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  • Editor: Michael Duncan
  • Vol. 11, Iss. 22 — Nov. 3, 2003
  • pp: 2911–2916

Diode-pumped mode-locked Yb3+:Y2O3 ceramic laser

A. Shirakawa, K. Takaichi, H. Yagi, J-F. Bisson, J. Lu, M. Musha, K. Ueda, T. Yanagitani, T. S. Petrov, and A. A. Kaminskii  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 11, Issue 22, pp. 2911-2916 (2003)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.11.002911


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Abstract

A diode-pumped femtosecond ytterbium laser with a host material of Y2O3 ceramics is reported. Passive mode locking by a semiconductor saturable-absorber mirror generates 98-MHz, 615-fs pulses at a center wavelength of 1076.5 nm. The average power is 420 mW and the pulse energy is 4.3 nJ with a 2.6-W absorbed pump power. To our knowledge, this is the first continuous-wave mode-locked ceramic laser.

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OCIS Codes
(140.3480) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, diode-pumped
(140.4050) Lasers and laser optics : Mode-locked lasers
(140.5680) Lasers and laser optics : Rare earth and transition metal solid-state lasers
(160.3380) Materials : Laser materials

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History
Original Manuscript: September 23, 2003
Revised Manuscript: October 22, 2003
Published: November 3, 2003

Citation
A. Shirakawa, K. Takaichi, H. Yagi, J. Bisson, J. Lu, M. Musha, K. Ueda, T. Yanagitani, T. Petrov, and A. Kaminskii, "Diode-pumped mode-locked Yb3+:Y2O3 ceramic laser," Opt. Express 11, 2911-2916 (2003)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-11-22-2911


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