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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 38, Iss. 22 — Nov. 15, 2013
  • pp: 4927–4930

3 GHz, Yb-fiber laser-based, few-cycle ultrafast source at the Ti:sapphire laser wavelength

Hung-Wen Chen, Zia Haider, JinKang Lim, Shanhui Xu, Zhongmin Yang, Franz X. Kärtner, and Guoqing Chang  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 38, Issue 22, pp. 4927-4930 (2013)

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We demonstrate a compact ultrafast source centered at 850 nm with >200nm bandwidth (full width at half-maximum) based on a 3 GHz Yb-fiber master-oscillator-power-amplifier system. The output pulses (with up to 13 W average power) from the laser system are coupled into short (<50mm) pieces of photonic crystal fibers to excite broadband fiber-optic Cherenkov radiation; the resulting broad phase-matching bandwidth due to short fiber length produces an upconverted spectrum spanning in the wavelength range of 750–950 nm with average power of 94, 184, and 380 mW for fiber length of 28, 37, and 48 mm, respectively. The spectrum generated from the 37 mm fiber is then dechirped by eight double-chirped mirrors, leading to compressed pulses 14fs in duration. Such an ultrafast source is a promising substitute of multigigahertz mode-locked Ti:sapphire lasers for applications in optical frequency metrology and multiphoton coherent microscopy.

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OCIS Codes
(060.2310) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics
(140.7090) Lasers and laser optics : Ultrafast lasers
(190.4370) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, fibers
(320.2250) Ultrafast optics : Femtosecond phenomena
(320.7110) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast nonlinear optics
(060.5295) Fiber optics and optical communications : Photonic crystal fibers

ToC Category:
Fiber Optics and Optical Communications

Original Manuscript: September 5, 2013
Revised Manuscript: October 18, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: October 18, 2013
Published: November 15, 2013

Hung-Wen Chen, Zia Haider, JinKang Lim, Shanhui Xu, Zhongmin Yang, Franz X. Kärtner, and Guoqing Chang, "3 GHz, Yb-fiber laser-based, few-cycle ultrafast source at the Ti:sapphire laser wavelength," Opt. Lett. 38, 4927-4930 (2013)

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