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  • Vol. 27, Iss. 5 — Mar. 1, 2002
  • pp: 291–293

Practical low-noise stretched-pulse Yb3+-doped fiber laser

L. Lefort, J. H. V. Price, D. J. Richardson, G. J. Spüler, R. Paschotta, U. Keller, A. R. Fry, and J. Weston  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 27, Issue 5, pp. 291-293 (2002)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.27.000291


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Abstract

We report on the development of what we consider to be a practical and highly stable stretched-pulse laser based on Yb3+ -doped silica fiber. The Fabry–Perot cavity uses nonlinear polarization rotation as the mode-locking mechanism, and a semiconductor saturable-absorber mirror to ensure robust self-starting and incorporates a diffraction grating pair to compensate for the normal dispersion of the fiber. Use of a single-mode grating-stabilized telecommunications-qualified pump laser diode ensures reliable, low-noise operation (~0.05% amplitude fluctuations at 10-Hz measurement bandwidth). The laser generates high-quality, 60-pJ pulses of <110-fs duration at a repetition rate of ~54 MHz (3-mW average power).

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OCIS Codes
(060.2320) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics amplifiers and oscillators
(140.4050) Lasers and laser optics : Mode-locked lasers

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L. Lefort, J. H. V. Price, D. J. Richardson, G. J. Spüler, R. Paschotta, U. Keller, A. R. Fry, and J. Weston, "Practical low-noise stretched-pulse Yb3+-doped fiber laser," Opt. Lett. 27, 291-293 (2002)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-27-5-291


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