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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 16, Iss. 10 — May. 12, 2008
  • pp: 7571–7579

High precision optical characterization of semiconductor saturable absorber mirrors

D. J. H. C. Maas, B. Rudin, A.-R. Bellancourt, D. Iwaniuk, S. V. Marchese, T. Südmeyer, and U. Keller  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 16, Issue 10, pp. 7571-7579 (2008)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.16.007571


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Abstract

Semiconductor saturable absorber mirrors (SESAMs) have become a key element of many ultrafast laser sources, enabling passively modelocked lasers with >100 GHz repetition rate or with >10 µJ pulse energy. Precise knowledge of the nonlinear optical reflectivity is required to optimize the SESAMs for self-starting passive modelocking at record high repetition rates or pulse energies. In this article, we discuss a new method for wide dynamic range nonlinear reflectivity measurements. We achieve a higher accuracy (<0.05%) with a simpler and more cost-efficient measurement scheme compared with previous measurement systems. The method can easily be implemented for arbitrary wavelength regions and fluence ranges.

© 2008 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(120.5700) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Reflection
(140.4050) Lasers and laser optics : Mode-locked lasers
(230.4320) Optical devices : Nonlinear optical devices

ToC Category:
Instrumentation, Measurement, and Metrology

History
Original Manuscript: March 28, 2008
Revised Manuscript: May 8, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: May 8, 2008
Published: May 9, 2008

Citation
D. J. Maas, B. Rudin, A.-R. Bellancourt, D. Iwaniuk, S. V. Marchese, T. Südmeyer, and U. Keller, "High precision optical characterization of semiconductor saturable absorber mirrors," Opt. Express 16, 7571-7579 (2008)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-16-10-7571


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