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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 34, Iss. 9 — May. 1, 2009
  • pp: 1474–1476

Diode-pumped 99 fs Yb : Ca F 2 oscillator

F. Friebel, F. Druon, J. Boudeile, D. N. Papadopoulos, M. Hanna, P. Georges, P. Camy, J. L. Doualan, A. Benayad, R. Moncorgé, C. Cassagne, and G. Boudebs  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 34, Issue 9, pp. 1474-1476 (2009)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.34.001474


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Abstract

We demonstrate the generation of 99 fs pulses by a mode-locked laser oscillator built around a Yb : Ca F 2 crystal. An average power of 380 mW for a 13 nm bandwidth spectrum centered at 1053 nm is obtained. The short-pulse operation is achieved thanks to a saturable absorber mirror and is stabilized by the Kerr lens effect. We investigated the limits of the stabilization process and observed a regime slowly oscillating between mode locking and Q switching.

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OCIS Codes
(140.4050) Lasers and laser optics : Mode-locked lasers
(320.7090) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast lasers
(140.3615) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, ytterbium

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

History
Original Manuscript: November 12, 2008
Revised Manuscript: March 3, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: March 18, 2009
Published: April 30, 2009

Citation
F. Friebel, F. Druon, J. Boudeile, D. N. Papadopoulos, M. Hanna, P. Georges, P. Camy, J. L. Doualan, A. Benayad, R. Moncorgé, C. Cassagne, and G. Boudebs, "Diode-pumped 99 fs Yb:CaF2 oscillator," Opt. Lett. 34, 1474-1476 (2009)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-34-9-1474


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