Abstract

We report a self-starting mode-locked Cr4+:YAG laser with a low-loss broadband metal reflector–based semiconductor saturable-absorber mirror. The minimum pulse width was 44 fs at a wavelength of 1520 nm.

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1997 (4)

Y. P. Tong, P. M. W. French, J. R. Taylor, and J. O. Fujimoto, Opt. Commun. 136, 235 (1997).
[CrossRef]

M. J. Hayduk, S. T. Johns, M. F. Krol, C. R. Pollock, and R. P. Leavitt, Opt. Commun. 137, 55 (1997).
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S. Spalter, M. Bohm, M. Burk, B. Mikulla, R. Fluck, I. D. Jung, G. Zhang, U. Keller, A. Sizmann, and G. Leuchs, Appl. Phys. B 65, 335 (1997).
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1996 (3)

1994 (3)

1993 (1)

Bergman, K.

Bohm, M.

S. Spalter, M. Bohm, M. Burk, B. Mikulla, R. Fluck, I. D. Jung, G. Zhang, U. Keller, A. Sizmann, and G. Leuchs, Appl. Phys. B 65, 335 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Borodin, N. I.

A. V. Shestakov, N. I. Borodin, V. A. Zhitnyuk, A. G. Ohrimtchyuk, and V. P. Gaponstev, Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, Vol. 10 of 1991 OSA Technical Digest Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1991), paper CPD11.

Burk, M.

S. Spalter, M. Bohm, M. Burk, B. Mikulla, R. Fluck, I. D. Jung, G. Zhang, U. Keller, A. Sizmann, and G. Leuchs, Appl. Phys. B 65, 335 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Chai, B. H. T.

Collings, B. C.

Conlon, P. J.

Cunningham, J. E.

Fluck, R.

S. Spalter, M. Bohm, M. Burk, B. Mikulla, R. Fluck, I. D. Jung, G. Zhang, U. Keller, A. Sizmann, and G. Leuchs, Appl. Phys. B 65, 335 (1997).
[CrossRef]

R. Fluck, I. D. Jung, G. Zhang, F. X. Kartner, and U. Keller, Opt. Lett. 21, 743 (1996).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

French, P. M. W.

Fujimoto, J. O.

Y. P. Tong, P. M. W. French, J. R. Taylor, and J. O. Fujimoto, Opt. Commun. 136, 235 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Gaponstev, V. P.

A. V. Shestakov, N. I. Borodin, V. A. Zhitnyuk, A. G. Ohrimtchyuk, and V. P. Gaponstev, Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, Vol. 10 of 1991 OSA Technical Digest Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1991), paper CPD11.

Hayduk, M. J.

M. J. Hayduk, S. T. Johns, M. F. Krol, C. R. Pollock, and R. P. Leavitt, Opt. Commun. 137, 55 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Ishida, Y.

Itatani, T.

Z. Zhang, K. Torizuka, T. Itatani, K. Kobayashi, T. Sugaya, T. Nakagawa, and H. Takahashi, Opt. Lett. 23, 1465 (1998).
[CrossRef]

Z. Zhang, K. Torizuka, T. Itatani, K. Kobayashi, T. Sugaya, and T. Nakagawa, IEEE J. Quantum Electron 33, 1975 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Jan, W. Y.

Johns, S. T.

M. J. Hayduk, S. T. Johns, M. F. Krol, C. R. Pollock, and R. P. Leavitt, Opt. Commun. 137, 55 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Jung, I. D.

S. Spalter, M. Bohm, M. Burk, B. Mikulla, R. Fluck, I. D. Jung, G. Zhang, U. Keller, A. Sizmann, and G. Leuchs, Appl. Phys. B 65, 335 (1997).
[CrossRef]

R. Fluck, I. D. Jung, G. Zhang, F. X. Kartner, and U. Keller, Opt. Lett. 21, 743 (1996).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Kartner, F. X.

Keller, U.

S. Spalter, M. Bohm, M. Burk, B. Mikulla, R. Fluck, I. D. Jung, G. Zhang, U. Keller, A. Sizmann, and G. Leuchs, Appl. Phys. B 65, 335 (1997).
[CrossRef]

R. Fluck, I. D. Jung, G. Zhang, F. X. Kartner, and U. Keller, Opt. Lett. 21, 743 (1996).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Knox, W. H.

Kobayashi, K.

Z. Zhang, K. Torizuka, T. Itatani, K. Kobayashi, T. Sugaya, T. Nakagawa, and H. Takahashi, Opt. Lett. 23, 1465 (1998).
[CrossRef]

Z. Zhang, K. Torizuka, T. Itatani, K. Kobayashi, T. Sugaya, and T. Nakagawa, IEEE J. Quantum Electron 33, 1975 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Krol, M. F.

M. J. Hayduk, S. T. Johns, M. F. Krol, C. R. Pollock, and R. P. Leavitt, Opt. Commun. 137, 55 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Leavitt, R. P.

M. J. Hayduk, S. T. Johns, M. F. Krol, C. R. Pollock, and R. P. Leavitt, Opt. Commun. 137, 55 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Leuchs, G.

S. Spalter, M. Bohm, M. Burk, B. Mikulla, R. Fluck, I. D. Jung, G. Zhang, U. Keller, A. Sizmann, and G. Leuchs, Appl. Phys. B 65, 335 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Mikulla, B.

S. Spalter, M. Bohm, M. Burk, B. Mikulla, R. Fluck, I. D. Jung, G. Zhang, U. Keller, A. Sizmann, and G. Leuchs, Appl. Phys. B 65, 335 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Naganuma, K.

Nakagawa, T.

Z. Zhang, K. Torizuka, T. Itatani, K. Kobayashi, T. Sugaya, T. Nakagawa, and H. Takahashi, Opt. Lett. 23, 1465 (1998).
[CrossRef]

Z. Zhang, K. Torizuka, T. Itatani, K. Kobayashi, T. Sugaya, and T. Nakagawa, IEEE J. Quantum Electron 33, 1975 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Nathel, H.

Ohrimtchyuk, A. G.

A. V. Shestakov, N. I. Borodin, V. A. Zhitnyuk, A. G. Ohrimtchyuk, and V. P. Gaponstev, Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, Vol. 10 of 1991 OSA Technical Digest Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1991), paper CPD11.

Pathak, R.

Pollock, C. R.

M. J. Hayduk, S. T. Johns, M. F. Krol, C. R. Pollock, and R. P. Leavitt, Opt. Commun. 137, 55 (1997).
[CrossRef]

A. Sennaroglu, C. R. Pollock, and H. Nathel, Opt. Lett. 19, 390 (1994).
[PubMed]

Rivzvi, N. H.

Sennaroglu, A.

Shestakov, A. V.

Sizmann, A.

S. Spalter, M. Bohm, M. Burk, B. Mikulla, R. Fluck, I. D. Jung, G. Zhang, U. Keller, A. Sizmann, and G. Leuchs, Appl. Phys. B 65, 335 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Spalter, S.

S. Spalter, M. Bohm, M. Burk, B. Mikulla, R. Fluck, I. D. Jung, G. Zhang, U. Keller, A. Sizmann, and G. Leuchs, Appl. Phys. B 65, 335 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Stark, J. B.

Sugaya, T.

Z. Zhang, K. Torizuka, T. Itatani, K. Kobayashi, T. Sugaya, T. Nakagawa, and H. Takahashi, Opt. Lett. 23, 1465 (1998).
[CrossRef]

Z. Zhang, K. Torizuka, T. Itatani, K. Kobayashi, T. Sugaya, and T. Nakagawa, IEEE J. Quantum Electron 33, 1975 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Sutherland, J. M.

Takahashi, H.

Taylor, J. R.

Tong, Y. P.

Torizuka, K.

Z. Zhang, K. Torizuka, T. Itatani, K. Kobayashi, T. Sugaya, T. Nakagawa, and H. Takahashi, Opt. Lett. 23, 1465 (1998).
[CrossRef]

Z. Zhang, K. Torizuka, T. Itatani, K. Kobayashi, T. Sugaya, and T. Nakagawa, IEEE J. Quantum Electron 33, 1975 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Tsuda, S.

Zhang, G.

S. Spalter, M. Bohm, M. Burk, B. Mikulla, R. Fluck, I. D. Jung, G. Zhang, U. Keller, A. Sizmann, and G. Leuchs, Appl. Phys. B 65, 335 (1997).
[CrossRef]

R. Fluck, I. D. Jung, G. Zhang, F. X. Kartner, and U. Keller, Opt. Lett. 21, 743 (1996).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Zhang, Z.

Z. Zhang, K. Torizuka, T. Itatani, K. Kobayashi, T. Sugaya, T. Nakagawa, and H. Takahashi, Opt. Lett. 23, 1465 (1998).
[CrossRef]

Z. Zhang, K. Torizuka, T. Itatani, K. Kobayashi, T. Sugaya, and T. Nakagawa, IEEE J. Quantum Electron 33, 1975 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Zhitnyuk, V. A.

A. V. Shestakov, N. I. Borodin, V. A. Zhitnyuk, A. G. Ohrimtchyuk, and V. P. Gaponstev, Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, Vol. 10 of 1991 OSA Technical Digest Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1991), paper CPD11.

Appl. Phys. B (1)

S. Spalter, M. Bohm, M. Burk, B. Mikulla, R. Fluck, I. D. Jung, G. Zhang, U. Keller, A. Sizmann, and G. Leuchs, Appl. Phys. B 65, 335 (1997).
[CrossRef]

IEEE J. Quantum Electron (1)

Z. Zhang, K. Torizuka, T. Itatani, K. Kobayashi, T. Sugaya, and T. Nakagawa, IEEE J. Quantum Electron 33, 1975 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Opt. Commun. (2)

Y. P. Tong, P. M. W. French, J. R. Taylor, and J. O. Fujimoto, Opt. Commun. 136, 235 (1997).
[CrossRef]

M. J. Hayduk, S. T. Johns, M. F. Krol, C. R. Pollock, and R. P. Leavitt, Opt. Commun. 137, 55 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Opt. Lett. (8)

Other (2)

E. D. Palik, ed., Handbook of Optical Constants of Solids (Academic, San Diego, Calif., 1985).

A. V. Shestakov, N. I. Borodin, V. A. Zhitnyuk, A. G. Ohrimtchyuk, and V. P. Gaponstev, Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, Vol. 10 of 1991 OSA Technical Digest Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1991), paper CPD11.

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Figures (4)

Fig. 1
Fig. 1

Schematic structure of the broadband SESAM with the gold reflector: Three dielectric layers are inserted to enhance the reflectivity.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

Temporal response of the SESAM: The energy fluence of the pump is 30 µJ/cm2 at a wavelength of 1500 nm.

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

Measured reflectivity (solid curve) and group delay (dotted curve) of the broadband SESAM for Cr:YAG lasers.

Fig. 4
Fig. 4

Fringe-resolved autocorrelation trace and the corresponding spectral profile (inset) of the laser pulses from the self-starting mode-locked Cr:YAG laser. The pulse width was measured with a silicon p–i–n diode by use of the two-photon absorption effect.

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