Abstract

A self-starting stretched-pulse mode-locked erbium-doped fiber laser that uses fast and slow semiconductor saturable absorbers is described. By using two absorbers, we obtained reliable operation at a fundamental repetition rate with 250  pJ of pulse energy without multiple-pulse breakup. External chirp compensation was used to compress the highly chirped pulses to durations of 135  fs.

© 2001 Optical Society of America

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