Abstract

Yb:YCOB is a very attractive material for femtosecond pulse generation given its broad emission bandwidth. We demonstrate continuous-wave power scaling in the thin disk geometry to the 100-W level with a 40% optical-to-optical efficiency in multi-mode operation. Furthermore, we present initial modelocking results in the thin disk geometry, achieving pulse durations as short as 270 fs. The modelocked average power is, however, limited to less than 5 W because of transverse mode degradation. This is caused by anisotropic thermal aberrations in the 15% Yb-doped thin disks which were 300 to 400 µm thick. This result confirms the potential of Yb:YCOB to generate short femtosecond pulses in the thin disk geometry but also makes clear that significantly thinner disks are required to overcome the thermal limitations for high power operation.

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2010

2009

C. R. E. Baer, C. Kränkel, O. H. Heckl, M. Golling, T. Südmeyer, R. Peters, K. Petermann, G. Huber, and U. Keller, “227-fs pulses from a mode-locked Yb:LuScO3 thin disk laser,” Opt. Express 17(13), 10725–10730 (2009).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

O. H. Heckl, C. R. E. Baer, C. Kränkel, S. V. Marchese, F. Schapper, M. Holler, T. Südmeyer, J. S. Robinson, J. W. G. Tisch, F. Couny, P. Light, F. Benabid, and U. Keller, “High harmonic generation in a gas-filled hollow-core photonic crystal fiber,” Appl. Phys. B 97(2), 369–373 (2009).
[CrossRef]

T. Südmeyer, C. Kränkel, C. R. E. Baer, O. H. Heckl, C. J. Saraceno, M. Golling, R. Peters, K. Petermann, G. Huber, and U. Keller, “High-power ultrafast thin disk laser oscillators and their potential for sub-100-femtosecond pulse generation,” Appl. Phys. B 97(2), 281–295 (2009).
[CrossRef]

C. Kränkel, R. Peters, K. Petermann, P. Loiseau, G. Aka, and G. Huber, “Efficient continuous-wave thin disk laser operation of Yb:Ca4YO(BO3)3 in EIIZ and EIIX orientations with 26 W output power,” J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 26(7), 1310–1314 (2009).
[CrossRef]

2008

2007

A. Giesen and J. Speiser, “Fifteen Years of Work on Thin-Disk Lasers: Results and Scaling Laws,” IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 13(3), 598–609 (2007).
[CrossRef]

2006

2004

S. Chenais, F. Balembois, F. Druon, G. Lucas-Leclin, and P. Georges, “Thermal lensing in diode-pumped ytterbium lasers - Part I: Theoretical analysis and wavefront measurements,” IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 40(9), 1217–1234 (2004).
[CrossRef]

2003

U. Keller, “Recent developments in compact ultrafast lasers,” Nature 424(6950), 831–838 (2003).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

2002

2000

G. J. Valentine, A. J. Kemp, D. J. L. Birkin, D. Burns, F. Balembois, P. Georges, H. Bernas, A. Aron, G. Aka, W. Sibbett, A. Brun, M. D. Dawson, and E. Bente, “Femtosecond Yb:YCOB laser pumped by narrow-stripe laser diode and passively modelocked using ion implanted saturable-absorber mirror,” Electron. Lett. 36(19), 1621–1623 (2000).
[CrossRef]

1999

1998

D. A. Hammons, J. M. Eichenholz, Q. Ye, B. H. T. Chai, L. Shah, R. E. Peale, M. Richardson, and H. Qiu, “Laser action in Yb3+:YCOB (Yb3+:YCa4O(BO3)3),” Opt. Commun. 156(4-6), 327–330 (1998).
[CrossRef]

1996

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 Electron. 2(3), 435–453 (1996).
[CrossRef]

1994

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).

Aka, G.

C. Kränkel, R. Peters, K. Petermann, P. Loiseau, G. Aka, and G. Huber, “Efficient continuous-wave thin disk laser operation of Yb:Ca4YO(BO3)3 in EIIZ and EIIX orientations with 26 W output power,” J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 26(7), 1310–1314 (2009).
[CrossRef]

G. J. Valentine, A. J. Kemp, D. J. L. Birkin, D. Burns, F. Balembois, P. Georges, H. Bernas, A. Aron, G. Aka, W. Sibbett, A. Brun, M. D. Dawson, and E. Bente, “Femtosecond Yb:YCOB laser pumped by narrow-stripe laser diode and passively modelocked using ion implanted saturable-absorber mirror,” Electron. Lett. 36(19), 1621–1623 (2000).
[CrossRef]

Aron, A.

G. J. Valentine, A. J. Kemp, D. J. L. Birkin, D. Burns, F. Balembois, P. Georges, H. Bernas, A. Aron, G. Aka, W. Sibbett, A. Brun, M. D. Dawson, and E. Bente, “Femtosecond Yb:YCOB laser pumped by narrow-stripe laser diode and passively modelocked using ion implanted saturable-absorber mirror,” Electron. Lett. 36(19), 1621–1623 (2000).
[CrossRef]

Aus der Au, J.

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 Electron. 2(3), 435–453 (1996).
[CrossRef]

Baer, C. R. E.

C. R. E. Baer, C. Kränkel, C. J. Saraceno, O. H. Heckl, M. Golling, R. Peters, K. Petermann, T. Südmeyer, G. Huber, and U. Keller, “Femtosecond thin-disk laser with 141 W of average power,” Opt. Lett. 35(13), 2302–2304 (2010).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

C. R. E. Baer, C. Kränkel, O. H. Heckl, M. Golling, T. Südmeyer, R. Peters, K. Petermann, G. Huber, and U. Keller, “227-fs pulses from a mode-locked Yb:LuScO3 thin disk laser,” Opt. Express 17(13), 10725–10730 (2009).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

O. H. Heckl, C. R. E. Baer, C. Kränkel, S. V. Marchese, F. Schapper, M. Holler, T. Südmeyer, J. S. Robinson, J. W. G. Tisch, F. Couny, P. Light, F. Benabid, and U. Keller, “High harmonic generation in a gas-filled hollow-core photonic crystal fiber,” Appl. Phys. B 97(2), 369–373 (2009).
[CrossRef]

T. Südmeyer, C. Kränkel, C. R. E. Baer, O. H. Heckl, C. J. Saraceno, M. Golling, R. Peters, K. Petermann, G. Huber, and U. Keller, “High-power ultrafast thin disk laser oscillators and their potential for sub-100-femtosecond pulse generation,” Appl. Phys. B 97(2), 281–295 (2009).
[CrossRef]

S. V. Marchese, C. R. E. Baer, A. G. Engqvist, S. Hashimoto, D. J. H. C. Maas, M. Golling, T. Südmeyer, and U. Keller, “Femtosecond thin disk laser oscillator with pulse energy beyond the 10-microjoule level,” Opt. Express 16(9), 6397–6407 (2008).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Balembois, F.

S. Chenais, F. Balembois, F. Druon, G. Lucas-Leclin, and P. Georges, “Thermal lensing in diode-pumped ytterbium lasers - Part I: Theoretical analysis and wavefront measurements,” IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 40(9), 1217–1234 (2004).
[CrossRef]

G. J. Valentine, A. J. Kemp, D. J. L. Birkin, D. Burns, F. Balembois, P. Georges, H. Bernas, A. Aron, G. Aka, W. Sibbett, A. Brun, M. D. Dawson, and E. Bente, “Femtosecond Yb:YCOB laser pumped by narrow-stripe laser diode and passively modelocked using ion implanted saturable-absorber mirror,” Electron. Lett. 36(19), 1621–1623 (2000).
[CrossRef]

Bauer, D.

Benabid, F.

O. H. Heckl, C. R. E. Baer, C. Kränkel, S. V. Marchese, F. Schapper, M. Holler, T. Südmeyer, J. S. Robinson, J. W. G. Tisch, F. Couny, P. Light, F. Benabid, and U. Keller, “High harmonic generation in a gas-filled hollow-core photonic crystal fiber,” Appl. Phys. B 97(2), 369–373 (2009).
[CrossRef]

Bente, E.

G. J. Valentine, A. J. Kemp, D. J. L. Birkin, D. Burns, F. Balembois, P. Georges, H. Bernas, A. Aron, G. Aka, W. Sibbett, A. Brun, M. D. Dawson, and E. Bente, “Femtosecond Yb:YCOB laser pumped by narrow-stripe laser diode and passively modelocked using ion implanted saturable-absorber mirror,” Electron. Lett. 36(19), 1621–1623 (2000).
[CrossRef]

Bernas, H.

G. J. Valentine, A. J. Kemp, D. J. L. Birkin, D. Burns, F. Balembois, P. Georges, H. Bernas, A. Aron, G. Aka, W. Sibbett, A. Brun, M. D. Dawson, and E. Bente, “Femtosecond Yb:YCOB laser pumped by narrow-stripe laser diode and passively modelocked using ion implanted saturable-absorber mirror,” Electron. Lett. 36(19), 1621–1623 (2000).
[CrossRef]

Birkin, D. J. L.

G. J. Valentine, A. J. Kemp, D. J. L. Birkin, D. Burns, F. Balembois, P. Georges, H. Bernas, A. Aron, G. Aka, W. Sibbett, A. Brun, M. D. Dawson, and E. Bente, “Femtosecond Yb:YCOB laser pumped by narrow-stripe laser diode and passively modelocked using ion implanted saturable-absorber mirror,” Electron. Lett. 36(19), 1621–1623 (2000).
[CrossRef]

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).

Braun, B.

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 Electron. 2(3), 435–453 (1996).
[CrossRef]

Brun, A.

G. J. Valentine, A. J. Kemp, D. J. L. Birkin, D. Burns, F. Balembois, P. Georges, H. Bernas, A. Aron, G. Aka, W. Sibbett, A. Brun, M. D. Dawson, and E. Bente, “Femtosecond Yb:YCOB laser pumped by narrow-stripe laser diode and passively modelocked using ion implanted saturable-absorber mirror,” Electron. Lett. 36(19), 1621–1623 (2000).
[CrossRef]

Brunner, F.

Burns, D.

G. J. Valentine, A. J. Kemp, D. J. L. Birkin, D. Burns, F. Balembois, P. Georges, H. Bernas, A. Aron, G. Aka, W. Sibbett, A. Brun, M. D. Dawson, and E. Bente, “Femtosecond Yb:YCOB laser pumped by narrow-stripe laser diode and passively modelocked using ion implanted saturable-absorber mirror,” Electron. Lett. 36(19), 1621–1623 (2000).
[CrossRef]

Chai, B. H. T.

D. A. Hammons, J. M. Eichenholz, Q. Ye, B. H. T. Chai, L. Shah, R. E. Peale, M. Richardson, and H. Qiu, “Laser action in Yb3+:YCOB (Yb3+:YCa4O(BO3)3),” Opt. Commun. 156(4-6), 327–330 (1998).
[CrossRef]

Chenais, S.

S. Chenais, F. Balembois, F. Druon, G. Lucas-Leclin, and P. Georges, “Thermal lensing in diode-pumped ytterbium lasers - Part I: Theoretical analysis and wavefront measurements,” IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 40(9), 1217–1234 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Contag, K.

Couny, F.

O. H. Heckl, C. R. E. Baer, C. Kränkel, S. V. Marchese, F. Schapper, M. Holler, T. Südmeyer, J. S. Robinson, J. W. G. Tisch, F. Couny, P. Light, F. Benabid, and U. Keller, “High harmonic generation in a gas-filled hollow-core photonic crystal fiber,” Appl. Phys. B 97(2), 369–373 (2009).
[CrossRef]

Dawes, J.

Dawson, M. D.

G. J. Valentine, A. J. Kemp, D. J. L. Birkin, D. Burns, F. Balembois, P. Georges, H. Bernas, A. Aron, G. Aka, W. Sibbett, A. Brun, M. D. Dawson, and E. Bente, “Femtosecond Yb:YCOB laser pumped by narrow-stripe laser diode and passively modelocked using ion implanted saturable-absorber mirror,” Electron. Lett. 36(19), 1621–1623 (2000).
[CrossRef]

Dekker, P.

Dekorsy, T.

Druon, F.

S. Chenais, F. Balembois, F. Druon, G. Lucas-Leclin, and P. Georges, “Thermal lensing in diode-pumped ytterbium lasers - Part I: Theoretical analysis and wavefront measurements,” IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 40(9), 1217–1234 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Eichenholz, J. M.

D. A. Hammons, J. M. Eichenholz, Q. Ye, B. H. T. Chai, L. Shah, R. E. Peale, M. Richardson, and H. Qiu, “Laser action in Yb3+:YCOB (Yb3+:YCa4O(BO3)3),” Opt. Commun. 156(4-6), 327–330 (1998).
[CrossRef]

Engqvist, A. G.

Fluck, R.

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 Electron. 2(3), 435–453 (1996).
[CrossRef]

Gao, J.

Georges, P.

S. Chenais, F. Balembois, F. Druon, G. Lucas-Leclin, and P. Georges, “Thermal lensing in diode-pumped ytterbium lasers - Part I: Theoretical analysis and wavefront measurements,” IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 40(9), 1217–1234 (2004).
[CrossRef]

G. J. Valentine, A. J. Kemp, D. J. L. Birkin, D. Burns, F. Balembois, P. Georges, H. Bernas, A. Aron, G. Aka, W. Sibbett, A. Brun, M. D. Dawson, and E. Bente, “Femtosecond Yb:YCOB laser pumped by narrow-stripe laser diode and passively modelocked using ion implanted saturable-absorber mirror,” Electron. Lett. 36(19), 1621–1623 (2000).
[CrossRef]

Giesen, A.

A. Giesen and J. Speiser, “Fifteen Years of Work on Thin-Disk Lasers: Results and Scaling Laws,” IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 13(3), 598–609 (2007).
[CrossRef]

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(WO(4))(2) laser,” Opt. Lett. 27(13), 1162–1164 (2002).
[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).

Golling, M.

Grange, R.

Guina, M.

Hammons, D. A.

D. A. Hammons, J. M. Eichenholz, Q. Ye, B. H. T. Chai, L. Shah, R. E. Peale, M. Richardson, and H. Qiu, “Laser action in Yb3+:YCOB (Yb3+:YCa4O(BO3)3),” Opt. Commun. 156(4-6), 327–330 (1998).
[CrossRef]

Hashimoto, S.

Heckl, O. H.

C. R. E. Baer, C. Kränkel, C. J. Saraceno, O. H. Heckl, M. Golling, R. Peters, K. Petermann, T. Südmeyer, G. Huber, and U. Keller, “Femtosecond thin-disk laser with 141 W of average power,” Opt. Lett. 35(13), 2302–2304 (2010).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

O. H. Heckl, C. R. E. Baer, C. Kränkel, S. V. Marchese, F. Schapper, M. Holler, T. Südmeyer, J. S. Robinson, J. W. G. Tisch, F. Couny, P. Light, F. Benabid, and U. Keller, “High harmonic generation in a gas-filled hollow-core photonic crystal fiber,” Appl. Phys. B 97(2), 369–373 (2009).
[CrossRef]

C. R. E. Baer, C. Kränkel, O. H. Heckl, M. Golling, T. Südmeyer, R. Peters, K. Petermann, G. Huber, and U. Keller, “227-fs pulses from a mode-locked Yb:LuScO3 thin disk laser,” Opt. Express 17(13), 10725–10730 (2009).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

T. Südmeyer, C. Kränkel, C. R. E. Baer, O. H. Heckl, C. J. Saraceno, M. Golling, R. Peters, K. Petermann, G. Huber, and U. Keller, “High-power ultrafast thin disk laser oscillators and their potential for sub-100-femtosecond pulse generation,” Appl. Phys. B 97(2), 281–295 (2009).
[CrossRef]

Hildebrandt, M.

Holler, M.

O. H. Heckl, C. R. E. Baer, C. Kränkel, S. V. Marchese, F. Schapper, M. Holler, T. Südmeyer, J. S. Robinson, J. W. G. Tisch, F. Couny, P. Light, F. Benabid, and U. Keller, “High harmonic generation in a gas-filled hollow-core photonic crystal fiber,” Appl. Phys. B 97(2), 369–373 (2009).
[CrossRef]

Hönninger, C.

C. Hönninger, R. Paschotta, F. Morier-Genoud, M. Moser, and U. Keller, “Q-switching stability limits of continuous-wave passive mode locking,” J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 16(1), 46–56 (1999).
[CrossRef]

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 Electron. 2(3), 435–453 (1996).
[CrossRef]

Huber, G.

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).

Innerhofer, E.

Jagadish, C.

Jin, J. H.

S. Kim, J. H. Jin, Y. J. Kim, I. Y. Park, Y. Kim, and S. W. Kim, “High-harmonic generation by resonant plasmon field enhancement,” Nature 453(7196), 757–760 (2008).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Jung, I. D.

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 Electron. 2(3), 435–453 (1996).
[CrossRef]

Kärtner, F. X.

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 Electron. 2(3), 435–453 (1996).
[CrossRef]

Keller, U.

C. R. E. Baer, C. Kränkel, C. J. Saraceno, O. H. Heckl, M. Golling, R. Peters, K. Petermann, T. Südmeyer, G. Huber, and U. Keller, “Femtosecond thin-disk laser with 141 W of average power,” Opt. Lett. 35(13), 2302–2304 (2010).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

C. R. E. Baer, C. Kränkel, O. H. Heckl, M. Golling, T. Südmeyer, R. Peters, K. Petermann, G. Huber, and U. Keller, “227-fs pulses from a mode-locked Yb:LuScO3 thin disk laser,” Opt. Express 17(13), 10725–10730 (2009).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

O. H. Heckl, C. R. E. Baer, C. Kränkel, S. V. Marchese, F. Schapper, M. Holler, T. Südmeyer, J. S. Robinson, J. W. G. Tisch, F. Couny, P. Light, F. Benabid, and U. Keller, “High harmonic generation in a gas-filled hollow-core photonic crystal fiber,” Appl. Phys. B 97(2), 369–373 (2009).
[CrossRef]

T. Südmeyer, C. Kränkel, C. R. E. Baer, O. H. Heckl, C. J. Saraceno, M. Golling, R. Peters, K. Petermann, G. Huber, and U. Keller, “High-power ultrafast thin disk laser oscillators and their potential for sub-100-femtosecond pulse generation,” Appl. Phys. B 97(2), 281–295 (2009).
[CrossRef]

S. V. Marchese, C. R. E. Baer, A. G. Engqvist, S. Hashimoto, D. J. H. C. Maas, M. Golling, T. Südmeyer, and U. Keller, “Femtosecond thin disk laser oscillator with pulse energy beyond the 10-microjoule level,” Opt. Express 16(9), 6397–6407 (2008).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

S. V. Marchese, T. Südmeyer, M. Golling, R. Grange, and U. Keller, “Pulse energy scaling to 5 microJ from a femtosecond thin disk laser,” Opt. Lett. 31(18), 2728–2730 (2006).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

U. Keller, “Recent developments in compact ultrafast lasers,” Nature 424(6950), 831–838 (2003).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

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(WO(4))(2) laser,” Opt. Lett. 27(13), 1162–1164 (2002).
[CrossRef]

C. Hönninger, R. Paschotta, F. Morier-Genoud, M. Moser, and U. Keller, “Q-switching stability limits of continuous-wave passive mode locking,” J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 16(1), 46–56 (1999).
[CrossRef]

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 Electron. 2(3), 435–453 (1996).
[CrossRef]

Kemp, A. J.

G. J. Valentine, A. J. Kemp, D. J. L. Birkin, D. Burns, F. Balembois, P. Georges, H. Bernas, A. Aron, G. Aka, W. Sibbett, A. Brun, M. D. Dawson, and E. Bente, “Femtosecond Yb:YCOB laser pumped by narrow-stripe laser diode and passively modelocked using ion implanted saturable-absorber mirror,” Electron. Lett. 36(19), 1621–1623 (2000).
[CrossRef]

Killi, A.

Kim, S.

S. Kim, J. H. Jin, Y. J. Kim, I. Y. Park, Y. Kim, and S. W. Kim, “High-harmonic generation by resonant plasmon field enhancement,” Nature 453(7196), 757–760 (2008).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Kim, S. W.

S. Kim, J. H. Jin, Y. J. Kim, I. Y. Park, Y. Kim, and S. W. Kim, “High-harmonic generation by resonant plasmon field enhancement,” Nature 453(7196), 757–760 (2008).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Kim, Y.

S. Kim, J. H. Jin, Y. J. Kim, I. Y. Park, Y. Kim, and S. W. Kim, “High-harmonic generation by resonant plasmon field enhancement,” Nature 453(7196), 757–760 (2008).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Kim, Y. J.

S. Kim, J. H. Jin, Y. J. Kim, I. Y. Park, Y. Kim, and S. W. Kim, “High-harmonic generation by resonant plasmon field enhancement,” Nature 453(7196), 757–760 (2008).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Kisel, V. E.

Kleinbauer, J.

Kolev, V. Z.

Kopf, D.

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 Electron. 2(3), 435–453 (1996).
[CrossRef]

Kränkel, C.

C. R. E. Baer, C. Kränkel, C. J. Saraceno, O. H. Heckl, M. Golling, R. Peters, K. Petermann, T. Südmeyer, G. Huber, and U. Keller, “Femtosecond thin-disk laser with 141 W of average power,” Opt. Lett. 35(13), 2302–2304 (2010).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

C. R. E. Baer, C. Kränkel, O. H. Heckl, M. Golling, T. Südmeyer, R. Peters, K. Petermann, G. Huber, and U. Keller, “227-fs pulses from a mode-locked Yb:LuScO3 thin disk laser,” Opt. Express 17(13), 10725–10730 (2009).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

O. H. Heckl, C. R. E. Baer, C. Kränkel, S. V. Marchese, F. Schapper, M. Holler, T. Südmeyer, J. S. Robinson, J. W. G. Tisch, F. Couny, P. Light, F. Benabid, and U. Keller, “High harmonic generation in a gas-filled hollow-core photonic crystal fiber,” Appl. Phys. B 97(2), 369–373 (2009).
[CrossRef]

T. Südmeyer, C. Kränkel, C. R. E. Baer, O. H. Heckl, C. J. Saraceno, M. Golling, R. Peters, K. Petermann, G. Huber, and U. Keller, “High-power ultrafast thin disk laser oscillators and their potential for sub-100-femtosecond pulse generation,” Appl. Phys. B 97(2), 281–295 (2009).
[CrossRef]

C. Kränkel, R. Peters, K. Petermann, P. Loiseau, G. Aka, and G. Huber, “Efficient continuous-wave thin disk laser operation of Yb:Ca4YO(BO3)3 in EIIZ and EIIX orientations with 26 W output power,” J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 26(7), 1310–1314 (2009).
[CrossRef]

Kuleshov, N. V.

Kumkar, M.

Lederer, M. J.

Light, P.

O. H. Heckl, C. R. E. Baer, C. Kränkel, S. V. Marchese, F. Schapper, M. Holler, T. Südmeyer, J. S. Robinson, J. W. G. Tisch, F. Couny, P. Light, F. Benabid, and U. Keller, “High harmonic generation in a gas-filled hollow-core photonic crystal fiber,” Appl. Phys. B 97(2), 369–373 (2009).
[CrossRef]

Loiseau, P.

Lucas-Leclin, G.

S. Chenais, F. Balembois, F. Druon, G. Lucas-Leclin, and P. Georges, “Thermal lensing in diode-pumped ytterbium lasers - Part I: Theoretical analysis and wavefront measurements,” IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 40(9), 1217–1234 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Luther-Davies, B.

Maas, D. J. H. C.

Marchese, S. V.

Matuschek, N.

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 Electron. 2(3), 435–453 (1996).
[CrossRef]

Morier-Genoud, F.

Moser, M.

Neuhaus, J.

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).

Park, I. Y.

S. Kim, J. H. Jin, Y. J. Kim, I. Y. Park, Y. Kim, and S. W. Kim, “High-harmonic generation by resonant plasmon field enhancement,” Nature 453(7196), 757–760 (2008).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Paschotta, R.

Peale, R. E.

D. A. Hammons, J. M. Eichenholz, Q. Ye, B. H. T. Chai, L. Shah, R. E. Peale, M. Richardson, and H. Qiu, “Laser action in Yb3+:YCOB (Yb3+:YCa4O(BO3)3),” Opt. Commun. 156(4-6), 327–330 (1998).
[CrossRef]

Petermann, K.

Peters, R.

Piper, J.

Qiu, H.

D. A. Hammons, J. M. Eichenholz, Q. Ye, B. H. T. Chai, L. Shah, R. E. Peale, M. Richardson, and H. Qiu, “Laser action in Yb3+:YCOB (Yb3+:YCa4O(BO3)3),” Opt. Commun. 156(4-6), 327–330 (1998).
[CrossRef]

Richardson, M.

D. A. Hammons, J. M. Eichenholz, Q. Ye, B. H. T. Chai, L. Shah, R. E. Peale, M. Richardson, and H. Qiu, “Laser action in Yb3+:YCOB (Yb3+:YCa4O(BO3)3),” Opt. Commun. 156(4-6), 327–330 (1998).
[CrossRef]

Robinson, J. S.

O. H. Heckl, C. R. E. Baer, C. Kränkel, S. V. Marchese, F. Schapper, M. Holler, T. Südmeyer, J. S. Robinson, J. W. G. Tisch, F. Couny, P. Light, F. Benabid, and U. Keller, “High harmonic generation in a gas-filled hollow-core photonic crystal fiber,” Appl. Phys. B 97(2), 369–373 (2009).
[CrossRef]

Saraceno, C. J.

C. R. E. Baer, C. Kränkel, C. J. Saraceno, O. H. Heckl, M. Golling, R. Peters, K. Petermann, T. Südmeyer, G. Huber, and U. Keller, “Femtosecond thin-disk laser with 141 W of average power,” Opt. Lett. 35(13), 2302–2304 (2010).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

T. Südmeyer, C. Kränkel, C. R. E. Baer, O. H. Heckl, C. J. Saraceno, M. Golling, R. Peters, K. Petermann, G. Huber, and U. Keller, “High-power ultrafast thin disk laser oscillators and their potential for sub-100-femtosecond pulse generation,” Appl. Phys. B 97(2), 281–295 (2009).
[CrossRef]

Schapper, F.

O. H. Heckl, C. R. E. Baer, C. Kränkel, S. V. Marchese, F. Schapper, M. Holler, T. Südmeyer, J. S. Robinson, J. W. G. Tisch, F. Couny, P. Light, F. Benabid, and U. Keller, “High harmonic generation in a gas-filled hollow-core photonic crystal fiber,” Appl. Phys. B 97(2), 369–373 (2009).
[CrossRef]

Shah, L.

D. A. Hammons, J. M. Eichenholz, Q. Ye, B. H. T. Chai, L. Shah, R. E. Peale, M. Richardson, and H. Qiu, “Laser action in Yb3+:YCOB (Yb3+:YCa4O(BO3)3),” Opt. Commun. 156(4-6), 327–330 (1998).
[CrossRef]

Shcherbitsky, V. G.

Sibbett, W.

G. J. Valentine, A. J. Kemp, D. J. L. Birkin, D. Burns, F. Balembois, P. Georges, H. Bernas, A. Aron, G. Aka, W. Sibbett, A. Brun, M. D. Dawson, and E. Bente, “Femtosecond Yb:YCOB laser pumped by narrow-stripe laser diode and passively modelocked using ion implanted saturable-absorber mirror,” Electron. Lett. 36(19), 1621–1623 (2000).
[CrossRef]

Speiser, J.

A. Giesen and J. Speiser, “Fifteen Years of Work on Thin-Disk Lasers: Results and Scaling Laws,” IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 13(3), 598–609 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Südmeyer, T.

C. R. E. Baer, C. Kränkel, C. J. Saraceno, O. H. Heckl, M. Golling, R. Peters, K. Petermann, T. Südmeyer, G. Huber, and U. Keller, “Femtosecond thin-disk laser with 141 W of average power,” Opt. Lett. 35(13), 2302–2304 (2010).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

O. H. Heckl, C. R. E. Baer, C. Kränkel, S. V. Marchese, F. Schapper, M. Holler, T. Südmeyer, J. S. Robinson, J. W. G. Tisch, F. Couny, P. Light, F. Benabid, and U. Keller, “High harmonic generation in a gas-filled hollow-core photonic crystal fiber,” Appl. Phys. B 97(2), 369–373 (2009).
[CrossRef]

C. R. E. Baer, C. Kränkel, O. H. Heckl, M. Golling, T. Südmeyer, R. Peters, K. Petermann, G. Huber, and U. Keller, “227-fs pulses from a mode-locked Yb:LuScO3 thin disk laser,” Opt. Express 17(13), 10725–10730 (2009).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

T. Südmeyer, C. Kränkel, C. R. E. Baer, O. H. Heckl, C. J. Saraceno, M. Golling, R. Peters, K. Petermann, G. Huber, and U. Keller, “High-power ultrafast thin disk laser oscillators and their potential for sub-100-femtosecond pulse generation,” Appl. Phys. B 97(2), 281–295 (2009).
[CrossRef]

S. V. Marchese, C. R. E. Baer, A. G. Engqvist, S. Hashimoto, D. J. H. C. Maas, M. Golling, T. Südmeyer, and U. Keller, “Femtosecond thin disk laser oscillator with pulse energy beyond the 10-microjoule level,” Opt. Express 16(9), 6397–6407 (2008).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

S. V. Marchese, T. Südmeyer, M. Golling, R. Grange, and U. Keller, “Pulse energy scaling to 5 microJ from a femtosecond thin disk laser,” Opt. Lett. 31(18), 2728–2730 (2006).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

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(WO(4))(2) laser,” Opt. Lett. 27(13), 1162–1164 (2002).
[CrossRef]

Sutter, D. H.

Tan, H. H.

Taylor, B.

Tisch, J. W. G.

O. H. Heckl, C. R. E. Baer, C. Kränkel, S. V. Marchese, F. Schapper, M. Holler, T. Südmeyer, J. S. Robinson, J. W. G. Tisch, F. Couny, P. Light, F. Benabid, and U. Keller, “High harmonic generation in a gas-filled hollow-core photonic crystal fiber,” Appl. Phys. B 97(2), 369–373 (2009).
[CrossRef]

Valentine, G. J.

G. J. Valentine, A. J. Kemp, D. J. L. Birkin, D. Burns, F. Balembois, P. Georges, H. Bernas, A. Aron, G. Aka, W. Sibbett, A. Brun, M. D. Dawson, and E. Bente, “Femtosecond Yb:YCOB laser pumped by narrow-stripe laser diode and passively modelocked using ion implanted saturable-absorber mirror,” Electron. Lett. 36(19), 1621–1623 (2000).
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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).

Weiler, S.

Weingarten, K. J.

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 Electron. 2(3), 435–453 (1996).
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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).

Ye, Q.

D. A. Hammons, J. M. Eichenholz, Q. Ye, B. H. T. Chai, L. Shah, R. E. Peale, M. Richardson, and H. Qiu, “Laser action in Yb3+:YCOB (Yb3+:YCa4O(BO3)3),” Opt. Commun. 156(4-6), 327–330 (1998).
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Zhang, J.

Appl. Phys. B

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).

O. H. Heckl, C. R. E. Baer, C. Kränkel, S. V. Marchese, F. Schapper, M. Holler, T. Südmeyer, J. S. Robinson, J. W. G. Tisch, F. Couny, P. Light, F. Benabid, and U. Keller, “High harmonic generation in a gas-filled hollow-core photonic crystal fiber,” Appl. Phys. B 97(2), 369–373 (2009).
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Figures (6)

Fig. 1
Fig. 1

Yb:YCOB thin disk laser cw multi-mode output power (solid lines) and optical-to-optical efficiency (dashed lines). The 15at.% Yb:YCOB disk is 400 μm thick, and oriented in (Z)-cut with a pump spot diameter of 4 mm. Results are presented for two different output couplers.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

CW multi-mode output power (solid lines) and optical-to-optical efficiency (dashed lines) vs. incident pump power for a 350-µm thick, (X)-cut (red) and a 300-µm thick, (Z)-cut (blue) 15at.% doped Yb:YCOB disks. These are the same disks that were used for the modelocking experiments. The pump spot diameters were chosen to be 2.4 mm for the (Z)-cut disk and 1.9 mm for the (X)-cut disk. The thinner thickness led to a pump absorption of 86% for the 300 µm, and 90% for the 350 µm thick crystal.

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

Schematic Yb:YCOB thin disk laser cavity set-up for single mode and cw modelocking operation. The disk is used as a folding mirror. The Brewster plate close to the output coupler (OC) ensures linearly polarized laser output and provides the required self-phase modulation (SPM) for stable soliton modelocking. The 4-f extension which was necessary to obtain stable modelocking was inserted close to the SESAM. Dispersive mirrors (DM), high reflector (HR).

Fig. 4
Fig. 4

Interferograms of the two 15at.% doped Yb:YCOB disks used for modelocking, left (Z)-cut (300 µm thick), right (X)-cut (350 µm thick). The interferograms were recorded without incident pump light and show significant aberrations of the available disks. The anisotropy of the disks increased with the pump power due to the anisotropic thermal properties. These images were recorded at a wavelength of 1064 nm.

Fig. 5
Fig. 5

SESAM modelocked (Z)-cut Yb:YCOB thin disk laser: autocorrelation trace and optical spectrum at an average output power of 4.7 W and a pulse repetition rate of 24.4 MHz.

Fig. 6
Fig. 6

SESAM modelocked (X)-cut Yb:YCOB thin disk laser: autocorrelation trace and optical spectrum of the shortest pulses obtained at an average output power of 2 W and a pulse repetition rate 19.7 MHz.

Tables (2)

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Table 1 Summary of multimode continuous wave results

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Table 2 Summary of modelocking results and parameters

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