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  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 21, Iss. 21 — Oct. 21, 2013
  • pp: 24770–24780

Phase-stabilization of the carrier-envelope-offset frequency of a SESAM modelocked thin disk laser

Alexander Klenner, Florian Emaury, Cinia Schriber, Andreas Diebold, Clara J. Saraceno, Stéphane Schilt, Ursula Keller, and Thomas Südmeyer  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 21, Issue 21, pp. 24770-24780 (2013)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.21.024770


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Abstract

We phase-stabilized the carrier-envelope-offset (CEO) frequency of a SESAM modelocked Yb:CaGdAlO4 (CALGO) thin disk laser (TDL) generating 90-fs pulses at a center wavelength of 1051.6 nm and a repetition rate of 65 MHz. By launching only 2% of its output power into a photonic crystal fiber, we generated a coherent octave-spanning supercontinuum spectrum. Using a standard f-to-2f interferometer for CEO detection, we measured CEO beats with 33 dB signal-to-noise ratio in 100 kHz resolution bandwidth. We achieved a tight lock of the CEO frequency at 26.18 MHz by active feedback to the pump current. The residual in-loop integrated phase noise is 120 mrad (1 Hz-1 MHz). This is, to our knowledge, the first CEO-stabilized SESAM modelocked TDL. Our results show that a reliable lock of the CEO frequency can be achieved using standard techniques in spite of the strongly spatially multimode pumping scheme of TDLs. This opens the door towards fully-stabilized low-noise frequency combs with hundreds of watts of average power from table-top SESAM modelocked thin disk oscillators.

© 2013 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(140.4050) Lasers and laser optics : Mode-locked lasers
(320.0320) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast optics
(320.6629) Ultrafast optics : Supercontinuum generation

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

History
Original Manuscript: July 29, 2013
Revised Manuscript: September 24, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: September 30, 2013
Published: October 9, 2013

Citation
Alexander Klenner, Florian Emaury, Cinia Schriber, Andreas Diebold, Clara J. Saraceno, Stéphane Schilt, Ursula Keller, and Thomas Südmeyer, "Phase-stabilization of the carrier-envelope-offset frequency of a SESAM modelocked thin disk laser," Opt. Express 21, 24770-24780 (2013)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-21-21-24770


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