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  • Editor: Xi-Cheng Zhang
  • Vol. 39, Iss. 7 — Apr. 1, 2014
  • pp: 1737–1739

Generation of 103  fs mode-locked pulses by a gain linewidth-variable Nd,Y:CaF2 disordered crystal

Z. P. Qin, G. Q. Xie, J. Ma, W. Y. Ge, P. Yuan, L. J. Qian, L. B. Su, D. P. Jiang, F. K. Ma, Q. Zhang, Y. X. Cao, and J. Xu  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 39, Issue 7, pp. 1737-1739 (2014)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.39.001737


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Abstract

We have demonstrated a diode-pumped passively mode-locked femtosecond Nd,Y:CaF2 disordered crystal laser for the first time to our knowledge. By choosing appropriate Y-doping concentration, a broad fluorescence linewidth of 31 nm has been obtained from the gain linewidth-variable Nd,Y:CaF2 crystal. With the Nd,Y:CaF2 disordered crystal as gain medium, the mode-locked laser generated pulses with pulse duration as short as 103 fs, average output power of 89 mW, and repetition rate of 100 MHz. To our best knowledge, this is the shortest pulse generated from Nd-doped crystal lasers so far. The research results show that the Nd,Y:CaF2 disordered crystal will be a potential alternative as gain medium of repetitive chirped pulse amplification for high-peak-power lasers.

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OCIS Codes
(140.3380) Lasers and laser optics : Laser materials
(140.3480) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, diode-pumped
(140.4050) Lasers and laser optics : Mode-locked lasers

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

History
Original Manuscript: December 16, 2013
Revised Manuscript: January 24, 2014
Manuscript Accepted: February 13, 2014
Published: March 19, 2014

Citation
Z. P. Qin, G. Q. Xie, J. Ma, W. Y. Ge, P. Yuan, L. J. Qian, L. B. Su, D. P. Jiang, F. K. Ma, Q. Zhang, Y. X. Cao, and J. Xu, "Generation of 103  fs mode-locked pulses by a gain linewidth-variable Nd,Y:CaF2 disordered crystal," Opt. Lett. 39, 1737-1739 (2014)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-39-7-1737


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