Abstract

A diode-pumped femtosecond ytterbium laser with a host material of Y2O3 ceramics is reported. Passive mode locking by a semiconductor saturable-absorber mirror generates 98-MHz, 615-fs pulses at a center wavelength of 1076.5 nm. The average power is 420 mW and the pulse energy is 4.3 nJ with a 2.6-W absorbed pump power. To our knowledge, this is the first continuous-wave mode-locked ceramic laser.

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2003 (2)

J. Kawanaka, K. Yamakawa, H. Nishioka, and K. Ueda, “30-mJ, diode-pumped, chirped-pulse Yb:YLF regenerative amplifier,” appearing in Opt. Lett. 28, 2121–2123 (2003).
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[Crossref] [PubMed]

2002 (6)

F. Druon, S. Chénais, P. Raybaut, F. Balembois, P. Georges, R. Gaumé, G. Aka, B. Viana, S. Mohr, and D. Kopf, “Diode-pumped Yb:Sr3Y(BO3)3 femtosecond laser,” Opt. Lett. 27, 197–199 (2002).
[Crossref]

F. Druon, S. Chénais, P. Raybaut, F. Balembois, P. Georges, R. Gaumé, P. H. Haumesser, B. Viana, D. Vivien, S. Dhellemmes, V. Ortiz, and C. Larat, “Apatite-structure crystal, Yb3+:SrY4(SiO4)3O, for the development of diode-pumped femtosecond lasers,” Opt. Lett. 27, 1914–1916 (2002).
[Crossref]

L. Fornasiero, E. Mix, V. Peters, K. Peterman, and G. Huber, “Czochoralski growth and laser parameters of RE3+ -doped Y2O3 and Sc2O3,” Cer. Int. 26, 589–592 (2002).
[Crossref]

K. Petermann, L. Fornasiero, E. Mix, and V. Peters, “High melting sesquioxides: crystal growth, spectroscopy, and laser experiments,” Opt. Mat. 19, 67–71 (2002).
[Crossref]

J. Lu, K. Takaichi, T. Uematsu, A. Shirakawa, M. Musha, K. Ueda, H. Yagi, T. Yanagitani, and A. A. Kaminskii,“Promising ceramic laser material: Highly transparent Nd3+:Lu2O3 ceramic,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 23, 4324–4326 (2002).
[Crossref]

J. Lu, K. Takaichi, T. Uematsu, A. Shirakawa, M. Musha, K. Ueda, H. Yagi, T. Yanagitani, and A. A. Kaminskii,“Yb3+:Y2O3 ceramics - a novel solid-state laser material,” Jpn. J. Appl. Phys. 41, L1373–L1375 (2002).
[Crossref]

2001 (2)

J. Lu, J. Lu, T. Murai, K. Takaichi, T. Uematsu, K. Ueda, H. Yagi, T. Yanagitani, and A. A. Kaminskii, “Nd3+:Y2O3 ceramic laser,” Jpn. J. Appl. Phys. 40, L1277–L1279 (2001).
[Crossref]

H. Liu, J. Nees, and G. Mourou, “Diode-pumped Kerr-lens mode-locked Yb:KY(WO4)2 laser,” Opt. Lett. 26, 1723–1725 (2001).
[Crossref]

2000 (4)

1999 (3)

1998 (1)

1997 (1)

1996 (1)

U. Keller, K. J. Weingarten, F. X. Kärtner, D. Kopf, B. Braun, I. D. Jung, R. Fluck, C. Höninger, N. Matuschek, and J. Aus der Au, “Semiconductor saturable absorber mirrors (SESAM‘s) for femtosecond to nanosecond pulse generation in solid-state lasers,” IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 2, 435–453 (1996).
[Crossref]

1995 (1)

1993 (1)

L. D. DeLoach, S. A. Payne, L. L. Chase, L. K. Smith, W. L. Kway, and W. F. Krupke, “Evaluation of absorption and Emission properties of Yb3+ doped crystals for laser application”, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 29, 1179–1191 (1993).
[Crossref]

1989 (1)

R. Adair, L. L. Chase, and S. A. Payne, “Nonlinear refractive index of optical crystals,” J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 39, 3337–3350 (1989).

1972 (1)

D. Bloor and J. R. Dean, “Spectroscopy of rare earth oxide systems: I. Far infrared spectra of the rare earth sesquioxide, and nonstoichiometric praseodymium and terbium oxides,” J. Phys. C 5, 1237–1252 (1972).
[Crossref]

Abdolvand, A.

Adair, R.

R. Adair, L. L. Chase, and S. A. Payne, “Nonlinear refractive index of optical crystals,” J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 39, 3337–3350 (1989).

Aka, G.

Akhmediev, N. N.

Aron, A.

Aschwanden, A.

Balembois, F.

Basun, S. A.

K. Petermann, G. Huber, L. Fornasiero, S. Koch, E. Mix, V. Peters, and S. A. Basun, “Rare-earth doped sesquioxides,” J. Lum. 87–89, 973–975 (2000).
[Crossref]

Bisson, J-F.

K. Takaichi, H. Yagi, J. Lu, J-F. Bisson, A. Shirakawa, K. Ueda, T. Yanagitani, and A. A. Kaminskii, “Highly efficient Yb3+-doped Y2O3 ceramic lasers at 1030 nm and 1075 nm,” submitted to Appl. Phys. Lett. (2003).

Bloor, D.

D. Bloor and J. R. Dean, “Spectroscopy of rare earth oxide systems: I. Far infrared spectra of the rare earth sesquioxide, and nonstoichiometric praseodymium and terbium oxides,” J. Phys. C 5, 1237–1252 (1972).
[Crossref]

Braun, B.

U. Keller, K. J. Weingarten, F. X. Kärtner, D. Kopf, B. Braun, I. D. Jung, R. Fluck, C. Höninger, N. Matuschek, and J. Aus der Au, “Semiconductor saturable absorber mirrors (SESAM‘s) for femtosecond to nanosecond pulse generation in solid-state lasers,” IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 2, 435–453 (1996).
[Crossref]

Brovelli, L. R.

Brun, A.

Brunner, F.

Brunner, G, F.

Chase, L. L.

L. D. DeLoach, S. A. Payne, L. L. Chase, L. K. Smith, W. L. Kway, and W. F. Krupke, “Evaluation of absorption and Emission properties of Yb3+ doped crystals for laser application”, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 29, 1179–1191 (1993).
[Crossref]

R. Adair, L. L. Chase, and S. A. Payne, “Nonlinear refractive index of optical crystals,” J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 39, 3337–3350 (1989).

Chénais, S.

Courjaud, A.

Dean, J. R.

D. Bloor and J. R. Dean, “Spectroscopy of rare earth oxide systems: I. Far infrared spectra of the rare earth sesquioxide, and nonstoichiometric praseodymium and terbium oxides,” J. Phys. C 5, 1237–1252 (1972).
[Crossref]

DeLoach, L. D.

L. D. DeLoach, S. A. Payne, L. L. Chase, L. K. Smith, W. L. Kway, and W. F. Krupke, “Evaluation of absorption and Emission properties of Yb3+ doped crystals for laser application”, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 29, 1179–1191 (1993).
[Crossref]

der Au, J. Aus

Dhellemmes, S.

Druon, F.

Ehrt, D.

Fluck, R.

U. Keller, K. J. Weingarten, F. X. Kärtner, D. Kopf, B. Braun, I. D. Jung, R. Fluck, C. Höninger, N. Matuschek, and J. Aus der Au, “Semiconductor saturable absorber mirrors (SESAM‘s) for femtosecond to nanosecond pulse generation in solid-state lasers,” IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 2, 435–453 (1996).
[Crossref]

Fornasiero, L.

K. Petermann, L. Fornasiero, E. Mix, and V. Peters, “High melting sesquioxides: crystal growth, spectroscopy, and laser experiments,” Opt. Mat. 19, 67–71 (2002).
[Crossref]

L. Fornasiero, E. Mix, V. Peters, K. Peterman, and G. Huber, “Czochoralski growth and laser parameters of RE3+ -doped Y2O3 and Sc2O3,” Cer. Int. 26, 589–592 (2002).
[Crossref]

K. Petermann, G. Huber, L. Fornasiero, S. Koch, E. Mix, V. Peters, and S. A. Basun, “Rare-earth doped sesquioxides,” J. Lum. 87–89, 973–975 (2000).
[Crossref]

Gaumé, R.

Georges, P.

Giesen, A.

Griebner, U.

V. Petrov, U. Griebner, D. Ehrt, and W. Seeber, “Femtosecond self mode locking of Yb:fluoride phosphate glass laser,” Opt. Lett. 22, 408–410 (1997).
[Crossref] [PubMed]

P. Klopp, U. Griebner, V. Petrov, K. Petermann, and V. Peters, “Highly-efficient mode-locked Yb:Sc2O3 laser,” in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, Vol. x of 2003 OSA Technical Digest Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 2003), paper CWG1.

Hagiwara, J.

V. Senatsky, A. Shirakawa, Y. Sato, J. Hagiwara, J. Lu, K. Ueda, H. Yagi, and T. Yanagitani, “Measurements of nonlinear refractive indices in ceramic laser media,” Proc. of SPIE, in press.

Harder, C.

Häring, R.

Haumesser, P. H.

Höninger, C.

E. Innerhofer, T. Südmeyer, F. Brunner, R. Häring, A. Aschwanden, R. Paschotta, C. Höninger, M. Kumkar, and U. Keller, “60-W average power in 810-fs pulses from a thin-disk Yb:YAG laser,” Opt. Lett. 28, 367–369 (2003).
[Crossref] [PubMed]

F. Druon, F. Balembois, P. Georges, A. Brun, A. Courjaud, C. Höninger, F. Salin, A. Aron, F. Mougel, G. Aka, and D. Vivien, “Generation of 90 fs pulses from a mode-locked diode-pumped Yb3+:Ca4GdO(BO3)3 laser,” Opt. Lett. 25, 423–425 (2000).
[Crossref]

J. Aus der Au, S. F. Schaer, R. Paschotta, C. Höninger, U. Keller, and M. Moser, “High-power diode-pumped mode-locked Yb:YAG lasers,” Opt. Lett. 24, 1281–1283 (1999).
[Crossref]

C. Höninger, 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, 46–56 (1999).
[Crossref]

C. Höninger, F. Morier-Genoud, M. Moser, U. Keller, L. R. Brovelli, and C. Harder, “Efficient and tunable diode-pumped femtosecond Yb:glass lasers,” Opt. Lett. 23, 126–128 (1998).
[Crossref]

U. Keller, K. J. Weingarten, F. X. Kärtner, D. Kopf, B. Braun, I. D. Jung, R. Fluck, C. Höninger, N. Matuschek, and J. Aus der Au, “Semiconductor saturable absorber mirrors (SESAM‘s) for femtosecond to nanosecond pulse generation in solid-state lasers,” IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 2, 435–453 (1996).
[Crossref]

C. Höninger, G. Zhang, U. Keller, and A. Giesen, “Femtosecond Yb:YAG laser using semiconductor saturable absorbers,” Opt. Lett. 20, 2402–2404 (1995).
[Crossref]

Huber, G.

L. Fornasiero, E. Mix, V. Peters, K. Peterman, and G. Huber, “Czochoralski growth and laser parameters of RE3+ -doped Y2O3 and Sc2O3,” Cer. Int. 26, 589–592 (2002).
[Crossref]

K. Petermann, G. Huber, L. Fornasiero, S. Koch, E. Mix, V. Peters, and S. A. Basun, “Rare-earth doped sesquioxides,” J. Lum. 87–89, 973–975 (2000).
[Crossref]

Ichikawa, M.

T. Yanagitani, H. Yagi, and M. Ichikawa, Japanese Patent No. 10-101333 (1998).

Innerhofer, E.

Jagadish, C.

Jung, I. D.

U. Keller, K. J. Weingarten, F. X. Kärtner, D. Kopf, B. Braun, I. D. Jung, R. Fluck, C. Höninger, N. Matuschek, and J. Aus der Au, “Semiconductor saturable absorber mirrors (SESAM‘s) for femtosecond to nanosecond pulse generation in solid-state lasers,” IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 2, 435–453 (1996).
[Crossref]

Kaminskii, A. A.

J. Lu, K. Takaichi, T. Uematsu, A. Shirakawa, M. Musha, K. Ueda, H. Yagi, T. Yanagitani, and A. A. Kaminskii,“Yb3+:Y2O3 ceramics - a novel solid-state laser material,” Jpn. J. Appl. Phys. 41, L1373–L1375 (2002).
[Crossref]

J. Lu, K. Takaichi, T. Uematsu, A. Shirakawa, M. Musha, K. Ueda, H. Yagi, T. Yanagitani, and A. A. Kaminskii,“Promising ceramic laser material: Highly transparent Nd3+:Lu2O3 ceramic,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 23, 4324–4326 (2002).
[Crossref]

J. Lu, J. Lu, T. Murai, K. Takaichi, T. Uematsu, K. Ueda, H. Yagi, T. Yanagitani, and A. A. Kaminskii, “Nd3+:Y2O3 ceramic laser,” Jpn. J. Appl. Phys. 40, L1277–L1279 (2001).
[Crossref]

K. Takaichi, H. Yagi, J. Lu, J-F. Bisson, A. Shirakawa, K. Ueda, T. Yanagitani, and A. A. Kaminskii, “Highly efficient Yb3+-doped Y2O3 ceramic lasers at 1030 nm and 1075 nm,” submitted to Appl. Phys. Lett. (2003).

Kaminskii, K. K.

K. K. Kaminskii, Laser Crystals (Springer, Berlin, 1990).

Kärtner, F. X.

U. Keller, K. J. Weingarten, F. X. Kärtner, D. Kopf, B. Braun, I. D. Jung, R. Fluck, C. Höninger, N. Matuschek, and J. Aus der Au, “Semiconductor saturable absorber mirrors (SESAM‘s) for femtosecond to nanosecond pulse generation in solid-state lasers,” IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 2, 435–453 (1996).
[Crossref]

Kawanaka, J.

J. Kawanaka, K. Yamakawa, H. Nishioka, and K. Ueda, “30-mJ, diode-pumped, chirped-pulse Yb:YLF regenerative amplifier,” appearing in Opt. Lett. 28, 2121–2123 (2003).
[Crossref]

Keller, U.

E. Innerhofer, T. Südmeyer, F. Brunner, R. Häring, A. Aschwanden, R. Paschotta, C. Höninger, M. Kumkar, and U. Keller, “60-W average power in 810-fs pulses from a thin-disk Yb:YAG laser,” Opt. Lett. 28, 367–369 (2003).
[Crossref] [PubMed]

F. Brunner, G, J. Spühler, J. Aus der Au, L. Krainer, F. Morier-Genoud, R. Paschotta, N. Lichtenstein, S. Weiss, C. Harder, A. A. Lagatsky, A. Abdolvand, N. V. Kuleshov, and U. Keller, “Diode-pumped femtosecond Yb:KGd(WO4)2 laser with 1.1-W average power,” Opt. Lett. 25, 1119–1121 (2000).
[Crossref]

C. Höninger, 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, 46–56 (1999).
[Crossref]

J. Aus der Au, S. F. Schaer, R. Paschotta, C. Höninger, U. Keller, and M. Moser, “High-power diode-pumped mode-locked Yb:YAG lasers,” Opt. Lett. 24, 1281–1283 (1999).
[Crossref]

C. Höninger, F. Morier-Genoud, M. Moser, U. Keller, L. R. Brovelli, and C. Harder, “Efficient and tunable diode-pumped femtosecond Yb:glass lasers,” Opt. Lett. 23, 126–128 (1998).
[Crossref]

U. Keller, K. J. Weingarten, F. X. Kärtner, D. Kopf, B. Braun, I. D. Jung, R. Fluck, C. Höninger, N. Matuschek, and J. Aus der Au, “Semiconductor saturable absorber mirrors (SESAM‘s) for femtosecond to nanosecond pulse generation in solid-state lasers,” IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 2, 435–453 (1996).
[Crossref]

C. Höninger, G. Zhang, U. Keller, and A. Giesen, “Femtosecond Yb:YAG laser using semiconductor saturable absorbers,” Opt. Lett. 20, 2402–2404 (1995).
[Crossref]

Klopp, P.

P. Klopp, U. Griebner, V. Petrov, K. Petermann, and V. Peters, “Highly-efficient mode-locked Yb:Sc2O3 laser,” in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, Vol. x of 2003 OSA Technical Digest Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 2003), paper CWG1.

Koch, S.

K. Petermann, G. Huber, L. Fornasiero, S. Koch, E. Mix, V. Peters, and S. A. Basun, “Rare-earth doped sesquioxides,” J. Lum. 87–89, 973–975 (2000).
[Crossref]

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Fig. 1.
Fig. 1.

Absorption coefficient (blue) and effective emission cross section (red) of 4 at.% Yb3+:Y2O3 ceramics at room temperature. Arrows indicate the pump and lasing wavelengths.

Fig. 2.
Fig. 2.

Schematic of the diode-pumped mode-locked Yb3+:Y2O3 ceramic laser. L’s, lenses for pump beam shaping: L1, f=8 mm aspherical; L2, f=-6.4 mm cylindrical; L3, f=70 mm cylindrical; L4, f=75 mm doublet. M’s, high-reflecting mirrors; OC’s, output couplers; P’s, SF10 Brewster prisms. Dashed lines indicate the beam lines in a cw operation. Oscillograms of the mode-locked pulse trains are shown in the lower right.

Fig. 3.
Fig. 3.

(a) Intensity autocorrelation trace of the mode-locked pulses. Solid curve : fit with sech2 pulse shape. (b) Spectrum of them. FWHMs are shown by arrows.

Fig. 4.
Fig. 4.

Contour plot of the output beam profile.

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