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Optics Express

  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 21, Iss. 21 — Oct. 21, 2013
  • pp: 24904–24911

Femtosecond pulses from a modelocked integrated external-cavity surface emitting laser (MIXSEL)

Mario Mangold, Valentin J. Wittwer, Christian A. Zaugg, Sandro M. Link, 
Matthias Golling, Bauke W. Tilma, and Ursula Keller  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 21, Issue 21, pp. 24904-24911 (2013)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.21.024904


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Abstract

Novel surface-emitting optically pumped semiconductor lasers have demonstrated >1 W modelocked and >100 W continuous wave (cw) average output power. The modelocked integrated external-cavity surface emitting laser (MIXSEL) combines the gain of vertical-external-cavity surface-emitting lasers (VECSELs) with the saturable absorber of a semiconductor saturable absorber mirror (SESAM) in one single semiconductor structure. This unique concept allows for stable and self-starting passive modelocking in a simple straight cavity. With quantum-dot based absorbers, record-high average output power was demonstrated previously, however the pulse duration was limited to 17 ps so far. Here, we present the first femtosecond MIXSEL emitting pulses with a duration as short as 620 fs at 4.8 GHz repetition rate and 101 mW average output power. The novel MIXSEL structure relies on a single low temperature grown quantum-well saturable absorber with a low saturation fluence and fast recovery dynamics. A detailed characterization of the key modelocking parameters of the absorber and the challenges for absorber integration into the MIXSEL structure are discussed.

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OCIS Codes
(140.3460) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers
(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
(140.7270) Lasers and laser optics : Vertical emitting lasers

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

History
Original Manuscript: August 28, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: September 29, 2013
Published: October 10, 2013

Citation
Mario Mangold, Valentin J. Wittwer, Christian A. Zaugg, Sandro M. Link, 
Matthias Golling, Bauke W. Tilma, and Ursula Keller, "Femtosecond pulses from a modelocked integrated external-cavity surface emitting laser (MIXSEL)," Opt. Express 21, 24904-24911 (2013)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-21-21-24904


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