Abstract

We report a highly efficient diode-pumped femtosecond Yb:KYW laser with a compact three-element resonator. Near-transform-limited pulses of 107fs duration at a centre wavelength of 1056nm are produced at a pulse repetition frequency of 294MHz by utilising soft-aperture Kerr-lens mode locking. The femtosecond operation had a mode-locking threshold at a pump power of 250mW and the laser was tunable from 1042nm to 1075nm. The optical-to-optical conversion efficiency exceeded 50% in this femtosecond-pulse regime.

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    [CrossRef]
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2004 (1)

P. Klopp, V. Petrov, U. Griebner, K. Petermann, V. Peters, and G. Erbert, “Highly efficient mode-locked Yb:Sc2O3 laser,” Opt. Lett. 15, 391–393 (2004).
[CrossRef]

2003 (2)

A.A. Lagatsky, E.U. Rafailov, C.G. Leburn, C.T.A. Brown, N. Xiang, O.G. Okhotnikov, and W. Sibbett, “Highly efficient femtosecond Yb:KYW laser pumped by single narrow-stripe laser diode,” Electron. Lett. 39, 1108–1110 (2003).
[CrossRef]

A. Major, I. Nikolakakos, J.S. Aitchison, A.I. Ferguson, N. Langford, and P.W.E. Smith, “Characterisation of the nonlinear refractive index of the laser crystal Yb:KGd(WO4)2”, Appl. Phys. B 77, 433–436 (2003).
[CrossRef]

2002 (4)

2001 (1)

2000 (3)

1999 (1)

C. Hönninger, R. Paschotta, M. Graf, F. Morier-Genoud, G. Zhang, M. Moser, S. Biswal, J. Nees, A. Braun, G.A. Mourou, I. Johannsen, A. Giesen, W. Seeber, and U. Keller, “Ultrafast ytterbium-doped bulk lasers and laser amplifiers,” Appl. Phys. B 69, 3–17 (1999).
[CrossRef]

1997 (2)

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, 1317–1319 (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, 409–411 (1997).
[CrossRef]

1994 (1)

Abdolvand, A.

Aitchison, J.S.

A. Major, I. Nikolakakos, J.S. Aitchison, A.I. Ferguson, N. Langford, and P.W.E. Smith, “Characterisation of the nonlinear refractive index of the laser crystal Yb:KGd(WO4)2”, Appl. Phys. B 77, 433–436 (2003).
[CrossRef]

Aka, G.

Aron, A.

Aus der Au, J.

Balembois, F.

Biswal, S.

C. Hönninger, R. Paschotta, M. Graf, F. Morier-Genoud, G. Zhang, M. Moser, S. Biswal, J. Nees, A. Braun, G.A. Mourou, I. Johannsen, A. Giesen, W. Seeber, and U. Keller, “Ultrafast ytterbium-doped bulk lasers and laser amplifiers,” Appl. Phys. B 69, 3–17 (1999).
[CrossRef]

Braun, A.

C. Hönninger, R. Paschotta, M. Graf, F. Morier-Genoud, G. Zhang, M. Moser, S. Biswal, J. Nees, A. Braun, G.A. Mourou, I. Johannsen, A. Giesen, W. Seeber, and U. Keller, “Ultrafast ytterbium-doped bulk lasers and laser amplifiers,” Appl. Phys. B 69, 3–17 (1999).
[CrossRef]

Brown, C.T.A.

A.A. Lagatsky, E.U. Rafailov, C.G. Leburn, C.T.A. Brown, N. Xiang, O.G. Okhotnikov, and W. Sibbett, “Highly efficient femtosecond Yb:KYW laser pumped by single narrow-stripe laser diode,” Electron. Lett. 39, 1108–1110 (2003).
[CrossRef]

Brun, A.

Brunner, F.

Chénais, S.

Contag, K.

Courjaud, A.

Dawes, J.

Dekker, P.

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, 409–411 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Druon, F.

Erbert, G.

P. Klopp, V. Petrov, U. Griebner, K. Petermann, V. Peters, and G. Erbert, “Highly efficient mode-locked Yb:Sc2O3 laser,” Opt. Lett. 15, 391–393 (2004).
[CrossRef]

P. Klopp, V. Petrov, U. Griebner, and G. Erbert, “Passively mode-locked Yb:KYW laser pumped by a tapered diode laser,” Opt. Express 10, 108–113 (2002).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Ferguson, A.I.

A. Major, I. Nikolakakos, J.S. Aitchison, A.I. Ferguson, N. Langford, and P.W.E. Smith, “Characterisation of the nonlinear refractive index of the laser crystal Yb:KGd(WO4)2”, Appl. Phys. B 77, 433–436 (2003).
[CrossRef]

Fujimoto, J.G.

Gao, J.

Gaumé, R.

Georges, P.

Giesen, A.

F. Brunner, T. Südmeyer, E. Innerhofer, F. Morier-Genoud, R. Paschotta, V.E. Kisel, V.G. Shcherbitsky, N.V. Kuleshov, J. Gao, K. Contag, A. Giesen, and U. Keller, “240-fs pulses with 22-W average power from a mode-locked thin-disk Yb:KY(WO4)2 laser,” Opt. Lett. 27, 1162–1164 (2002).
[CrossRef]

C. Hönninger, R. Paschotta, M. Graf, F. Morier-Genoud, G. Zhang, M. Moser, S. Biswal, J. Nees, A. Braun, G.A. Mourou, I. Johannsen, A. Giesen, W. Seeber, and U. Keller, “Ultrafast ytterbium-doped bulk lasers and laser amplifiers,” Appl. Phys. B 69, 3–17 (1999).
[CrossRef]

Graf, M.

C. Hönninger, R. Paschotta, M. Graf, F. Morier-Genoud, G. Zhang, M. Moser, S. Biswal, J. Nees, A. Braun, G.A. Mourou, I. Johannsen, A. Giesen, W. Seeber, and U. Keller, “Ultrafast ytterbium-doped bulk lasers and laser amplifiers,” Appl. Phys. B 69, 3–17 (1999).
[CrossRef]

Griebner, U.

P. Klopp, V. Petrov, U. Griebner, K. Petermann, V. Peters, and G. Erbert, “Highly efficient mode-locked Yb:Sc2O3 laser,” Opt. Lett. 15, 391–393 (2004).
[CrossRef]

P. Klopp, V. Petrov, U. Griebner, and G. Erbert, “Passively mode-locked Yb:KYW laser pumped by a tapered diode laser,” Opt. Express 10, 108–113 (2002).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Harder, C.

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, 409–411 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Hildebrandt, M.

Hönninger, C.

F. Druon, F. Balembois, P. Georges, A. Brun, A. Courjaud, C. Hönninger, 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]

C. Hönninger, R. Paschotta, M. Graf, F. Morier-Genoud, G. Zhang, M. Moser, S. Biswal, J. Nees, A. Braun, G.A. Mourou, I. Johannsen, A. Giesen, W. Seeber, and U. Keller, “Ultrafast ytterbium-doped bulk lasers and laser amplifiers,” Appl. Phys. B 69, 3–17 (1999).
[CrossRef]

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, 409–411 (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, 1317–1319 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Innerhofer, E.

Jagadish, C.

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, 409–411 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Johannsen, I.

C. Hönninger, R. Paschotta, M. Graf, F. Morier-Genoud, G. Zhang, M. Moser, S. Biswal, J. Nees, A. Braun, G.A. Mourou, I. Johannsen, A. Giesen, W. Seeber, and U. Keller, “Ultrafast ytterbium-doped bulk lasers and laser amplifiers,” Appl. Phys. B 69, 3–17 (1999).
[CrossRef]

Kalashnikov, V.L.

K.V. Yumashev, N.N. Posnov, P.V. Prokoshin, V.L. Kalashnikov, F. Mejid, I.G. Poloyko, V.P. Mikhailov, and V.P. Kozich, “Z-scan measurements of nonlinear refraction and Kerr-lens mode-locking with Yb3+:KY(WO4)2,” Opt. Quantum Electron. 32, 43–48 (2000).
[CrossRef]

Keller, U.

Kisel, V.E.

Klopp, P.

P. Klopp, V. Petrov, U. Griebner, K. Petermann, V. Peters, and G. Erbert, “Highly efficient mode-locked Yb:Sc2O3 laser,” Opt. Lett. 15, 391–393 (2004).
[CrossRef]

P. Klopp, V. Petrov, U. Griebner, and G. Erbert, “Passively mode-locked Yb:KYW laser pumped by a tapered diode laser,” Opt. Express 10, 108–113 (2002).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Kolev, V. Z.

Kopf, D.

Kozich, V.P.

K.V. Yumashev, N.N. Posnov, P.V. Prokoshin, V.L. Kalashnikov, F. Mejid, I.G. Poloyko, V.P. Mikhailov, and V.P. Kozich, “Z-scan measurements of nonlinear refraction and Kerr-lens mode-locking with Yb3+:KY(WO4)2,” Opt. Quantum Electron. 32, 43–48 (2000).
[CrossRef]

Krainer, L.

Kuleshov, N.V.

Lagatsky, A.A.

A.A. Lagatsky, E.U. Rafailov, C.G. Leburn, C.T.A. Brown, N. Xiang, O.G. Okhotnikov, and W. Sibbett, “Highly efficient femtosecond Yb:KYW laser pumped by single narrow-stripe laser diode,” Electron. Lett. 39, 1108–1110 (2003).
[CrossRef]

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]

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, 409–411 (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, 1317–1319 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Langford, N.

A. Major, I. Nikolakakos, J.S. Aitchison, A.I. Ferguson, N. Langford, and P.W.E. Smith, “Characterisation of the nonlinear refractive index of the laser crystal Yb:KGd(WO4)2”, Appl. Phys. B 77, 433–436 (2003).
[CrossRef]

Leburn, C.G.

A.A. Lagatsky, E.U. Rafailov, C.G. Leburn, C.T.A. Brown, N. Xiang, O.G. Okhotnikov, and W. Sibbett, “Highly efficient femtosecond Yb:KYW laser pumped by single narrow-stripe laser diode,” Electron. Lett. 39, 1108–1110 (2003).
[CrossRef]

Lederer, M. J.

Lichtenstein, N.

Liu, H.

Luther-Davies, B.

Major, A.

A. Major, I. Nikolakakos, J.S. Aitchison, A.I. Ferguson, N. Langford, and P.W.E. Smith, “Characterisation of the nonlinear refractive index of the laser crystal Yb:KGd(WO4)2”, Appl. Phys. B 77, 433–436 (2003).
[CrossRef]

Mejid, F.

K.V. Yumashev, N.N. Posnov, P.V. Prokoshin, V.L. Kalashnikov, F. Mejid, I.G. Poloyko, V.P. Mikhailov, and V.P. Kozich, “Z-scan measurements of nonlinear refraction and Kerr-lens mode-locking with Yb3+:KY(WO4)2,” Opt. Quantum Electron. 32, 43–48 (2000).
[CrossRef]

Mikhailov, V.P.

K.V. Yumashev, N.N. Posnov, P.V. Prokoshin, V.L. Kalashnikov, F. Mejid, I.G. Poloyko, V.P. Mikhailov, and V.P. Kozich, “Z-scan measurements of nonlinear refraction and Kerr-lens mode-locking with Yb3+:KY(WO4)2,” Opt. Quantum Electron. 32, 43–48 (2000).
[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, 409–411 (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, 1317–1319 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Mohr, S.

Morier-Genoud, F.

Moser, M.

C. Hönninger, R. Paschotta, M. Graf, F. Morier-Genoud, G. Zhang, M. Moser, S. Biswal, J. Nees, A. Braun, G.A. Mourou, I. Johannsen, A. Giesen, W. Seeber, and U. Keller, “Ultrafast ytterbium-doped bulk lasers and laser amplifiers,” Appl. Phys. B 69, 3–17 (1999).
[CrossRef]

Mougel, F.

Mourou, G.

Mourou, G.A.

C. Hönninger, R. Paschotta, M. Graf, F. Morier-Genoud, G. Zhang, M. Moser, S. Biswal, J. Nees, A. Braun, G.A. Mourou, I. Johannsen, A. Giesen, W. Seeber, and U. Keller, “Ultrafast ytterbium-doped bulk lasers and laser amplifiers,” Appl. Phys. B 69, 3–17 (1999).
[CrossRef]

Nees, J.

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]

C. Hönninger, R. Paschotta, M. Graf, F. Morier-Genoud, G. Zhang, M. Moser, S. Biswal, J. Nees, A. Braun, G.A. Mourou, I. Johannsen, A. Giesen, W. Seeber, and U. Keller, “Ultrafast ytterbium-doped bulk lasers and laser amplifiers,” Appl. Phys. B 69, 3–17 (1999).
[CrossRef]

Nikolakakos, I.

A. Major, I. Nikolakakos, J.S. Aitchison, A.I. Ferguson, N. Langford, and P.W.E. Smith, “Characterisation of the nonlinear refractive index of the laser crystal Yb:KGd(WO4)2”, Appl. Phys. B 77, 433–436 (2003).
[CrossRef]

Okhotnikov, O.G.

A.A. Lagatsky, E.U. Rafailov, C.G. Leburn, C.T.A. Brown, N. Xiang, O.G. Okhotnikov, and W. Sibbett, “Highly efficient femtosecond Yb:KYW laser pumped by single narrow-stripe laser diode,” Electron. Lett. 39, 1108–1110 (2003).
[CrossRef]

Paschotta, R.

Petermann, K.

P. Klopp, V. Petrov, U. Griebner, K. Petermann, V. Peters, and G. Erbert, “Highly efficient mode-locked Yb:Sc2O3 laser,” Opt. Lett. 15, 391–393 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Peters, V.

P. Klopp, V. Petrov, U. Griebner, K. Petermann, V. Peters, and G. Erbert, “Highly efficient mode-locked Yb:Sc2O3 laser,” Opt. Lett. 15, 391–393 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Petrov, V.

P. Klopp, V. Petrov, U. Griebner, K. Petermann, V. Peters, and G. Erbert, “Highly efficient mode-locked Yb:Sc2O3 laser,” Opt. Lett. 15, 391–393 (2004).
[CrossRef]

P. Klopp, V. Petrov, U. Griebner, and G. Erbert, “Passively mode-locked Yb:KYW laser pumped by a tapered diode laser,” Opt. Express 10, 108–113 (2002).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Piper, J.

Podlipensky, A.V.

Poloyko, I.G.

K.V. Yumashev, N.N. Posnov, P.V. Prokoshin, V.L. Kalashnikov, F. Mejid, I.G. Poloyko, V.P. Mikhailov, and V.P. Kozich, “Z-scan measurements of nonlinear refraction and Kerr-lens mode-locking with Yb3+:KY(WO4)2,” Opt. Quantum Electron. 32, 43–48 (2000).
[CrossRef]

Posnov, N.N.

K.V. Yumashev, N.N. Posnov, P.V. Prokoshin, V.L. Kalashnikov, F. Mejid, I.G. Poloyko, V.P. Mikhailov, and V.P. Kozich, “Z-scan measurements of nonlinear refraction and Kerr-lens mode-locking with Yb3+:KY(WO4)2,” Opt. Quantum Electron. 32, 43–48 (2000).
[CrossRef]

Prokoshin, P.V.

K.V. Yumashev, N.N. Posnov, P.V. Prokoshin, V.L. Kalashnikov, F. Mejid, I.G. Poloyko, V.P. Mikhailov, and V.P. Kozich, “Z-scan measurements of nonlinear refraction and Kerr-lens mode-locking with Yb3+:KY(WO4)2,” Opt. Quantum Electron. 32, 43–48 (2000).
[CrossRef]

Rafailov, E.U.

A.A. Lagatsky, E.U. Rafailov, C.G. Leburn, C.T.A. Brown, N. Xiang, O.G. Okhotnikov, and W. Sibbett, “Highly efficient femtosecond Yb:KYW laser pumped by single narrow-stripe laser diode,” Electron. Lett. 39, 1108–1110 (2003).
[CrossRef]

Ramaswamy-Paye, M.

Raybaut, P.

Salin, F.

Seeber, W.

C. Hönninger, R. Paschotta, M. Graf, F. Morier-Genoud, G. Zhang, M. Moser, S. Biswal, J. Nees, A. Braun, G.A. Mourou, I. Johannsen, A. Giesen, W. Seeber, and U. Keller, “Ultrafast ytterbium-doped bulk lasers and laser amplifiers,” Appl. Phys. B 69, 3–17 (1999).
[CrossRef]

Shcherbitsky, V.G.

F. Brunner, T. Südmeyer, E. Innerhofer, F. Morier-Genoud, R. Paschotta, V.E. Kisel, V.G. Shcherbitsky, N.V. Kuleshov, J. Gao, K. Contag, A. Giesen, and U. Keller, “240-fs pulses with 22-W average power from a mode-locked thin-disk Yb:KY(WO4)2 laser,” Opt. Lett. 27, 1162–1164 (2002).
[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, 409–411 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Sibbett, W.

A.A. Lagatsky, E.U. Rafailov, C.G. Leburn, C.T.A. Brown, N. Xiang, O.G. Okhotnikov, and W. Sibbett, “Highly efficient femtosecond Yb:KYW laser pumped by single narrow-stripe laser diode,” Electron. Lett. 39, 1108–1110 (2003).
[CrossRef]

Smith, P.W.E.

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Fig. 1.
Fig. 1.

(a) Three-element KLM Yb:KYW laser set-up. LD - single mode fibre-coupled InGaAs laser diode; CL - 11mm aspherical lens; HW - half wave plate; FL - 63mm focusing lens; M1 - high-reflector plane mirror; M2 - high-reflector folding mirror (r=50mm); OC - 1% output coupler. (b) Schematic of the Yb:KYW crystal orientation.

Fig.2.
Fig.2.

Slope efficiency data for cw Yb:KYW laser versus thickness of Yb:KYW crystal.

Fig. 3.
Fig. 3.

(a) Measured stability map for the three-element Yb:KYW laser. The region where soft aperture KLM appears is marked by the arrow. (b) Output beam profile during the cw (top) and the KLM (bottom) operation.

Fig. 4.
Fig. 4.

Tunability of the three-element femtosecond Yb:KYW laser within a wavelength range of over 30nm. Bottom, measured pulse spectra; top, corresponding output powers (left axis) and pulse duration (right axis).

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