Abstract

We report what we believe to be the first results on short-pulse generation in Yb3+:silica fiber. By applying the stretched pulse technique in a unidirectional, polarization-switch Yb3+ fiber laser incorporating a prism-based dispersive delay line, we obtain self-start mode locking and 100-pJ pulses that can be compressed to give clean chirp-free <100-fs pulses. We believe such sources to have great potential for use not only in all-solid-state, high-power femtosecond pulse systems based on Yb3+:silica glass but also as seeds for conventional Nd3+:glass amplifier chains.

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K. Tamura, L. Nelson, H. Haus, and E. Ippen, Appl. Phys. Lett. 64, 149 (1994).
[CrossRef]

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K. Tamura, L. Nelson, H. Haus, and E. Ippen, Opt. Lett. 64, 1080 (1993).
[CrossRef]

M. H. Ober, M. Hofer, U. Keller, and T. H. Chiu, Opt. Lett. 18, 1532 (1993).
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Andrejco, M. J.

Barber, P. R.

H. M. Pask, R. J. Carman, D. C. Hanna, A. C. Tropper, C. J. Mackechnie, P. R. Barber, and J. M. Dawes, IEEE J. Sel. Topics Quantum Electron. 1, 2 (1995).
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Chiu, T. H.

Dawes, J. M.

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H. M. Pask, R. J. Carman, D. C. Hanna, A. C. Tropper, C. J. Mackechnie, P. R. Barber, and J. M. Dawes, IEEE J. Sel. Topics Quantum Electron. 1, 2 (1995).
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Haus, H.

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[CrossRef]

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K. Tamura, L. Nelson, H. Haus, and E. Ippen, Appl. Phys. Lett. 64, 149 (1994).
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V. J. Matsas, T. P. Newson, D. J. Richardson, and D. N. Payne, Electron. Lett. 28, 67 (1992).
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Pask, H. M.

H. M. Pask, R. J. Carman, D. C. Hanna, A. C. Tropper, C. J. Mackechnie, P. R. Barber, and J. M. Dawes, IEEE J. Sel. Topics Quantum Electron. 1, 2 (1995).
[CrossRef]

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V. J. Matsas, T. P. Newson, D. J. Richardson, and D. N. Payne, Electron. Lett. 28, 67 (1992).
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K. Tamura, L. Nelson, H. Haus, and E. Ippen, Appl. Phys. Lett. 64, 149 (1994).
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[CrossRef]

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H. M. Pask, R. J. Carman, D. C. Hanna, A. C. Tropper, C. J. Mackechnie, P. R. Barber, and J. M. Dawes, IEEE J. Sel. Topics Quantum Electron. 1, 2 (1995).
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Appl. Phys. Lett. (1)

K. Tamura, L. Nelson, H. Haus, and E. Ippen, Appl. Phys. Lett. 64, 149 (1994).
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V. J. Matsas, T. P. Newson, D. J. Richardson, and D. N. Payne, Electron. Lett. 28, 67 (1992).
[CrossRef]

IEEE J. Quantum Electron. (1)

M. Hofer, M. E. Fermann, F. Haberl, M. H. Ober, and M. E. Fermann, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 28, 720 (1992).
[CrossRef]

IEEE J. Sel. Topics Quantum Electron. (1)

H. M. Pask, R. J. Carman, D. C. Hanna, A. C. Tropper, C. J. Mackechnie, P. R. Barber, and J. M. Dawes, IEEE J. Sel. Topics Quantum Electron. 1, 2 (1995).
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Figures (4)

Fig. 1
Fig. 1

Experimental configuration. PBS, polarization beam splitter; HR, high-reflectivity mirror; DDL, dispersive delay line; WM, 85%-reflectivity wedged mirror. FR, Faraday rotator.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

Autocorrelation trace and spectrum of chirped output pulses prior to compression with the fiber compressor. The actual pulse width is 1.2  ps, assuming a Gaussian pulse form. SHG, second-harmonic generation.

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

Output pulse duration as a function of the compression fiber length for the pulses shown in Fig.  2.

Fig. 4
Fig. 4

Autocorrelation trace and spectrum of the pulses obtained after passage of the pulses through the external cavity pulse compressor. The pulse width is calculated to be 87  fs, assuming a Gaussian pulse shape.

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