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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 20, Iss. 27 — Dec. 17, 2012
  • pp: 28947–28952

Femtosecond SESAM-modelocked Cr:ZnS laser

Evgeni Sorokin, Nikolai Tolstik, Kathleen I. Schaffers, and Irina T. Sorokina  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 20, Issue 27, pp. 28947-28952 (2012)

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We report self-starting femtosecond operation of a 180-MHz SESAM-controlled prismless Cr:ZnS laser around 2400 nm at open air and room temperature. Dispersion compensation was achieved by a combination of bulk materials and chirped mirrors. Both soliton- and chirped-pulse operation regimes have been demonstrated with 130 fs (630 fs) pulse duration at 130 (205) mW average output power, respectively. The output power was about 30% higher than for a comparable Cr:ZnSe sample in the same cavity.

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OCIS Codes
(140.3580) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, solid-state
(140.4050) Lasers and laser optics : Mode-locked lasers
(140.7090) Lasers and laser optics : Ultrafast lasers

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

Original Manuscript: October 26, 2012
Revised Manuscript: November 26, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: November 27, 2012
Published: December 12, 2012

Evgeni Sorokin, Nikolai Tolstik, Kathleen I. Schaffers, and Irina T. Sorokina, "Femtosecond SESAM-modelocked Cr:ZnS laser," Opt. Express 20, 28947-28952 (2012)

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