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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 19, Iss. 8 — Apr. 11, 2011
  • pp: 7833–7838

Single-walled carbon nanotube saturable absorber assisted high-power mode-locking of a Ti:sapphire laser

In Hyung Baek, Sun Young Choi, Hwang Woon Lee, Won Bae Cho, Valentin Petrov, Antonio Agnesi, Valdas Pasiskevicius, Dong-Il Yeom, Kihong Kim, and Fabian Rotermund  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 19, Issue 8, pp. 7833-7838 (2011)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.19.007833


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Abstract

We report on passive mode-locking of a Ti:sapphire laser employing a single-walled carbon nanotube saturable absorber (SWCNT-SA) specially designed and fabricated for wavelengths near 800 nm. Mode-locked pulses as short as 62 fs were generated at a repetition rate of 99.4 MHz. We achieved output powers from the SWCNT-SA mode-locked laser as high as 600 mW with a slope efficiency of 26%. The characteristics of SWCNT-SA-assisted mode-locking were compared with those of Kerr-lens mode-locking without SWCNT-SA.

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OCIS Codes
(140.4050) Lasers and laser optics : Mode-locked lasers
(140.7090) Lasers and laser optics : Ultrafast lasers
(160.4330) Materials : Nonlinear optical materials
(160.4236) Materials : Nanomaterials

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

History
Original Manuscript: February 15, 2011
Revised Manuscript: March 31, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: March 31, 2011
Published: April 7, 2011

Citation
In Hyung Baek, Sun Young Choi, Hwang Woon Lee, Won Bae Cho, Valentin Petrov, Antonio Agnesi, Valdas Pasiskevicius, Dong-Il Yeom, Kihong Kim, and Fabian Rotermund, "Single-walled carbon nanotube saturable absorber assisted high-power mode-locking of a Ti:sapphire laser," Opt. Express 19, 7833-7838 (2011)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-19-8-7833


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