Abstract

We demonstrate a passively mode-locked thin-disk Yb:YAG laser that generates solitonlike pulses with durations that are continuously tunable in a very wide range from 3.3 to 89  ps or from 0.83 to 1.57  ps. The average powers are typically 12 W. Previously [Opt.  Lett.    25, 859 (2000)], only pulse durations in a narrow range near 0.7  ps could be obtained from such lasers because of the effect of spatial hole burning. We achieved this much wider range by constructing a laser cavity with two different angles of incidence on the thin disk, which greatly reduces the effect of spatial hole burning.

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