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  • Editor: Anthony J. Campillo
  • Vol. 32, Iss. 14 — Jul. 15, 2007
  • pp: 1962–1964

Continuous-wave and femtosecond laser operation of Yb : Ca Gd Al O 4 under high-power diode pumping

J. Boudeile, F. Druon, M. Hanna, P. Georges, Y. Zaouter, E. Cormier, J. Petit, P. Goldner, and B. Viana  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 32, Issue 14, pp. 1962-1964 (2007)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.32.001962


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Abstract

We demonstrate the generation of 68 fs secant hyperbolic pulses at a 105 MHz repetition rate with an average power of 520 mW from a diode-pumped Yb 3 + : Ca Gd Al O 4 mode-locked laser. A semiconductor saturable absorber allows passive mode locking, and a 15 W diode laser is used to pump directly the crystal. To our knowledge this represents the highest average power ever obtained for a sub- 100 fs diode-pumped Yb-bulk laser.

© 2007 Optical Society of America

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

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

History
Original Manuscript: April 2, 2007
Revised Manuscript: May 10, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: May 15, 2007
Published: July 2, 2007

Citation
J. Boudeile, F. Druon, M. Hanna, P. Georges, Y. Zaouter, E. Cormier, J. Petit, P. Goldner, and B. Viana, "Continuous-wave and femtosecond laser operation of Yb:CaGdAlO4 under high-power diode pumping," Opt. Lett. 32, 1962-1964 (2007)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-32-14-1962

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