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  • Vol. 24, Iss. 18 — Sep. 15, 1999
  • pp: 1281–1283

High-power diode-pumped passively mode-locked Yb:YAG lasers

J. Aus der Au, S. F. Schaer, R. Paschotta, C. Hönninger, U. Keller, and M. Moser  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 24, Issue 18, pp. 1281-1283 (1999)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.24.001281


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Abstract

We obtained 74-kW peak power and 3.5-W average output power in 1-ps pulses from a diode-pumped Yb:YAG laser at 1030 nm that was passively mode locked with a semiconductor saturable-absorber mirror. Another laser produced 57-kW peak power and as much as 8.1-W average output power in 2.2-ps pulses, split into two nearly diffraction-limited beams (M2<1.2) . To our knowledge, these are by far the highest reported peak and average output powers from a diode-pumped mode-locked laser in this pulse-duration regime.

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OCIS Codes
(140.3480) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, diode-pumped
(140.4050) Lasers and laser optics : Mode-locked lasers
(140.5680) Lasers and laser optics : Rare earth and transition metal solid-state lasers
(140.6810) Lasers and laser optics : Thermal effects

Citation
J. Aus der Au, S. F. Schaer, R. Paschotta, C. Hönninger, U. Keller, and M. Moser, "High-power diode-pumped passively mode-locked Yb:YAG lasers," Opt. Lett. 24, 1281-1283 (1999)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-24-18-1281

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