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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 34, Iss. 17 — Sep. 1, 2009
  • pp: 2587–2589

Passive mode locking of a Tm , Ho : K Y ( W O 4 ) 2 laser around 2 μ m

A. A. Lagatsky, F. Fusari, S. Calvez, J. A. Gupta, V. E. Kisel, N. V. Kuleshov, C. T.A. Brown, M. D. Dawson, and W. Sibbett  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 34, Issue 17, pp. 2587-2589 (2009)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.34.002587


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Abstract

We report the first demonstration, to our knowledge, of passive mode locking in a Tm 3 + , Ho 3 + -codoped K Y ( W O 4 ) 2 laser operating in the 2000 2060 nm spectral region. An InGaAsSb-based quantum well semiconductor saturable absorber mirror is used for the initiation and stabilization of the ultrashort pulse generation. Pulses as short as 3.3 ps were generated at 2057 nm with average output powers up to 315 mW at a pulse repetition frequency of 132 MHz for 1.15 W of absorbed pump power at 802 nm from a Ti:sapphire laser.

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OCIS Codes
(140.3070) Lasers and laser optics : Infrared and far-infrared lasers
(140.4050) Lasers and laser optics : Mode-locked lasers
(160.5690) Materials : Rare-earth-doped materials
(320.5390) Ultrafast optics : Picosecond phenomena

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

History
Original Manuscript: May 20, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: July 9, 2009
Published: August 20, 2009

Citation
A. A. Lagatsky, F. Fusari, S. Calvez, J. A. Gupta, V. E. Kisel, N. V. Kuleshov, C. T. A. Brown, M. D. Dawson, and W. Sibbett, "Passive mode locking of a Tm,Ho:KY(WO4)2 laser around 2 μm," Opt. Lett. 34, 2587-2589 (2009)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-34-17-2587


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