Abstract

Continuous-wave mode-locking of a laser exploiting the nonlinear polarization rotation (NPR) technique via Type I second harmonic generation is demonstrated for the first time. The NPR is generated by a lithium triborate crystal and transformed into nonlinear cavity losses of a 888 nm pumped Nd:YVO4 laser. Self-starting, reliable mode-locking has been achieved at a high average output power of 20.6 W and a pulse duration of 7.3 ps. Furthermore, transform limited pulses down to 2.7 ps have been demonstrated at 9.9 W.

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G. M. Thomas, T. Omatsu, and M. J. Damzen, Appl. Phys. B 108, 125 (2012).
[CrossRef]

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S. Louis, V. Couderc, F. Louradour, P. Faugeras, and A. Barthelemy, J. Opt. A 3, 139 (2001).
[CrossRef]

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V. Couderc, F. Louradour, and A. Barthelemy, Opt. Commun. 166, 103 (1999).
[CrossRef]

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S. Saltiel, K. Koynov, and I. Buchvarov, Appl. Phys. B 63, 371 (1996).
[CrossRef]

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1988

K. A. Stankov, Appl. Phys. B 45, 191 (1988).
[CrossRef]

Barthelemy, A.

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[CrossRef]

V. Couderc, F. Louradour, and A. Barthelemy, Opt. Commun. 166, 103 (1999).
[CrossRef]

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[CrossRef]

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[CrossRef]

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H. Iliev, D. Chuchumishev, and I. Buchvarov, in Optical Society of America Advanced Solid-State Photonics, paper AWD5 (2010).

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S. Saltiel, K. Koynov, and I. Buchvarov, Appl. Phys. B 63, 371 (1996).
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[CrossRef]

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S. Saltiel, K. Koynov, and I. Buchvarov, Appl. Phys. B 63, 371 (1996).
[CrossRef]

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K. A. Stankov, Appl. Phys. B 45, 191 (1988).
[CrossRef]

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G. M. Thomas, T. Omatsu, and M. J. Damzen, Appl. Phys. B 108, 125 (2012).
[CrossRef]

Appl. Phys. B

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[CrossRef]

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[CrossRef]

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[CrossRef]

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Opt. Lett.

Other

H. Iliev, D. Chuchumishev, and I. Buchvarov, in Optical Society of America Advanced Solid-State Photonics, paper AWD5 (2010).

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Figures (5)

Fig. 1.
Fig. 1.

Optical system exploiting NPR via Type I SHG.

Fig. 2.
Fig. 2.

LBO temperature intervals qualified for ML by simply measuring the temperature dependent linear transmission T 0 .

Fig. 3.
Fig. 3.

Schematic design of the laser resonator.

Fig. 4.
Fig. 4.

Stability map of ML for LBO temperatures within interval Ω .

Fig. 5.
Fig. 5.

(Left) Measured autocorrelation trace and sech 2 fit for datapoint B . (Right) Corresponding optical spectrum.

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Δ Φ NL χ ( 2 ) : χ ( 2 ) = 2 π λ · n 2 eff · L · I FW · cos 2 α ,
T = 1 2 · sin 2 2 α · [ 1 cos ( 2 π λ · Δ n · L + Δ Φ NL χ ( 2 ) : χ ( 2 ) ) ] ,
T ( P ) T 0 + γ · P ,
γ = π · L λ A · n 2 eff · cos 2 α · sin 2 ( 2 α ) · sin ( 2 π λ · Δ n · L ) ,
Δ k · d T 0 d ϑ | ϑ 0 · ( d Δ n d ϑ | ϑ 0 ) 1 < 0
Δ k · d T 0 d ϑ | ϑ 0 < 0 .

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