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  • Vol. 26, Iss. 6 — Mar. 15, 2001
  • pp: 379–381

Widely tunable pulse durations from a passively mode-locked thin-disk Yb:YAG laser

F. Brunner, R. Paschotta, J. Aus der Au, G. J. Spühler, F. Morier-Genoud, R. Hövel, M. Moser, S. Erhard, M. Karszewski, A. Giesen, and U. Keller  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 26, Issue 6, pp. 379-381 (2001)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.26.000379


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Abstract

We demonstrate a passively mode-locked thin-disk Yb:YAG laser that generates solitonlike pulses with durations that are continuously tunable in a very wide range from 3.3 to 89 ps or from 0.83 to 1.57 ps. The average powers are typically ~12 W . Previously [Opt. Lett. <i>25,</i> 859 (2000)], only pulse durations in a narrow range near 0.7 ps could be obtained from such lasers because of the effect of spatial hole burning. We achieved this much wider range by constructing a laser cavity with two different angles of incidence on the thin disk, which greatly reduces the effect of spatial hole burning.

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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

Citation
F. Brunner, R. Paschotta, J. Aus der Au, G. J. Spühler, F. Morier-Genoud, R. Hövel, M. Moser, S. Erhard, M. Karszewski, A. Giesen, and U. Keller, "Widely tunable pulse durations from a passively mode-locked thin-disk Yb:YAG laser," Opt. Lett. 26, 379-381 (2001)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-26-6-379


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