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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 15, Iss. 17 — Aug. 20, 2007
  • pp: 10725–10732

High-energy femtosecond Yb-doped dispersion compensation free fiber laser

B. Ortaç, O. Schmidt, T. Schreiber, J. Limpert, A. Tünnermann, and Ammar Hideur  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 15, Issue 17, pp. 10725-10732 (2007)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.15.010725


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Abstract

We report on a mode-locked high energy fiber laser operating in the dispersion compensation free regime. The sigma cavity is constructed with a saturable absorber mirror and short-length large-mode-area photonic crystal fiber. The laser generates positively-chirped pulses with an energy of 265 nJ at a repetition rate of 10.18 MHz in a stable and self-starting operation. The pulses are compressible down to 400 fs leading to a peak power of 500 kW. Numerical simulations accurately reflect the experimental results and reveal the mechanisms for self consistent intra-cavity pulse evolution. With this performance mode-locked fiber lasers can compete with state-of-the-art bulk femtosecond oscillators for the first time and pulse energy scaling beyond the µJ-level appears to be feasible.

© 2007 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(060.5530) Fiber optics and optical communications : Pulse propagation and temporal solitons
(140.3510) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, fiber
(140.7090) Lasers and laser optics : Ultrafast lasers

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

History
Original Manuscript: June 18, 2007
Revised Manuscript: August 2, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: August 2, 2007
Published: August 9, 2007

Citation
B. Ortaç, O. Schmidt, T. Schreiber, J. Limpert, A. Tünnermann, and A. Hideur, "High-energy femtosecond Yb-doped dispersion compensation free fiber laser," Opt. Express 15, 10725-10732 (2007)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-15-17-10725


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