Abstract

By optimizing the cavity dispersion map, 1.5-nJ pulses as short as 36 fs are obtained from a Yb-doped fiber laser. Residual higher-order dispersion currently limits the pulse duration, and it should be possible to generate pulses as short as 25–30 fs with Yb-doped fiber.

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App. Phys. Lett.

K. Tamura, E. P. Ippen, and H. A. Haus, �??Pulse dynamics in stretched-pulse fiber lasers,�?? App. Phys. Lett. 67, 158-160 (1995).
[CrossRef]

Appl. Phys. B

L. E. Nelson, D. J. Jones, K. Tamura, H. A. Haus, and E. P. Ippen, �??Ultrashort-pulse fiber ring lasers,�?? Appl. Phys. B 65, 277-294 (1997).
[CrossRef]

CLEO 2003

F. O. Ilday and F. W. Wise, �??Similariton Laser,�?? Proceedings of the Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 2003), paper CTHPDA3.

Opt. Comm.

S. Chi, C. W. Chang, and S. Wen, "Femtosecond soliton propagation in erbium-doped fiber amplifiers: the equivalence of two different models", Opt. Comm. 106, 193-196 (1994).
[CrossRef]

Opt. Exp.

H. Lim, F. O. Ilday, and F. W. Wise, "Femtosecond ytterbium fiber laser with photonic crystal fiber for dispersion control," Opt. Exp. 10, 1497-1502 (2002).
[CrossRef]

Opt. Lett

C. Honninger, F. Morier-Genoud, M. Moser, U. Keller, L. R. Brovelli, C. Harder, �??Efficient and tunable diode-pumped femtosecond Yb : glass lasers,�?? Opt. Lett. 23, 126-128 (1998).
[CrossRef]

Opt. Lett.

M. Hofer, M. E. Fermann, F. Harberl, M. H. Ober, and A. J. Schmidt, Opt. Lett. 16, 502 (1991)
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

M. H. Ober, M. Hofer, and M. E. Fermann, �??42-fs pulse generation from a mode-locked fiber laser started with a moving mirror,�?? Opt. Lett. 18, 367-369 (1993).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

J. Aus der Au, D. Kopf, F. Morier-Genoud, M. Moser, U. Keller, �??60-fs pulses from a diode-pumped Nd:glass laser,�?? Opt. Lett. 22, 307-309 (1997).
[CrossRef]

J. W. Nicholson, J. Jasapara, W. Rudolph, F. G. Omenetto, and A. J. Taylor, �??Full-field characterization of femtosecond pulses by spectrum and cross-correlation measurements,�?? Opt. Lett. 24, 1774-1776 (1999).
[CrossRef]

L. E. Nelson, S. B. Fleischer, G. Lenz, and E. P. Ippen, �??Efficient frequency doubling of a femtosecond fiber laser,�?? Opt. Lett. 21, 1759-1761 (1996).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

H. Lim, F. O. Ilday, and F. W. Wise, �??Generation of 2-nJ pulses from a femtosecond Yb fiber laser,�?? Opt. Lett. 28, 660-662 (2003).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

F. O. Ilday, H. Lim, J. R. Buckley, F. W. Wise, and W. G. Clark, �??Generation of 50-fs, 5-nJ pulses at 1.03 µm from a wave-breaking-free fiber laser,�?? Opt. Lett. 28, 1365-1367 (2003).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

A. M. Kowalevicz, A. Tucay Zare, F. X. Kartner, J. G. Fujimoto, S. Dewald, U. Morgner, V. Scheuer, G. Angelow, �??Generation of 150-nJ pulses from a multiple-pass cavity Kerr-lens mode-locked Ti:Al2O3 oscillator,�?? Opt. Lett. 28, 1597-1599 (2003).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

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Figures (4)

Fig. 1.
Fig. 1.

Results of numerical simulations of the Yb fiber laser. Main figure: power spectrum plotted on logarithmic scale. Inset: temporal intensity profile of dechirped output pulse.

Fig. 2.
Fig. 2.

Schematic of the Yb fiber laser. w.p.: waveplate.

Fig. 3.
Fig. 3.

Output of the Yb fiber laser. Measured interferometric autocorrelation (top left panel) along with the interferometric autocorrelation of the pulse retrieved by PICASO (top right panel). Bottom panel: retrieved intensity and phase profiles compared to the transform-limited pulse (dash-dotted line).

Fig. 4.
Fig. 4.

Measured power spectrum plotted on semi-logarithmic scales. The component at 980 nm is unabsorbed pump light. The inset shows the spectrum on linear scales.

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