Abstract

Passive mode locking of the ytterbium doped orthovanadate crystal Yb:LuVO4 is reported for the first time. We demonstrate what we believe to be the shortest pulses directly generated with an Yb-doped crystalline laser using a semiconductor saturable absorber. The pulses at 1036 nm have a duration as short as 58 fs for an average power of 85 mW.

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  1. J. Petit, B. Viana, P. Goldner, D. Vivien, P. Louiseau, and B. Ferrand, "Laser oscillation with low quantum defect in Yb:GdVO4, a crystal with high thermal conductivity," Opt. Lett. 29, 833-835 (2004).
    [CrossRef] [PubMed]
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    [CrossRef] [PubMed]
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    [CrossRef] [PubMed]

2006 (2)

2005 (4)

2004 (3)

1999 (1)

1998 (1)

Aguiló, M.

Balembois, F.

Bernhagen, M.

C. Kränkel, D. Fagundes-Peters, S. T. Fredrich, J. Johannsen, M. Mond, G. Huber, M. Bernhagen, and R. Uecker, "Continuous wave laser operation of Yb3+:YVO4," Appl. Phys. B 79, 543-546 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Brovelli, L. R.

Brown, C. T. A.

Brunner, F.

Denisov, I. A.

Díaz, F.

Didierjean, J.

Druon, F.

Erbert, G.

Fagundes-Peters, D.

C. Kränkel, D. Fagundes-Peters, S. T. Fredrich, J. Johannsen, M. Mond, G. Huber, M. Bernhagen, and R. Uecker, "Continuous wave laser operation of Yb3+:YVO4," Appl. Phys. B 79, 543-546 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Ferrand, B.

Fredrich, S. T.

C. Kränkel, D. Fagundes-Peters, S. T. Fredrich, J. Johannsen, M. Mond, G. Huber, M. Bernhagen, and R. Uecker, "Continuous wave laser operation of Yb3+:YVO4," Appl. Phys. B 79, 543-546 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Georges, P.

Goldner, P.

Griebner, U.

Harder, C.

Hönninger, C.

Huber, G.

C. Kränkel, D. Fagundes-Peters, S. T. Fredrich, J. Johannsen, M. Mond, G. Huber, M. Bernhagen, and R. Uecker, "Continuous wave laser operation of Yb3+:YVO4," Appl. Phys. B 79, 543-546 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Jiang, M.

Johannsen, J.

C. Kränkel, D. Fagundes-Peters, S. T. Fredrich, J. Johannsen, M. Mond, G. Huber, M. Bernhagen, and R. Uecker, "Continuous wave laser operation of Yb3+:YVO4," Appl. Phys. B 79, 543-546 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Keller, U.

Kisel, V. E.

Kränkel, C.

C. Kränkel, D. Fagundes-Peters, S. T. Fredrich, J. Johannsen, M. Mond, G. Huber, M. Bernhagen, and R. Uecker, "Continuous wave laser operation of Yb3+:YVO4," Appl. Phys. B 79, 543-546 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Kuleshov, N. V.

Kupcenko, M.I.

Kupchenko, M. I.

Lagatsky, A. A.

Liu, J.

Louiseau, P.

Lucas Leclin, G.

Massons, J.

Mateos, X.

Matrosov, V. N.

Matrosova, T. A.

Mond, M.

C. Kränkel, D. Fagundes-Peters, S. T. Fredrich, J. Johannsen, M. Mond, G. Huber, M. Bernhagen, and R. Uecker, "Continuous wave laser operation of Yb3+:YVO4," Appl. Phys. B 79, 543-546 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Morier-Genoud, F.

Moser, M.

Paschotta, R.

Pashotta, R.

Petit, J.

Petrov, V.

Rivier, S.

Sarmani, A. R.

Selianov, A. G.

Shcherbitsky, V. G.

Sibbett, W.

Tolstik, N. A.

Troshin, A. E.

Uecker, R.

C. Kränkel, D. Fagundes-Peters, S. T. Fredrich, J. Johannsen, M. Mond, G. Huber, M. Bernhagen, and R. Uecker, "Continuous wave laser operation of Yb3+:YVO4," Appl. Phys. B 79, 543-546 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Viana, B.

Vivien, D.

Wang, J.

Weyers, M.

Yumashev, K. V.

Zaouter, Y.

Zhang, H.

Zorn, M.

Appl. Phys. B (1)

C. Kränkel, D. Fagundes-Peters, S. T. Fredrich, J. Johannsen, M. Mond, G. Huber, M. Bernhagen, and R. Uecker, "Continuous wave laser operation of Yb3+:YVO4," Appl. Phys. B 79, 543-546 (2004).
[CrossRef]

J. Opt. Soc. Am. B (1)

Opt. Express (1)

Opt. Lett. (8)

J. Petit, B. Viana, P. Goldner, D. Vivien, P. Louiseau, and B. Ferrand, "Laser oscillation with low quantum defect in Yb:GdVO4, a crystal with high thermal conductivity," Opt. Lett. 29, 833-835 (2004).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

V. E. Kisel, A. E. Troshin, V. G. Shcherbitsky, N. V. Kuleshov, V. N. Matrosov, T. A. Matrosova, M. I. Kupchenko, F. Brunner, R. Pashotta, F. Morier-Genoud, and U. Keller, "Femtosecond pulse generation with a diode-pumped Yb3+:YVO4 laser," Opt. Lett. 30, 1150-1152 (2005).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

A. A. Lagatsky, A. R. Sarmani, C. T. A. Brown, W. Sibbett, V. E. Kisel, A. G. Selianov, I. A. Denisov, A. E. Troshin, K. V. Yumashev, N. V. Kuleshov, V. N. Matrosov, T. A. Matrosova, and M.I. Kupcenko, "Yb3+-doped YVO4 crystal for efficient Kerr-lens mode locking in solid-state lasers," Opt. Lett. 30, 3234-3336 (2005).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

V. E. Kisel, A. E. Troshin, N. A. Tolstik, V. G. Shcherbitsky, N. V. Kuleshov, V. N. Matrosov, T. A. Matrosova, and M. I. Kupchenko, "Spectroscopy and continuous-wave diode-pumped laser action of Yb3+:YVO4," Opt. Lett. 29, 2491-2493 (2004).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

J. Liu, X. Mateos, H. Zhang, J. Wang, M. Jiang, U. Griebner, and V. Petrov, "Continuous -wave laser operation of Yb:LuVO4," Opt. Lett. 30, 3162-3164 (2005).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Y. Zaouter, J. Didierjean, F. Balembois, G. Lucas Leclin, F. Druon, P. Georges, J. Petit, P. Goldner, and B. Viana, "47-fs diode-pumped Yb3+-CaGdAlO4 laser," Opt. Lett. 31, 119-121 (2006).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

C. Hönninger, 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]

J. Liu, V. Petrov, H. Zhang, J. Wang, and M. Jiang, "High-power laser performance of a-cut and c-cut Yb:LuVO4 crystals," Opt. Lett. 31, 3294-3296 (2006).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Other (1)

J. Liu, X. Mateos, U. Griebner, V. Petrov, C. Kränkel, R. Peters, K.  Petermann, G.  Huber, H. Zhang, J. Wang, and M. Jiang, „Diode-pumped Yb:TVO4 (T=Y, Gd, and Lu) lasers provide output powers exceeding 4 W in the continuous-wave regime," Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics CLEO 2006, Technical Digest CD-ROM, paper CThN6.

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Fig. 1.
Fig. 1.

Gain cross section σGAIN of Yb:LuVO4 for π-polarization ( E // c ) and different population inversion rates β.

Fig. 2.
Fig. 2.

Setup of the mode-locked Yb:LuVO4 laser: M1 - focusing mirror; M2, M3 - folding mirrors, P1, P2 - Brewster prisms; M4 - output couplers, FL - an f=6.28 cm focusing lens.

Fig. 3.
Fig. 3.

Autocorrelation trace and the corresponding fit assuming sech2-pulse shape (a), and spectrum (b) in the femtosecond regime of the Yb:LuVO4 laser.

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