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  • Editor: Anthony J. Campillo
  • Vol. 32, Iss. 18 — Sep. 15, 2007
  • pp: 2741–2743

High-power self-mode-locked Yb : Y 2 O 3 ceramic laser

G. Q. Xie, D. Y. Tang, L. M. Zhao, L. J. Qian, and K. Ueda  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 32, Issue 18, pp. 2741-2743 (2007)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.32.002741


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Abstract

We have experimentally demonstrated a high-power self-mode-locked Yb : Y 2 O 3 ceramic laser. Without any additional active or passive element in the cavity, self-started cw mode-locking was achieved. The maximum output power was as high as 2.7 W with a pulse duration of 1.1 ps . Numerical studies show that the diffraction loss induced by thermal lens aberration, in combination with the Kerr self-focusing effect in the gain medium, results in the mode locking of the laser. To our knowledge, this is the first self-mode-locked ceramic laser.

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OCIS Codes
(140.3480) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, diode-pumped
(140.4050) Lasers and laser optics : Mode-locked lasers
(160.3380) Materials : Laser materials

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

History
Original Manuscript: June 12, 2007
Revised Manuscript: August 17, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: August 18, 2007
Published: September 13, 2007

Citation
G. Q. Xie, D. Y. Tang, L. M. Zhao, L. J. Qian, and K. Ueda, "High-power self-mode-locked Yb:Y2O3 ceramic laser," Opt. Lett. 32, 2741-2743 (2007)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-32-18-2741

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