Abstract

The operating characteristics of a self-mode-locked Cr4+:YAG laser that produces sub-100-fs pulses are described. Stable, nearly transform-limited pulses are obtained at a central wavelength longer than 1.50 μm, and the spectrum of the wavelength is extended past 1.60 μm, over the net gain bandwidth of the laser material. The group-velocity dispersion and the third-order dispersion of the Cr-doped YAG rod are measured by a Fourier-transform interferometric cross-correlation technique, indicating that the group-velocity dispersion vanishes at a wavelength of 1.59 μm.

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[CrossRef]

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[CrossRef] [PubMed]

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1993 (4)

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D. E Spence, P. N. Kean, W. Sibbett, Opt. Lett. 19, 42 (1991).
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M. M. Murnane, H. C. Kapteyn, J. Zhou, C. P. Huang, D. Garvey, M. T. Asaki, in Annual Meeting, Vol. 16 of 1993 OSA Technical Digest Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1993), paper WD1.

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A. V. Shestakov, N. I. Borodin, V. A. Zhitnyuk, A. G. Ohrimtchyuk, V. P. Gaponstev, in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, Vol. 10 of 1991 OSA Technical Digest Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1991), paper CDP11.

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D. J. Conlon, Y. P. Tong, P. M. W. French, J. R. Taylor, A. V. Shestakov, Electron. Lett. 28, 709 (1994).
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French, P. M. W.

D. J. Conlon, Y. P. Tong, P. M. W. French, J. R. Taylor, A. V. Shestakov, Electron. Lett. 28, 709 (1994).
[CrossRef]

P. M. W. French, N. H Rizri, J. R. Taylor, A. V. Shestakov, Opt. Lett. 18, 39 (1993).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Gaponstev, V. P.

A. V. Shestakov, N. I. Borodin, V. A. Zhitnyuk, A. G. Ohrimtchyuk, V. P. Gaponstev, in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, Vol. 10 of 1991 OSA Technical Digest Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1991), paper CDP11.

Garvey, D.

M. M. Murnane, H. C. Kapteyn, J. Zhou, C. P. Huang, D. Garvey, M. T. Asaki, in Annual Meeting, Vol. 16 of 1993 OSA Technical Digest Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1993), paper WD1.

Gase, R.

Gilmore, D. A.

D. A. Gilmore, P. Vujkovic Cvijin, G. H. Atkinson, Opt. Commun. 103, 370 (1993).
[CrossRef]

Haus, H. A.

Huang, C. P.

M. M. Murnane, H. C. Kapteyn, J. Zhou, C. P. Huang, D. Garvey, M. T. Asaki, in Annual Meeting, Vol. 16 of 1993 OSA Technical Digest Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1993), paper WD1.

Ippen, E. P.

Ishida, Y.

Y. Ishida, N. Sarukura, H. Nakano, in Ultrafast Phenomena VII, C. B. Harris, E. P. Ippen, G. A. Mourou, A. H. Zewail (Springer-Verlag, Berlin, 1990), p. 75.
[CrossRef]

Kapteyn, H. C.

M. M. Murnane, H. C. Kapteyn, J. Zhou, C. P. Huang, D. Garvey, M. T. Asaki, in Annual Meeting, Vol. 16 of 1993 OSA Technical Digest Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1993), paper WD1.

Kean, P. N.

D. E Spence, P. N. Kean, W. Sibbett, Opt. Lett. 19, 42 (1991).
[CrossRef]

Krausz, F.

Mogi, K.

Muller, M.

Murnane, M. M.

M. M. Murnane, H. C. Kapteyn, J. Zhou, C. P. Huang, D. Garvey, M. T. Asaki, in Annual Meeting, Vol. 16 of 1993 OSA Technical Digest Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1993), paper WD1.

Naganuma, K.

Nakano, H.

Y. Ishida, N. Sarukura, H. Nakano, in Ultrafast Phenomena VII, C. B. Harris, E. P. Ippen, G. A. Mourou, A. H. Zewail (Springer-Verlag, Berlin, 1990), p. 75.
[CrossRef]

Nathel, H.

Nelson, L. E.

Ohrimtchyuk, A. G.

A. V. Shestakov, N. I. Borodin, V. A. Zhitnyuk, A. G. Ohrimtchyuk, V. P. Gaponstev, in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, Vol. 10 of 1991 OSA Technical Digest Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1991), paper CDP11.

Pollock, C. R.

Reissmann, F.

Rizri, N. H

Sakai, Y.

K. Naganuma, Y. Sakai, Opt. Lett. 19,489 (1994).
[CrossRef]

Sargsjian, G.

Sarukura, N.

Y. Ishida, N. Sarukura, H. Nakano, in Ultrafast Phenomena VII, C. B. Harris, E. P. Ippen, G. A. Mourou, A. H. Zewail (Springer-Verlag, Berlin, 1990), p. 75.
[CrossRef]

Sennaroglu, A.

Shestakov, A. V.

D. J. Conlon, Y. P. Tong, P. M. W. French, J. R. Taylor, A. V. Shestakov, Electron. Lett. 28, 709 (1994).
[CrossRef]

P. M. W. French, N. H Rizri, J. R. Taylor, A. V. Shestakov, Opt. Lett. 18, 39 (1993).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

A. V. Shestakov, N. I. Borodin, V. A. Zhitnyuk, A. G. Ohrimtchyuk, V. P. Gaponstev, in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, Vol. 10 of 1991 OSA Technical Digest Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1991), paper CDP11.

Sibbett, W.

D. E Spence, P. N. Kean, W. Sibbett, Opt. Lett. 19, 42 (1991).
[CrossRef]

Spence, D. E

D. E Spence, P. N. Kean, W. Sibbett, Opt. Lett. 19, 42 (1991).
[CrossRef]

Spielmann, C.

Stingl, A.

Tamura, K.

Taylor, J. R.

D. J. Conlon, Y. P. Tong, P. M. W. French, J. R. Taylor, A. V. Shestakov, Electron. Lett. 28, 709 (1994).
[CrossRef]

P. M. W. French, N. H Rizri, J. R. Taylor, A. V. Shestakov, Opt. Lett. 18, 39 (1993).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Tong, Y. P.

D. J. Conlon, Y. P. Tong, P. M. W. French, J. R. Taylor, A. V. Shestakov, Electron. Lett. 28, 709 (1994).
[CrossRef]

Vujkovic Cvijin, P.

D. A. Gilmore, P. Vujkovic Cvijin, G. H. Atkinson, Opt. Commun. 103, 370 (1993).
[CrossRef]

Wienderhold, G.

Yamada, H.

Zhitnyuk, V. A.

A. V. Shestakov, N. I. Borodin, V. A. Zhitnyuk, A. G. Ohrimtchyuk, V. P. Gaponstev, in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, Vol. 10 of 1991 OSA Technical Digest Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1991), paper CDP11.

Zhou, J.

M. M. Murnane, H. C. Kapteyn, J. Zhou, C. P. Huang, D. Garvey, M. T. Asaki, in Annual Meeting, Vol. 16 of 1993 OSA Technical Digest Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1993), paper WD1.

Electron. Lett. (1)

D. J. Conlon, Y. P. Tong, P. M. W. French, J. R. Taylor, A. V. Shestakov, Electron. Lett. 28, 709 (1994).
[CrossRef]

J. Appl. Phys. (1)

W. L. Bond, J. Appl. Phys. 36, 1674 (1964).
[CrossRef]

Opt. Commun. (1)

D. A. Gilmore, P. Vujkovic Cvijin, G. H. Atkinson, Opt. Commun. 103, 370 (1993).
[CrossRef]

Opt. Lett. (8)

Other (3)

M. M. Murnane, H. C. Kapteyn, J. Zhou, C. P. Huang, D. Garvey, M. T. Asaki, in Annual Meeting, Vol. 16 of 1993 OSA Technical Digest Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1993), paper WD1.

A. V. Shestakov, N. I. Borodin, V. A. Zhitnyuk, A. G. Ohrimtchyuk, V. P. Gaponstev, in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, Vol. 10 of 1991 OSA Technical Digest Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1991), paper CDP11.

Y. Ishida, N. Sarukura, H. Nakano, in Ultrafast Phenomena VII, C. B. Harris, E. P. Ippen, G. A. Mourou, A. H. Zewail (Springer-Verlag, Berlin, 1990), p. 75.
[CrossRef]

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Figures (4)

Fig. 1
Fig. 1

Schematic diagram of a dispersion-compensated, self-mode-locked Cr4+:YAG laser with an external moving-mirror cavity.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

Tuning curve of the cw oscillation of the Cr4+:YAG laser and spectrum (solid curve) of the femtosecond pulse corresponding to Fig. 4 below.

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

Measured group-delay spectrum of the Cr4+:YAG rod (20-mm length) and fitted third-order polynomial curve, which is offset from the measurements by 20 fs. The obtained GVD formula is shown.

Fig. 4
Fig. 4

Typical fringe-resolved and intensity second-harmonic-generation (solid curve) autocorrelation traces of the self-mode-locked pulses of 60-fs duration (sech2 shape) at 1.54 μm, indicating the almost transform-limited pulses.

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