We experimentally demonstrated a passively mode-locked femtosecond laser by using a graphene-based saturable absorber mirror (graphene SAM) in the spectral region of 2 μm. The graphene SAM was fabricated by transferring chemical-vapor-deposited, high-quality, and large-area graphene on a highly reflective plane mirror. Stable mode-locked laser pulses as short as 729 fs were obtained with a repetition rate of 98.7 MHz and an average output power of 60.2 mW at 2018 nm.
© 2012 Optical Society of America
Lasers and Laser Optics
Original Manuscript: February 22, 2012
Revised Manuscript: April 6, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: April 16, 2012
Published: May 30, 2012
J. Ma, G. Q. Xie, P. Lv, W. L. Gao, P. Yuan, L. J. Qian, H. H. Yu, H. J. Zhang, J. Y. Wang, and D. Y. Tang, "Graphene mode-locked femtosecond laser at 2 μm wavelength," Opt. Lett. 37, 2085-2087 (2012)