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  • Editor: Anthony J. Campillo
  • Vol. 32, Iss. 22 — Nov. 15, 2007
  • pp: 3309–3311

Diode-pumped, high-average-power femtosecond Cr 3 + : LiCAF laser

Umit Demirbas, Alphan Sennaroglu, Andrew Benedick, Aleem Siddiqui, Franz X. Kärtner, and James G. Fujimoto  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 32, Issue 22, pp. 3309-3311 (2007)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.32.003309


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Abstract

We demonstrate a high-average-power continuous wave (cw) and cw mode-locked Cr 3 + : LiCAF laser pumped by broad-area laser diodes. In cw lasing experiments, up to 580 mW of output was obtained with 4.35 W of incident pump. A semiconductor saturable absorber mirror was used to initiate stable, self-starting, mode locking. In the cw mode-locked regime, the Cr 3 + : LiCAF laser produced nearly transform-limited, 67 fs long pulses near 800 nm with an average output power of 300 mW . The pulse repetition rate was 120 MHz , with a pulse energy of 2.5 nJ .

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OCIS Codes
(140.3460) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers
(140.3480) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, diode-pumped
(140.3580) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, solid-state
(140.3600) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, tunable
(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: August 20, 2007
Revised Manuscript: October 9, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: October 10, 2007
Published: November 6, 2007

Citation
Umit Demirbas, Alphan Sennaroglu, Andrew Benedick, Aleem Siddiqui, Franz X. Kärtner, and James G. Fujimoto, "Diode-pumped, high-average-power femtosecond Cr3+:LiCAF laser," Opt. Lett. 32, 3309-3311 (2007)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-32-22-3309


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