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  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 21, Iss. 9 — May. 6, 2013
  • pp: 10731–10738

Picosecond to femtosecond pulses from high power self mode–locked ytterbium rod-type fiber laser

Pierre Deslandes, Mathias Perrin, Julien Saby, Damien Sangla, François Salin, and Eric Freysz  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 21, Issue 9, pp. 10731-10738 (2013)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.21.010731


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Abstract

We have designed an ytterbium rod-type fiber laser oscillator with tunable pulse duration. This system that delivers more than 10 W of average power is self mode-locked. It yields femtosecond to picosecond laser pulses at a repetition rate of 74 MHz. The pulse duration is adjusted by changing the spectral width of a band pass filter that is inserted in the laser cavity. Using volume Bragg gratings of 0.9 nm and 0.07 nm spectrum bandwidth, this oscillator delivers nearly Fourier limited 2.8 ps and 18.5 ps pulses, respectively. With a 4 nm interference filter, one obtains picosecond pulses that have been externally dechirped down to 130 fs.

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OCIS Codes
(060.2320) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics amplifiers and oscillators
(140.3510) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, fiber
(140.4050) Lasers and laser optics : Mode-locked lasers
(140.7090) Lasers and laser optics : Ultrafast lasers
(140.3615) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, ytterbium

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

History
Original Manuscript: February 25, 2013
Revised Manuscript: April 17, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: April 20, 2013
Published: April 25, 2013

Citation
Pierre Deslandes, Mathias Perrin, Julien Saby, Damien Sangla, François Salin, and Eric Freysz, "Picosecond to femtosecond pulses from high power self mode–locked ytterbium rod-type fiber laser," Opt. Express 21, 10731-10738 (2013)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-21-9-10731


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