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  • Editor: Anthony J Campillo
  • Vol. 32, Iss. 1 — Jan. 1, 2007
  • pp: 38–40

Solid-state Er:Yb:glass laser mode-locked by using single-wall carbon nanotube thin film

Kok Hann Fong, Kazuro Kikuchi, Chee S. Goh, Sze Y. Set, Rachel Grange, Markus Haiml, Adrian Schlatter, and Ursula Keller  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 32, Issue 1, pp. 38-40 (2007)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.32.000038


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Abstract

We design single-wall carbon nanotube (SWNT) thin-film saturable absorbers (SAs) integrated onto semiconductor distributed Bragg reflectors for mode-locking solid-state Er:Yb:glass lasers. We characterize the low nonsaturable loss, high-damage-threshold SWNT SAs and verify their operation up to a pulse fluence of 2 mJ cm 2 . We demonstrate passive fundamental continuous-wave mode locking with and without group-delay dispersion compensation. Without compensation the laser produces chirped 1.8 ps pulses with a spectral width of 3.8 nm . With compensation, we obtain 261 fs Fourier-transform-limited pulses with a spectral width of 9.6 nm .

© 2006 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(140.3480) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, diode-pumped
(140.3580) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, solid-state
(140.4050) Lasers and laser optics : Mode-locked lasers
(160.4330) Materials : Nonlinear optical materials

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

History
Original Manuscript: July 19, 2006
Manuscript Accepted: August 21, 2006
Published: December 13, 2006

Citation
Kok Hann Fong, Kazuro Kikuchi, Chee S. Goh, Sze Y. Set, Rachel Grange, Markus Haiml, Adrian Schlatter, and Ursula Keller, "Solid-state Er:Yb:glass laser mode-locked by using single-wall carbon nanotube thin film," Opt. Lett. 32, 38-40 (2007)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-32-1-38


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