Abstract

We demonstrate the fabrication of a broadband saturable absorber with a silver bottom mirror. The reflectivity bandwidth of the absorber shows the potential for generating sub-10-fs pulses. With a Ti:sapphire laser we obtained self-starting Kerr-lens mode-locked pulses as short as 10 fs at the cavity stability limit and self-starting soliton mode-locked pulses of 16 fs over the full cavity stability regime.

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Figures (3)

Fig. 1
Fig. 1

Interferometric autocorrelation of a self-starting 10-fs KLM pulse by the use of a broadband low-finesse A-FPSA as a starting mechanism.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

Broadband saturable absorber design with a bottom silver mirror: (a) low-finesse A-FPSA, (b) thin AR-coated nonlinear reflector. The calculated standing-wave intensity distribution shows the location of the 15-nm-thick GaAs absorber layer with respect to the standing wave. The material layers before the etching process are shown partially removed. LT, low temperature.

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

Reflectivity of the thin low-finesse A-FPSA; 10-fs optical spectrum; fluorescence spectrum of Ti:sapphire; and output coupler (OC), Spectra-Physics high reflector (HR), and Bragg reflector (S-HR) curves.

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