Abstract

We report on a high-power passively mode-locked TEM00 Nd:YVO4 oscillator, 888nm diode-pumped, with pulse durations adjustable between 46ps and 12ps. The duration tunability was obtained by varying the output coupler (OC) transmission while avoiding resorting to spatial hole burning (SHB) for pulse shortening. At a repetition rate of 91MHz and for an output power ranging from 15Wto45W, we produced SHB-free 12-ps-to32-ps-long pulses. Within this range of power, these are the shortest pulse durations obtained directly from Nd:YVO4 oscillators.

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H. A. Haus, J. Appl. Phys. 46, 3049 (1975).
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J. L. Vey, K. Auen, and W. Elsäßer, Opt. Commun. 146, 325 (1998).
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Aus der Au, J.

R. Paschotta, J. Aus der Au, G. J. Spühler, S. Erhard, A. Giesen, and U. Keller, Appl. Phys. B: Lasers Opt. 72, 267 (2001).

Bente, E.

Bi, Y.

Bland, S. W.

Braun, B.

B. Braun, K. J. Weingarten, F. X. Kärtner, and U. Keller, Appl. Phys. B: Lasers Opt. 61, 429 (1995).
[CrossRef]

F. X. Kärtner, B. Braun, and U. Keller, Appl. Phys. B: Lasers Opt. 61, 569 (1995).
[CrossRef]

Burns, D.

Chen, Y. F.

Cui, J.

Damzen, M. J.

Davies, J. I.

Dawson, M. D.

Elsäßer, W.

J. L. Vey, K. Auen, and W. Elsäßer, Opt. Commun. 146, 325 (1998).
[CrossRef]

J. L. Vey and W. Elsäßer, J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 14, 1299 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Erhard, S.

R. Paschotta, J. Aus der Au, G. J. Spühler, S. Erhard, A. Giesen, and U. Keller, Appl. Phys. B: Lasers Opt. 72, 267 (2001).

Fan, Y. X.

Y. X. Fan, J. L. He, Y. G. Wang, S. Liu, H. T. Wang, and X. Y. Ma, Appl. Phys. Lett. 86, 101103-1 (2005).

Fan, Z.

Farrell, D. J.

Ferguson, A. I.

Giesen, A.

R. Paschotta, J. Aus der Au, G. J. Spühler, S. Erhard, A. Giesen, and U. Keller, Appl. Phys. B: Lasers Opt. 72, 267 (2001).

Gong, M.

M. Gong, H. Yu, X. Wushouer, and P. Yan, Laser Phys. Lett. 5, 514 (2008).
[CrossRef]

Graf, Th.

Th. Graf, A. I. Ferguson, E. Bente, D. Burns, and M. D. Dawson, Opt. Commun. 159, 84 (1999).
[CrossRef]

Haus, H. A.

H. A. Haus, J. Appl. Phys. 46, 3049 (1975).
[CrossRef]

He, J. L.

Y. X. Fan, J. L. He, Y. G. Wang, S. Liu, H. T. Wang, and X. Y. Ma, Appl. Phys. Lett. 86, 101103-1 (2005).

Hetterich, M.

Huang, K. F.

Huang, Z.

Z. Huang and R. D. Ruth, Phys. Rev. Lett. 78, 976 (1998).
[CrossRef]

Jabczynski, J. K.

J. K. Jabczynski, W. Zendzian, and J. Kwiatkowski, Opto-Electron. Rev. 14, 135 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Kärtner, F. X.

F. X. Kärtner, B. Braun, and U. Keller, Appl. Phys. B: Lasers Opt. 61, 569 (1995).
[CrossRef]

B. Braun, K. J. Weingarten, F. X. Kärtner, and U. Keller, Appl. Phys. B: Lasers Opt. 61, 429 (1995).
[CrossRef]

Keller, U.

R. Paschotta, J. Aus der Au, G. J. Spühler, S. Erhard, A. Giesen, and U. Keller, Appl. Phys. B: Lasers Opt. 72, 267 (2001).

B. Braun, K. J. Weingarten, F. X. Kärtner, and U. Keller, Appl. Phys. B: Lasers Opt. 61, 429 (1995).
[CrossRef]

F. X. Kärtner, B. Braun, and U. Keller, Appl. Phys. B: Lasers Opt. 61, 569 (1995).
[CrossRef]

Knappe, R.

L. McDonagh, C. Theobald, M. Serr, R. Wallenstein, R. Knappe, and A. Nebel, in Advanced Solid-State Photonics, OSA Technical Digest Series (CD) (Optical Society of America, 2007), paper WA5.

Kwiatkowski, J.

J. K. Jabczynski, W. Zendzian, and J. Kwiatkowski, Opto-Electron. Rev. 14, 135 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Lan, Y. P.

Li, T.

T. Li, S. Zhao, and Y. Wang, Opt. Commun. 282, 940 (2009).
[CrossRef]

Liu, S.

Y. X. Fan, J. L. He, Y. G. Wang, S. Liu, H. T. Wang, and X. Y. Ma, Appl. Phys. Lett. 86, 101103-1 (2005).

Loewen, R. J.

R. J. Loewen, SLAC Report 632 (Stanford University, 2003).

Ma, X. Y.

Y. X. Fan, J. L. He, Y. G. Wang, S. Liu, H. T. Wang, and X. Y. Ma, Appl. Phys. Lett. 86, 101103-1 (2005).

McDonagh, L.

L. McDonagh, R. Wallenstein, and A. Nebel, Opt. Lett. 32, 1259 (2007).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

L. McDonagh, C. Theobald, M. Serr, R. Wallenstein, R. Knappe, and A. Nebel, in Advanced Solid-State Photonics, OSA Technical Digest Series (CD) (Optical Society of America, 2007), paper WA5.

Nebel, A.

L. McDonagh, R. Wallenstein, and A. Nebel, Opt. Lett. 32, 1259 (2007).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

L. McDonagh, C. Theobald, M. Serr, R. Wallenstein, R. Knappe, and A. Nebel, in Advanced Solid-State Photonics, OSA Technical Digest Series (CD) (Optical Society of America, 2007), paper WA5.

Niu, G.

Paschotta, R.

R. Paschotta, J. Aus der Au, G. J. Spühler, S. Erhard, A. Giesen, and U. Keller, Appl. Phys. B: Lasers Opt. 72, 267 (2001).

Pei, B.

Qi, Y.

Ruth, R. D.

Z. Huang and R. D. Ruth, Phys. Rev. Lett. 78, 976 (1998).
[CrossRef]

Serr, M.

L. McDonagh, C. Theobald, M. Serr, R. Wallenstein, R. Knappe, and A. Nebel, in Advanced Solid-State Photonics, OSA Technical Digest Series (CD) (Optical Society of America, 2007), paper WA5.

Shi, Z.

Spühler, G. J.

R. Paschotta, J. Aus der Au, G. J. Spühler, S. Erhard, A. Giesen, and U. Keller, Appl. Phys. B: Lasers Opt. 72, 267 (2001).

Theobald, C.

L. McDonagh, C. Theobald, M. Serr, R. Wallenstein, R. Knappe, and A. Nebel, in Advanced Solid-State Photonics, OSA Technical Digest Series (CD) (Optical Society of America, 2007), paper WA5.

Tsai, S. W.

Vey, J. L.

J. L. Vey, K. Auen, and W. Elsäßer, Opt. Commun. 146, 325 (1998).
[CrossRef]

J. L. Vey and W. Elsäßer, J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 14, 1299 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Wallenstein, R.

L. McDonagh, R. Wallenstein, and A. Nebel, Opt. Lett. 32, 1259 (2007).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

L. McDonagh, C. Theobald, M. Serr, R. Wallenstein, R. Knappe, and A. Nebel, in Advanced Solid-State Photonics, OSA Technical Digest Series (CD) (Optical Society of America, 2007), paper WA5.

Wang, H. T.

Y. X. Fan, J. L. He, Y. G. Wang, S. Liu, H. T. Wang, and X. Y. Ma, Appl. Phys. Lett. 86, 101103-1 (2005).

Wang, S. C.

Wang, Y.

T. Li, S. Zhao, and Y. Wang, Opt. Commun. 282, 940 (2009).
[CrossRef]

Wang, Y. G.

Y. X. Fan, J. L. He, Y. G. Wang, S. Liu, H. T. Wang, and X. Y. Ma, Appl. Phys. Lett. 86, 101103-1 (2005).

Weingarten, K. J.

B. Braun, K. J. Weingarten, F. X. Kärtner, and U. Keller, Appl. Phys. B: Lasers Opt. 61, 429 (1995).
[CrossRef]

Wushouer, X.

M. Gong, H. Yu, X. Wushouer, and P. Yan, Laser Phys. Lett. 5, 514 (2008).
[CrossRef]

Xue, Y.

Yan, P.

M. Gong, H. Yu, X. Wushouer, and P. Yan, Laser Phys. Lett. 5, 514 (2008).
[CrossRef]

Yu, H.

M. Gong, H. Yu, X. Wushouer, and P. Yan, Laser Phys. Lett. 5, 514 (2008).
[CrossRef]

Zendzian, W.

J. K. Jabczynski, W. Zendzian, and J. Kwiatkowski, Opto-Electron. Rev. 14, 135 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Zhang, J.

Zhao, S.

T. Li, S. Zhao, and Y. Wang, Opt. Commun. 282, 940 (2009).
[CrossRef]

Appl. Phys. B: Lasers Opt. (3)

F. X. Kärtner, B. Braun, and U. Keller, Appl. Phys. B: Lasers Opt. 61, 569 (1995).
[CrossRef]

R. Paschotta, J. Aus der Au, G. J. Spühler, S. Erhard, A. Giesen, and U. Keller, Appl. Phys. B: Lasers Opt. 72, 267 (2001).

B. Braun, K. J. Weingarten, F. X. Kärtner, and U. Keller, Appl. Phys. B: Lasers Opt. 61, 429 (1995).
[CrossRef]

Appl. Phys. Lett. (1)

Y. X. Fan, J. L. He, Y. G. Wang, S. Liu, H. T. Wang, and X. Y. Ma, Appl. Phys. Lett. 86, 101103-1 (2005).

Chin. Opt. Lett. (1)

J. Appl. Phys. (1)

H. A. Haus, J. Appl. Phys. 46, 3049 (1975).
[CrossRef]

J. Opt. Soc. Am. B (2)

Laser Phys. Lett. (1)

M. Gong, H. Yu, X. Wushouer, and P. Yan, Laser Phys. Lett. 5, 514 (2008).
[CrossRef]

Opt. Commun. (3)

T. Li, S. Zhao, and Y. Wang, Opt. Commun. 282, 940 (2009).
[CrossRef]

Th. Graf, A. I. Ferguson, E. Bente, D. Burns, and M. D. Dawson, Opt. Commun. 159, 84 (1999).
[CrossRef]

J. L. Vey, K. Auen, and W. Elsäßer, Opt. Commun. 146, 325 (1998).
[CrossRef]

Opt. Express (1)

Opt. Lett. (2)

Opto-Electron. Rev. (1)

J. K. Jabczynski, W. Zendzian, and J. Kwiatkowski, Opto-Electron. Rev. 14, 135 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Phys. Rev. Lett. (1)

Z. Huang and R. D. Ruth, Phys. Rev. Lett. 78, 976 (1998).
[CrossRef]

Other (2)

R. J. Loewen, SLAC Report 632 (Stanford University, 2003).

L. McDonagh, C. Theobald, M. Serr, R. Wallenstein, R. Knappe, and A. Nebel, in Advanced Solid-State Photonics, OSA Technical Digest Series (CD) (Optical Society of America, 2007), paper WA5.

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Figures (4)

Fig. 1
Fig. 1

Oscillator setup: M 1 , concave mirror, ROC 0.5 m ; M 2 , M 5 , plane mirror; M 3 , M 4 , convex mirror, ROC 1.25 m ; OC, output coupler. For a cavity length of 1.64 m , the laser crystal is placed at 31 cm from the OC.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

Average output power versus absorbed pump power for two different OCs. Limits between QML and CML regimes are also shown for each OC. In insets, M 2 measurement and far-field beam profile at full pump power with OC = 8 % .

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

Pulse duration versus output coupler transmission and associated average output power. Dots represent the experimental data, and the solid curve is the simulation predicted by Haus’s theory (Eq. 4.11 with FWHM in [18]). In insets, the autocorrelation traces and their sech 2 fit for 5% and 38% OC.

Fig. 4
Fig. 4

Average output power versus pulse duration. Square dots represent our experimental data from changing only the OC. The other points show a non-exhaustive but representative set of results for several Nd : Y V O 4 oscillators found in the literature (the number attached to the data is the reference). From the analysis of each article, + represent oscillators with SHB and − without SHB.

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