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  • Editor: Anthony J. Campillo
  • Vol. 32, Iss. 18 — Sep. 15, 2007
  • pp: 2677–2679

8 ns fiber laser Q switched by the resonant saturable absorber mirror

Tommi Hakulinen and Oleg G. Okhotnikov  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 32, Issue 18, pp. 2677-2679 (2007)

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We demonstrate that resonant high-modulation-depth saturable absorbers allow efficient pulse shortening in Q-switched lasers. Using a 70% modulation depth resonant saturable absorber mirror we achieved 8 ns pulses that are close to the limit set by the cavity length and are, to our knowledge, the shortest pulses demonstrated to date from passively Q-switched fiber lasers.

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OCIS Codes
(060.2320) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics amplifiers and oscillators
(140.3480) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, diode-pumped
(140.3510) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, fiber
(140.3540) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, Q-switched
(140.3600) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, tunable

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

Original Manuscript: June 12, 2007
Revised Manuscript: July 31, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: August 3, 2007
Published: September 4, 2007

Tommi Hakulinen and Oleg G. Okhotnikov, "8 ns fiber laser Q switched by the resonant saturable absorber mirror," Opt. Lett. 32, 2677-2679 (2007)

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