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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 18, Iss. 10 — May. 10, 2010
  • pp: 10143–10153

Experimental verification of soliton-like pulse-shaping mechanisms in passively mode-locked VECSELs

Martin Hoffmann, Oliver D. Sieber, Deran J. H. C. Maas, Valentin J. Wittwer, Matthias Golling, Thomas Südmeyer, and Ursula Keller  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 18, Issue 10, pp. 10143-10153 (2010)

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We present a detailed experimental study on the influence of dispersion on the pulse formation in passively modelocked vertical-external-cavity surface-emitting lasers (VECSELs). We have demonstrated that the shortest pulse duration requires slightly positive dispersion to balance the nonlinear phase shift induced by strong semiconductor gain and absorber saturation. This is in contrast to soliton modelocking in ion-doped solid-state lasers – but similarities remain and will be discussed. Our results are in good qualitative agreement with numerical simulations and confirm the quasi-soliton modelocking mechanism of ultrafast VECSELs.

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OCIS Codes
(140.4050) Lasers and laser optics : Mode-locked lasers
(140.7260) Lasers and laser optics : Vertical cavity surface emitting lasers

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

Original Manuscript: March 18, 2010
Revised Manuscript: April 22, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: April 25, 2010
Published: April 29, 2010

Martin Hoffmann, Oliver D. Sieber, Deran J. H. C. Maas, Valentin J. Wittwer, Matthias Golling, Thomas Südmeyer, and Ursula Keller, "Experimental verification of soliton-like pulse-shaping mechanisms in passively mode-locked VECSELs," Opt. Express 18, 10143-10153 (2010)

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