmid, Nigel Langford, and Allister. I. Ferguson  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 14, Issue 5, pp. 1810-1821 (2006)

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The behavior of a room temperature synchronously mode-locked vertical-external cavity surface-emitting laser (VECSEL) operating at 980 nm is reported. The laser performance was found to be qualitatively the same for different pump pulse duration (3.6 ps and 70 fs). The pulse duration of the laser is limited by strong self-phase modulation to around 10-40 ps. By compressing the strongly chirped pulses generated directly from the laser, ultrashort pulses with duration of around 200 fs with maximum peak powers of 1.3 kW at 80 MHz were obtained. Multiple pulsing of the laser was observed and the effects of cavity length detuning on pulse width and spectral bandwidth have been investigated.

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OCIS Codes
(140.4050) Lasers and laser optics : Mode-locked lasers
(250.7260) Optoelectronics : Vertical cavity surface emitting lasers
(320.1590) Ultrafast optics : Chirping
(320.5520) Ultrafast optics : Pulse compression
(320.7090) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast lasers

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

Original Manuscript: November 10, 2005
Revised Manuscript: January 26, 2006
Manuscript Accepted: February 17, 2006
Published: March 6, 2006

Wei Zhang, Thorsten Ackemann, Marc Schmid, Nigel Langford, and Allister Ferguson, "Femtosecond synchronously mode-locked vertical-external cavity surface-emitting laser," Opt. Express 14, 1810-1821 (2006)

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