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  • Editor: Michael Duncan
  • Vol. 14, Iss. 24 — Nov. 27, 2006
  • pp: 11668–11671

Passively mode-locked Yb:LuVO4 oscillator

Simon Rivier, Xavier Mateos, Junhai Liu, Valentin Petrov, Uwe Griebner, Martin Zorn, Markus Weyers, Huaijin Zhang, Jiyang Wang, and Minhua Jiang  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 14, Issue 24, pp. 11668-11671 (2006)

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Passive mode locking of the ytterbium doped orthovanadate crystal Yb:LuVO4 is reported for the first time. We demonstrate what we believe to be the shortest pulses directly generated with an Yb-doped crystalline laser using a semiconductor saturable absorber. The pulses at 1036 nm have a duration as short as 58 fs for an average power of 85 mW.

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OCIS Codes
(140.4050) Lasers and laser optics : Mode-locked lasers
(140.5680) Lasers and laser optics : Rare earth and transition metal solid-state lasers

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

Original Manuscript: September 5, 2006
Revised Manuscript: November 8, 2006
Manuscript Accepted: November 10, 2006
Published: November 27, 2006

Simon Rivier, Xavier Mateos, Junhai Liu, Valentin Petrov, Uwe Griebner, Martin Zorn, Markus Weyers, Huaijin Zhang, Jiyang Wang, and Minhua Jiang, "Passively mode-locked Yb:LuVO4 oscillator," Opt. Express 14, 11668-11671 (2006)

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