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Optics Express

  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 21, Iss. 17 — Aug. 26, 2013
  • pp: 19608–19614

Fundamentally mode-locked, femtosecond waveguide oscillators with multi-gigahertz repetition frequencies up to 15 GHz

Alexander A. Lagatsky, Amol Choudhary, Pradeesh Kannan, David P. Shepherd, Wilson Sibbett, and Christian T. A. Brown  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 21, Issue 17, pp. 19608-19614 (2013)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.21.019608


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Abstract

We demonstrate passively mode-locked Yb3+-doped glass waveguide lasers in a quasi-monolithic configuration with a maximum pulse repetition frequency up to 15.2 GHz. A semiconductor saturable absorber mirror (SESAM) is used to achieve stable mode-locking around 1050 nm with pulse durations as short as 811 fs and an average power up to 27 mW. Different waveguide samples are also employed to deliver pulses with repetition rates of 4.9 GHz, 10.4 GHz and 12 GHz with an average power of 32 mW, 60 mW and 45 mW, respectively. The group velocity dispersion control in the cavity is provided by changing the gap between the SESAM and the waveguide end-face to facilitate a soliton mode-locking regime.

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OCIS Codes
(140.4050) Lasers and laser optics : Mode-locked lasers
(140.7090) Lasers and laser optics : Ultrafast lasers
(230.7380) Optical devices : Waveguides, channeled
(320.7080) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast devices
(130.2755) Integrated optics : Glass waveguides
(140.3615) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, ytterbium

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

History
Original Manuscript: June 17, 2013
Revised Manuscript: August 6, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: August 6, 2013
Published: August 13, 2013

Citation
Alexander A. Lagatsky, Amol Choudhary, Pradeesh Kannan, David P. Shepherd, Wilson Sibbett, and Christian T. A. Brown, "Fundamentally mode-locked, femtosecond waveguide oscillators with multi-gigahertz repetition frequencies up to 15 GHz," Opt. Express 21, 19608-19614 (2013)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-21-17-19608


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