Abstract

We demonstrate the first passively mode-locked thin disk laser based on Yb:Lu2O3. The laser generates 370-fs pulses with 20.5 W of average power in a diffraction-limited beam (M2<1.1). The nearly transform-limited pulses have a spectral bandwidth of 3.4 nm centered near 1034 nm. With slightly longer pulses (523 fs) we obtained 24 W of average power at a pump power of 56 W, resulting in an optical-to-optical efficiency of 43%, which is higher than for any previously mode-locked thin disk laser.

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2007 (1)

2006 (2)

2005 (3)

S. Uemura, and K. Torizuka, "Center-Wavelength-Shifted Passively Mode-Locked Diode-Pumped Ytterbium(Yb):Yttrium Aluminum Garnet(YAG) Laser," Jpn. J. Appl. Phys. 244, L361-L363 (2005).
[CrossRef]

K. Takaichi, H. Yagi, A. Shirakawa, K. Ueda, S. Hosokawa, T. Yanagitani, and A. A. Kaminskii, "Lu2O3:Yb3+ ceramics - a novel gain material for high-power solid-state lasers," Phys. Stat. Sol.(a) 202, R1-R3 (2005).
[CrossRef]

S. Naumov, A. Fernandez, R. Graf, P. Dombi, F. Krausz, and A. Apolonski, "Approaching the microjoule frontier with femtosecond laser oscillators," New J. Phys. 7, 216 (2005).
[CrossRef]

2004 (3)

2003 (1)

2002 (3)

2001 (1)

R. Paschotta, J. Aus der Au, G. J. Spühler, S. Erhard, A. Giesen, and U. Keller, "Passive mode locking of thin disk lasers: effects of spatial hole burning," Appl. Phys. B 72, 267-278 (2001).
[CrossRef]

1999 (2)

S. H. Cho, B. E. Bouma, E. P. Ippen, and J. G. Fujimoto, "Low-repetition-rate high-peak-power Kerr-lens mode-locked Ti:Al2O3 laser with a multiple-pass cavity," Opt. Lett. 24, 417-419 (1999).
[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]

1998 (1)

F. X. Kärtner, J. Aus der Au, and U. Keller, "Modelocking with slow and fast saturable absorbers - What's the difference?," IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum. 4, 159-168 (1998).
[CrossRef]

1995 (1)

1994 (1)

A. Giesen, H. Hügel, A. Voss, K. Wittig, U. Brauch, and H. Opower, "Scalable Concept for Diode-Pumped High-Power Solid-State Lasers," Appl. Phys. B 58, 365-372 (1994).
[CrossRef]

1992 (1)

1964 (1)

Apolonski, A.

S. Naumov, A. Fernandez, R. Graf, P. Dombi, F. Krausz, and A. Apolonski, "Approaching the microjoule frontier with femtosecond laser oscillators," New J. Phys. 7, 216 (2005).
[CrossRef]

Arisholm, G.

Aschwanden, A.

Asom, M. T.

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]

Bolz, A.

V. Peters, A. Bolz, K. Petermann, and G. Huber, "Growth of high-melting sesquioxides by the heat exchanger method," J. Cryst. Growth 237-239, 879-883 (2002).
[CrossRef]

Bouma, B. E.

Boyd, G. D.

Brauch, U.

A. Giesen, H. Hügel, A. Voss, K. Wittig, U. Brauch, and H. Opower, "Scalable Concept for Diode-Pumped High-Power Solid-State Lasers," Appl. Phys. B 58, 365-372 (1994).
[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]

Brunner, F.

Chiu, T. H.

Cho, S. H.

Contag, K.

Dewald, S.

Dombi, P.

S. Naumov, A. Fernandez, R. Graf, P. Dombi, F. Krausz, and A. Apolonski, "Approaching the microjoule frontier with femtosecond laser oscillators," New J. Phys. 7, 216 (2005).
[CrossRef]

Erbert, G.

Ferguson, J. F.

Fernandez, A.

S. Naumov, A. Fernandez, R. Graf, P. Dombi, F. Krausz, and A. Apolonski, "Approaching the microjoule frontier with femtosecond laser oscillators," New J. Phys. 7, 216 (2005).
[CrossRef]

Fujimoto, J. G.

Gao, J.

Giesen, A.

F. Brunner, T. Südmeyer, E. Innerhofer, R. Paschotta, F. Morier-Genoud, J. Gao, K. Contag, A. Giesen, V. E. Kisel, V. G. Shcherbitsky, N. V. Kuleshov, 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]

A. Giesen, H. Hügel, A. Voss, K. Wittig, U. Brauch, and H. Opower, "Scalable Concept for Diode-Pumped High-Power Solid-State Lasers," Appl. Phys. B 58, 365-372 (1994).
[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]

Graf, R.

S. Naumov, A. Fernandez, R. Graf, P. Dombi, F. Krausz, and A. Apolonski, "Approaching the microjoule frontier with femtosecond laser oscillators," New J. Phys. 7, 216 (2005).
[CrossRef]

Grange, R.

M. Haiml, R. Grange, and U. Keller, "Optical characterization of semiconductor saturable absorbers," Appl. Phys. B 79, 331-339 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Griebner, U.

Haiml, M.

M. Haiml, R. Grange, and U. Keller, "Optical characterization of semiconductor saturable absorbers," Appl. Phys. B 79, 331-339 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Häring, R.

Herriott, D.

Hönninger, C.

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

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]

Hosokawa, S.

K. Takaichi, H. Yagi, A. Shirakawa, K. Ueda, S. Hosokawa, T. Yanagitani, and A. A. Kaminskii, "Lu2O3:Yb3+ ceramics - a novel gain material for high-power solid-state lasers," Phys. Stat. Sol.(a) 202, R1-R3 (2005).
[CrossRef]

Huber, G.

R. Peters, C. Kränkel, K. Petermann, and G. Huber, "Broadly tunable high-power Yb:Lu2O3 thin disk laser with 80% slope efficiency," Opt. Express 15, 7075-7082 (2007).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

V. Peters, A. Bolz, K. Petermann, and G. Huber, "Growth of high-melting sesquioxides by the heat exchanger method," J. Cryst. Growth 237-239, 879-883 (2002).
[CrossRef]

Hügel, H.

A. Giesen, H. Hügel, A. Voss, K. Wittig, U. Brauch, and H. Opower, "Scalable Concept for Diode-Pumped High-Power Solid-State Lasers," Appl. Phys. B 58, 365-372 (1994).
[CrossRef]

Innerhofer, E.

Ippen, E. P.

Ito, H.

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]

Kaminskii, A. A.

K. Takaichi, H. Yagi, A. Shirakawa, K. Ueda, S. Hosokawa, T. Yanagitani, and A. A. Kaminskii, "Lu2O3:Yb3+ ceramics - a novel gain material for high-power solid-state lasers," Phys. Stat. Sol.(a) 202, R1-R3 (2005).
[CrossRef]

Kärtner, F. X.

F. X. Kärtner, J. Aus der Au, and U. Keller, "Modelocking with slow and fast saturable absorbers - What's the difference?," IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum. 4, 159-168 (1998).
[CrossRef]

F. X. Kärtner, and U. Keller, "Stabilization of soliton-like pulses with a slow saturable absorber," Opt. Lett. 20, 16-18 (1995).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Keller, U.

E. Innerhofer, F. Brunner, S. V. Marchese, R. Paschotta, G. Arisholm, S. Kurimura, K. Kitamura, T. Usami, H. Ito, and U. Keller, "Analysis of nonlinear wavelength conversion system for a red-green-blue laser-projection source," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 23, 265-275 (2006).
[CrossRef]

F. Brunner, E. Innerhofer, S. V. Marchese, T. Südmeyer, R. Paschotta, T. Usami, H. Ito, S. Kurimura, K. Kitamura, G. Arisholm, and U. Keller, "Powerful red-green-blue laser source pumped with a mode-locked thin disk laser," Opt. Lett. 29, 1921-1923 (2004).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

M. Haiml, R. Grange, and U. Keller, "Optical characterization of semiconductor saturable absorbers," Appl. Phys. B 79, 331-339 (2004).
[CrossRef]

E. Innerhofer, T. Südmeyer, F. Brunner, R. Häring, A. Aschwanden, R. Paschotta, U. Keller, C. Hönninger, and M. Kumkar, "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, T. Südmeyer, E. Innerhofer, R. Paschotta, F. Morier-Genoud, J. Gao, K. Contag, A. Giesen, V. E. Kisel, V. G. Shcherbitsky, N. V. Kuleshov, 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]

F. X. Kärtner, and U. Keller, "Stabilization of soliton-like pulses with a slow saturable absorber," Opt. Lett. 20, 16-18 (1995).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

U. Keller, D. A. B. Miller, G. D. Boyd, T. H. Chiu, J. F. Ferguson, and M. T. Asom, "Solid-state low-loss intracavity saturable absorber for Nd:YLF lasers: an antiresonant semiconductor Fabry-Perot saturable absorber," Opt. Lett. 17, 505-507 (1992).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Kisel, V. E.

Kitamura, K.

Klopp, P.

Kogelnik, H.

Kompfner, R.

Kränkel, C.

Krausz, F.

S. Naumov, A. Fernandez, R. Graf, P. Dombi, F. Krausz, and A. Apolonski, "Approaching the microjoule frontier with femtosecond laser oscillators," New J. Phys. 7, 216 (2005).
[CrossRef]

Kuleshov, N. V.

Kumkar, M.

Kurimura, S.

Lang, T.

Marchese, S. V.

Miller, D. A. B.

Morgner, U.

Morier-Genoud, F.

F. Brunner, T. Südmeyer, E. Innerhofer, R. Paschotta, F. Morier-Genoud, J. Gao, K. Contag, A. Giesen, V. E. Kisel, V. G. Shcherbitsky, N. V. Kuleshov, 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]

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]

Moshammer, R.

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]

Naumov, S.

S. Naumov, A. Fernandez, R. Graf, P. Dombi, F. Krausz, and A. Apolonski, "Approaching the microjoule frontier with femtosecond laser oscillators," New J. Phys. 7, 216 (2005).
[CrossRef]

Nees, J.

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]

Opower, H.

A. Giesen, H. Hügel, A. Voss, K. Wittig, U. Brauch, and H. Opower, "Scalable Concept for Diode-Pumped High-Power Solid-State Lasers," Appl. Phys. B 58, 365-372 (1994).
[CrossRef]

Paschotta, R.

E. Innerhofer, F. Brunner, S. V. Marchese, R. Paschotta, G. Arisholm, S. Kurimura, K. Kitamura, T. Usami, H. Ito, and U. Keller, "Analysis of nonlinear wavelength conversion system for a red-green-blue laser-projection source," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 23, 265-275 (2006).
[CrossRef]

F. Brunner, E. Innerhofer, S. V. Marchese, T. Südmeyer, R. Paschotta, T. Usami, H. Ito, S. Kurimura, K. Kitamura, G. Arisholm, and U. Keller, "Powerful red-green-blue laser source pumped with a mode-locked thin disk laser," Opt. Lett. 29, 1921-1923 (2004).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

E. Innerhofer, T. Südmeyer, F. Brunner, R. Häring, A. Aschwanden, R. Paschotta, U. Keller, C. Hönninger, and M. Kumkar, "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, T. Südmeyer, E. Innerhofer, R. Paschotta, F. Morier-Genoud, J. Gao, K. Contag, A. Giesen, V. E. Kisel, V. G. Shcherbitsky, N. V. Kuleshov, 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]

R. Paschotta, J. Aus der Au, G. J. Spühler, S. Erhard, A. Giesen, and U. Keller, "Passive mode locking of thin disk lasers: effects of spatial hole burning," Appl. Phys. B 72, 267-278 (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]

Petermann, K.

Peters, R.

Peters, V.

U. Griebner, V. Petrov, K. Petermann, and V. Peters, "Passively mode-locked Yb:Lu2O3 laser," Opt. Express 12, 3125-3130 (2004).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

V. Peters, A. Bolz, K. Petermann, and G. Huber, "Growth of high-melting sesquioxides by the heat exchanger method," J. Cryst. Growth 237-239, 879-883 (2002).
[CrossRef]

Petrov, V.

Schroter, C. D.

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.

Shirakawa, A.

K. Takaichi, H. Yagi, A. Shirakawa, K. Ueda, S. Hosokawa, T. Yanagitani, and A. A. Kaminskii, "Lu2O3:Yb3+ ceramics - a novel gain material for high-power solid-state lasers," Phys. Stat. Sol.(a) 202, R1-R3 (2005).
[CrossRef]

Siegel, M.

Südmeyer, T.

Takaichi, K.

K. Takaichi, H. Yagi, A. Shirakawa, K. Ueda, S. Hosokawa, T. Yanagitani, and A. A. Kaminskii, "Lu2O3:Yb3+ ceramics - a novel gain material for high-power solid-state lasers," Phys. Stat. Sol.(a) 202, R1-R3 (2005).
[CrossRef]

Torizuka, K.

S. Uemura, and K. Torizuka, "Center-Wavelength-Shifted Passively Mode-Locked Diode-Pumped Ytterbium(Yb):Yttrium Aluminum Garnet(YAG) Laser," Jpn. J. Appl. Phys. 244, L361-L363 (2005).
[CrossRef]

Ueda, K.

K. Takaichi, H. Yagi, A. Shirakawa, K. Ueda, S. Hosokawa, T. Yanagitani, and A. A. Kaminskii, "Lu2O3:Yb3+ ceramics - a novel gain material for high-power solid-state lasers," Phys. Stat. Sol.(a) 202, R1-R3 (2005).
[CrossRef]

Uemura, S.

S. Uemura, and K. Torizuka, "Center-Wavelength-Shifted Passively Mode-Locked Diode-Pumped Ytterbium(Yb):Yttrium Aluminum Garnet(YAG) Laser," Jpn. J. Appl. Phys. 244, L361-L363 (2005).
[CrossRef]

Ullrich, J.

Usami, T.

Voss, A.

A. Giesen, H. Hügel, A. Voss, K. Wittig, U. Brauch, and H. Opower, "Scalable Concept for Diode-Pumped High-Power Solid-State Lasers," Appl. Phys. B 58, 365-372 (1994).
[CrossRef]

Wittig, K.

A. Giesen, H. Hügel, A. Voss, K. Wittig, U. Brauch, and H. Opower, "Scalable Concept for Diode-Pumped High-Power Solid-State Lasers," Appl. Phys. B 58, 365-372 (1994).
[CrossRef]

Yagi, H.

K. Takaichi, H. Yagi, A. Shirakawa, K. Ueda, S. Hosokawa, T. Yanagitani, and A. A. Kaminskii, "Lu2O3:Yb3+ ceramics - a novel gain material for high-power solid-state lasers," Phys. Stat. Sol.(a) 202, R1-R3 (2005).
[CrossRef]

Yanagitani, T.

K. Takaichi, H. Yagi, A. Shirakawa, K. Ueda, S. Hosokawa, T. Yanagitani, and A. A. Kaminskii, "Lu2O3:Yb3+ ceramics - a novel gain material for high-power solid-state lasers," Phys. Stat. Sol.(a) 202, R1-R3 (2005).
[CrossRef]

Zhang, G.

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]

Appl. Opt. (1)

Appl. Phys. B (4)

R. Paschotta, J. Aus der Au, G. J. Spühler, S. Erhard, A. Giesen, and U. Keller, "Passive mode locking of thin disk lasers: effects of spatial hole burning," Appl. Phys. B 72, 267-278 (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]

A. Giesen, H. Hügel, A. Voss, K. Wittig, U. Brauch, and H. Opower, "Scalable Concept for Diode-Pumped High-Power Solid-State Lasers," Appl. Phys. B 58, 365-372 (1994).
[CrossRef]

M. Haiml, R. Grange, and U. Keller, "Optical characterization of semiconductor saturable absorbers," Appl. Phys. B 79, 331-339 (2004).
[CrossRef]

IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quant. (1)

F. X. Kärtner, J. Aus der Au, and U. Keller, "Modelocking with slow and fast saturable absorbers - What's the difference?," IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum. 4, 159-168 (1998).
[CrossRef]

J. Cryst. Growth (1)

V. Peters, A. Bolz, K. Petermann, and G. Huber, "Growth of high-melting sesquioxides by the heat exchanger method," J. Cryst. Growth 237-239, 879-883 (2002).
[CrossRef]

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

Jpn. J. Appl. Phys. (1)

S. Uemura, and K. Torizuka, "Center-Wavelength-Shifted Passively Mode-Locked Diode-Pumped Ytterbium(Yb):Yttrium Aluminum Garnet(YAG) Laser," Jpn. J. Appl. Phys. 244, L361-L363 (2005).
[CrossRef]

New J. Phys. (1)

S. Naumov, A. Fernandez, R. Graf, P. Dombi, F. Krausz, and A. Apolonski, "Approaching the microjoule frontier with femtosecond laser oscillators," New J. Phys. 7, 216 (2005).
[CrossRef]

Opt. Express (3)

Opt. Lett. (7)

S. Dewald, T. Lang, C. D. Schroter, R. Moshammer, J. Ullrich, M. Siegel, and U. Morgner, "Ionization of noble gases with pulses directly from a laser oscillator," Opt. Lett. 31, 2072-2074 (2006).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

F. Brunner, E. Innerhofer, S. V. Marchese, T. Südmeyer, R. Paschotta, T. Usami, H. Ito, S. Kurimura, K. Kitamura, G. Arisholm, and U. Keller, "Powerful red-green-blue laser source pumped with a mode-locked thin disk laser," Opt. Lett. 29, 1921-1923 (2004).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

F. Brunner, T. Südmeyer, E. Innerhofer, R. Paschotta, F. Morier-Genoud, J. Gao, K. Contag, A. Giesen, V. E. Kisel, V. G. Shcherbitsky, N. V. Kuleshov, 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]

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

U. Keller, D. A. B. Miller, G. D. Boyd, T. H. Chiu, J. F. Ferguson, and M. T. Asom, "Solid-state low-loss intracavity saturable absorber for Nd:YLF lasers: an antiresonant semiconductor Fabry-Perot saturable absorber," Opt. Lett. 17, 505-507 (1992).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

F. X. Kärtner, and U. Keller, "Stabilization of soliton-like pulses with a slow saturable absorber," Opt. Lett. 20, 16-18 (1995).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

S. H. Cho, B. E. Bouma, E. P. Ippen, and J. G. Fujimoto, "Low-repetition-rate high-peak-power Kerr-lens mode-locked Ti:Al2O3 laser with a multiple-pass cavity," Opt. Lett. 24, 417-419 (1999).
[CrossRef]

Phys. Stat. Sol. (1)

K. Takaichi, H. Yagi, A. Shirakawa, K. Ueda, S. Hosokawa, T. Yanagitani, and A. A. Kaminskii, "Lu2O3:Yb3+ ceramics - a novel gain material for high-power solid-state lasers," Phys. Stat. Sol.(a) 202, R1-R3 (2005).
[CrossRef]

Other (3)

M. Larionov, F. Butze, D. Nickel, and A. Giesen, "Femtosecond thin disk Yb:KYW regenerative amplifier with astigmatism compensation," presented at the Advanced Solid-State Photonics, Vancouver, Canada, paper WB11, 2007.

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

S. V. Marchese, S. Hashimoto, C. R. E. Baer, M. S. Ruosch, R. Grange, M. Golling, T. Südmeyer, U. Keller, G. Lépine, G. Gingras, and B. Witzel, "Passively mode-locked thin disk lasers reach 10 microjoules pulse energy at megahertz repetition rate and drive high field physics experiments," presented at the Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (Europe), Munich, Germany, talk CF3-2-MON, 2007.

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Figures (4)

Fig. 1.
Fig. 1.

Schematic of the Yb:Lu2O3 laser cavity (not to scale). Five dispersive mirrors introduce a total GDD of ≈-5500 fs2 per cavity roundtrip. The Brewster plate has a thickness of 3 mm and the diameter of the aperture near the 5.2% output coupler is 1.6 mm. HR: highly reflective mirror, DM: dispersive mirror, OC: output coupler, SESAM: semiconductor saturable absorber mirror.

Fig. 2.
Fig. 2.

Autocorrelation (left) and optical spectrum (right) of the laser output at 20.5 W of average power. The dashed lines are fit-curves with an ideal sech2 -shaped pulse of 370 fs duration and an optical bandwidth of 3.4 nm. The soliton pulses are nearly transform-limited with a time-bandwidth product of 0.35 (ideal: 0.315).

Fig. 3.
Fig. 3.

Autocorrelation (left) and optical spectrum (right) of the laser output at 24 W of average power. The dashed lines are fit-curves with an ideal sech2 -shaped pulse of 523 fs duration and an optical bandwidth of 2.6 nm.

Fig. 4.
Fig. 4.

Output power and optical-to-optical efficiency (crosses) of the laser as function of the incident pump power using a SESAM with ΔR=0.9%. Stable soliton mode locking is obtained at >30 W pump power with a slope efficiency of 51.5% and the maximum optical-to-optical efficiency is 43%. CW: continuous-wave regime (triangles), QML: Q-switched mode locking regime (squares), ML: mode locking regime (circles). Dotted and dashed lines are linear fits within the respective regimes of operation to determine the slope efficiencies.

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