Abstract

We report on the development of what we consider to be a practical and highly stable stretched-pulse laser based on Yb3+-doped silica fiber. The Fabry–Perot cavity uses nonlinear polarization rotation as the mode-locking mechanism, and a semiconductor saturable-absorber mirror to ensure robust self-starting and incorporates a diffraction grating pair to compensate for the normal dispersion of the fiber. Use of a single-mode grating-stabilized telecommunications-qualified pump laser diode ensures reliable, low-noise operation (0.05% amplitude fluctuations at 10-Hz measurement bandwidth). The laser generates high-quality, 60-pJ pulses of <110fs duration at a repetition rate of 54 MHz (3-mW average power).

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Fig. 1
Fig. 1

Experimental configuration: HR, high-reflectivity mirror.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

(a) Spectrum of pulses extracted from Port 2 or Port 3, (b) autocorrelation of uncompressed pulses from Port 3 (FWHM, 2.4 ps), (c) autocorrelation of compressed pulses from Port 2 (dashed curve; FWHM, 136 fs) and Port 3 (solid curve, FWHM, 108 fs), (d) spectrum of pulses extracted from Port 1 (rejected by the polarization switch), (e) autocorrelation of compressed pulses from Port 1 (rejected by the polarization switch; FWHM, 110 fs). SHG, second-harmonic generation.

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

rf spectrum at the cavity round-trip frequency, highlighting the low-amplitude noise of the laser.

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