Abstract

We demonstrate what is to our knowledge the first mode-locked Yb:KGd(WO4)2 laser. Using a semiconductor saturable-absorber mirror for passive mode locking, we obtain pulses of 176-fs duration with an average power of 1.1 W and a peak power of 64 kW at a center wavelength of 1037 nm. We achieve pulses as short as 112 fs at a lower output power. The laser is based on a standard delta cavity and pumped by two high-brightness laser diodes, making the whole system very simple and compact. Tuning the laser by means of a knife-edge results in mode-locked pulses within a wavelength range from 1032 to 1054 nm. In cw operation, we achieve output powers as high as 1.3 W.

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Chiu, T. H.

Diening, A.

N. V. Kuleshov, A. A. Lagatsky, V. G. Shcherbitsky, V. P. Mikhailov, E. Heumann, T. Jensen, A. Diening, and G. Huber, Appl. Phys. B 64, 409 (1997).
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Erhard, S.

Ferguson, J. F.

Fluck, R.

U. Keller, K. J. Weingarten, F. X. Kärtner, D. Kopf, B. Braun, I. D. Jung, R. Fluck, C. Hönninger, N. Matuschek, and J. Aus der Au, IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 2, 435 (1996).
[CrossRef]

Giesen, A.

Heumann, E.

N. V. Kuleshov, A. A. Lagatsky, V. G. Shcherbitsky, V. P. Mikhailov, E. Heumann, T. Jensen, A. Diening, and G. Huber, Appl. Phys. B 64, 409 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Hönninger, C.

C. Hönninger, R. Paschotta, F. Morier-Genoud, M. Moser, and U. Keller, J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 16, 46 (1999).
[CrossRef]

U. Keller, K. J. Weingarten, F. X. Kärtner, D. Kopf, B. Braun, I. D. Jung, R. Fluck, C. Hönninger, N. Matuschek, and J. Aus der Au, IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 2, 435 (1996).
[CrossRef]

Hövel, R.

Huber, G.

N. V. Kuleshov, A. A. Lagatsky, V. G. Shcherbitsky, V. P. Mikhailov, E. Heumann, T. Jensen, A. Diening, and G. Huber, Appl. Phys. B 64, 409 (1997).
[CrossRef]

N. V. Kuleshov, A. A. Lagatsky, A. V. Podlipensky, V. P. Mikhailov, and G. Huber, Opt. Lett. 22, 1317 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Hügel, H.

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

Izumida, S.

Z. Liu, S. Izumida, S. Ono, H. Ohtake, and N. Sarukura, Appl. Phys. Lett. 74, 3622 (1999).
[CrossRef]

Jensen, T.

N. V. Kuleshov, A. A. Lagatsky, V. G. Shcherbitsky, V. P. Mikhailov, E. Heumann, T. Jensen, A. Diening, and G. Huber, Appl. Phys. B 64, 409 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Jung, I. D.

U. Keller, K. J. Weingarten, F. X. Kärtner, D. Kopf, B. Braun, I. D. Jung, R. Fluck, C. Hönninger, N. Matuschek, and J. Aus der Au, IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 2, 435 (1996).
[CrossRef]

F. X. Kärtner, I. D. Jung, and U. Keller, IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 2, 540 (1996).
[CrossRef]

Karszewski, M.

Kärtner, F. X.

U. Keller, K. J. Weingarten, F. X. Kärtner, D. Kopf, B. Braun, I. D. Jung, R. Fluck, C. Hönninger, N. Matuschek, and J. Aus der Au, IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 2, 435 (1996).
[CrossRef]

F. X. Kärtner, I. D. Jung, and U. Keller, IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 2, 540 (1996).
[CrossRef]

Keller, U.

J. Aus der Au, G. J. Spühler, T. Südmeyer, R. Paschotta, R. Hövel, M. Moser, S. Erhard, M. Karszewski, A. Giesen, and U. Keller, Opt. Lett. 25, 859 (2000).
[CrossRef]

C. Hönninger, R. Paschotta, F. Morier-Genoud, M. Moser, and U. Keller, J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 16, 46 (1999).
[CrossRef]

J. Aus der Au, F. H. Loesel, F. Morier-Genoud, M. Moser, and U. Keller, Opt. Lett. 23, 271 (1998).
[CrossRef]

F. X. Kärtner, I. D. Jung, and U. Keller, IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 2, 540 (1996).
[CrossRef]

U. Keller, K. J. Weingarten, F. X. Kärtner, D. Kopf, B. Braun, I. D. Jung, R. Fluck, C. Hönninger, N. Matuschek, and J. Aus der Au, IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 2, 435 (1996).
[CrossRef]

D. Kopf, J. Aus der Au, U. Keller, G. L. Bona, and P. Roentgen, Opt. Lett. 20, 1782 (1995).
[CrossRef]

U. Keller, D. A. B. Miller, G. D. Boyd, T. H. Chiu, J. F. Ferguson, and M. T. Asom, Opt. Lett. 17, 505 (1992).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Kopf, D.

U. Keller, K. J. Weingarten, F. X. Kärtner, D. Kopf, B. Braun, I. D. Jung, R. Fluck, C. Hönninger, N. Matuschek, and J. Aus der Au, IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 2, 435 (1996).
[CrossRef]

D. Kopf, J. Aus der Au, U. Keller, G. L. Bona, and P. Roentgen, Opt. Lett. 20, 1782 (1995).
[CrossRef]

Kuleshov, N. V.

N. V. Kuleshov, A. A. Lagatsky, V. G. Shcherbitsky, V. P. Mikhailov, E. Heumann, T. Jensen, A. Diening, and G. Huber, Appl. Phys. B 64, 409 (1997).
[CrossRef]

N. V. Kuleshov, A. A. Lagatsky, A. V. Podlipensky, V. P. Mikhailov, and G. Huber, Opt. Lett. 22, 1317 (1997).
[CrossRef]

A. A. Lagatsky, N. V. Kuleshov, and V. P. Mikhailov, in Advanced Solid-State Lasers, M. M. Fejer, H. Injeyan, and U. Keller, eds., Vol. 26 of OSA Trends in Optics and Photonics Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1999), paper TuB12.

Lagatsky, A. A.

N. V. Kuleshov, A. A. Lagatsky, A. V. Podlipensky, V. P. Mikhailov, and G. Huber, Opt. Lett. 22, 1317 (1997).
[CrossRef]

N. V. Kuleshov, A. A. Lagatsky, V. G. Shcherbitsky, V. P. Mikhailov, E. Heumann, T. Jensen, A. Diening, and G. Huber, Appl. Phys. B 64, 409 (1997).
[CrossRef]

A. A. Lagatsky, N. V. Kuleshov, and V. P. Mikhailov, in Advanced Solid-State Lasers, M. M. Fejer, H. Injeyan, and U. Keller, eds., Vol. 26 of OSA Trends in Optics and Photonics Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1999), paper TuB12.

Liu, Z.

Z. Liu, S. Izumida, S. Ono, H. Ohtake, and N. Sarukura, Appl. Phys. Lett. 74, 3622 (1999).
[CrossRef]

Loesel, F. H.

Magni, V.

Marowsky, G.

K. A. Stankov and G. Marowsky, Appl. Phys. B 61, 213 (1995).
[CrossRef]

Matuschek, N.

U. Keller, K. J. Weingarten, F. X. Kärtner, D. Kopf, B. Braun, I. D. Jung, R. Fluck, C. Hönninger, N. Matuschek, and J. Aus der Au, IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 2, 435 (1996).
[CrossRef]

Mikhailov, V. P.

N. V. Kuleshov, A. A. Lagatsky, V. G. Shcherbitsky, V. P. Mikhailov, E. Heumann, T. Jensen, A. Diening, and G. Huber, Appl. Phys. B 64, 409 (1997).
[CrossRef]

N. V. Kuleshov, A. A. Lagatsky, A. V. Podlipensky, V. P. Mikhailov, and G. Huber, Opt. Lett. 22, 1317 (1997).
[CrossRef]

A. A. Lagatsky, N. V. Kuleshov, and V. P. Mikhailov, in Advanced Solid-State Lasers, M. M. Fejer, H. Injeyan, and U. Keller, eds., Vol. 26 of OSA Trends in Optics and Photonics Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1999), paper TuB12.

Miller, D. A. B.

Morier-Genoud, F.

C. Hönninger, R. Paschotta, F. Morier-Genoud, M. Moser, and U. Keller, J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 16, 46 (1999).
[CrossRef]

J. Aus der Au, F. H. Loesel, F. Morier-Genoud, M. Moser, and U. Keller, Opt. Lett. 23, 271 (1998).
[CrossRef]

Moser, M.

Ohtake, H.

Z. Liu, S. Izumida, S. Ono, H. Ohtake, and N. Sarukura, Appl. Phys. Lett. 74, 3622 (1999).
[CrossRef]

Ono, S.

Z. Liu, S. Izumida, S. Ono, H. Ohtake, and N. Sarukura, Appl. Phys. Lett. 74, 3622 (1999).
[CrossRef]

Opower, H.

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

Paschotta, R.

Pelouch, W. S.

Podlipensky, A. V.

Powers, P. E.

Roentgen, P.

Sarukura, N.

Z. Liu, S. Izumida, S. Ono, H. Ohtake, and N. Sarukura, Appl. Phys. Lett. 74, 3622 (1999).
[CrossRef]

Shcherbitsky, V. G.

N. V. Kuleshov, A. A. Lagatsky, V. G. Shcherbitsky, V. P. Mikhailov, E. Heumann, T. Jensen, A. Diening, and G. Huber, Appl. Phys. B 64, 409 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Spühler, G. J.

Stankov, K. A.

K. A. Stankov and G. Marowsky, Appl. Phys. B 61, 213 (1995).
[CrossRef]

Südmeyer, T.

Tang, C. L.

Voss, A.

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

Weingarten, K. J.

U. Keller, K. J. Weingarten, F. X. Kärtner, D. Kopf, B. Braun, I. D. Jung, R. Fluck, C. Hönninger, N. Matuschek, and J. Aus der Au, IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 2, 435 (1996).
[CrossRef]

Wittig, K.

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

Appl. Phys. B

N. V. Kuleshov, A. A. Lagatsky, V. G. Shcherbitsky, V. P. Mikhailov, E. Heumann, T. Jensen, A. Diening, and G. Huber, Appl. Phys. B 64, 409 (1997).
[CrossRef]

K. A. Stankov and G. Marowsky, Appl. Phys. B 61, 213 (1995).
[CrossRef]

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

Appl. Phys. Lett.

Z. Liu, S. Izumida, S. Ono, H. Ohtake, and N. Sarukura, Appl. Phys. Lett. 74, 3622 (1999).
[CrossRef]

IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron.

U. Keller, K. J. Weingarten, F. X. Kärtner, D. Kopf, B. Braun, I. D. Jung, R. Fluck, C. Hönninger, N. Matuschek, and J. Aus der Au, IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 2, 435 (1996).
[CrossRef]

IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron.

F. X. Kärtner, I. D. Jung, and U. Keller, IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 2, 540 (1996).
[CrossRef]

J. Opt. Soc. Am. B

C. Hönninger, R. Paschotta, F. Morier-Genoud, M. Moser, and U. Keller, J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 16, 46 (1999).
[CrossRef]

J. Opt. Soc. Am. A

Opt. Lett.

OSA Trends in Optics and Photonics Series

A. A. Lagatsky, N. V. Kuleshov, and V. P. Mikhailov, in Advanced Solid-State Lasers, M. M. Fejer, H. Injeyan, and U. Keller, eds., Vol. 26 of OSA Trends in Optics and Photonics Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1999), paper TuB12.

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Fig. 1
Fig. 1

Setup of the 1.1-W laser pumped by two high-brightness laser diodes. ROC, radius of the spherically curved mirrors; SESAM, semiconductor saturable-absorber mirror, SF10.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

(left) Intensity autocorrelation and (right) optical spectrum of the Yb:KGW laser: (a) maximum average power Pout=1.1 W, with 176-fs pulse duration; (b) minimum pulse duration τp=112 fs, with 0.2-W average power. The dotted curves represent fits assuming a soliton (sech2) pulse shape. The time–bandwidth product is 0.32 in both cases. SH, second harmonic.

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

Tunability of the mode-locked Yb:KGW laser within a wavelength range of 22 nm. Bottom, measured pulse spectra; top, corresponding output powers and pulse widths.

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