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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 20, Iss. 9 — Apr. 23, 2012
  • pp: 9650–9656

Self-referenceable frequency comb from an ultrafast thin disk laser

Clara J. Saraceno, Selina Pekarek, Oliver H. Heckl, Cyrill R. E. Baer, Cinia Schriber, Matthias Golling, Kolja Beil, Christian Kränkel, Günter Huber, Ursula Keller, and Thomas Südmeyer  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 20, Issue 9, pp. 9650-9656 (2012)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.20.009650


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Abstract

We present the first measurement of the carrier envelope offset (CEO) frequency of an ultrafast thin disk laser (TDL). The TDL used for this proof-of-principle experiment was based on the gain material Yb:Lu2O3 and delivered 7 W of average power in 142-fs pulses, which is more than two times shorter than previously realized with this material. Using only 65 mW of the output of the laser, we generated a coherent octave-spanning supercontinuum (SC) in a highly nonlinear photonic crystal fiber (PCF). We detected the CEO beat signal using a standard f-to-2f interferometer, achieving a signal-to-noise ratio of >25 dB (3 kHz resolution bandwidth). The CEO frequency was tunable with the pump current with a slope of 33 kHz/mA. This result opens the door towards high-power frequency combs from unamplified oscillators. Furthermore, it confirms the suitability of these sources for future intralaser extreme nonlinear optics experiments such as high harmonic generation and VUV frequency comb generation from compact sources.

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OCIS Codes
(140.3580) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, solid-state
(140.4050) Lasers and laser optics : Mode-locked lasers
(320.7090) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast lasers
(320.6629) Ultrafast optics : Supercontinuum generation

ToC Category:
Ultrafast Optics

History
Original Manuscript: February 21, 2012
Revised Manuscript: April 10, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: April 10, 2012
Published: April 12, 2012

Citation
Clara J. Saraceno, Selina Pekarek, Oliver H. Heckl, Cyrill R. E. Baer, Cinia Schriber, Matthias Golling, Kolja Beil, Christian Kränkel, Günter Huber, Ursula Keller, and Thomas Südmeyer, "Self-referenceable frequency comb from an ultrafast thin disk laser," Opt. Express 20, 9650-9656 (2012)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-20-9-9650


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