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  • Vol. 28, Iss. 15 — Aug. 1, 2003
  • pp: 1368–1370

420-MHz Cr:forsterite femtosecond ring laser and continuum generation in the 1-2-μm range

I. Thomann, A. Bartels, K. L. Corwin, N. R. Newbury, L. Hollberg, Scott A. Diddams, J. W. Nicholson, and M. F. Yan  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 28, Issue 15, pp. 1368-1370 (2003)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.28.001368


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Abstract

We demonstrate a chromium-doped forsterite femtosecond ring laser that generates 30-fs pulses at a 420-MHz repetition rate with nearly 500 mW of average power. The compact solid-state design and broad spectral output make this laser attractive for telecommunications applications in the 1.3–1.5-μm region. Additional spectral broadening of the laser output in highly nonlinear optical fiber leads to octave-spanning spectra ranging from 1.06 to 2.17 μm . The octave is reached at a level of 18 dB below the peak. The underlying optical frequency comb can be linked to existing optical frequency standards.

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OCIS Codes
(060.0060) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics and optical communications
(060.4370) Fiber optics and optical communications : Nonlinear optics, fibers
(140.0140) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers and laser optics
(320.0320) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast optics

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I. Thomann, A. Bartels, K. L. Corwin, N. R. Newbury, L. Hollberg, Scott A. Diddams, J. W. Nicholson, and M. F. Yan, "420-MHz Cr:forsterite femtosecond ring laser and continuum generation in the 1-2-μm range," Opt. Lett. 28, 1368-1370 (2003)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-28-15-1368


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