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  • Editor: Michael Duncan
  • Vol. 12, Iss. 17 — Aug. 23, 2004
  • pp: 3928–3933

Highly efficient and low threshold diode-pumped Kerr-lens mode-locked Yb:KYW laser

A. A. Lagatsky, C. T. A. Brown, and W. Sibbett  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 12, Issue 17, pp. 3928-3933 (2004)

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We report a highly efficient diode-pumped femtosecond Yb:KYW laser with a compact three-element resonator. Near-transform-limited pulses of 107fs duration at a centre wavelength of 1056nm are produced at a pulse repetition frequency of 294MHz by utilising soft-aperture Kerr-lens mode locking. The femtosecond operation had a mode-locking threshold at a pump power of 250mW and the laser was tunable from 1042nm to 1075nm. The optical-to-optical conversion efficiency exceeded 50% in this femtosecond-pulse regime.

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OCIS Codes
(140.3480) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, diode-pumped
(140.3580) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, solid-state
(140.4050) Lasers and laser optics : Mode-locked lasers
(140.4780) Lasers and laser optics : Optical resonators
(140.5680) Lasers and laser optics : Rare earth and transition metal solid-state lasers
(140.7090) Lasers and laser optics : Ultrafast lasers

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Original Manuscript: June 7, 2004
Revised Manuscript: August 6, 2004
Published: August 23, 2004

Alexander Lagatsky, C. Brown, and W. Sibbett, "Highly efficient and low threshold diode-pumped Kerr-lens mode-locked Yb:KYW laser," Opt. Express 12, 3928-3933 (2004)

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