We report a self-starting passively mode-locked thulium-doped silica fiber laser capable of 190-fs pulses. This practical, compact package is driven by a single 50-mW passively cooled diode laser, has a launched pump-power threshold of 18 mW for mode locking, and produces a 50-MHz train of mode-locked 20-pJ pulses at a wavelength near 1.9 μm.
© 1996 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: December 1, 1995
Published: June 15, 1996
R. C. Sharp, D. E. Spock, N. Pan, and J. Elliot, "190-fs passively mode-locked thulium fiber laser with a low threshold," Opt. Lett. 21, 881-883 (1996)