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  • Editor: Xi-Cheng Zhang
  • Vol. 39, Iss. 6 — Mar. 15, 2014
  • pp: 1445–1448

Broadband continuum generation in mode-locked lasers with phase-matched output couplers

Shih-Hsuan Chia, Li-Jin Chen, Qing Zhang, Oliver D. Mücke, Guoqing Chang, and Franz X. Kärtner  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 39, Issue 6, pp. 1445-1448 (2014)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.39.001445


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Abstract

The concept of intracavity phase matching is proposed and demonstrated both theoretically and experimentally with a broadband phase-matched dielectric output coupler for linear-cavity few-cycle Ti:sapphire oscillators. The spectrum in the matched wavelength range is enhanced by > 10 dB while maintaining good beam quality via resonantly enhanced continuum generation. The enhanced spectral components can be continuously tuned by varying the intracavity dispersion. Because dielectric coatings offer flexible design capabilities, this approach is applicable to various lasers with different gain media to obtain custom-tailored spectra, which have the potential to benefit several applications, such as shorter pulse generation, seeding of ytterbium lasers for pumping optical parametric amplifiers, and direct f-2f detection of the carrier-envelope phase.

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OCIS Codes
(140.4050) Lasers and laser optics : Mode-locked lasers
(320.7090) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast lasers
(310.6845) Thin films : Thin film devices and applications

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

History
Original Manuscript: December 16, 2013
Revised Manuscript: January 31, 2014
Manuscript Accepted: January 31, 2014
Published: March 7, 2014

Citation
Shih-Hsuan Chia, Li-Jin Chen, Qing Zhang, Oliver D. Mücke, Guoqing Chang, and Franz X. Kärtner, "Broadband continuum generation in mode-locked lasers with phase-matched output couplers," Opt. Lett. 39, 1445-1448 (2014)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-39-6-1445


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