Abstract

This paper describes a femtosecond laser based on Yb:KYW with direct pumping by a semiconductor injection laser. The Yb:KYW laser crystal was pumped longitudinally with the radiation of an InGaAs semiconductor injection laser with fiber output of the radiation. The spatial structure of the radiation of the semiconductor laser was reshaped by a lens-based optical system in order to maximize its power concentration in the volume of the laser medium. Femtosecond pulses were generated in the longitudinal mode-locking regime by using a semiconductor saturable absorber. The generator's mean power exceeded 1W at the central wavelength of 1043nm, with a pulse about 90fs wide. The master oscillator thus developed can be used both as a self-contained source of femtosecond light pulses and as a priming source for femtosecond laser amplifier systems.

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V. E. Yashin, A. V. Kulik, E. G. Sall', S. A. Chizhov, G. H. Kim, D. S. Lee, and U. Kang, “Femtosecond oscillator based on an Yb:KYW crystal with direct laser-diode pumping,” Opt. Zh. 75, No. 8, 11 (2008) V. E. Yashin, A. V. Kulik, E. G. Sall', S. A. Chizhov, G. H. Kim, D. S. Lee, and U. Kang,[J. Opt. Technol. 75, 485 (2008)].

V. E. Yashin, A. V. Kulik, E. G. Sall', S. A. Chizhov, G. H. Kim, D. S. Lee, and U. Kang, “Femtosecond oscillator based on an Yb:KYW crystal with direct laser-diode pumping,” Opt. Zh. 75, No. 8, 11 (2008) V. E. Yashin, A. V. Kulik, E. G. Sall', S. A. Chizhov, G. H. Kim, D. S. Lee, and U. Kang,[J. Opt. Technol. 75, 485 (2008)].

2006 (1)

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1999 (2)

C. Honninger, R. Paschotta, M. Graf, F. Morier-Genoud, G. Zhang, M. Moser, S. Biswal, J. Nees, A. Braun, G. Mourou, I. Johannsen, A. Giesen, W. Seeber, and U. Keller, “Ultrafast ytterbium-doped bulk lasers and laser amplifiers,” Appl. Phys. B 69, 3 (1999).
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[CrossRef]

1997 (2)

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[CrossRef]

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[CrossRef]

1996 (1)

A. Luft, U. Franz, A. Emsermann, and J. Kaspar, “A study of thermal and mechanical effects on materials induced by pulsed laser drilling,” Appl. Phys. A 63, 93 (1996).
[CrossRef]

1993 (2)

1985 (1)

D. Strickland and G. Mourou, “Compression of amplified chirped optical pulses,” Opt. Commun. 56, 219 (1985).
[CrossRef]

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Biswal, S.

C. Honninger, R. Paschotta, M. Graf, F. Morier-Genoud, G. Zhang, M. Moser, S. Biswal, J. Nees, A. Braun, G. Mourou, I. Johannsen, A. Giesen, W. Seeber, and U. Keller, “Ultrafast ytterbium-doped bulk lasers and laser amplifiers,” Appl. Phys. B 69, 3 (1999).
[CrossRef]

Braun, A.

C. Honninger, R. Paschotta, M. Graf, F. Morier-Genoud, G. Zhang, M. Moser, S. Biswal, J. Nees, A. Braun, G. Mourou, I. Johannsen, A. Giesen, W. Seeber, and U. Keller, “Ultrafast ytterbium-doped bulk lasers and laser amplifiers,” Appl. Phys. B 69, 3 (1999).
[CrossRef]

Brown, C. T. A.

Calendron, A. L.

A. L. Calendron, K. S. Wentsch, and M. J. Lederer, “High-power cw and mode-locked oscillators based on Yb:KYW multi-crystal resonators,” Opt. Express 18, 18 838 (2008).

Chizhov, S. A.

V. E. Yashin, A. V. Kulik, E. G. Sall', S. A. Chizhov, G. H. Kim, D. S. Lee, and U. Kang, “Femtosecond oscillator based on an Yb:KYW crystal with direct laser-diode pumping,” Opt. Zh. 75, No. 8, 11 (2008) V. E. Yashin, A. V. Kulik, E. G. Sall', S. A. Chizhov, G. H. Kim, D. S. Lee, and U. Kang,[J. Opt. Technol. 75, 485 (2008)].

V. E. Yashin, A. V. Kulik, E. G. Sall', S. A. Chizhov, G. H. Kim, D. S. Lee, and U. Kang, “Femtosecond oscillator based on an Yb:KYW crystal with direct laser-diode pumping,” Opt. Zh. 75, No. 8, 11 (2008) V. E. Yashin, A. V. Kulik, E. G. Sall', S. A. Chizhov, G. H. Kim, D. S. Lee, and U. Kang,[J. Opt. Technol. 75, 485 (2008)].

Cisek, R.

Dausinger, F.

F. Dausinger, F. Lichtner, and H. Lubatschowski, Femtosecond Technology for Technical and Medical Applications (Springer, Berlin, 2004).

Diels, J.-C.

J.-C. Diels and W. Rudolph, Ultrashort Laser-Pulse Phenomena: Fundamentals, Techniques, and Applications on Femtosecond Time Scale (Academic Press, Boston, 2006).

Diening, A.

N. V. Kuleshov, A. A. Lagatsky, V. G. Shcherbitsky, V. P. Mikhailov, E. Heumann, T. Jensen, A. Diening, and G. Huber, “CW laser performance of Yb and Er, Yb doped tungstates,” Appl. Phys. B 64, 409 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Emsermann, A.

A. Luft, U. Franz, A. Emsermann, and J. Kaspar, “A study of thermal and mechanical effects on materials induced by pulsed laser drilling,” Appl. Phys. A 63, 93 (1996).
[CrossRef]

Fermann, M. E.

M. E. Fermann, A. Galvanauskas, and G. Sucha, Ultrafast Lasers: Technology and Applications (Marcel Dekker, New York, 2003).

Franz, U.

A. Luft, U. Franz, A. Emsermann, and J. Kaspar, “A study of thermal and mechanical effects on materials induced by pulsed laser drilling,” Appl. Phys. A 63, 93 (1996).
[CrossRef]

Galvanauskas, A.

M. E. Fermann, A. Galvanauskas, and G. Sucha, Ultrafast Lasers: Technology and Applications (Marcel Dekker, New York, 2003).

Giesen, A.

C. Honninger, R. Paschotta, M. Graf, F. Morier-Genoud, G. Zhang, M. Moser, S. Biswal, J. Nees, A. Braun, G. Mourou, I. Johannsen, A. Giesen, W. Seeber, and U. Keller, “Ultrafast ytterbium-doped bulk lasers and laser amplifiers,” Appl. Phys. B 69, 3 (1999).
[CrossRef]

Graf, M.

C. Honninger, R. Paschotta, M. Graf, F. Morier-Genoud, G. Zhang, M. Moser, S. Biswal, J. Nees, A. Braun, G. Mourou, I. Johannsen, A. Giesen, W. Seeber, and U. Keller, “Ultrafast ytterbium-doped bulk lasers and laser amplifiers,” Appl. Phys. B 69, 3 (1999).
[CrossRef]

Hein, J.

G. Paunescu, J. Hein, and R. Sauerbrey, “100-fs diode-pumped Yb:KGW mode-locked laser,” Appl. Phys. B 79, 555 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Heumann, E.

N. V. Kuleshov, A. A. Lagatsky, V. G. Shcherbitsky, V. P. Mikhailov, E. Heumann, T. Jensen, A. Diening, and G. Huber, “CW laser performance of Yb and Er, Yb doped tungstates,” Appl. Phys. B 64, 409 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Honninger, C.

C. Honninger, R. Paschotta, M. Graf, F. Morier-Genoud, G. Zhang, M. Moser, S. Biswal, J. Nees, A. Braun, G. Mourou, I. Johannsen, A. Giesen, W. Seeber, and U. Keller, “Ultrafast ytterbium-doped bulk lasers and laser amplifiers,” Appl. Phys. B 69, 3 (1999).
[CrossRef]

Hönninger, C.

Huber, G.

N. V. Kuleshov, A. A. Lagatsky, V. G. Shcherbitsky, V. P. Mikhailov, E. Heumann, T. Jensen, A. Diening, and G. Huber, “CW laser performance of Yb and Er, Yb doped tungstates,” Appl. Phys. B 64, 409 (1997).
[CrossRef]

N. V. Kuleshov, A. A. Lagatsky, A. V. Podlipensky, V. P. Mikhailov, and G. Huber, “Pulsed laser operation of Yb-doped KY(WO4)2 and KGd(WO4)2,” Opt. Lett. 22, 1317 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Jensen, T.

N. V. Kuleshov, A. A. Lagatsky, V. G. Shcherbitsky, V. P. Mikhailov, E. Heumann, T. Jensen, A. Diening, and G. Huber, “CW laser performance of Yb and Er, Yb doped tungstates,” Appl. Phys. B 64, 409 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Johannsen, I.

C. Honninger, R. Paschotta, M. Graf, F. Morier-Genoud, G. Zhang, M. Moser, S. Biswal, J. Nees, A. Braun, G. Mourou, I. Johannsen, A. Giesen, W. Seeber, and U. Keller, “Ultrafast ytterbium-doped bulk lasers and laser amplifiers,” Appl. Phys. B 69, 3 (1999).
[CrossRef]

Kane, D.

Kang, U.

V. E. Yashin, A. V. Kulik, E. G. Sall', S. A. Chizhov, G. H. Kim, D. S. Lee, and U. Kang, “Femtosecond oscillator based on an Yb:KYW crystal with direct laser-diode pumping,” Opt. Zh. 75, No. 8, 11 (2008) V. E. Yashin, A. V. Kulik, E. G. Sall', S. A. Chizhov, G. H. Kim, D. S. Lee, and U. Kang,[J. Opt. Technol. 75, 485 (2008)].

V. E. Yashin, A. V. Kulik, E. G. Sall', S. A. Chizhov, G. H. Kim, D. S. Lee, and U. Kang, “Femtosecond oscillator based on an Yb:KYW crystal with direct laser-diode pumping,” Opt. Zh. 75, No. 8, 11 (2008) V. E. Yashin, A. V. Kulik, E. G. Sall', S. A. Chizhov, G. H. Kim, D. S. Lee, and U. Kang,[J. Opt. Technol. 75, 485 (2008)].

Kaspar, J.

A. Luft, U. Franz, A. Emsermann, and J. Kaspar, “A study of thermal and mechanical effects on materials induced by pulsed laser drilling,” Appl. Phys. A 63, 93 (1996).
[CrossRef]

Kawata, S.

S. Kawata, H.-B. Sun, T. Tanaka, and K. Takada, “Finer features for functional microdevices,” Nature 412, 697 (2001).
[CrossRef]

Keller, U.

C. Honninger, R. Paschotta, M. Graf, F. Morier-Genoud, G. Zhang, M. Moser, S. Biswal, J. Nees, A. Braun, G. Mourou, I. Johannsen, A. Giesen, W. Seeber, and U. Keller, “Ultrafast ytterbium-doped bulk lasers and laser amplifiers,” Appl. Phys. B 69, 3 (1999).
[CrossRef]

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

Kim, G. H.

V. E. Yashin, A. V. Kulik, E. G. Sall', S. A. Chizhov, G. H. Kim, D. S. Lee, and U. Kang, “Femtosecond oscillator based on an Yb:KYW crystal with direct laser-diode pumping,” Opt. Zh. 75, No. 8, 11 (2008) V. E. Yashin, A. V. Kulik, E. G. Sall', S. A. Chizhov, G. H. Kim, D. S. Lee, and U. Kang,[J. Opt. Technol. 75, 485 (2008)].

V. E. Yashin, A. V. Kulik, E. G. Sall', S. A. Chizhov, G. H. Kim, D. S. Lee, and U. Kang, “Femtosecond oscillator based on an Yb:KYW crystal with direct laser-diode pumping,” Opt. Zh. 75, No. 8, 11 (2008) V. E. Yashin, A. V. Kulik, E. G. Sall', S. A. Chizhov, G. H. Kim, D. S. Lee, and U. Kang,[J. Opt. Technol. 75, 485 (2008)].

Krupke, W.

W. Krupke, “Ytterbium solid-state lasers--the first decade,” IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 6, 1287 (2000).
[CrossRef]

Kuleshov, N. V.

N. V. Kuleshov, A. A. Lagatsky, V. G. Shcherbitsky, V. P. Mikhailov, E. Heumann, T. Jensen, A. Diening, and G. Huber, “CW laser performance of Yb and Er, Yb doped tungstates,” Appl. Phys. B 64, 409 (1997).
[CrossRef]

N. V. Kuleshov, A. A. Lagatsky, A. V. Podlipensky, V. P. Mikhailov, and G. Huber, “Pulsed laser operation of Yb-doped KY(WO4)2 and KGd(WO4)2,” Opt. Lett. 22, 1317 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Kulik, A. V.

V. E. Yashin, A. V. Kulik, E. G. Sall', S. A. Chizhov, G. H. Kim, D. S. Lee, and U. Kang, “Femtosecond oscillator based on an Yb:KYW crystal with direct laser-diode pumping,” Opt. Zh. 75, No. 8, 11 (2008) V. E. Yashin, A. V. Kulik, E. G. Sall', S. A. Chizhov, G. H. Kim, D. S. Lee, and U. Kang,[J. Opt. Technol. 75, 485 (2008)].

V. E. Yashin, A. V. Kulik, E. G. Sall', S. A. Chizhov, G. H. Kim, D. S. Lee, and U. Kang, “Femtosecond oscillator based on an Yb:KYW crystal with direct laser-diode pumping,” Opt. Zh. 75, No. 8, 11 (2008) V. E. Yashin, A. V. Kulik, E. G. Sall', S. A. Chizhov, G. H. Kim, D. S. Lee, and U. Kang,[J. Opt. Technol. 75, 485 (2008)].

Lagatsky, A. A.

Lederer, M. J.

A. L. Calendron, K. S. Wentsch, and M. J. Lederer, “High-power cw and mode-locked oscillators based on Yb:KYW multi-crystal resonators,” Opt. Express 18, 18 838 (2008).

Lee, D. S.

V. E. Yashin, A. V. Kulik, E. G. Sall', S. A. Chizhov, G. H. Kim, D. S. Lee, and U. Kang, “Femtosecond oscillator based on an Yb:KYW crystal with direct laser-diode pumping,” Opt. Zh. 75, No. 8, 11 (2008) V. E. Yashin, A. V. Kulik, E. G. Sall', S. A. Chizhov, G. H. Kim, D. S. Lee, and U. Kang,[J. Opt. Technol. 75, 485 (2008)].

V. E. Yashin, A. V. Kulik, E. G. Sall', S. A. Chizhov, G. H. Kim, D. S. Lee, and U. Kang, “Femtosecond oscillator based on an Yb:KYW crystal with direct laser-diode pumping,” Opt. Zh. 75, No. 8, 11 (2008) V. E. Yashin, A. V. Kulik, E. G. Sall', S. A. Chizhov, G. H. Kim, D. S. Lee, and U. Kang,[J. Opt. Technol. 75, 485 (2008)].

Lichtner, F.

F. Dausinger, F. Lichtner, and H. Lubatschowski, Femtosecond Technology for Technical and Medical Applications (Springer, Berlin, 2004).

Lubatschowski, H.

F. Dausinger, F. Lichtner, and H. Lubatschowski, Femtosecond Technology for Technical and Medical Applications (Springer, Berlin, 2004).

Luft, A.

A. Luft, U. Franz, A. Emsermann, and J. Kaspar, “A study of thermal and mechanical effects on materials induced by pulsed laser drilling,” Appl. Phys. A 63, 93 (1996).
[CrossRef]

Major, A.

Mikhailov, V. P.

N. V. Kuleshov, A. A. Lagatsky, A. V. Podlipensky, V. P. Mikhailov, and G. Huber, “Pulsed laser operation of Yb-doped KY(WO4)2 and KGd(WO4)2,” Opt. Lett. 22, 1317 (1997).
[CrossRef]

N. V. Kuleshov, A. A. Lagatsky, V. G. Shcherbitsky, V. P. Mikhailov, E. Heumann, T. Jensen, A. Diening, and G. Huber, “CW laser performance of Yb and Er, Yb doped tungstates,” Appl. Phys. B 64, 409 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Morier-Genoud, F.

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

C. Honninger, R. Paschotta, M. Graf, F. Morier-Genoud, G. Zhang, M. Moser, S. Biswal, J. Nees, A. Braun, G. Mourou, I. Johannsen, A. Giesen, W. Seeber, and U. Keller, “Ultrafast ytterbium-doped bulk lasers and laser amplifiers,” Appl. Phys. B 69, 3 (1999).
[CrossRef]

Moser, M.

C. Honninger, R. Paschotta, M. Graf, F. Morier-Genoud, G. Zhang, M. Moser, S. Biswal, J. Nees, A. Braun, G. Mourou, I. Johannsen, A. Giesen, W. Seeber, and U. Keller, “Ultrafast ytterbium-doped bulk lasers and laser amplifiers,” Appl. Phys. B 69, 3 (1999).
[CrossRef]

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

Mourou, G.

C. Honninger, R. Paschotta, M. Graf, F. Morier-Genoud, G. Zhang, M. Moser, S. Biswal, J. Nees, A. Braun, G. Mourou, I. Johannsen, A. Giesen, W. Seeber, and U. Keller, “Ultrafast ytterbium-doped bulk lasers and laser amplifiers,” Appl. Phys. B 69, 3 (1999).
[CrossRef]

D. Strickland and G. Mourou, “Compression of amplified chirped optical pulses,” Opt. Commun. 56, 219 (1985).
[CrossRef]

Nees, J.

C. Honninger, R. Paschotta, M. Graf, F. Morier-Genoud, G. Zhang, M. Moser, S. Biswal, J. Nees, A. Braun, G. Mourou, I. Johannsen, A. Giesen, W. Seeber, and U. Keller, “Ultrafast ytterbium-doped bulk lasers and laser amplifiers,” Appl. Phys. B 69, 3 (1999).
[CrossRef]

Paschotta, R.

C. Honninger, R. Paschotta, M. Graf, F. Morier-Genoud, G. Zhang, M. Moser, S. Biswal, J. Nees, A. Braun, G. Mourou, I. Johannsen, A. Giesen, W. Seeber, and U. Keller, “Ultrafast ytterbium-doped bulk lasers and laser amplifiers,” Appl. Phys. B 69, 3 (1999).
[CrossRef]

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

Paunescu, G.

G. Paunescu, J. Hein, and R. Sauerbrey, “100-fs diode-pumped Yb:KGW mode-locked laser,” Appl. Phys. B 79, 555 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Podlipensky, A. V.

Rudolph, W.

J.-C. Diels and W. Rudolph, Ultrashort Laser-Pulse Phenomena: Fundamentals, Techniques, and Applications on Femtosecond Time Scale (Academic Press, Boston, 2006).

Sall', E. G.

V. E. Yashin, A. V. Kulik, E. G. Sall', S. A. Chizhov, G. H. Kim, D. S. Lee, and U. Kang, “Femtosecond oscillator based on an Yb:KYW crystal with direct laser-diode pumping,” Opt. Zh. 75, No. 8, 11 (2008) V. E. Yashin, A. V. Kulik, E. G. Sall', S. A. Chizhov, G. H. Kim, D. S. Lee, and U. Kang,[J. Opt. Technol. 75, 485 (2008)].

V. E. Yashin, A. V. Kulik, E. G. Sall', S. A. Chizhov, G. H. Kim, D. S. Lee, and U. Kang, “Femtosecond oscillator based on an Yb:KYW crystal with direct laser-diode pumping,” Opt. Zh. 75, No. 8, 11 (2008) V. E. Yashin, A. V. Kulik, E. G. Sall', S. A. Chizhov, G. H. Kim, D. S. Lee, and U. Kang,[J. Opt. Technol. 75, 485 (2008)].

Sauerbrey, R.

G. Paunescu, J. Hein, and R. Sauerbrey, “100-fs diode-pumped Yb:KGW mode-locked laser,” Appl. Phys. B 79, 555 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Seeber, W.

C. Honninger, R. Paschotta, M. Graf, F. Morier-Genoud, G. Zhang, M. Moser, S. Biswal, J. Nees, A. Braun, G. Mourou, I. Johannsen, A. Giesen, W. Seeber, and U. Keller, “Ultrafast ytterbium-doped bulk lasers and laser amplifiers,” Appl. Phys. B 69, 3 (1999).
[CrossRef]

Shcherbitsky, V. G.

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