Abstract

We demonstrate passive mode-locking of a Cr:forsterite laser with a single-walled carbon nanotube saturable absorber mirror (SWCNT-SAM). Without compensation of intra-cavity dispersion, the self-mode-locked laser generates 11.7 ps pulses at a repetition rate of 86 MHz. The dispersion-compensated laser yields ultrashort pulses as short as 80 fs near 1.25 µm at 78 MHz with average output powers up to 295 mW, representing the highest power ever reported for mode-locked solid-state lasers based on saturable absorption of SWCNTs in this spectral region.

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[CrossRef]

2002

Y.-C. Chen, N. R. Raravikar, L. S. Schadler, P. M. Ajayan,Y.-P. Zhao, T.-M. Lu, G.-C. Wang, and X.-C. Zhang, “Ultrafastoptical switching properties of single-wall carbon nanotubepolymer composites at 1.55 µm,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 81, 975-977 (2002).
[CrossRef]

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[CrossRef]

C. Honninger, R. Paschotta, F. Morier-Genoud, M. Moser,and U. Keller, “Q-switching stability limits of continuous-wavepassive mode locking,” J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 16, 46-56 (1999).
[CrossRef]

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1996

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[CrossRef]

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Adv. Funct. Mater.

W. B. Cho, J. H. Yim, S. Y. Choi, S. Lee, A. Schmidt, G.Steinmeyer, U. Griebner, V. Petrov, D.-I. Yeom, K. Kim,and F. Rotermund, “Boosting the nonlinear optical responseof carbon nanotube saturable absorbers for broadband mode-lockingof bulk lasers,” Adv. Funct. Mater. 20, 1937-1943(2010).
[CrossRef]

Appl. Opt.

Appl. Phys. Lett.

V. Liverini, S. Scho, R. Grange, M. Haiml, S. C. Zeller, and U. Keller, “Low-loss GaInNAs saturable absorber mode locking a 1.3-µm solid-state laser,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 84, 4002-4004 (2004).
[CrossRef]

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[CrossRef]

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[CrossRef]

Y.-C. Chen, N. R. Raravikar, L. S. Schadler, P. M. Ajayan,Y.-P. Zhao, T.-M. Lu, G.-C. Wang, and X.-C. Zhang, “Ultrafastoptical switching properties of single-wall carbon nanotubepolymer composites at 1.55 µm,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 81, 975-977 (2002).
[CrossRef]

IEEE J. Select. Topics Quantum Electron.

U. Keller, K. J. Weingarten, F. X. Kartner, D. Kopf, B.Braun, I. D. Jung, R. Fluck, C. Hönninger, N. Matuschek,and J. Aus der Au, “Semiconductor saturable absorber mirrors(SESAM’s) for femtosecond to nanosecond pulse generationin solid-state lasers,” IEEE J. Select. Topics Quantum Electron.2, 435-453 (1996).
[CrossRef]

J. Lightwave Technol.

J. Opt. Soc. Am. B

Opt. Express

Opt. Lett.

Phys. Rev. Lett.

J.-S. Lauret, C. Voisin, G. Cassabois, C. Delalande, P.Roussignol, O. Jost, and L. Capes, “Ultrafast carrier dynamicsin single-wall carbon nanotubes,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 90, 5-8(2003).

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