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  • Editor: Michael Duncan
  • Vol. 12, Iss. 14 — Jul. 12, 2004
  • pp: 3125–3130

Passively mode-locked Yb:Lu2O3 laser

U. Griebner, V. Petrov, K. Petermann, and V. Peters  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 12, Issue 14, pp. 3125-3130 (2004)

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Given its specific thermal characteristics, the sesquioxide crystal Lu2O3 is a particularly promising laser host material. We demonstrate mode locking of a Yb:Lu2O3 laser by use of a semiconductor saturable-absorber mirror. The laser emits up to 470 mW in the picosecond regime, corresponding to a pump efficiency as high as 32%. With dispersion compensation, pulses as short as 220 fs at an average power of 266 mW are obtained at 1033.5 nm. To our knowledge, this is the first demonstration of a femtosecond oscillator based on Yb:Lu2O3.

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OCIS Codes
(140.3580) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, solid-state
(140.4050) Lasers and laser optics : Mode-locked lasers
(140.5680) Lasers and laser optics : Rare earth and transition metal solid-state lasers
(160.5690) Materials : Rare-earth-doped materials

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Original Manuscript: June 2, 2004
Revised Manuscript: June 29, 2004
Published: July 12, 2004

U. Griebner, V. Petrov, K. Petermann, and V. Peters, "Passively mode-locked Yb:Lu2O3 laser," Opt. Express 12, 3125-3130 (2004)

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