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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 19, Iss. 17 — Aug. 15, 2011
  • pp: 16491–16497

Self-referenceable frequency comb from a gigahertz diode-pumped solid-state laser

Selina Pekarek, Thomas Südmeyer, Steve Lecomte, Stefan Kundermann, John M. Dudley, and Ursula Keller  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 19, Issue 17, pp. 16491-16497 (2011)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.19.016491


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Abstract

We present carrier envelope offset (CEO) frequency detection of a diode-pumped Yb:KGW (ytterbium-doped potassium gadolinium tungstate) laser with a repetition rate of 1 GHz. The SESAM-soliton-modelocked laser delivers 2.2-W average power in 290-fs pulses. This corresponds to a peak power of 6.7 kW and the optical-to-optical efficiency is 38%. With a passive pulse compression the duration is reduced to 100 fs at an average power of 1.1 W. Coherent supercontinuum (SC) generation in a highly nonlinear photonic crystal fiber (PCF) is achieved without additional amplification. Furthermore we have demonstrated that pulse compression towards lower soliton orders of approximately 10 was required for coherent SC generation and CEO detection. Additional numerical simulations further confirm these experimental results.

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OCIS Codes
(120.3940) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Metrology
(140.3480) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, diode-pumped
(140.3580) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, solid-state
(140.4050) Lasers and laser optics : Mode-locked lasers
(320.7090) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast lasers
(140.3615) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, ytterbium

ToC Category:
Instrumentation, Measurement, and Metrology

History
Original Manuscript: July 5, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: July 27, 2011
Published: August 11, 2011

Citation
Selina Pekarek, Thomas Südmeyer, Steve Lecomte, Stefan Kundermann, John M. Dudley, and Ursula Keller, "Self-referenceable frequency comb from a gigahertz diode-pumped solid-state laser," Opt. Express 19, 16491-16497 (2011)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-19-17-16491


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