A self-starting Kerr-lens mode-locked Yb:KY(WO<sub>4</sub>)<sub>2</sub> laser directly end pumped by two 1.6-W diodes is demonstrated for what is to our knowledge the first time. Pulses as short as 71 fs with 120-mW average output power, at a center wavelength of 1057 nm, were obtained at a repetition rate of 110 MHz. A 10-nm tuning range was achieved with longer pulses and higher average output power.
© 2001 Optical Society of America
(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
(320.7090) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast lasers
H. Liu, J. Nees, and G. Mourou, "Diode-pumped Kerr-lens mode-locked Yb:KY(WO4)2 laser," Opt. Lett. 26, 1723-1725 (2001)