Abstract

A diode-pumped passively mode-locked Yb:YAG ceramic laser was demonstrated. 417 and 286 fs pulses with average powers of 250 and 25 mW were obtained at 1030 nm using 1 and 0.1% output couplers, respectively. 233 fs pulses with an average power of 20 mW were also obtained at a center wavelength of 1048.3 nm using a 0.1% output coupler. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first demonstration of a diode-pumped mode-locked Yb:YAG ceramic laser.

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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]

Bauer, D.

Bisson, J-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]

Dekorsy, T.

Giesen, 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]

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]

Guina, M.

Hönninger, C.

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.

Ikesue, A.

J. Saikawa, Y. Sato, T. Taira, and A. Ikesue, "Femtosecond Yb3+-doped Y3(Sc0.5Al0.5)2O12 ceramic laser," Opt. Mat. 29, 1283-1288 (2007).
[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]

Kaminskii, A. A.

Keller, U.

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]

Killi, A.

Kleinbauer, J.

Kumkar, M.

Lu, J.

Matsubara, Y.

S. Nakamura, H. Yoshioka, Y. Matsubara, T. Ogawa, and S. Wada, "Efficient tunable Yb:YAG ceramic laser," Opt. Commun. 281, 4411-4414 (2008).
[CrossRef]

Morier-Genoud, F.

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]

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]

Musha, M.

Nakamura, S.

S. Nakamura, H. Yoshioka, Y. Matsubara, T. Ogawa, and S. Wada, "Efficient tunable Yb:YAG ceramic laser," Opt. Commun. 281, 4411-4414 (2008).
[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]

Neuhaus, J.

Ogawa, T.

S. Nakamura, H. Yoshioka, Y. Matsubara, T. Ogawa, and S. Wada, "Efficient tunable Yb:YAG ceramic laser," Opt. Commun. 281, 4411-4414 (2008).
[CrossRef]

Paschotta, R.

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]

Petrov, T. S.

Saikawa, J.

J. Saikawa, Y. Sato, T. Taira, and A. Ikesue, "Femtosecond Yb3+-doped Y3(Sc0.5Al0.5)2O12 ceramic laser," Opt. Mat. 29, 1283-1288 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Sato, Y.

J. Saikawa, Y. Sato, T. Taira, and A. Ikesue, "Femtosecond Yb3+-doped Y3(Sc0.5Al0.5)2O12 ceramic laser," Opt. Mat. 29, 1283-1288 (2007).
[CrossRef]

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]

Shirakawa, A.

Sutter, D.

Sutter, D. H.

Taira, T.

J. Saikawa, Y. Sato, T. Taira, and A. Ikesue, "Femtosecond Yb3+-doped Y3(Sc0.5Al0.5)2O12 ceramic laser," Opt. Mat. 29, 1283-1288 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Takaichi, K.

Tokurakawa, M.

Ueda, K.

Wada, S.

S. Nakamura, H. Yoshioka, Y. Matsubara, T. Ogawa, and S. Wada, "Efficient tunable Yb:YAG ceramic laser," Opt. Commun. 281, 4411-4414 (2008).
[CrossRef]

Weiler, S.

Yagi, H.

Yanagitani, T.

Yoshioka, H.

S. Nakamura, H. Yoshioka, Y. Matsubara, T. Ogawa, and S. Wada, "Efficient tunable Yb:YAG ceramic laser," Opt. Commun. 281, 4411-4414 (2008).
[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]

Zhang, J.

Appl. Phys. B

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]

Opt. Commun.

S. Nakamura, H. Yoshioka, Y. Matsubara, T. Ogawa, and S. Wada, "Efficient tunable Yb:YAG ceramic laser," Opt. Commun. 281, 4411-4414 (2008).
[CrossRef]

Opt. Express

Opt. Lett.

Opt. Mat.

J. Saikawa, Y. Sato, T. Taira, and A. Ikesue, "Femtosecond Yb3+-doped Y3(Sc0.5Al0.5)2O12 ceramic laser," Opt. Mat. 29, 1283-1288 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Other

S. Uemura and K. Torizuka, "Kerr-Lens Mode-Locked Diode-Pumped Yb:YAG Laser with the Transverse Mode Passively Stabilized," Jpn. J. Appl. Express 1, 012007-1 - 012007-3 (2008).

S. Nakamura, H. Yoshioka, T. Ogawa, and S. Wada, "Efficient Broadly Tunable Yb:YAG Ceramic Laser at Room Temperature," in Advanced Solid-State Photonics (Optical Society of America, Washington D. C., 2009), Denver, Feb. 1-4, 2009, WB9.

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Figures (6)

Fig. 1.
Fig. 1.

Output power of ceramic Yb:YAG tunable laser as function of oscillation wavelength for various output couplers [12].

Fig. 2.
Fig. 2.

Experimental setup of the mode-locked Yb:YAG ceramic laser. LD: fiber-coupled diode laser. L1, L2: focusing lenses. M1-M4: high-reflectivity mirrors. OC1, OC2: output couplers. P1-P2: SF10 Brewster prisms. SESAM: semiconductor saturable absorber mirror. Dashed lines indicate the beam lines in cw operation. Solid lines indicate the beam lines in mode-locked operation.

Fig. 3.
Fig. 3.

(a). Measured autocorrelation trace and the sech2 fitting, and (b) spectrum of the mode-locked pulses using a 1% output coupler.

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Fig. 4.

(a) Measured autocorrelation trace and the sech2 fitting, and (b) spectrum of the mode-locked pulses using a 0.1% output coupler.

Fig. 5.
Fig. 5.

(a). Measured autocorrelation trace and the sech2 fitting, (b) spectrum of the mode-locked pulses, and (c) its SH spectrum using a 0.1% output coupler.

Fig. 6.
Fig. 6.

Pulse train of cw mode-locking in millisecond time scale.

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