Tm doped materials are very attractive for highly efficient short pulse lasers in the wavelength range of 2 µm due to their broad gain bandwidth and the two-for-one pumping process with 800 nm laser diodes (LD). Among them, Tm doped sesquioxides (Tm:Re2O3, Re=Sc, Lu or Y) are the most promising gain materials as they possess excellent thermal and mechanical properties and a broad gain bandwidth above 1980 nm where less H2O absorption and Tm reabsorption exist [1]. Pulses as short as 63 fs, were obtained previously by a Ti3+:Al2O3 laser pumped saturable absorber mode-locked Tm3+:LuScO3 mixed ceramic laser [2]. We have also reported on an 1611 nm in-band pumped Kerr-lens mode-locked (KLM) Tm3+:Sc2O3 laser generating pulses as short as 115 fs pulses with a spectral bandwidth of 42.6 nm [3]. Here we report on our recent efforts towards further shortening of the pulse duration by a high quality- factor cavity consist with dispersion compensation mirror. Spectral bandwidth above 70 nm (supporting sub-70-fs pulse durations) at 35 mW average power were obtained. In addition, the spectrum contains unusual component around 2200nm~2350nm where outside the gain band of Tm3+:Sc2O3.

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