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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 17, Iss. 22 — Oct. 26, 2009
  • pp: 20109–20116

Sub-100 fs single-walled carbon nanotube saturable absorber mode-locked Yb-laser operation near 1 µm

Andreas Schmidt, Simon Rivier, Won Bae Cho, Jong Hyuk Yim, Sun Young Choi, Soonil Lee, Fabian Rotermund, Daniel Rytz, Günter Steinmeyer, Valentin Petrov, and Uwe Griebner  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 17, Issue 22, pp. 20109-20116 (2009)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.17.020109


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Abstract

Transmission- and reflection-type single–walled carbon nanotube saturable absorbers (SWCNT-SAs) were designed and fabricated for passive mode-locking of bulk lasers in the 1 µm spectral range. Mode-locked laser operation based on a diffusion-bonded Yb:KYW/KYW crystal was demonstrated, and pulses as short as 83 fs and 140 fs were achieved applying reflection-type and transmission-type SWCNT-SA, respectively. The nonlinear parameters of the absorbers were measured to be in close vicinity to those of a semiconductor saturable absorber mirror for the same wavelength range. Mode-locking performance with SWCNT-SAs and the SESAM was compared utilizing the same cavity, with the SESAM resulting in only slightly shorter pulses of 66 fs duration. The nearly identical performance indicates that well-optimized SWCNT-SAs can substitute SESAMs even in the 1 µm region.

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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
(160.4236) Materials : Nanomaterials

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

History
Original Manuscript: August 24, 2009
Revised Manuscript: October 8, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: October 10, 2009
Published: October 20, 2009

Citation
Andreas Schmidt, Simon Rivier, Won Bae Cho, Jong Hyuk Yim, Sun Young Choi, Soonil Lee, Fabian Rotermund, Daniel Rytz, Günter Steinmeyer, Valentin Petrov, and Uwe Griebner, "Sub-100 fs single-walled carbon nanotube saturable absorber mode-locked Yb-laser operation near 1 µm," Opt. Express 17, 20109-20116 (2009)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-17-22-20109


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