Abstract

Passive cw mode locking of an ytterbium-doped fluoride phosphate glass laser is demonstrated, for what we believe to be the first time, based solely on the Kerr effect in the active medium in a resonator with dispersion compensation. Nearly bandwidth-limited pulses as short as 160  fs are generated at 1040  nm. We obtain average output powers as high as 250  mW at 170-MHz repetition rate with absorbed pump power as low as 1.2  W.

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Schönnagel, H.

U. Griebner, R. Koch, H. Schönnagel, S. Jiang, M. J. Myers, R. Rhonehouse, and S. J. Hamlin, in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, Vol. 9 of 1996 OSA Technical Digest Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1996), paper CThI1.

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E. Mix, E. Heumann, G. Huber, D. Ehrt, and W. Seeber, in Advanced Solid-State Lasers, Vol.  24 of OSA Proceedings Series, B. H. T. Chai and S. A. Payne, eds. (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1995), p. 339.

T. Danger, E. Mix, E. Heumann, G. Huber, D. Ehrt, and W. Seeber, in Advanced Solid-State Lasers, Vol.  1 of Trends in Optics and Photonics, S. A. Paine and C. Pollock, eds. (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1996), p. 23.

Smith, L. K.

L. D. Deloach, S. A. Payne, L. L. Chase, L. K. Smith, L. K. Wayne, and W. F. Krupke, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 29, 1179 (1993).

Stamm, U.

V. Petrov, D. Georgiev, J. Hermann, and U. Stamm, Opt. Commun. 91, 123 (1992).

Stewen, Chr.

Sutherland, J. M.

Taylor, J. R.

Tropper, A. C.

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).

Voss, A.

Walton, D. T.

Wayne, L. K.

L. D. Deloach, S. A. Payne, L. L. Chase, L. K. Smith, L. K. Wayne, and W. F. Krupke, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 29, 1179 (1993).

Wiederhold, G.

Zhang, G.

IEEE J. Quantum Electron. (1)

L. D. Deloach, S. A. Payne, L. L. Chase, L. K. Smith, L. K. Wayne, and W. F. Krupke, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 29, 1179 (1993).

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).

Opt. Commun. (1)

V. Petrov, D. Georgiev, J. Hermann, and U. Stamm, Opt. Commun. 91, 123 (1992).

Opt. Lett. (8)

Proc. SPIE (1)

D. Ehrt, Proc. SPIE 1761, 213 (1992).
[CrossRef]

Other (4)

E. Mix, E. Heumann, G. Huber, D. Ehrt, and W. Seeber, in Advanced Solid-State Lasers, Vol.  24 of OSA Proceedings Series, B. H. T. Chai and S. A. Payne, eds. (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1995), p. 339.

T. Danger, E. Mix, E. Heumann, G. Huber, D. Ehrt, and W. Seeber, in Advanced Solid-State Lasers, Vol.  1 of Trends in Optics and Photonics, S. A. Paine and C. Pollock, eds. (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1996), p. 23.

U. Griebner, R. Koch, H. Schönnagel, S. Jiang, M. J. Myers, R. Rhonehouse, and S. J. Hamlin, in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, Vol. 9 of 1996 OSA Technical Digest Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1996), paper CThI1.

V. Cautaerts, D. J. Richardson, R. Paschotta, and D. C. Hanna, in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics Europe (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1996), postdeadline paper CPD2.9.

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Figures (3)

Fig. 1
Fig. 1

Absorption and emission cross sections of Yb:fluoride phosphate glass.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

Yb:glass laser setup: Lp, 60-mm pump lens; M 1, output coupler with 5% transmission between 1000 and 1100  nm; M2–M5, high reflectors; P1, P2, intracavity SF10 prisms; A, aperture; Ti:S, Ti:sapphire laser pump beam.

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

Spectrum (a) and autocorrelation trace (b) of the Yb:glass laser pulses.

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