Abstract

We report passively mode-locked diode-pumped Nd:YAG and Nd:YLF lasers that use an antiresonant Fabry–Perot saturable absorber. For Nd:YLF at 1047 nm, we achieved pulses of 5.1 ps FWHM with 225 mW of average power. For Nd:YAG at 1064 nm, we achieved pulse widths of 8.7 ps with 100 mW of average power. Both lasers ran at a repetition rate of 100 MHz. The frequency stability of the free-running lasers was sufficient to allow locking of the laser repetition rate to a synthesizer by using a phase-lock-loop feedback system.

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K. J. Weingarten, M. Gifford, L. Generali, in Digest of Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1991), paper CTHR15.

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Keller, U.

Khuri-Yakub, P. T.

Knox, W. H.

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N. Streibl, K.-H. Brenner, A. Huang, J. Jahns, J. Jewell, A. W. Lohmann, D. A. B. Miller, M. Murdocca, M. E. Prise, T. Sizer, Proc. IEEE 77, 1954 (1989).
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[CrossRef]

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Walker, D. R.

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[CrossRef] [PubMed]

M. J. W. Rodwell, D. M. Bloom, K. J. Weingarten, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 25, 817 (1989).
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[CrossRef]

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Wood, D.

Zhu, X.

IEEE J. Quantum Electron. (5)

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[CrossRef]

K. J. Weingarten, M. J. W. Rodwell, D. M. Bloom, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 24, 198 (1988).
[CrossRef]

U. Keller, W. H. Knox, G. W. ’tHooft, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 28, 2123 (1992).
[CrossRef]

For a review of recent research see the special issue on ultrafast optics and electronics in IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 28, 2086–2229 (1992).

J. Opt. Soc. Am. B (1)

Opt. Lett. (11)

Proc. IEEE (1)

N. Streibl, K.-H. Brenner, A. Huang, J. Jahns, J. Jewell, A. W. Lohmann, D. A. B. Miller, M. Murdocca, M. E. Prise, T. Sizer, Proc. IEEE 77, 1954 (1989).
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K. J. Weingarten, M. Gifford, L. Generali, in Digest of Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1991), paper CTHR15.

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Figures (4)

Fig. 1
Fig. 1

Cross section of the A-FPSA device (not to scale). LT, low temperature.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

Schematic of the laser cavity (not to scale). HT, highly transmitting.

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

Autocorrelation of passively mode-locked Nd:YLF and Nd:YAG lasers. The FWHM pulse width is determined from a best fit of an ideal sech2 autocorrelation function.

Fig. 4
Fig. 4

(a) Typical amplitude noise spectrum when the laser is operating without self-Q-switching, measured around the first laser harmonic at 100 MHz on an rf spectrum analyzer with 1-kHz resolution bandwidth. (b) The pulse train envelope showing strong self-Q-switching behavior as observed in the time domain with a photodetector and oscilloscope. The autocorrelation during this operation has stability comparable with that of clean cw mode-locked operation. The corresponding spectrum would have sidebands approaching the level of the first harmonic in (a).

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