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Optics Express

  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 21, Iss. 6 — Mar. 25, 2013
  • pp: 6764–6776

Consistent characterization of semiconductor saturable absorber mirrors with single-pulse and pump-probe spectroscopy

R. Fleischhaker, N. Krauß, F. Schättiger, and T. Dekorsy  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 21, Issue 6, pp. 6764-6776 (2013)

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We study the comparability of the two most important measurement methods used for the characterization of semiconductor saturable absorber mirrors (SESAMs). For both methods, single-pulse spectroscopy (SPS) and pump-probe spectroscopy (PPS), we analyze in detail the time-dependent saturation dynamics inside a SESAM. Based on this analysis, we find that fluence-dependent PPS at complete spatial overlap and zero time delay is equivalent to SPS. We confirm our findings experimentally by comparing data from SPS and PPS of two samples. We show how to interpret this data consistently and we give explanations for possible deviations.

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OCIS Codes
(120.5700) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Reflection
(140.4050) Lasers and laser optics : Mode-locked lasers
(230.4320) Optical devices : Nonlinear optical devices

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

Original Manuscript: November 21, 2012
Revised Manuscript: January 10, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: February 4, 2013
Published: March 11, 2013

R. Fleischhaker, N. Krauß, F. Schättiger, and T. Dekorsy, "Consistent characterization of semiconductor saturable absorber mirrors with single-pulse and pump-probe spectroscopy," Opt. Express 21, 6764-6776 (2013)

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