Abstract

Passively mode-locked fiber lasers cladding pumped by broad-area diode-laser arrays are described. With a dispersion-compenstated erbium–ytterbium fiber oscillator, 200-fs pulses with pulse energies up to 100 pJ are generated at a wavelength of 1560 nm. In a highly dispersive cavity, pulse widths of 3 ps with pulse energies up to 1 nJ are obtained. A saturable absorber is used for pulse startup, whereas nonlinear polarization evolution is exploited for steady-state pulse shaping. An environmentally stable design is ensured by use of a compensation scheme for linear polarization drifts in the cavity.

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E. Snitzer, H. Po, F. Hakimi, R. Tumminelli, B. C. McCollum, in Optical Fiber Sensors, Vol. 2 of 1988 OSA Technial Digest Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1988), paper PD5.

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Figures (3)

Fig. 1
Fig. 1

Setup of a cladding-pumped passively mode-locked fiber laser system: FRM, Faraday rotator mirror; L1–L3, lenses; M1, M2, mirrors; FR; Faraday rotator; SA, saturable absorber; P, polarizer.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

Autocorrelation trace (top) and corresponding pulse spectrum (bottom) of generated pulses with a FWHM width of 200 fs.

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

Autocorrelation trace (top) and corresponding pulse spectrum (bottom) of generated pulses with a FWHM width of 3 ps.

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