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  • Vol. 21, Iss. 13 — Jul. 1, 1996
  • pp: 967–969

Cladding-pumped passively mode-locked fiber laser generating femtosecond and picosecond pulses

M. E. Fermann, D. Harter, J. D. Minelly, and G. G. Vienne  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 21, Issue 13, pp. 967-969 (1996)

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Passively mode-locked fiber lasers cladding pumped by broad-area diode-laser arrays are described. With a dispersion-compenstated erbium–ytterbium fiber oscillator, 200-fs pulses with pulse energies up to 100 pJ are generated at a wavelength of 1560 nm. In a highly dispersive cavity, pulse widths of 3 ps with pulse energies up to 1 nJ are obtained. A saturable absorber is used for pulse startup, whereas nonlinear polarization evolution is exploited for steady-state pulse shaping. An environmentally stable design is ensured by use of a compensation scheme for linear polarization drifts in the cavity.

© 1996 Optical Society of America

Original Manuscript: January 2, 1996
Published: July 1, 1996

M. E. Fermann, J. D. Minelly, G. G. Vienne, and D. Harter, "Cladding-pumped passively mode-locked fiber laser generating femtosecond and picosecond pulses," Opt. Lett. 21, 967-969 (1996)

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