Abstract

We demonstrate a self-starting Kerr-lens mode-locked (KLM) Yb:YAG thin-disk oscillator operating in the regime of positive intracavity group-delay dispersion (GDD). It delivers 1.7 ps pulses at an average power of 17 W and a repetition rate of 40 MHz. Dispersive mirrors compress the pulses to a duration of 190 fs (assuming sech2 shape; Fourier limit: 150 fs) at an average power level of 11 W. To our knowledge, this is the first KLM thin-disk oscillator with positive GDD. Output powers of up to 30 W were achieved with an increased output coupler transmission and intracavity GDD. We demonstrate increase of the pulse energy with increasing positive intracavity GDD, limited by difficulties in initiating mode-locking.

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S. Naumov, A. Fernandez, R. Graf, P. Dombi, F. Krausz, and A. Apolonski, New J. Phys. 7, 216 (2005).
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Emons, M.

Fernandez, A.

S. Naumov, A. Fernandez, R. Graf, P. Dombi, F. Krausz, and A. Apolonski, New J. Phys. 7, 216 (2005).
[CrossRef]

V. L. Kalashnikov, E. Podivilov, A. Chernykh, S. Naumov, A. Fernandez, R. Graf, and A. Apolonski, New J. Phys. 7, 217 (2005).
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A. Fernandez, T. Fuji, A. Poppe, A. Fuerbach, F. Krausz, and A. Apolonski, Opt. Lett. 29, 1366 (2004).
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Fernandez, Alma

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Fill, E.

O. Pronin, V. Kalashnikov, V. Pervak, C. Teisset, M. Larionov, J. Rauschenberger, A. Apolonski, E. Fill, and F. Krausz, in CLEO/Europe and EQEC 2011 Conference Digest (Optical Society of America, 2011), paper CA11_5.

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Fuji, T.

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V. L. Kalashnikov, E. Podivilov, A. Chernykh, S. Naumov, A. Fernandez, R. Graf, and A. Apolonski, New J. Phys. 7, 217 (2005).
[CrossRef]

S. Naumov, A. Fernandez, R. Graf, P. Dombi, F. Krausz, and A. Apolonski, New J. Phys. 7, 216 (2005).
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Grasse, C.

Häring, R.

R. Paschotta, R. Häring, A. Garnache, S. Hoogland, A. C. Tropper, and U. Keller, Appl. Phys. B 75, 445 (2002).
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Kalashnikov, V. L.

O. Pronin, J. Brons, C. Grasse, V. Pervak, G. Boehm, M.-C. Amann, V. L. Kalashnikov, A. Apolonski, and F. Krausz, Opt. Lett. 36, 4746 (2011).
[CrossRef]

V. L. Kalashnikov, E. Podivilov, A. Chernykh, S. Naumov, A. Fernandez, R. Graf, and A. Apolonski, New J. Phys. 7, 217 (2005).
[CrossRef]

V. L. Kalashnikov, in Solid State Lasers (InTech, 2012), pp. 145–184.

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Kean, P. N.

Keller, U.

Killi, A.

Knox, W. H.

Kränkel, C.

Krausz, F.

V. Pervak, O. Pronin, O. Razskazovskaya, J. Brons, I. B. Angelov, M. K. Trubetskov, A. V. Tikhonravov, and F. Krausz, Opt. Express 20, 4503 (2012).
[CrossRef]

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[CrossRef]

S. Naumov, A. Fernandez, R. Graf, P. Dombi, F. Krausz, and A. Apolonski, New J. Phys. 7, 216 (2005).
[CrossRef]

A. Fernandez, T. Fuji, A. Poppe, A. Fuerbach, F. Krausz, and A. Apolonski, Opt. Lett. 29, 1366 (2004).
[CrossRef]

T. Brabec and F. Krausz, Rev. Mod. Phys. 72, 545 (2000).
[CrossRef]

A. Stingl, M. Lenzner, Ch. Spielmann, F. Krausz, and R. Szipöcs, Opt. Lett. 20, 602 (1995).
[CrossRef]

L. Turi and F. Krausz, Appl. Phys. Lett. 58, 810 (1991).
[CrossRef]

O. Pronin, V. Kalashnikov, V. Pervak, C. Teisset, M. Larionov, J. Rauschenberger, A. Apolonski, E. Fill, and F. Krausz, in CLEO/Europe and EQEC 2011 Conference Digest (Optical Society of America, 2011), paper CA11_5.

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Lederer, M.

Lenzner, M.

Morgner, U.

Naumov, S.

V. L. Kalashnikov, E. Podivilov, A. Chernykh, S. Naumov, A. Fernandez, R. Graf, and A. Apolonski, New J. Phys. 7, 217 (2005).
[CrossRef]

S. Naumov, A. Fernandez, R. Graf, P. Dombi, F. Krausz, and A. Apolonski, New J. Phys. 7, 216 (2005).
[CrossRef]

Palmer, G.

Paschotta, R.

R. Paschotta, R. Häring, A. Garnache, S. Hoogland, A. C. Tropper, and U. Keller, Appl. Phys. B 75, 445 (2002).
[CrossRef]

Pervak, V.

V. Pervak, O. Pronin, O. Razskazovskaya, J. Brons, I. B. Angelov, M. K. Trubetskov, A. V. Tikhonravov, and F. Krausz, Opt. Express 20, 4503 (2012).
[CrossRef]

O. Pronin, J. Brons, C. Grasse, V. Pervak, G. Boehm, M.-C. Amann, V. L. Kalashnikov, A. Apolonski, and F. Krausz, Opt. Lett. 36, 4746 (2011).
[CrossRef]

O. Pronin, V. Kalashnikov, V. Pervak, C. Teisset, M. Larionov, J. Rauschenberger, A. Apolonski, E. Fill, and F. Krausz, in CLEO/Europe and EQEC 2011 Conference Digest (Optical Society of America, 2011), paper CA11_5.

Petermann, K.

Peters, R.

Podivilov, E.

V. L. Kalashnikov, E. Podivilov, A. Chernykh, S. Naumov, A. Fernandez, R. Graf, and A. Apolonski, New J. Phys. 7, 217 (2005).
[CrossRef]

Poppe, A.

Proctor, B.

Pronin, O.

V. Pervak, O. Pronin, O. Razskazovskaya, J. Brons, I. B. Angelov, M. K. Trubetskov, A. V. Tikhonravov, and F. Krausz, Opt. Express 20, 4503 (2012).
[CrossRef]

O. Pronin, J. Brons, C. Grasse, V. Pervak, G. Boehm, M.-C. Amann, V. L. Kalashnikov, A. Apolonski, and F. Krausz, Opt. Lett. 36, 4746 (2011).
[CrossRef]

O. Pronin, V. Kalashnikov, V. Pervak, C. Teisset, M. Larionov, J. Rauschenberger, A. Apolonski, E. Fill, and F. Krausz, in CLEO/Europe and EQEC 2011 Conference Digest (Optical Society of America, 2011), paper CA11_5.

Rauschenberger, J.

O. Pronin, V. Kalashnikov, V. Pervak, C. Teisset, M. Larionov, J. Rauschenberger, A. Apolonski, E. Fill, and F. Krausz, in CLEO/Europe and EQEC 2011 Conference Digest (Optical Society of America, 2011), paper CA11_5.

Razskazovskaya, O.

Renninger, W. H.

W. W. Wise, A. Chong, and W. H. Renninger, Laser Photonics Rev. 2, 58 (2008).
[CrossRef]

Saraceno, C. J.

Schultze, M.

Sibbett, W.

Siegel, M.

Spence, D. E.

Spielmann, Ch.

Steinmann, A.

Stingl, A.

Südmeyer, T.

Sutter, D. H.

Szipöcs, R.

Teisset, C.

O. Pronin, V. Kalashnikov, V. Pervak, C. Teisset, M. Larionov, J. Rauschenberger, A. Apolonski, E. Fill, and F. Krausz, in CLEO/Europe and EQEC 2011 Conference Digest (Optical Society of America, 2011), paper CA11_5.

Tikhonravov, A. V.

Tropper, A. C.

R. Paschotta, R. Häring, A. Garnache, S. Hoogland, A. C. Tropper, and U. Keller, Appl. Phys. B 75, 445 (2002).
[CrossRef]

Trubetskov, M. K.

Turi, L.

L. Turi and F. Krausz, Appl. Phys. Lett. 58, 810 (1991).
[CrossRef]

Westwig, E.

Wise, F.

Wise, W. W.

W. W. Wise, A. Chong, and W. H. Renninger, Laser Photonics Rev. 2, 58 (2008).
[CrossRef]

Zawischa, I.

Appl. Phys. B (1)

R. Paschotta, R. Häring, A. Garnache, S. Hoogland, A. C. Tropper, and U. Keller, Appl. Phys. B 75, 445 (2002).
[CrossRef]

Appl. Phys. Lett. (1)

L. Turi and F. Krausz, Appl. Phys. Lett. 58, 810 (1991).
[CrossRef]

Laser Photonics Rev. (1)

W. W. Wise, A. Chong, and W. H. Renninger, Laser Photonics Rev. 2, 58 (2008).
[CrossRef]

New J. Phys. (2)

S. Naumov, A. Fernandez, R. Graf, P. Dombi, F. Krausz, and A. Apolonski, New J. Phys. 7, 216 (2005).
[CrossRef]

V. L. Kalashnikov, E. Podivilov, A. Chernykh, S. Naumov, A. Fernandez, R. Graf, and A. Apolonski, New J. Phys. 7, 217 (2005).
[CrossRef]

Opt. Express (3)

Opt. Lett. (8)

Rev. Mod. Phys. (1)

T. Brabec and F. Krausz, Rev. Mod. Phys. 72, 545 (2000).
[CrossRef]

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www.femtolasers.com.

V. L. Kalashnikov, in Solid State Lasers (InTech, 2012), pp. 145–184.

O. Pronin, V. Kalashnikov, V. Pervak, C. Teisset, M. Larionov, J. Rauschenberger, A. Apolonski, E. Fill, and F. Krausz, in CLEO/Europe and EQEC 2011 Conference Digest (Optical Society of America, 2011), paper CA11_5.

Alma Fernandez, Chirped-Pulse Oscillators—Generating Microjoule Femtosecond Pulses at Megahertz Repetition Rate (VDM-Verlag, 2008).

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Fig. 1.
Fig. 1.

(a) Schematic of the KLM Yb:YAG disk oscillator. Some of the flat mirrors are high-dispersion mirrors with +250fs2 and +1000fs2 per bounce. OC, an output coupler with 5.5% or 10% transmission; R1, R2 concave mirrors with 0.3 m radius of curvature; R3, 4m; R4, 4 m; K, 6.4 or 9.5 mm thick fused silica plate placed in the focus at the Brewster angle; M, weak SESAM. The pulse repetition rate is 40 MHz. The oscillator is placed inside a box of the size of 1×0.4m2. (b) The beam profile in the mode-locked and CW regimes.

Fig. 2.
Fig. 2.

Spectra at different output power levels. The red spectrum was measured at 17 W of output power, a 5.5% output coupler and a 6.4 mm thick Kerr plate. The other spectra were measured with 10% output coupler and 9.5 mm thick Kerr plate.

Fig. 3.
Fig. 3.

Autocorrelation at 17 W of output power and 5.5% output coupler (measured with an APE Pulse Check autocorrelator) after the dispersive-mirror compressor.

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