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  • Editor: Michael Duncan
  • Vol. 14, Iss. 12 — Jun. 12, 2006
  • pp: 5285–5294

An extended cavity diode-pumped femtosecond Yb:KGW laser for applications in optical DNA sensor technology based on fluorescence lifetime measurements

Arkady Major, Virginijus Barzda, Paul A. E. Piunno, Sergei Musikhin, and Ulrich J. Krull  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 14, Issue 12, pp. 5285-5294 (2006)

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A reliable and power-scalable extended cavity diode-pumped passively mode-locked Yb:KGW laser generating ~200 fs long pulses at a repetition rate of 15 MHz was developed and characterized. The laser delivered up to 150 mW of average power at fundamental wavelength of 1040 nm, corresponding to a pulse energy of 10 nJ. The laser radiation was frequency-doubled in a single pass configuration within a nonlinear BIBO crystal to produce femtosecond green radiation at 520 nm with peak power of ~200 W. The generated second harmonic served as an excitation source for an optical DNA biosensor based on fluorescence lifetime measurements obtained using the time-correlated single photon counting technique.

© 2006 Optical Society of America

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
(140.7090) Lasers and laser optics : Ultrafast lasers

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

Original Manuscript: April 7, 2006
Revised Manuscript: May 12, 2006
Manuscript Accepted: May 20, 2006
Published: June 12, 2006

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Arkady Major, Virginijus Barzda, Paul A. E. Piunno, Sergei Musikhin, and Ulrich J. Krull, "An extended cavity diode-pumped femtosecond Yb:KGW laser for applications in optical DNA sensor technology based on fluorescence lifetime measurements," Opt. Express 14, 5285-5294 (2006)

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