Abstract

An ultrashort-pulse, mode-locked ytterbium-doped fiber laser has been developed. The group-delay dispersion was compensated with a grating pair inside the cavity. A broad spectrum from 1000-nm to 1120-nm was obtained without intracavity compensation of third-order dispersion. A 0.7-nJ pulse as short as 28.3 fs was obtained with a repetition rate of 80 MHz. To our knowledge, this is the shortest pulse reported from an Yb fiber laser oscillator.

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2007 (5)

2006 (1)

2005 (2)

2003 (2)

1999 (1)

1994 (1)

1993 (1)

Andrejco, M. J.

Buckley, J.

Buckley, J. R.

Cho, G.

Chong, A.

Clark, S. W.

Cormier, E.

Dennis, M. L.

Druon, F.

Duling, I. N.

Fermann, M.

Fermann, M. E.

Georges, P.

Hanna, M.

Hart, I.

Hartl, I.

Hideur, A.

Hudson, D. D.

Ilday, F. O.

Imeshev, G.

Jasapara, J.

Kuznetsova, L.

Lim, H.

Limpert, J.

Liu, Z.

Marcinkevicius, A.

Mottay, E.

Nicholson, J. W.

Omenetto, F. G.

Ortac, B.

Papadopoulos, D. N.

Rudolph, W.

Schibli, T. R.

Schmidt, O.

Schreiber, T.

Shah, L.

Silberberg, Y.

Taylor, A. J.

Tunnermann, A.

Weiner, A. M.

Wise, F. W.

Ye, J.

Yost, D. C.

Zaouter, Y.

Zhou, S.

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

Opt. Express (4)

Opt. Lett. (8)

J. R. Buckley, S. W. Clark, and F. W. Wise, "Generation of ten-cycle pulses from an ytterbium fiber laser with cubic phase compensation," Opt. Lett. 31, 1340-1342 (2006).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

M. E. Fermann, M. J. Andrejco, Y. Silberberg, and A. M. Weiner, "Generation of pulses shorter than 200 fs from a passively mode-locked Er fiber laser," Opt. Lett. 18, 48-50 (1993).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

M. L. Dennis and I. N. DulingIII, "Third-order dispersion in femtosecond fiber lasers," Opt. Lett. 19, 1750-1752 (1994).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

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]

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

D. N. Papadopoulos, Y. Zaouter, M. Hanna, F. Druon, E. Mottay, E. Cormier, and P. Georges, "Generation of 63 fs 4.1 MW peak power pulses from a parabolic fiber amplifier operated beyond the gain bandwidth limit," Opt. Lett. 32, 2520-2522 (2007).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

L. Kuznetsova and F. W. Wise, "Scaling of femtosecond Yb-doped fiber amplifiers to tens of microjoule pulse energy via nonlinear chirped pulse amplification," Opt. Lett. 32, 2671-2673 (2007).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

I. Hartl, T. R. Schibli, A. Marcinkevicius, D. C. Yost, D. D. Hudson, M. E. Fermann, and J. Ye, "Cavity-enhanced similariton Yb-fiber laser frequency comb: 3�?1014 W/cm2 peak intensity at 136 MHz," Opt. Lett. 32, 2870-2872 (2007).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Other (1)

A. Galvanauskas, "Ultrashort Pulse Fiber Amplifiers" in Ultrafast Lasers, Technology and Applications, M. E. Fermann, et al. eds., (Marcel Dekker, New York, NY 2003).

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Figures (4)

Fig. 1.
Fig. 1.

Schematic diagram of the Yb fiber oscillator system SMF: single mode fiber (effective area 30µm2)

Fig. 2.
Fig. 2.

Spectrum of the pulses with grating distances of 28 mm (solid curve) and 30 mm (dashed curve)

Fig. 3.
Fig. 3.

Measured interferometric autocorrelation Inset; long-range autocorrelation

Fig. 4.
Fig. 4.

Pulse shape retrieved by PICASO. Solid curve: retrieved pulse shape. Dashed curve: retrieved phase. Dotted curve: transform limit pulse

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