Abstract

We report self-starting femtosecond operation of a 180-MHz SESAM-controlled prismless Cr:ZnS laser around 2400 nm at open air and room temperature. Dispersion compensation was achieved by a combination of bulk materials and chirped mirrors. Both soliton- and chirped-pulse operation regimes have been demonstrated with 130 fs (630 fs) pulse duration at 130 (205) mW average output power, respectively. The output power was about 30% higher than for a comparable Cr:ZnSe sample in the same cavity.

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2012 (1)

2011 (1)

2010 (1)

B. Bernhardt, E. Sorokin, P. Jacquet, R. Thon, T. Becker, I. T. Sorokina, N. Picqué, and T. W. Hänsch, “Mid-infrared dual-comb spectroscopy with 2.4 μm Cr2+:ZnSe femtosecond lasers,” Appl. Phys. B100(1), 3–8 (2010).
[CrossRef]

2009 (2)

2007 (1)

2005 (1)

E. Sorokin, S. Naumov, and I. T. Sorokina, “Ultrabroadband infrared solid-state lasers,” IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron.11(3), 690–712 (2005).
[CrossRef]

2004 (1)

I. T. Sorokina, “Cr2+-doped II–VI materials for lasers and nonlinear optics,” Opt. Mater.26(4), 395–412 (2004).
[CrossRef]

2003 (1)

S. B. Mirov, V. V. Fedorov, K. Graham, I. S. Moskalev, I. T. Sorokina, E. Sorokin, V. Gapontsev, D. Gapontsev, V. V. Badikov, and V. Panyutin, “Diode and fibre pumped Cr2+: ZnS mid-infrared external cavity and microchip lasers,” IEE Proc., Optoelectron.150(4), 340–345 (2003).
[CrossRef]

2002 (3)

I. Sorokina, E. Sorokin, S. Mirov, V. Fedorov, V. Badikov, V. Panyutin, A. Di Lieto, and M. Tonelli, “Continuous-wave tunable Cr2+:ZnS laser,” Appl. Phys. B74(6), 607–611 (2002).
[CrossRef]

D. J. Ripin, J. T. Gopinath, H. M. Shen, A. A. Erchak, G. S. Petrich, L. A. Kolodziejski, F. X. Kärtner, and E. P. Ippen, “Oxidized GaAs/AlAs mirror with a quantum-well saturable absorber for ultrashort-pulse Cr4+:YAG laser,” Opt. Commun.214(1-6), 285–289 (2002).
[CrossRef]

I. T. Sorokina, E. Sorokin, S. Mirov, V. Fedorov, V. Badikov, V. Panyutin, and K. I. Schaffers, “Broadly tunable compact continuous-wave Cr2+: ZnS laser,” Opt. Lett.27(12), 1040–1042 (2002).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

2000 (1)

D. H. Sutter, L. Gallmann, N. Matuschek, F. Morier-Genoud, V. Scheuer, G. Angelow, T. Tschudi, G. Steinmeyer, and U. Keller, “Sub-6-fs pulses from a SESAM-assisted Kerr-lens modelocked Ti:sapphire laser: At the frontiers of ultrashort pulse generation,” Appl. Phys. B70(S1), S5–S12 (2000).
[CrossRef]

1997 (1)

R. H. Page, K. I. Schaffers, L. D. Deloach, G. D. Wilke, F. D. Patel, J. B. Tassano, S. A. Payne, W. F. Krupke, K. T. Chen, and A. Burger, “Cr2+-doped zinc chalcogenides as efficient, widely tunable mid-infrared lasers,” IEEE J. Quantum Electron.33(4), 609–619 (1997).
[CrossRef]

1996 (1)

L. D. DeLoach, R. H. Page, G. D. Wilke, S. A. Payne, and W. F. Krupke, “Transition metal-doped zinc chalcogenides: Spectroscopy and laser demonstration of a new class of gain media,” IEEE J. Quantum Electron.32(6), 885–895 (1996).
[CrossRef]

Angelow, G.

D. H. Sutter, L. Gallmann, N. Matuschek, F. Morier-Genoud, V. Scheuer, G. Angelow, T. Tschudi, G. Steinmeyer, and U. Keller, “Sub-6-fs pulses from a SESAM-assisted Kerr-lens modelocked Ti:sapphire laser: At the frontiers of ultrashort pulse generation,” Appl. Phys. B70(S1), S5–S12 (2000).
[CrossRef]

Badikov, V.

I. Sorokina, E. Sorokin, S. Mirov, V. Fedorov, V. Badikov, V. Panyutin, A. Di Lieto, and M. Tonelli, “Continuous-wave tunable Cr2+:ZnS laser,” Appl. Phys. B74(6), 607–611 (2002).
[CrossRef]

I. T. Sorokina, E. Sorokin, S. Mirov, V. Fedorov, V. Badikov, V. Panyutin, and K. I. Schaffers, “Broadly tunable compact continuous-wave Cr2+: ZnS laser,” Opt. Lett.27(12), 1040–1042 (2002).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Badikov, V. V.

S. B. Mirov, V. V. Fedorov, K. Graham, I. S. Moskalev, I. T. Sorokina, E. Sorokin, V. Gapontsev, D. Gapontsev, V. V. Badikov, and V. Panyutin, “Diode and fibre pumped Cr2+: ZnS mid-infrared external cavity and microchip lasers,” IEE Proc., Optoelectron.150(4), 340–345 (2003).
[CrossRef]

Becker, T.

B. Bernhardt, E. Sorokin, P. Jacquet, R. Thon, T. Becker, I. T. Sorokina, N. Picqué, and T. W. Hänsch, “Mid-infrared dual-comb spectroscopy with 2.4 μm Cr2+:ZnSe femtosecond lasers,” Appl. Phys. B100(1), 3–8 (2010).
[CrossRef]

Berger, J. A.

Bernhardt, B.

B. Bernhardt, E. Sorokin, P. Jacquet, R. Thon, T. Becker, I. T. Sorokina, N. Picqué, and T. W. Hänsch, “Mid-infrared dual-comb spectroscopy with 2.4 μm Cr2+:ZnSe femtosecond lasers,” Appl. Phys. B100(1), 3–8 (2010).
[CrossRef]

Burger, A.

R. H. Page, K. I. Schaffers, L. D. Deloach, G. D. Wilke, F. D. Patel, J. B. Tassano, S. A. Payne, W. F. Krupke, K. T. Chen, and A. Burger, “Cr2+-doped zinc chalcogenides as efficient, widely tunable mid-infrared lasers,” IEEE J. Quantum Electron.33(4), 609–619 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Cankaya, H.

Chen, K. T.

R. H. Page, K. I. Schaffers, L. D. Deloach, G. D. Wilke, F. D. Patel, J. B. Tassano, S. A. Payne, W. F. Krupke, K. T. Chen, and A. Burger, “Cr2+-doped zinc chalcogenides as efficient, widely tunable mid-infrared lasers,” IEEE J. Quantum Electron.33(4), 609–619 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Cizmeciyan, M. N.

Deloach, L. D.

R. H. Page, K. I. Schaffers, L. D. Deloach, G. D. Wilke, F. D. Patel, J. B. Tassano, S. A. Payne, W. F. Krupke, K. T. Chen, and A. Burger, “Cr2+-doped zinc chalcogenides as efficient, widely tunable mid-infrared lasers,” IEEE J. Quantum Electron.33(4), 609–619 (1997).
[CrossRef]

L. D. DeLoach, R. H. Page, G. D. Wilke, S. A. Payne, and W. F. Krupke, “Transition metal-doped zinc chalcogenides: Spectroscopy and laser demonstration of a new class of gain media,” IEEE J. Quantum Electron.32(6), 885–895 (1996).
[CrossRef]

Di Lieto, A.

I. Sorokina, E. Sorokin, S. Mirov, V. Fedorov, V. Badikov, V. Panyutin, A. Di Lieto, and M. Tonelli, “Continuous-wave tunable Cr2+:ZnS laser,” Appl. Phys. B74(6), 607–611 (2002).
[CrossRef]

Erchak, A. A.

D. J. Ripin, J. T. Gopinath, H. M. Shen, A. A. Erchak, G. S. Petrich, L. A. Kolodziejski, F. X. Kärtner, and E. P. Ippen, “Oxidized GaAs/AlAs mirror with a quantum-well saturable absorber for ultrashort-pulse Cr4+:YAG laser,” Opt. Commun.214(1-6), 285–289 (2002).
[CrossRef]

Fedorov, V.

I. Sorokina, E. Sorokin, S. Mirov, V. Fedorov, V. Badikov, V. Panyutin, A. Di Lieto, and M. Tonelli, “Continuous-wave tunable Cr2+:ZnS laser,” Appl. Phys. B74(6), 607–611 (2002).
[CrossRef]

I. T. Sorokina, E. Sorokin, S. Mirov, V. Fedorov, V. Badikov, V. Panyutin, and K. I. Schaffers, “Broadly tunable compact continuous-wave Cr2+: ZnS laser,” Opt. Lett.27(12), 1040–1042 (2002).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Fedorov, V. V.

I. S. Moskalev, V. V. Fedorov, and S. B. Mirov, “10-Watt, pure continuous-wave, polycrystalline Cr2+:ZnS laser,” Opt. Express17(4), 2048–2056 (2009).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

S. B. Mirov, V. V. Fedorov, K. Graham, I. S. Moskalev, I. T. Sorokina, E. Sorokin, V. Gapontsev, D. Gapontsev, V. V. Badikov, and V. Panyutin, “Diode and fibre pumped Cr2+: ZnS mid-infrared external cavity and microchip lasers,” IEE Proc., Optoelectron.150(4), 340–345 (2003).
[CrossRef]

Gallmann, L.

D. H. Sutter, L. Gallmann, N. Matuschek, F. Morier-Genoud, V. Scheuer, G. Angelow, T. Tschudi, G. Steinmeyer, and U. Keller, “Sub-6-fs pulses from a SESAM-assisted Kerr-lens modelocked Ti:sapphire laser: At the frontiers of ultrashort pulse generation,” Appl. Phys. B70(S1), S5–S12 (2000).
[CrossRef]

Gapontsev, D.

S. B. Mirov, V. V. Fedorov, K. Graham, I. S. Moskalev, I. T. Sorokina, E. Sorokin, V. Gapontsev, D. Gapontsev, V. V. Badikov, and V. Panyutin, “Diode and fibre pumped Cr2+: ZnS mid-infrared external cavity and microchip lasers,” IEE Proc., Optoelectron.150(4), 340–345 (2003).
[CrossRef]

Gapontsev, V.

S. B. Mirov, V. V. Fedorov, K. Graham, I. S. Moskalev, I. T. Sorokina, E. Sorokin, V. Gapontsev, D. Gapontsev, V. V. Badikov, and V. Panyutin, “Diode and fibre pumped Cr2+: ZnS mid-infrared external cavity and microchip lasers,” IEE Proc., Optoelectron.150(4), 340–345 (2003).
[CrossRef]

Gopinath, J. T.

D. J. Ripin, J. T. Gopinath, H. M. Shen, A. A. Erchak, G. S. Petrich, L. A. Kolodziejski, F. X. Kärtner, and E. P. Ippen, “Oxidized GaAs/AlAs mirror with a quantum-well saturable absorber for ultrashort-pulse Cr4+:YAG laser,” Opt. Commun.214(1-6), 285–289 (2002).
[CrossRef]

Graham, K.

S. B. Mirov, V. V. Fedorov, K. Graham, I. S. Moskalev, I. T. Sorokina, E. Sorokin, V. Gapontsev, D. Gapontsev, V. V. Badikov, and V. Panyutin, “Diode and fibre pumped Cr2+: ZnS mid-infrared external cavity and microchip lasers,” IEE Proc., Optoelectron.150(4), 340–345 (2003).
[CrossRef]

Guelachvili, G.

Hänsch, T. W.

B. Bernhardt, E. Sorokin, P. Jacquet, R. Thon, T. Becker, I. T. Sorokina, N. Picqué, and T. W. Hänsch, “Mid-infrared dual-comb spectroscopy with 2.4 μm Cr2+:ZnSe femtosecond lasers,” Appl. Phys. B100(1), 3–8 (2010).
[CrossRef]

Ippen, E. P.

D. J. Ripin, J. T. Gopinath, H. M. Shen, A. A. Erchak, G. S. Petrich, L. A. Kolodziejski, F. X. Kärtner, and E. P. Ippen, “Oxidized GaAs/AlAs mirror with a quantum-well saturable absorber for ultrashort-pulse Cr4+:YAG laser,” Opt. Commun.214(1-6), 285–289 (2002).
[CrossRef]

Jacquet, P.

B. Bernhardt, E. Sorokin, P. Jacquet, R. Thon, T. Becker, I. T. Sorokina, N. Picqué, and T. W. Hänsch, “Mid-infrared dual-comb spectroscopy with 2.4 μm Cr2+:ZnSe femtosecond lasers,” Appl. Phys. B100(1), 3–8 (2010).
[CrossRef]

Kärtner, F. X.

D. J. Ripin, J. T. Gopinath, H. M. Shen, A. A. Erchak, G. S. Petrich, L. A. Kolodziejski, F. X. Kärtner, and E. P. Ippen, “Oxidized GaAs/AlAs mirror with a quantum-well saturable absorber for ultrashort-pulse Cr4+:YAG laser,” Opt. Commun.214(1-6), 285–289 (2002).
[CrossRef]

Keller, U.

D. H. Sutter, L. Gallmann, N. Matuschek, F. Morier-Genoud, V. Scheuer, G. Angelow, T. Tschudi, G. Steinmeyer, and U. Keller, “Sub-6-fs pulses from a SESAM-assisted Kerr-lens modelocked Ti:sapphire laser: At the frontiers of ultrashort pulse generation,” Appl. Phys. B70(S1), S5–S12 (2000).
[CrossRef]

Kolodziejski, L. A.

D. J. Ripin, J. T. Gopinath, H. M. Shen, A. A. Erchak, G. S. Petrich, L. A. Kolodziejski, F. X. Kärtner, and E. P. Ippen, “Oxidized GaAs/AlAs mirror with a quantum-well saturable absorber for ultrashort-pulse Cr4+:YAG laser,” Opt. Commun.214(1-6), 285–289 (2002).
[CrossRef]

Krupke, W. F.

R. H. Page, K. I. Schaffers, L. D. Deloach, G. D. Wilke, F. D. Patel, J. B. Tassano, S. A. Payne, W. F. Krupke, K. T. Chen, and A. Burger, “Cr2+-doped zinc chalcogenides as efficient, widely tunable mid-infrared lasers,” IEEE J. Quantum Electron.33(4), 609–619 (1997).
[CrossRef]

L. D. DeLoach, R. H. Page, G. D. Wilke, S. A. Payne, and W. F. Krupke, “Transition metal-doped zinc chalcogenides: Spectroscopy and laser demonstration of a new class of gain media,” IEEE J. Quantum Electron.32(6), 885–895 (1996).
[CrossRef]

Kurt, A.

Mandon, J.

Matuschek, N.

D. H. Sutter, L. Gallmann, N. Matuschek, F. Morier-Genoud, V. Scheuer, G. Angelow, T. Tschudi, G. Steinmeyer, and U. Keller, “Sub-6-fs pulses from a SESAM-assisted Kerr-lens modelocked Ti:sapphire laser: At the frontiers of ultrashort pulse generation,” Appl. Phys. B70(S1), S5–S12 (2000).
[CrossRef]

Mirov, S.

I. T. Sorokina, E. Sorokin, S. Mirov, V. Fedorov, V. Badikov, V. Panyutin, and K. I. Schaffers, “Broadly tunable compact continuous-wave Cr2+: ZnS laser,” Opt. Lett.27(12), 1040–1042 (2002).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

I. Sorokina, E. Sorokin, S. Mirov, V. Fedorov, V. Badikov, V. Panyutin, A. Di Lieto, and M. Tonelli, “Continuous-wave tunable Cr2+:ZnS laser,” Appl. Phys. B74(6), 607–611 (2002).
[CrossRef]

Mirov, S. B.

I. S. Moskalev, V. V. Fedorov, and S. B. Mirov, “10-Watt, pure continuous-wave, polycrystalline Cr2+:ZnS laser,” Opt. Express17(4), 2048–2056 (2009).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

S. B. Mirov, V. V. Fedorov, K. Graham, I. S. Moskalev, I. T. Sorokina, E. Sorokin, V. Gapontsev, D. Gapontsev, V. V. Badikov, and V. Panyutin, “Diode and fibre pumped Cr2+: ZnS mid-infrared external cavity and microchip lasers,” IEE Proc., Optoelectron.150(4), 340–345 (2003).
[CrossRef]

Morier-Genoud, F.

D. H. Sutter, L. Gallmann, N. Matuschek, F. Morier-Genoud, V. Scheuer, G. Angelow, T. Tschudi, G. Steinmeyer, and U. Keller, “Sub-6-fs pulses from a SESAM-assisted Kerr-lens modelocked Ti:sapphire laser: At the frontiers of ultrashort pulse generation,” Appl. Phys. B70(S1), S5–S12 (2000).
[CrossRef]

Moskalev, I. S.

I. S. Moskalev, V. V. Fedorov, and S. B. Mirov, “10-Watt, pure continuous-wave, polycrystalline Cr2+:ZnS laser,” Opt. Express17(4), 2048–2056 (2009).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

S. B. Mirov, V. V. Fedorov, K. Graham, I. S. Moskalev, I. T. Sorokina, E. Sorokin, V. Gapontsev, D. Gapontsev, V. V. Badikov, and V. Panyutin, “Diode and fibre pumped Cr2+: ZnS mid-infrared external cavity and microchip lasers,” IEE Proc., Optoelectron.150(4), 340–345 (2003).
[CrossRef]

Naumov, S.

E. Sorokin, S. Naumov, and I. T. Sorokina, “Ultrabroadband infrared solid-state lasers,” IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron.11(3), 690–712 (2005).
[CrossRef]

Nayyar, V. P.

Page, R. H.

R. H. Page, K. I. Schaffers, L. D. Deloach, G. D. Wilke, F. D. Patel, J. B. Tassano, S. A. Payne, W. F. Krupke, K. T. Chen, and A. Burger, “Cr2+-doped zinc chalcogenides as efficient, widely tunable mid-infrared lasers,” IEEE J. Quantum Electron.33(4), 609–619 (1997).
[CrossRef]

L. D. DeLoach, R. H. Page, G. D. Wilke, S. A. Payne, and W. F. Krupke, “Transition metal-doped zinc chalcogenides: Spectroscopy and laser demonstration of a new class of gain media,” IEEE J. Quantum Electron.32(6), 885–895 (1996).
[CrossRef]

Panyutin, V.

S. B. Mirov, V. V. Fedorov, K. Graham, I. S. Moskalev, I. T. Sorokina, E. Sorokin, V. Gapontsev, D. Gapontsev, V. V. Badikov, and V. Panyutin, “Diode and fibre pumped Cr2+: ZnS mid-infrared external cavity and microchip lasers,” IEE Proc., Optoelectron.150(4), 340–345 (2003).
[CrossRef]

I. Sorokina, E. Sorokin, S. Mirov, V. Fedorov, V. Badikov, V. Panyutin, A. Di Lieto, and M. Tonelli, “Continuous-wave tunable Cr2+:ZnS laser,” Appl. Phys. B74(6), 607–611 (2002).
[CrossRef]

I. T. Sorokina, E. Sorokin, S. Mirov, V. Fedorov, V. Badikov, V. Panyutin, and K. I. Schaffers, “Broadly tunable compact continuous-wave Cr2+: ZnS laser,” Opt. Lett.27(12), 1040–1042 (2002).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Patel, F. D.

R. H. Page, K. I. Schaffers, L. D. Deloach, G. D. Wilke, F. D. Patel, J. B. Tassano, S. A. Payne, W. F. Krupke, K. T. Chen, and A. Burger, “Cr2+-doped zinc chalcogenides as efficient, widely tunable mid-infrared lasers,” IEEE J. Quantum Electron.33(4), 609–619 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Payne, S. A.

R. H. Page, K. I. Schaffers, L. D. Deloach, G. D. Wilke, F. D. Patel, J. B. Tassano, S. A. Payne, W. F. Krupke, K. T. Chen, and A. Burger, “Cr2+-doped zinc chalcogenides as efficient, widely tunable mid-infrared lasers,” IEEE J. Quantum Electron.33(4), 609–619 (1997).
[CrossRef]

L. D. DeLoach, R. H. Page, G. D. Wilke, S. A. Payne, and W. F. Krupke, “Transition metal-doped zinc chalcogenides: Spectroscopy and laser demonstration of a new class of gain media,” IEEE J. Quantum Electron.32(6), 885–895 (1996).
[CrossRef]

Petrich, G. S.

D. J. Ripin, J. T. Gopinath, H. M. Shen, A. A. Erchak, G. S. Petrich, L. A. Kolodziejski, F. X. Kärtner, and E. P. Ippen, “Oxidized GaAs/AlAs mirror with a quantum-well saturable absorber for ultrashort-pulse Cr4+:YAG laser,” Opt. Commun.214(1-6), 285–289 (2002).
[CrossRef]

Picque, N.

Picqué, N.

B. Bernhardt, E. Sorokin, P. Jacquet, R. Thon, T. Becker, I. T. Sorokina, N. Picqué, and T. W. Hänsch, “Mid-infrared dual-comb spectroscopy with 2.4 μm Cr2+:ZnSe femtosecond lasers,” Appl. Phys. B100(1), 3–8 (2010).
[CrossRef]

Rickman, B. L.

Ripin, D. J.

D. J. Ripin, J. T. Gopinath, H. M. Shen, A. A. Erchak, G. S. Petrich, L. A. Kolodziejski, F. X. Kärtner, and E. P. Ippen, “Oxidized GaAs/AlAs mirror with a quantum-well saturable absorber for ultrashort-pulse Cr4+:YAG laser,” Opt. Commun.214(1-6), 285–289 (2002).
[CrossRef]

Schaffers, K. I.

I. T. Sorokina, E. Sorokin, S. Mirov, V. Fedorov, V. Badikov, V. Panyutin, and K. I. Schaffers, “Broadly tunable compact continuous-wave Cr2+: ZnS laser,” Opt. Lett.27(12), 1040–1042 (2002).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

R. H. Page, K. I. Schaffers, L. D. Deloach, G. D. Wilke, F. D. Patel, J. B. Tassano, S. A. Payne, W. F. Krupke, K. T. Chen, and A. Burger, “Cr2+-doped zinc chalcogenides as efficient, widely tunable mid-infrared lasers,” IEEE J. Quantum Electron.33(4), 609–619 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Scheuer, V.

D. H. Sutter, L. Gallmann, N. Matuschek, F. Morier-Genoud, V. Scheuer, G. Angelow, T. Tschudi, G. Steinmeyer, and U. Keller, “Sub-6-fs pulses from a SESAM-assisted Kerr-lens modelocked Ti:sapphire laser: At the frontiers of ultrashort pulse generation,” Appl. Phys. B70(S1), S5–S12 (2000).
[CrossRef]

Schieffer, S. L.

Schroeder, W. A.

Schunemann, P. G.

Sennaroglu, A.

Shen, H. M.

D. J. Ripin, J. T. Gopinath, H. M. Shen, A. A. Erchak, G. S. Petrich, L. A. Kolodziejski, F. X. Kärtner, and E. P. Ippen, “Oxidized GaAs/AlAs mirror with a quantum-well saturable absorber for ultrashort-pulse Cr4+:YAG laser,” Opt. Commun.214(1-6), 285–289 (2002).
[CrossRef]

Sorokin, E.

K. L. Vodopyanov, E. Sorokin, I. T. Sorokina, and P. G. Schunemann, “Mid-IR frequency comb source spanning 4.4-5.4 μm based on subharmonic GaAs optical parametric oscillator,” Opt. Lett.36(12), 2275–2277 (2011).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

B. Bernhardt, E. Sorokin, P. Jacquet, R. Thon, T. Becker, I. T. Sorokina, N. Picqué, and T. W. Hänsch, “Mid-infrared dual-comb spectroscopy with 2.4 μm Cr2+:ZnSe femtosecond lasers,” Appl. Phys. B100(1), 3–8 (2010).
[CrossRef]

E. Sorokin, I. T. Sorokina, J. Mandon, G. Guelachvili, and N. Picque, “Sensitive multiplex spectroscopy in the molecular fingerprint 2.4 µm region with a Cr2+:ZnSe femtosecond laser,” Opt. Express15(25), 16540–16545 (2007).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

E. Sorokin, S. Naumov, and I. T. Sorokina, “Ultrabroadband infrared solid-state lasers,” IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron.11(3), 690–712 (2005).
[CrossRef]

S. B. Mirov, V. V. Fedorov, K. Graham, I. S. Moskalev, I. T. Sorokina, E. Sorokin, V. Gapontsev, D. Gapontsev, V. V. Badikov, and V. Panyutin, “Diode and fibre pumped Cr2+: ZnS mid-infrared external cavity and microchip lasers,” IEE Proc., Optoelectron.150(4), 340–345 (2003).
[CrossRef]

I. T. Sorokina, E. Sorokin, S. Mirov, V. Fedorov, V. Badikov, V. Panyutin, and K. I. Schaffers, “Broadly tunable compact continuous-wave Cr2+: ZnS laser,” Opt. Lett.27(12), 1040–1042 (2002).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

I. Sorokina, E. Sorokin, S. Mirov, V. Fedorov, V. Badikov, V. Panyutin, A. Di Lieto, and M. Tonelli, “Continuous-wave tunable Cr2+:ZnS laser,” Appl. Phys. B74(6), 607–611 (2002).
[CrossRef]

Sorokina, I.

I. Sorokina, E. Sorokin, S. Mirov, V. Fedorov, V. Badikov, V. Panyutin, A. Di Lieto, and M. Tonelli, “Continuous-wave tunable Cr2+:ZnS laser,” Appl. Phys. B74(6), 607–611 (2002).
[CrossRef]

Sorokina, I. T.

K. L. Vodopyanov, E. Sorokin, I. T. Sorokina, and P. G. Schunemann, “Mid-IR frequency comb source spanning 4.4-5.4 μm based on subharmonic GaAs optical parametric oscillator,” Opt. Lett.36(12), 2275–2277 (2011).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

B. Bernhardt, E. Sorokin, P. Jacquet, R. Thon, T. Becker, I. T. Sorokina, N. Picqué, and T. W. Hänsch, “Mid-infrared dual-comb spectroscopy with 2.4 μm Cr2+:ZnSe femtosecond lasers,” Appl. Phys. B100(1), 3–8 (2010).
[CrossRef]

E. Sorokin, I. T. Sorokina, J. Mandon, G. Guelachvili, and N. Picque, “Sensitive multiplex spectroscopy in the molecular fingerprint 2.4 µm region with a Cr2+:ZnSe femtosecond laser,” Opt. Express15(25), 16540–16545 (2007).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

E. Sorokin, S. Naumov, and I. T. Sorokina, “Ultrabroadband infrared solid-state lasers,” IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron.11(3), 690–712 (2005).
[CrossRef]

I. T. Sorokina, “Cr2+-doped II–VI materials for lasers and nonlinear optics,” Opt. Mater.26(4), 395–412 (2004).
[CrossRef]

S. B. Mirov, V. V. Fedorov, K. Graham, I. S. Moskalev, I. T. Sorokina, E. Sorokin, V. Gapontsev, D. Gapontsev, V. V. Badikov, and V. Panyutin, “Diode and fibre pumped Cr2+: ZnS mid-infrared external cavity and microchip lasers,” IEE Proc., Optoelectron.150(4), 340–345 (2003).
[CrossRef]

I. T. Sorokina, E. Sorokin, S. Mirov, V. Fedorov, V. Badikov, V. Panyutin, and K. I. Schaffers, “Broadly tunable compact continuous-wave Cr2+: ZnS laser,” Opt. Lett.27(12), 1040–1042 (2002).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Steinmeyer, G.

D. H. Sutter, L. Gallmann, N. Matuschek, F. Morier-Genoud, V. Scheuer, G. Angelow, T. Tschudi, G. Steinmeyer, and U. Keller, “Sub-6-fs pulses from a SESAM-assisted Kerr-lens modelocked Ti:sapphire laser: At the frontiers of ultrashort pulse generation,” Appl. Phys. B70(S1), S5–S12 (2000).
[CrossRef]

Sutter, D. H.

D. H. Sutter, L. Gallmann, N. Matuschek, F. Morier-Genoud, V. Scheuer, G. Angelow, T. Tschudi, G. Steinmeyer, and U. Keller, “Sub-6-fs pulses from a SESAM-assisted Kerr-lens modelocked Ti:sapphire laser: At the frontiers of ultrashort pulse generation,” Appl. Phys. B70(S1), S5–S12 (2000).
[CrossRef]

Tassano, J. B.

R. H. Page, K. I. Schaffers, L. D. Deloach, G. D. Wilke, F. D. Patel, J. B. Tassano, S. A. Payne, W. F. Krupke, K. T. Chen, and A. Burger, “Cr2+-doped zinc chalcogenides as efficient, widely tunable mid-infrared lasers,” IEEE J. Quantum Electron.33(4), 609–619 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Thon, R.

B. Bernhardt, E. Sorokin, P. Jacquet, R. Thon, T. Becker, I. T. Sorokina, N. Picqué, and T. W. Hänsch, “Mid-infrared dual-comb spectroscopy with 2.4 μm Cr2+:ZnSe femtosecond lasers,” Appl. Phys. B100(1), 3–8 (2010).
[CrossRef]

Tonelli, M.

I. Sorokina, E. Sorokin, S. Mirov, V. Fedorov, V. Badikov, V. Panyutin, A. Di Lieto, and M. Tonelli, “Continuous-wave tunable Cr2+:ZnS laser,” Appl. Phys. B74(6), 607–611 (2002).
[CrossRef]

Tschudi, T.

D. H. Sutter, L. Gallmann, N. Matuschek, F. Morier-Genoud, V. Scheuer, G. Angelow, T. Tschudi, G. Steinmeyer, and U. Keller, “Sub-6-fs pulses from a SESAM-assisted Kerr-lens modelocked Ti:sapphire laser: At the frontiers of ultrashort pulse generation,” Appl. Phys. B70(S1), S5–S12 (2000).
[CrossRef]

Vodopyanov, K. L.

Wilke, G. D.

R. H. Page, K. I. Schaffers, L. D. Deloach, G. D. Wilke, F. D. Patel, J. B. Tassano, S. A. Payne, W. F. Krupke, K. T. Chen, and A. Burger, “Cr2+-doped zinc chalcogenides as efficient, widely tunable mid-infrared lasers,” IEEE J. Quantum Electron.33(4), 609–619 (1997).
[CrossRef]

L. D. DeLoach, R. H. Page, G. D. Wilke, S. A. Payne, and W. F. Krupke, “Transition metal-doped zinc chalcogenides: Spectroscopy and laser demonstration of a new class of gain media,” IEEE J. Quantum Electron.32(6), 885–895 (1996).
[CrossRef]

Appl. Phys. B (3)

I. Sorokina, E. Sorokin, S. Mirov, V. Fedorov, V. Badikov, V. Panyutin, A. Di Lieto, and M. Tonelli, “Continuous-wave tunable Cr2+:ZnS laser,” Appl. Phys. B74(6), 607–611 (2002).
[CrossRef]

B. Bernhardt, E. Sorokin, P. Jacquet, R. Thon, T. Becker, I. T. Sorokina, N. Picqué, and T. W. Hänsch, “Mid-infrared dual-comb spectroscopy with 2.4 μm Cr2+:ZnSe femtosecond lasers,” Appl. Phys. B100(1), 3–8 (2010).
[CrossRef]

D. H. Sutter, L. Gallmann, N. Matuschek, F. Morier-Genoud, V. Scheuer, G. Angelow, T. Tschudi, G. Steinmeyer, and U. Keller, “Sub-6-fs pulses from a SESAM-assisted Kerr-lens modelocked Ti:sapphire laser: At the frontiers of ultrashort pulse generation,” Appl. Phys. B70(S1), S5–S12 (2000).
[CrossRef]

IEE Proc., Optoelectron. (1)

S. B. Mirov, V. V. Fedorov, K. Graham, I. S. Moskalev, I. T. Sorokina, E. Sorokin, V. Gapontsev, D. Gapontsev, V. V. Badikov, and V. Panyutin, “Diode and fibre pumped Cr2+: ZnS mid-infrared external cavity and microchip lasers,” IEE Proc., Optoelectron.150(4), 340–345 (2003).
[CrossRef]

IEEE J. Quantum Electron. (2)

L. D. DeLoach, R. H. Page, G. D. Wilke, S. A. Payne, and W. F. Krupke, “Transition metal-doped zinc chalcogenides: Spectroscopy and laser demonstration of a new class of gain media,” IEEE J. Quantum Electron.32(6), 885–895 (1996).
[CrossRef]

R. H. Page, K. I. Schaffers, L. D. Deloach, G. D. Wilke, F. D. Patel, J. B. Tassano, S. A. Payne, W. F. Krupke, K. T. Chen, and A. Burger, “Cr2+-doped zinc chalcogenides as efficient, widely tunable mid-infrared lasers,” IEEE J. Quantum Electron.33(4), 609–619 (1997).
[CrossRef]

IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. (1)

E. Sorokin, S. Naumov, and I. T. Sorokina, “Ultrabroadband infrared solid-state lasers,” IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron.11(3), 690–712 (2005).
[CrossRef]

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

Opt. Commun. (1)

D. J. Ripin, J. T. Gopinath, H. M. Shen, A. A. Erchak, G. S. Petrich, L. A. Kolodziejski, F. X. Kärtner, and E. P. Ippen, “Oxidized GaAs/AlAs mirror with a quantum-well saturable absorber for ultrashort-pulse Cr4+:YAG laser,” Opt. Commun.214(1-6), 285–289 (2002).
[CrossRef]

Opt. Express (2)

Opt. Lett. (3)

Opt. Mater. (1)

I. T. Sorokina, “Cr2+-doped II–VI materials for lasers and nonlinear optics,” Opt. Mater.26(4), 395–412 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Other (10)

E. Sorokin, I. T. Sorokina, M. S. Mirov, V. V. Fedorov, I. S. Moskalev, and S. B. Mirov, “Ultrabroad Continuous-Wave Tuning of Ceramic Cr:ZnSe and Cr:ZnS Lasers,” in Advanced Solid-State Photonics 2010, Technical Digest (CD) (Optical Society of America, 2010), paper AMC2.

I. T. Sorokina, “Crystalline Mid-Infrared Lasers,” in Solid-State Mid-Infrared Laser Sources, I. T. Sorokina and K. Vodopyanov, eds. (Springer, 2003), pp. 262–358.

I. T. Sorokina, E. Sorokin, and T. Carrig, “Femtosecond Pulse Generation from a SESAM Mode-Locked Cr:ZnSe Laser,” in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (CLEO), Technical Digest (CD) (Optical Society of America, 2006), paper CMQ2.

E. Sorokin and I. T. Sorokina, “Ultrashort-pulsed Kerr-lens modelocked Cr:ZnSe laser,” in CLEO/Europe and EQEC 2009 Conference Digest, (Optical Society of America, 2009), paper CF1_3.

E. Sorokin, N. Tolstik, and I. T. Sorokina, “Kerr-Lens Mode-locked Cr:ZnS Laser,” in Lasers, Sources, and Related Photonic Devices, OSA Technical Digest (CD) (Optical Society of America, 2012), paper AW5A.5.

P. F. Moulton and E. Slobodchikov, “1-GW-peak-power, Cr:ZnSe laser,” in CLEO:2011- Laser Applications to Photonic Applications, OSA Technical Digest (CD) (Optical Society of America, 2011), paper PDPA10.

E. Slobodtchikov and P. Moulton, “Progress in Ultrafast Cr:ZnSe Lasers,” in Advanced Solid-State Photonics, OSA Technical Digest (CD) (Optical Society of America, 2012), paper AW5A.4.

I. T. Sorokina, E. Sorokin, T. J. Carrig, and K. I. Schaffers, “ A SESAM Passively Mode-Locked Cr:ZnS Laser,” in Advanced Solid-State Photonics, Technical Digest (Optical Society of America, 2006), paper TuA4.

C. R. Pollock, N. A. Brilliant, D. Gwin, T. J. Carrig, W. J. Alford, J. B. Heroux, W. I. Wang, I. Vurgaftman, and J. R. Meyer, “Mode locked and Q-switched Cr:ZnSe laser using a Semiconductor Saturable Absorbing Mirror (SESAM),” in Advanced Solid-State Photonics, Technical Digest (Optical Society of America, 2005), paper TuA6.

I. T. Sorokina and E. Sorokin, “Chirped-Mirror Dispersion Controlled Femtosecond Cr:ZnSe Laser,” in Advanced Solid-State Photonics, OSA Technical Digest Series (CD) (Optical Society of America, 2007), paper WA7.

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Figures (4)

Fig. 1
Fig. 1

Schematic diagram of the Cr:ZnS mode-locked laser and its characterization in continuous-wave operation without SESAM.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

Reflection spectra (a) and dispersion (b,c) of intracavity elements per round-trip. The dispersion data are calculated from known coating parameters and Sellmeier equations. The blue line and circles on graph (b) show the designed and measured dispersion of the chirped mirror, respectively, which agree within the measurement uncertainty in the wavelength range of 22502550 nm. OC: output coupler. HR: all high reflectors combined.

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

Experimental spectra of Cr:ZnS and Cr:ZnSe lasers, operating in the anomalous (soliton) dispersion regime (a,c) and in the normal (chirped-pulse) dispersion regime (b,d). The insets show the corresponding autocorrelation traces, and the blue curves in the lower part show the corresponding round-trip dispersion, calculated by adding the dispersion data in Fig. 2(b,c) as listed in the subscripts. The uncertainty in the dispersion data originates mostly from the chirped mirror (Fig. 2(b)) and can be estimated as ±250 fs2 for the curves (a) and (b).

Fig. 4
Fig. 4

The pulse train at the TPA photodiode from the mode-locked Cr:ZnS laser, operating in the anomalous (soliton) dispersion regime.

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