Abstract

We demonstrate a passively mode-locked femtosecond Yb:YAG laser using different semiconductor saturable absorber devices, a high-finesse and a low-finesse antiresonant Fabry–Perot saturable absorber. We achieved pulses as short as 540 fs with dispersion compensation and 1.7-ps pulses without dispersion compensation. We also mode locked the laser at either 1.03 or 1.05 μm by adjusting the band gap and antiresonance wavelength design of the antiresonant Fabry–Perot saturable absorber.

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A. Giesen, H. Hügel, A. Voss, K. Wittig, U. Brauch, H. Opower, Appl. Phys. B 58, 363 (1994).
[CrossRef]

U. Keller, Appl. Phys. B 58, 347 (1994).
[CrossRef]

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[CrossRef] [PubMed]

1993 (1)

T. Y. Fan, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 29, 1457 (1993).
[CrossRef]

1992 (1)

1991 (2)

1975 (1)

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

Aggarwal, R. L.

Allen, R.

R. Allen, L. Esterowitz, Electron. Lett. 31, 639 (1995).
[CrossRef]

Asom, M. T.

Boyd, D. G.

Brauch, U.

U. Brauch, A. Giesen, M. Karszewski, C. Stewen, A. Voss, Opt. Lett. 20, 713 (1995).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

A. Giesen, H. Hügel, A. Voss, K. Wittig, U. Brauch, H. Opower, Appl. Phys. B 58, 363 (1994).
[CrossRef]

Brovelli, L.

Brovelli, L. R.

L. R. Brovelli, I. D. Jung, D. Kopf, M. Kamp, M. Moser, F. X. Kärner, U. Keller, Electron. Lett. 31, 287 (1995).
[CrossRef]

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L. R. Brovelli, U. Keller, T. H. Chiu, J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 12, 311 (1995).
[CrossRef]

F. X. Kärtner, L. R. Brovelli, D. Kopf, M. Kamp, I. Calasso, U. Keller, Opt. Eng. 34, 2024 (1995).
[CrossRef]

I. D. Jung, F. X. Kärtner, L. R. Brovelli, M. Kamp, U. Keller, Opt. Lett. 20, 1892 (1995).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

D. Kopf, D. J. Weingarten, L. R. Brovelli, M. Kamp, U. Keller, in Conference on Lasers and Electro- Optics, Vol. 15 of 1995 OSA Technical Digest Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1995), paper CWM2.

Calasso, I.

F. X. Kärtner, L. R. Brovelli, D. Kopf, M. Kamp, I. Calasso, U. Keller, Opt. Eng. 34, 2024 (1995).
[CrossRef]

Chiu, T. H.

Choi, H. K.

Cunningham, J. E.

de Souza, E. A.

Esterowitz, L.

R. Allen, L. Esterowitz, Electron. Lett. 31, 639 (1995).
[CrossRef]

Fan, T. Y.

Ferguson, J. F.

Fujimoto, J. G.

Giesen, A.

U. Brauch, A. Giesen, M. Karszewski, C. Stewen, A. Voss, Opt. Lett. 20, 713 (1995).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

A. Giesen, H. Hügel, A. Voss, K. Wittig, U. Brauch, H. Opower, Appl. Phys. B 58, 363 (1994).
[CrossRef]

Haus, H. A.

Henion, S. R.

S. R. Henion, P. A. Schulz, in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, Vol. 12 of 1992 OSA Technical Digest Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1992), paper CThQ2, p. 540.

Hügel, H.

A. Giesen, H. Hügel, A. Voss, K. Wittig, U. Brauch, H. Opower, Appl. Phys. B 58, 363 (1994).
[CrossRef]

Ippen, E. P.

Jan, W. Y.

Jung, I. D.

Kamp, M.

I. D. Jung, F. X. Kärtner, L. R. Brovelli, M. Kamp, U. Keller, Opt. Lett. 20, 1892 (1995).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

L. R. Brovelli, I. D. Jung, D. Kopf, M. Kamp, M. Moser, F. X. Kärner, U. Keller, Electron. Lett. 31, 287 (1995).
[CrossRef]

I. D. Jung, L. R. Brovelli, M. Kamp, U. Keller, M. Moser, Opt. Lett. 20, 1559 (1995).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

F. X. Kärtner, L. R. Brovelli, D. Kopf, M. Kamp, I. Calasso, U. Keller, Opt. Eng. 34, 2024 (1995).
[CrossRef]

D. Kopf, K. J. Weingarten, L. Brovelli, M. Kamp, U. Keller, Opt. Lett. 19, 2143 (1994).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

D. Kopf, D. J. Weingarten, L. R. Brovelli, M. Kamp, U. Keller, in Conference on Lasers and Electro- Optics, Vol. 15 of 1995 OSA Technical Digest Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1995), paper CWM2.

Kärner, F. X.

L. R. Brovelli, I. D. Jung, D. Kopf, M. Kamp, M. Moser, F. X. Kärner, U. Keller, Electron. Lett. 31, 287 (1995).
[CrossRef]

Karszewski, M.

Kärtner, F. X.

Keller, U.

Knox, W. H.

Kopf, D.

F. X. Kärtner, L. R. Brovelli, D. Kopf, M. Kamp, I. Calasso, U. Keller, Opt. Eng. 34, 2024 (1995).
[CrossRef]

L. R. Brovelli, I. D. Jung, D. Kopf, M. Kamp, M. Moser, F. X. Kärner, U. Keller, Electron. Lett. 31, 287 (1995).
[CrossRef]

D. Kopf, F. X. Kärtner, K. J. Weingarten, U. Keller, Opt. Lett. 20, 1169 (1995).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

D. Kopf, K. J. Weingarten, L. Brovelli, M. Kamp, U. Keller, Opt. Lett. 19, 2143 (1994).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

D. Kopf, D. J. Weingarten, L. R. Brovelli, M. Kamp, U. Keller, in Conference on Lasers and Electro- Optics, Vol. 15 of 1995 OSA Technical Digest Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1995), paper CWM2.

Lacovara, P.

Miller, D. A. B.

Moser, M.

I. D. Jung, L. R. Brovelli, M. Kamp, U. Keller, M. Moser, Opt. Lett. 20, 1559 (1995).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

L. R. Brovelli, I. D. Jung, D. Kopf, M. Kamp, M. Moser, F. X. Kärner, U. Keller, Electron. Lett. 31, 287 (1995).
[CrossRef]

Opower, H.

A. Giesen, H. Hügel, A. Voss, K. Wittig, U. Brauch, H. Opower, Appl. Phys. B 58, 363 (1994).
[CrossRef]

Schulz, P. A.

S. R. Henion, P. A. Schulz, in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, Vol. 12 of 1992 OSA Technical Digest Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1992), paper CThQ2, p. 540.

Stewen, C.

Sumida, D. S.

D. S. Sumida, Hughes Research Laboratory, 3011 Malibu Canyon Road, Malibu, Calif. 90265T. Y. Fan, Lincoln Laboratory, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Lexington, Mass. 02173 (personal communication).

Tsuda, S.

Voss, A.

U. Brauch, A. Giesen, M. Karszewski, C. Stewen, A. Voss, Opt. Lett. 20, 713 (1995).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

A. Giesen, H. Hügel, A. Voss, K. Wittig, U. Brauch, H. Opower, Appl. Phys. B 58, 363 (1994).
[CrossRef]

Wang, C. A.

Weingarten, D. J.

D. Kopf, D. J. Weingarten, L. R. Brovelli, M. Kamp, U. Keller, in Conference on Lasers and Electro- Optics, Vol. 15 of 1995 OSA Technical Digest Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1995), paper CWM2.

Weingarten, K. J.

Wittig, K.

A. Giesen, H. Hügel, A. Voss, K. Wittig, U. Brauch, H. Opower, Appl. Phys. B 58, 363 (1994).
[CrossRef]

Appl. Phys. B (2)

A. Giesen, H. Hügel, A. Voss, K. Wittig, U. Brauch, H. Opower, Appl. Phys. B 58, 363 (1994).
[CrossRef]

U. Keller, Appl. Phys. B 58, 347 (1994).
[CrossRef]

Electron. Lett. (2)

L. R. Brovelli, I. D. Jung, D. Kopf, M. Kamp, M. Moser, F. X. Kärner, U. Keller, Electron. Lett. 31, 287 (1995).
[CrossRef]

R. Allen, L. Esterowitz, Electron. Lett. 31, 639 (1995).
[CrossRef]

IEEE J. Quantum Electron. (1)

T. Y. Fan, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 29, 1457 (1993).
[CrossRef]

J. Appl. Phys. (1)

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

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

Opt. Eng. (1)

F. X. Kärtner, L. R. Brovelli, D. Kopf, M. Kamp, I. Calasso, U. Keller, Opt. Eng. 34, 2024 (1995).
[CrossRef]

Opt. Lett. (9)

Other (3)

D. Kopf, D. J. Weingarten, L. R. Brovelli, M. Kamp, U. Keller, in Conference on Lasers and Electro- Optics, Vol. 15 of 1995 OSA Technical Digest Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1995), paper CWM2.

D. S. Sumida, Hughes Research Laboratory, 3011 Malibu Canyon Road, Malibu, Calif. 90265T. Y. Fan, Lincoln Laboratory, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Lexington, Mass. 02173 (personal communication).

S. R. Henion, P. A. Schulz, in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, Vol. 12 of 1992 OSA Technical Digest Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1992), paper CThQ2, p. 540.

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Figures (3)

Fig. 1
Fig. 1

Schematic structure of the semiconductor saturable absorbers: (a) high-finesse A-FPSA and (b) low-finesse A-FPSA designed for 1.05 μm. The low-finesse design for 1.03 μm used a thinner absorber layer (20 nm) and a thinner spacer layer to increase the nonsaturable loss at 1.05 μm. LT, low-temperature MBE growth; MQW, multiple quantum well.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

Yb:YAG laser setup. L1 = L2 = 5 cm, L3 = 80 cm, L4 = 40 cm without and 90 cm with dispersion compensation (distance between the two SF10 prisms 75 cm), L5 = 3.9 cm with the high-finesse A-FPSA and 20.5 cm with the low-finesse A-FPSA. OC’s, output couplers.

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

Pulses obtained with dispersion compensation with the low-finesse A-FPSA designed for (a) 1.05 μm and (b) 1.03 μm. The dashed curves are fits to an ideal sech2 pulse shape.

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