Abstract

We report on the generation of highly stable active continuous mode-locked pulses in diode pumped Nd:YVO4 with an adjustable pulse duration between 34 ps and 1 ns. With this laser an average output power of up to 7.3 W with an excellent stability and beam quality with a M2-value of < 1.1 is obtained. For all pulse durations the pulses were within a factor of 1.15 above the Fourier limit. Due to these characteristics the presented system is an attractive oscillator for OPCPA concepts.

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2007 (1)

A. K. Sharma, R. A. Joshi, R. K. Patidar, P. A. Naik, and P. D. Gupta, "A simple highly stable and temporally synchronizable Nd:glass laser oscillator delivering laser pulses of variable pulse duration from sub-nanosecond to few nanoseconds," Opt. Commun. 272, 455-460 (2007).
[CrossRef]

2005 (1)

J. Kleinbauer, R. Knappe, and R. Wallenstein, "A powerful diode-pumped laser source for micro-machining with ps pulses in the infrared, the visible and the ultraviolet," Appl. Phys. B 80, 315-320 (2005).
[CrossRef]

2004 (2)

X. Yang, Z. Xu, Y. Leng, H. Lu, L. Lin, Z. Zhang, R. Li, W. Zhang, D. Yin, and B. Tang, "Multiterawatt laser system based on optical parametric chirped pulse amplification," Opt. Lett. 27, 1135-1137 (2004).
[CrossRef]

R. Butkus, R. Danielius, A. Dubietis, A. Piskarskas, and A. Stabinis, "Progress in chirped pulse optical parametric amplifiers," Appl. Phys. B 79, 693-700 (2004).
[CrossRef]

2003 (4)

U. Keller, "Recent developments in compact ultrafast lasers," Nature 424, 831-838 (2003).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

H. Yoshida, E. Ishii, R. Kodama, H. Fujita, Y. Kitagawa, Y. Izawa, and T. Yamanaka, "High-power and highcontrast optical parametric chirped pulse amplification in ®-BaB2O4 crystal," Opt. Lett. 28, 257-259 (2003).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Y. Leng, L. Lin, X. Yang, H. Lu, Z. Zhang, and Z. Xu, "Regenerative amplifier with continuously variable pulse duration used in an optical parametric chirped-pulse amplification laser system for synchronous pumping," Opt. Eng. 42, 862-866 (2003).
[CrossRef]

V. Z. Kolev, M. J. Lederer, B. Luther-Davies, and A. V. Rode, "Passive mode locking of a Nd:YVO4 laser with an extra-long optical resonator," Opt. Lett. 28, 1275-1277 (2003).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

2002 (1)

L. Krainer, R. Paschotta, S. Lecomte, M. Moser, K. J. Weingarten, and U. Keller, "Compact Nd:YVO4 lasers with pulse repetition rates up to 160 GHz," IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 38, 1331-1338 (2002).
[CrossRef]

2000 (2)

I. N. Ross, J. L. Collier, P. Matousek, C. N. Danson, D. Neely, R. M. Allott, D. A. Pepler, C. Hernandez-Gomez, and K. Osvay, "Generation of terawatt pulses by use of optical parametric chirped pulse amplification," Appl. Opt. 39, 2422-2427 (2000).
[CrossRef]

D. J. Jones, S. A. Diddams, J. K. Ranka, A. Stentz, R. S. Windeler, J. L. Hall, and S. T. Cundiff, "Carrier-Envelope Phase Control of Femtosecond Mode-Locked Lasers and Direct Optical Frequency Synthesis," Science 288, 635-639 (2000).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

1997 (1)

G. Mourou, "The ultrahigh-peak-power laser: present and future," Appl. Phys. B 65, 205-211 (1997).
[CrossRef]

1992 (2)

G. P. A. Malcolm and A. I. Ferguson, "Mode-locking of diode laser-pumped solid-state lasers," Opt. Quantum Electron. 24, 705-717 (1992).
[CrossRef]

A. Dubietis, G. Jonu¡sauskas, and A. Piskarskas, "Powerful femtosecond pulse generation by chirped and stretched pulse parametric amplification in BBO crystal," Opt. Commun. 88, 437-440 (1992).
[CrossRef]

1991 (1)

L. Turi and F. Krausz, "Amplitude modulation mode locking of lasers by regenerative feedback," Appl. Phys. Lett. 58, 810-812 (1991).
[CrossRef]

1990 (1)

T. A. Hall and W. K. Hamundi, "Passive laser pulse synchronisation technique using a regenerative amplifier," J. Phys. B 23, 599-609 (1990).
[CrossRef]

1982 (1)

M. S. White, A. D. Damerell, E. M. Hodgson, I. N. Ross, R. W. Wyatt, and C. L. Ireland, "An ultra low jitter synchronized laser-pulse generator," Opt. Commun. 43, 53-58 (1982).
[CrossRef]

1981 (1)

D. J. Kuizenga, "Short-pulse oscillator development for the Nd:glass laser-fusion systems," IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 17, 1694-1708 (1981).
[CrossRef]

1976 (1)

1975 (1)

W. R. Leeb, "Losses introduced by tilting intracavity etalons," Appl. Phys. A 6, 267-272 (1975).

1970 (2)

D. J. Kuizenga and A. E. Siegman, "FM and AM mode locking of the homogeneous laser-Part I: Theory," IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 6, 694-708 (1970).
[CrossRef]

D. J. Kuizenga, and A. E. Siegman, "FM and AM mode locking of the homogeneous laser-Part II: Experimental results in a Nd:YAG laser with internal FM modulation," IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 6, 709-715 (1970).
[CrossRef]

Allott, R. M.

Butkus, R.

R. Butkus, R. Danielius, A. Dubietis, A. Piskarskas, and A. Stabinis, "Progress in chirped pulse optical parametric amplifiers," Appl. Phys. B 79, 693-700 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Collier, J. L.

Cundiff, S. T.

D. J. Jones, S. A. Diddams, J. K. Ranka, A. Stentz, R. S. Windeler, J. L. Hall, and S. T. Cundiff, "Carrier-Envelope Phase Control of Femtosecond Mode-Locked Lasers and Direct Optical Frequency Synthesis," Science 288, 635-639 (2000).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Damerell, A. D.

M. S. White, A. D. Damerell, E. M. Hodgson, I. N. Ross, R. W. Wyatt, and C. L. Ireland, "An ultra low jitter synchronized laser-pulse generator," Opt. Commun. 43, 53-58 (1982).
[CrossRef]

Danielius, R.

R. Butkus, R. Danielius, A. Dubietis, A. Piskarskas, and A. Stabinis, "Progress in chirped pulse optical parametric amplifiers," Appl. Phys. B 79, 693-700 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Danson, C. N.

Diddams, S. A.

D. J. Jones, S. A. Diddams, J. K. Ranka, A. Stentz, R. S. Windeler, J. L. Hall, and S. T. Cundiff, "Carrier-Envelope Phase Control of Femtosecond Mode-Locked Lasers and Direct Optical Frequency Synthesis," Science 288, 635-639 (2000).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Dubietis, A.

R. Butkus, R. Danielius, A. Dubietis, A. Piskarskas, and A. Stabinis, "Progress in chirped pulse optical parametric amplifiers," Appl. Phys. B 79, 693-700 (2004).
[CrossRef]

A. Dubietis, G. Jonu¡sauskas, and A. Piskarskas, "Powerful femtosecond pulse generation by chirped and stretched pulse parametric amplification in BBO crystal," Opt. Commun. 88, 437-440 (1992).
[CrossRef]

Ferguson, A. I.

G. P. A. Malcolm and A. I. Ferguson, "Mode-locking of diode laser-pumped solid-state lasers," Opt. Quantum Electron. 24, 705-717 (1992).
[CrossRef]

Fujita, H.

Gupta, P. D.

A. K. Sharma, R. A. Joshi, R. K. Patidar, P. A. Naik, and P. D. Gupta, "A simple highly stable and temporally synchronizable Nd:glass laser oscillator delivering laser pulses of variable pulse duration from sub-nanosecond to few nanoseconds," Opt. Commun. 272, 455-460 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Hall, J. L.

D. J. Jones, S. A. Diddams, J. K. Ranka, A. Stentz, R. S. Windeler, J. L. Hall, and S. T. Cundiff, "Carrier-Envelope Phase Control of Femtosecond Mode-Locked Lasers and Direct Optical Frequency Synthesis," Science 288, 635-639 (2000).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Hall, T. A.

T. A. Hall and W. K. Hamundi, "Passive laser pulse synchronisation technique using a regenerative amplifier," J. Phys. B 23, 599-609 (1990).
[CrossRef]

Hamundi, W. K.

T. A. Hall and W. K. Hamundi, "Passive laser pulse synchronisation technique using a regenerative amplifier," J. Phys. B 23, 599-609 (1990).
[CrossRef]

Hernandez-Gomez, C.

Hodgson, E. M.

M. S. White, A. D. Damerell, E. M. Hodgson, I. N. Ross, R. W. Wyatt, and C. L. Ireland, "An ultra low jitter synchronized laser-pulse generator," Opt. Commun. 43, 53-58 (1982).
[CrossRef]

Ireland, C. L.

M. S. White, A. D. Damerell, E. M. Hodgson, I. N. Ross, R. W. Wyatt, and C. L. Ireland, "An ultra low jitter synchronized laser-pulse generator," Opt. Commun. 43, 53-58 (1982).
[CrossRef]

Ishii, E.

Izawa, Y.

Jones, D. J.

D. J. Jones, S. A. Diddams, J. K. Ranka, A. Stentz, R. S. Windeler, J. L. Hall, and S. T. Cundiff, "Carrier-Envelope Phase Control of Femtosecond Mode-Locked Lasers and Direct Optical Frequency Synthesis," Science 288, 635-639 (2000).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Joshi, R. A.

A. K. Sharma, R. A. Joshi, R. K. Patidar, P. A. Naik, and P. D. Gupta, "A simple highly stable and temporally synchronizable Nd:glass laser oscillator delivering laser pulses of variable pulse duration from sub-nanosecond to few nanoseconds," Opt. Commun. 272, 455-460 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Keller, U.

U. Keller, "Recent developments in compact ultrafast lasers," Nature 424, 831-838 (2003).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

L. Krainer, R. Paschotta, S. Lecomte, M. Moser, K. J. Weingarten, and U. Keller, "Compact Nd:YVO4 lasers with pulse repetition rates up to 160 GHz," IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 38, 1331-1338 (2002).
[CrossRef]

Kitagawa, Y.

Kleinbauer, J.

J. Kleinbauer, R. Knappe, and R. Wallenstein, "A powerful diode-pumped laser source for micro-machining with ps pulses in the infrared, the visible and the ultraviolet," Appl. Phys. B 80, 315-320 (2005).
[CrossRef]

Knappe, R.

J. Kleinbauer, R. Knappe, and R. Wallenstein, "A powerful diode-pumped laser source for micro-machining with ps pulses in the infrared, the visible and the ultraviolet," Appl. Phys. B 80, 315-320 (2005).
[CrossRef]

Kodama, R.

Kolev, V. Z.

Krainer, L.

L. Krainer, R. Paschotta, S. Lecomte, M. Moser, K. J. Weingarten, and U. Keller, "Compact Nd:YVO4 lasers with pulse repetition rates up to 160 GHz," IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 38, 1331-1338 (2002).
[CrossRef]

Krausz, F.

L. Turi and F. Krausz, "Amplitude modulation mode locking of lasers by regenerative feedback," Appl. Phys. Lett. 58, 810-812 (1991).
[CrossRef]

Kuizenga, D. J.

D. J. Kuizenga, "Short-pulse oscillator development for the Nd:glass laser-fusion systems," IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 17, 1694-1708 (1981).
[CrossRef]

D. J. Kuizenga, and A. E. Siegman, "FM and AM mode locking of the homogeneous laser-Part II: Experimental results in a Nd:YAG laser with internal FM modulation," IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 6, 709-715 (1970).
[CrossRef]

D. J. Kuizenga and A. E. Siegman, "FM and AM mode locking of the homogeneous laser-Part I: Theory," IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 6, 694-708 (1970).
[CrossRef]

Lecomte, S.

L. Krainer, R. Paschotta, S. Lecomte, M. Moser, K. J. Weingarten, and U. Keller, "Compact Nd:YVO4 lasers with pulse repetition rates up to 160 GHz," IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 38, 1331-1338 (2002).
[CrossRef]

Lederer, M. J.

Leeb, W. R.

W. R. Leeb, "Losses introduced by tilting intracavity etalons," Appl. Phys. A 6, 267-272 (1975).

Leng, Y.

X. Yang, Z. Xu, Y. Leng, H. Lu, L. Lin, Z. Zhang, R. Li, W. Zhang, D. Yin, and B. Tang, "Multiterawatt laser system based on optical parametric chirped pulse amplification," Opt. Lett. 27, 1135-1137 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Y. Leng, L. Lin, X. Yang, H. Lu, Z. Zhang, and Z. Xu, "Regenerative amplifier with continuously variable pulse duration used in an optical parametric chirped-pulse amplification laser system for synchronous pumping," Opt. Eng. 42, 862-866 (2003).
[CrossRef]

Li, R.

Lin, L.

X. Yang, Z. Xu, Y. Leng, H. Lu, L. Lin, Z. Zhang, R. Li, W. Zhang, D. Yin, and B. Tang, "Multiterawatt laser system based on optical parametric chirped pulse amplification," Opt. Lett. 27, 1135-1137 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Y. Leng, L. Lin, X. Yang, H. Lu, Z. Zhang, and Z. Xu, "Regenerative amplifier with continuously variable pulse duration used in an optical parametric chirped-pulse amplification laser system for synchronous pumping," Opt. Eng. 42, 862-866 (2003).
[CrossRef]

Lu, H.

X. Yang, Z. Xu, Y. Leng, H. Lu, L. Lin, Z. Zhang, R. Li, W. Zhang, D. Yin, and B. Tang, "Multiterawatt laser system based on optical parametric chirped pulse amplification," Opt. Lett. 27, 1135-1137 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Y. Leng, L. Lin, X. Yang, H. Lu, Z. Zhang, and Z. Xu, "Regenerative amplifier with continuously variable pulse duration used in an optical parametric chirped-pulse amplification laser system for synchronous pumping," Opt. Eng. 42, 862-866 (2003).
[CrossRef]

Luther-Davies, B.

Malcolm, G. P. A.

G. P. A. Malcolm and A. I. Ferguson, "Mode-locking of diode laser-pumped solid-state lasers," Opt. Quantum Electron. 24, 705-717 (1992).
[CrossRef]

Martin, W. E.

Matousek, P.

Milam, D.

Moser, M.

L. Krainer, R. Paschotta, S. Lecomte, M. Moser, K. J. Weingarten, and U. Keller, "Compact Nd:YVO4 lasers with pulse repetition rates up to 160 GHz," IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 38, 1331-1338 (2002).
[CrossRef]

Mourou, G.

G. Mourou, "The ultrahigh-peak-power laser: present and future," Appl. Phys. B 65, 205-211 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Naik, P. A.

A. K. Sharma, R. A. Joshi, R. K. Patidar, P. A. Naik, and P. D. Gupta, "A simple highly stable and temporally synchronizable Nd:glass laser oscillator delivering laser pulses of variable pulse duration from sub-nanosecond to few nanoseconds," Opt. Commun. 272, 455-460 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Neely, D.

Osvay, K.

Paschotta, R.

L. Krainer, R. Paschotta, S. Lecomte, M. Moser, K. J. Weingarten, and U. Keller, "Compact Nd:YVO4 lasers with pulse repetition rates up to 160 GHz," IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 38, 1331-1338 (2002).
[CrossRef]

Patidar, R. K.

A. K. Sharma, R. A. Joshi, R. K. Patidar, P. A. Naik, and P. D. Gupta, "A simple highly stable and temporally synchronizable Nd:glass laser oscillator delivering laser pulses of variable pulse duration from sub-nanosecond to few nanoseconds," Opt. Commun. 272, 455-460 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Pepler, D. A.

Piskarskas, A.

R. Butkus, R. Danielius, A. Dubietis, A. Piskarskas, and A. Stabinis, "Progress in chirped pulse optical parametric amplifiers," Appl. Phys. B 79, 693-700 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Ranka, J. K.

D. J. Jones, S. A. Diddams, J. K. Ranka, A. Stentz, R. S. Windeler, J. L. Hall, and S. T. Cundiff, "Carrier-Envelope Phase Control of Femtosecond Mode-Locked Lasers and Direct Optical Frequency Synthesis," Science 288, 635-639 (2000).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Rode, A. V.

Ross, I. N.

Sharma, A. K.

A. K. Sharma, R. A. Joshi, R. K. Patidar, P. A. Naik, and P. D. Gupta, "A simple highly stable and temporally synchronizable Nd:glass laser oscillator delivering laser pulses of variable pulse duration from sub-nanosecond to few nanoseconds," Opt. Commun. 272, 455-460 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Siegman, A. E.

D. J. Kuizenga, and A. E. Siegman, "FM and AM mode locking of the homogeneous laser-Part II: Experimental results in a Nd:YAG laser with internal FM modulation," IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 6, 709-715 (1970).
[CrossRef]

D. J. Kuizenga and A. E. Siegman, "FM and AM mode locking of the homogeneous laser-Part I: Theory," IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 6, 694-708 (1970).
[CrossRef]

Stabinis, A.

R. Butkus, R. Danielius, A. Dubietis, A. Piskarskas, and A. Stabinis, "Progress in chirped pulse optical parametric amplifiers," Appl. Phys. B 79, 693-700 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Stentz, A.

D. J. Jones, S. A. Diddams, J. K. Ranka, A. Stentz, R. S. Windeler, J. L. Hall, and S. T. Cundiff, "Carrier-Envelope Phase Control of Femtosecond Mode-Locked Lasers and Direct Optical Frequency Synthesis," Science 288, 635-639 (2000).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Tang, B.

Turi, L.

L. Turi and F. Krausz, "Amplitude modulation mode locking of lasers by regenerative feedback," Appl. Phys. Lett. 58, 810-812 (1991).
[CrossRef]

Wallenstein, R.

J. Kleinbauer, R. Knappe, and R. Wallenstein, "A powerful diode-pumped laser source for micro-machining with ps pulses in the infrared, the visible and the ultraviolet," Appl. Phys. B 80, 315-320 (2005).
[CrossRef]

Weingarten, K. J.

L. Krainer, R. Paschotta, S. Lecomte, M. Moser, K. J. Weingarten, and U. Keller, "Compact Nd:YVO4 lasers with pulse repetition rates up to 160 GHz," IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 38, 1331-1338 (2002).
[CrossRef]

White, M. S.

M. S. White, A. D. Damerell, E. M. Hodgson, I. N. Ross, R. W. Wyatt, and C. L. Ireland, "An ultra low jitter synchronized laser-pulse generator," Opt. Commun. 43, 53-58 (1982).
[CrossRef]

Windeler, R. S.

D. J. Jones, S. A. Diddams, J. K. Ranka, A. Stentz, R. S. Windeler, J. L. Hall, and S. T. Cundiff, "Carrier-Envelope Phase Control of Femtosecond Mode-Locked Lasers and Direct Optical Frequency Synthesis," Science 288, 635-639 (2000).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Wyatt, R. W.

M. S. White, A. D. Damerell, E. M. Hodgson, I. N. Ross, R. W. Wyatt, and C. L. Ireland, "An ultra low jitter synchronized laser-pulse generator," Opt. Commun. 43, 53-58 (1982).
[CrossRef]

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Figures (7)

Fig. 1.
Fig. 1.

Schematic of the experimental setup; Gain in the Middle cavity, acousto-optically mode-locked.

Fig. 2.
Fig. 2.

Transmission of etalon no. 8 (a), no. 5 (b) and no. 8 together with no. 5 (c). Gain of the laser without etalons (dashed line) and with the etalons of the previous sub-figure (solid line) (d).

Fig. 3.
Fig. 3.

(a) Temporal intensity distribution for mode-locked pulses with etalon no. 8 and no. 5 with a pulse duration of 493 ps. The measured data is fitted by a Gauss. (b) Spectral intensity distribution for mode-locked pulses with etalon no. 8 and no. 5 with a spectral bandwidth of 0.896 GHz. The envelope is fitted by a Gauss.

Fig. 4.
Fig. 4.

Pulse duration (a), time-bandwidth product (b) and output power (c) as function of the ∆νFWHM,2 from different etalons for high and low values of modulation δ by the AOM.

Fig. 5.
Fig. 5.

RF spectrum of the mode-locked laser measured at a pulse duration of about 350 ps.

Fig. 6.
Fig. 6.

Stability measurement of mode-locking by a GaAsP photo diode. Diode signal depending on the cavity length detuning with a piezo in the case of active mode-locking for 34 ps, 215 ps and 340 ps pulse duration.

Fig. 7.
Fig. 7.

Pulse duration and output power depending on the cavity length detuning with a linear stage in the case of active mode-locking with a 3 mm thick etalon and pulse durations of 350 ps.

Tables (1)

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Table 1. Parameters of the used etalons.

Equations (2)

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Φ / v ~ 1 τ 2
τ A M = 2 In 2 π 4 1 δ t m Δ ν FWHM , 2

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