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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 38, Iss. 19 — Oct. 1, 2013
  • pp: 3842–3845

SESAM mode-locked Yb:CaGdAlO4 thin disk laser with 62 fs pulse generation

Andreas Diebold, Florian Emaury, Cinia Schriber, Matthias Golling, Clara J. Saraceno, Thomas Südmeyer, and Ursula Keller  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 38, Issue 19, pp. 3842-3845 (2013)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.38.003842


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Abstract

We present a semiconductor saturable absorber mirror (SESAM) mode-locked thin disk laser (TDL) based on Yb:CaGdAlO4 (Yb:CALGO) generating 62 fs pulses, which is the shortest pulse duration achieved from mode-locked TDLs to date. The oscillator operates at a repetition rate of 65 MHz and delivers 5.1 W of average output power. The short pulse duration of our TDL in combination with the high intracavity peak power of 44 MW makes this oscillator attractive for intracavity table-top extreme nonlinear optics applications such as high harmonic generation and vacuum ultraviolet frequency comb generation. The current average power was limited by the quality of the Yb:CALGO disk. However, power scaling of Yb:CALGO TDLs to the multi-10-W range with short pulse durations (<100fs) appears feasible in the near future by using thinner disks of better quality and further optimized SESAMs.

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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: August 8, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: August 14, 2013
Published: September 23, 2013

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Citation
Andreas Diebold, Florian Emaury, Cinia Schriber, Matthias Golling, Clara J. Saraceno, Thomas Südmeyer, and Ursula Keller, "SESAM mode-locked Yb:CaGdAlO4 thin disk laser with 62 fs pulse generation," Opt. Lett. 38, 3842-3845 (2013)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-38-19-3842


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