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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 18, Iss. 16 — Aug. 2, 2010
  • pp: 16739–16744

Passive femtosecond mode-locking and cw laser performance of Yb3+: Sc2SiO5

Wei De Tan, Dingyuan Tang, Xiaodong Xu, Jian Zhang, Changwen Xu, Feng Xu, Lihe Zheng, Liangbi Su, and Jun Xu  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 18, Issue 16, pp. 16739-16744 (2010)

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The authors report on the passive mode-locking and cw lasing performance of Yb 3+: Sc2SiO5 (Yb: SSO) in an x-fold cavity end-pumped by a 978 nm single emitter. The laser produced a maximum cw output power of 2.73 W with a slope efficiency of 70%. Passive mode-locking of Yb: SSO was initiated using a semiconductor saturable absorber mirror (SESAM) while dispersion compensation was introduced using a pair of SF10 prisms. The laser mode-locked at 1041 nm, 1060 nm and 1077 nm with near Fourier transformed limited pulse width of 145 fs, 144 fs and 125 fs, and average output power of 40 mW, 52 mW and 102 mW, respectively. To the authors’ knowledge, this is the first demonstration of femtosecond mode-locking of Yb: SSO.

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OCIS Codes
(140.3580) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, solid-state
(140.4050) Lasers and laser optics : Mode-locked lasers
(140.5680) Lasers and laser optics : Rare earth and transition metal solid-state lasers
(160.5690) Materials : Rare-earth-doped materials

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

Original Manuscript: May 27, 2010
Revised Manuscript: July 15, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: July 16, 2010
Published: July 23, 2010

Wei De Tan, Dingyuan Tang, Xiaodong Xu, Jian Zhang, Changwen Xu, Feng Xu, Lihe Zheng, Liangbi Su, and Jun Xu, "Passive femtosecond mode-locking and cw laser performance of Yb3+: Sc2SiO5," Opt. Express 18, 16739-16744 (2010)

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