Abstract

We demonstrate a high peak power mode-locked Yb:CaF2 oscillator pumped by a single-mode laser diode. The laser operated in hybrid Kerr-lens and SESAM mode-locked regime. Its performance was optimized by varying the output coupler ratio. Pulses as short as 65 fs were generated with 0.4% transmission. Employing 5% output coupler enabled generation of 77 fs pulses with 46 kW of peak power (262 mW of average output power). We believe that such high peak powers can open a way to practical applications of single-mode diode-pumped ultrafast ytterbium lasers.

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Y. Wang, S. Wang, G. Feng, and S. Zhou, “SESAM combined Kerr lens mode locked Yb:CALGO laser pumped by a 1.2 W single mode fiber coupled laser diode,” Laser Phys. Lett. 14, 055003 (2017).

R. Akbari, K. A. Fedorova, E. U. Rafailov, and A. Major, “Diode-pumped ultrafast Yb:KGW laser with 56 fs pulses and multi-100 kW peak power based on SESAM and Kerr-lens mode locking,” Appl. Phys. B 123, 123 (2017).

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2016 (6)

2015 (2)

2014 (3)

2013 (1)

2012 (1)

2011 (1)

2010 (1)

2005 (1)

A. Major, J. S. Aitchison, P. W. E. Smith, F. Druon, P. Georges, B. Viana, and G. P. Aka, “Z-scan measurements of the nonlinear refractive indices of novel Yb-doped laser crystal hosts,” Appl. Phys. B Lasers Opt. 80, 199–201 (2005).

2004 (1)

2000 (1)

H. A. Haus, “Mode-locking of lasers,” IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 6, 1173–1185 (2000).

1999 (3)

Abramski, K. M.

M. Kowalczyk, J. Sotor, and K. M. Abramski, “59 fs mode-locked Yb:KGW oscillator pumped by a single-mode laser diode,” Laser Phys. Lett. 13, 35801 (2016).

Agnesi, A.

Aguiló, M.

Ahmed, M. A.

B. Dannecker, M. A. Ahmed, and T. Graf, “SESAM-modelocked Yb:CaF2 thin-disk-laser generating 285 fs pulses with 1.78 μJ of pulse energy,” Laser Phys. Lett. 13, 55801 (2016).

Aitchison, J. S.

A. Major, J. S. Aitchison, P. W. E. Smith, F. Druon, P. Georges, B. Viana, and G. P. Aka, “Z-scan measurements of the nonlinear refractive indices of novel Yb-doped laser crystal hosts,” Appl. Phys. B Lasers Opt. 80, 199–201 (2005).

Aka, G. P.

A. Major, J. S. Aitchison, P. W. E. Smith, F. Druon, P. Georges, B. Viana, and G. P. Aka, “Z-scan measurements of the nonlinear refractive indices of novel Yb-doped laser crystal hosts,” Appl. Phys. B Lasers Opt. 80, 199–201 (2005).

Akbari, R.

R. Akbari, K. A. Fedorova, E. U. Rafailov, and A. Major, “Diode-pumped ultrafast Yb:KGW laser with 56 fs pulses and multi-100 kW peak power based on SESAM and Kerr-lens mode locking,” Appl. Phys. B 123, 123 (2017).

R. Akbari, H. Zhao, K. A. Fedorova, E. U. Rafailov, and A. Major, “Quantum-dot saturable absorber and Kerr-lens mode-locked Yb:KGW laser with >450 kW of peak power,” Opt. Lett. 41(16), 3771–3774 (2016).
[PubMed]

Angelow, G.

Aus der Au, J.

Barzda, V.

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 Lasers Opt. 69, 3–17 (1999).

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 Lasers Opt. 69, 3–17 (1999).

Brown, C.

Brown, C. T. A.

Cafiso, S. D. D. D.

Camy, P.

F. Druon, S. Ricaud, D. N. Papadopoulos, A. Pellegrina, P. Camy, J. L. Doualan, R. Moncorgé, A. Courjaud, E. Mottay, and P. Georges, “On Yb:CaF2 and Yb:SrF2: review of spectroscopic and thermal properties and their impact on femtosecond and high power laser performance [Invited],” Opt. Mater. Express 1, 489 (2011).

P. Sevillano, G. Machinet, R. Dubrasquet, P. Camy, J.-L. Doualan, R. Moncorge, P. Georges, F. P. Druon, D. Descamps, and E. Cormier, “Sub-50 fs, Kerr-lens mode-locked Yb:CaF2 laser oscillator delivering up to 2.7 W,” in Advanced Solid-State Lasers Congress (OSA, 2013), p. AF3A.6.

Chen, W.

Chen, Y.

Cho, S. H.

Choi, S. Y.

Cisek, R.

Cittadino, G.

Cormier, E.

P. Sevillano, G. Machinet, R. Dubrasquet, P. Camy, J.-L. Doualan, R. Moncorge, P. Georges, F. P. Druon, D. Descamps, and E. Cormier, “Sub-50 fs, Kerr-lens mode-locked Yb:CaF2 laser oscillator delivering up to 2.7 W,” in Advanced Solid-State Lasers Congress (OSA, 2013), p. AF3A.6.

Courjaud, A.

Dannecker, B.

B. Dannecker, M. A. Ahmed, and T. Graf, “SESAM-modelocked Yb:CaF2 thin-disk-laser generating 285 fs pulses with 1.78 μJ of pulse energy,” Laser Phys. Lett. 13, 55801 (2016).

Descamps, D.

P. Sevillano, G. Machinet, R. Dubrasquet, P. Camy, J.-L. Doualan, R. Moncorge, P. Georges, F. P. Druon, D. Descamps, and E. Cormier, “Sub-50 fs, Kerr-lens mode-locked Yb:CaF2 laser oscillator delivering up to 2.7 W,” in Advanced Solid-State Lasers Congress (OSA, 2013), p. AF3A.6.

Di Dio Cafiso, S. D.

Di Lieto, A.

Díaz, F.

Doualan, J. L.

Doualan, J.-L.

P. Sevillano, G. Machinet, R. Dubrasquet, P. Camy, J.-L. Doualan, R. Moncorge, P. Georges, F. P. Druon, D. Descamps, and E. Cormier, “Sub-50 fs, Kerr-lens mode-locked Yb:CaF2 laser oscillator delivering up to 2.7 W,” in Advanced Solid-State Lasers Congress (OSA, 2013), p. AF3A.6.

Druon, F.

F. Druon, S. Ricaud, D. N. Papadopoulos, A. Pellegrina, P. Camy, J. L. Doualan, R. Moncorgé, A. Courjaud, E. Mottay, and P. Georges, “On Yb:CaF2 and Yb:SrF2: review of spectroscopic and thermal properties and their impact on femtosecond and high power laser performance [Invited],” Opt. Mater. Express 1, 489 (2011).

A. Major, J. S. Aitchison, P. W. E. Smith, F. Druon, P. Georges, B. Viana, and G. P. Aka, “Z-scan measurements of the nonlinear refractive indices of novel Yb-doped laser crystal hosts,” Appl. Phys. B Lasers Opt. 80, 199–201 (2005).

Druon, F. P.

P. Sevillano, G. Machinet, R. Dubrasquet, P. Camy, J.-L. Doualan, R. Moncorge, P. Georges, F. P. Druon, D. Descamps, and E. Cormier, “Sub-50 fs, Kerr-lens mode-locked Yb:CaF2 laser oscillator delivering up to 2.7 W,” in Advanced Solid-State Lasers Congress (OSA, 2013), p. AF3A.6.

Dubrasquet, R.

P. Sevillano, G. Machinet, R. Dubrasquet, P. Camy, J.-L. Doualan, R. Moncorge, P. Georges, F. P. Druon, D. Descamps, and E. Cormier, “Sub-50 fs, Kerr-lens mode-locked Yb:CaF2 laser oscillator delivering up to 2.7 W,” in Advanced Solid-State Lasers Congress (OSA, 2013), p. AF3A.6.

Fedorova, K. A.

R. Akbari, K. A. Fedorova, E. U. Rafailov, and A. Major, “Diode-pumped ultrafast Yb:KGW laser with 56 fs pulses and multi-100 kW peak power based on SESAM and Kerr-lens mode locking,” Appl. Phys. B 123, 123 (2017).

R. Akbari, H. Zhao, K. A. Fedorova, E. U. Rafailov, and A. Major, “Quantum-dot saturable absorber and Kerr-lens mode-locked Yb:KGW laser with >450 kW of peak power,” Opt. Lett. 41(16), 3771–3774 (2016).
[PubMed]

Feng, G.

Y. Wang, S. Wang, G. Feng, and S. Zhou, “SESAM combined Kerr lens mode locked Yb:CALGO laser pumped by a 1.2 W single mode fiber coupled laser diode,” Laser Phys. Lett. 14, 055003 (2017).

Fregnani, L.

Fujimoto, J. G.

Gallmann, L.

Georges, P.

F. Druon, S. Ricaud, D. N. Papadopoulos, A. Pellegrina, P. Camy, J. L. Doualan, R. Moncorgé, A. Courjaud, E. Mottay, and P. Georges, “On Yb:CaF2 and Yb:SrF2: review of spectroscopic and thermal properties and their impact on femtosecond and high power laser performance [Invited],” Opt. Mater. Express 1, 489 (2011).

A. Major, J. S. Aitchison, P. W. E. Smith, F. Druon, P. Georges, B. Viana, and G. P. Aka, “Z-scan measurements of the nonlinear refractive indices of novel Yb-doped laser crystal hosts,” Appl. Phys. B Lasers Opt. 80, 199–201 (2005).

P. Sevillano, G. Machinet, R. Dubrasquet, P. Camy, J.-L. Doualan, R. Moncorge, P. Georges, F. P. Druon, D. Descamps, and E. Cormier, “Sub-50 fs, Kerr-lens mode-locked Yb:CaF2 laser oscillator delivering up to 2.7 W,” in Advanced Solid-State Lasers Congress (OSA, 2013), p. AF3A.6.

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 Lasers Opt. 69, 3–17 (1999).

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 Lasers Opt. 69, 3–17 (1999).

Graf, T.

B. Dannecker, M. A. Ahmed, and T. Graf, “SESAM-modelocked Yb:CaF2 thin-disk-laser generating 285 fs pulses with 1.78 μJ of pulse energy,” Laser Phys. Lett. 13, 55801 (2016).

Griebner, U.

Guandalini, A.

Haus, H. A.

Hong, B. H.

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 Lasers Opt. 69, 3–17 (1999).

Ippen, E. P.

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 Lasers Opt. 69, 3–17 (1999).

Kärtner, F. X.

Keller, U.

D. H. Sutter, G. Steinmeyer, L. Gallmann, N. Matuschek, F. Morier-Genoud, U. Keller, V. Scheuer, G. Angelow, and T. Tschudi, “Semiconductor saturable-absorber mirror assisted Kerr-lens mode-locked Ti:sapphire laser producing pulses in the two-cycle regime,” Opt. Lett. 24(9), 631–633 (1999).
[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 Lasers Opt. 69, 3–17 (1999).

Kemnitzer, M.

Kienle, F.

Kim, J. W.

Kim, M. H.

Kowalczyk, M.

M. Kowalczyk, J. Sotor, and K. M. Abramski, “59 fs mode-locked Yb:KGW oscillator pumped by a single-mode laser diode,” Laser Phys. Lett. 13, 35801 (2016).

Lagatsky, A.

Lagatsky, A. A.

Lieto, A. D.

Lin, H.

Lin, Z.

Machinet, G.

P. Sevillano, G. Machinet, R. Dubrasquet, P. Camy, J.-L. Doualan, R. Moncorge, P. Georges, F. P. Druon, D. Descamps, and E. Cormier, “Sub-50 fs, Kerr-lens mode-locked Yb:CaF2 laser oscillator delivering up to 2.7 W,” in Advanced Solid-State Lasers Congress (OSA, 2013), p. AF3A.6.

Major, A.

Mateos, X.

Matuschek, N.

Moncorge, R.

P. Sevillano, G. Machinet, R. Dubrasquet, P. Camy, J.-L. Doualan, R. Moncorge, P. Georges, F. P. Druon, D. Descamps, and E. Cormier, “Sub-50 fs, Kerr-lens mode-locked Yb:CaF2 laser oscillator delivering up to 2.7 W,” in Advanced Solid-State Lasers Congress (OSA, 2013), p. AF3A.6.

Moncorgé, R.

Morgner, U.

Morier-Genoud, F.

D. H. Sutter, G. Steinmeyer, L. Gallmann, N. Matuschek, F. Morier-Genoud, U. Keller, V. Scheuer, G. Angelow, and T. Tschudi, “Semiconductor saturable-absorber mirror assisted Kerr-lens mode-locked Ti:sapphire laser producing pulses in the two-cycle regime,” Opt. Lett. 24(9), 631–633 (1999).
[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 Lasers Opt. 69, 3–17 (1999).

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 Lasers Opt. 69, 3–17 (1999).

Mottay, E.

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 Lasers Opt. 69, 3–17 (1999).

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 Lasers Opt. 69, 3–17 (1999).

Papadopoulos, D. N.

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 Lasers Opt. 69, 3–17 (1999).

Pellegrina, A.

Petrov, V.

Pirzio, F.

Rafailov, E. U.

R. Akbari, K. A. Fedorova, E. U. Rafailov, and A. Major, “Diode-pumped ultrafast Yb:KGW laser with 56 fs pulses and multi-100 kW peak power based on SESAM and Kerr-lens mode locking,” Appl. Phys. B 123, 123 (2017).

R. Akbari, H. Zhao, K. A. Fedorova, E. U. Rafailov, and A. Major, “Quantum-dot saturable absorber and Kerr-lens mode-locked Yb:KGW laser with >450 kW of peak power,” Opt. Lett. 41(16), 3771–3774 (2016).
[PubMed]

Ricaud, S.

Rotermund, F.

Sandkuijl, D.

Scheuer, V.

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 Lasers Opt. 69, 3–17 (1999).

Sevillano, P.

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Fig. 1
Fig. 1 Experimental setup of the Yb:CaF2 oscillator. F1 —18.4 mm aspheric lens; F2 —100 mm spherical lens; M1,2 — dichroic concave mirrors (ROC = 100 mm); M3 — highly reflective concave mirror (ROC = 200 mm); GTI1-3 — Gires–Tournois-interferometer mirrors, SESAM — semiconductor saturable absorber mirror, OC — output coupler.
Fig. 2
Fig. 2 Performance of the mode-locked Yb:CaF2 oscillator with 0.4%, 5% and 7.5% OCs: optical spectra of the pulses (a) and corresponding autocorrelation traces (fitted sech2 profiles are shown as solid curves) (b).
Fig. 3
Fig. 3 Dependence of average output power on pump power for CW and mode locking regime in the case of 5% OC ratio. Pulse duration retrieved from autocorrelation trace vs. pump power is also shown (a). Radio-frequency spectrum of the fundamental beat note (RBW = 1 kHz) (b). Inset: wide-span RF spectrum.
Fig. 4
Fig. 4 Comparison of the performance of Yb-doped solid-state oscillators pumped by SM laser diodes: peak power vs. pulse duration (a) and average power vs. pulse duration (b).

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Table 1 Output performance of the mode-locked Yb:CaF2 oscillator for various OC mirrors.

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