Abstract

Spectral tuning of a mode-locked Yb-doped fiber laser over a 90-nm range is reported. Using semiconductor saturable absorber mirrors in a fiber laser cavity incorporating a grating-pair dispersive delay line, we obtain reliable self-starting mode locking over the whole tuning range. The wide tuning range is achieved by optimization of reflection characteristics and bandgap energy of the multiple-quantum-well semiconductor saturable absorber and by proper engineering of the laser cavity.

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[CrossRef] [PubMed]

1998

F. X. Kärtner, J. Aus der Au, and U. Keller, IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 4, 159 (1998).
[CrossRef]

1995

L. E. Nelson, E. P. Ippen, and H. A. Haus, Appl. Phys. Lett. 67, 19 (1995).
[CrossRef]

1994

K. Tamura, E. P. Ippen, and H. A. Haus, IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 6, 1433 (1994).
[CrossRef]

O. G. Okhotnikov and J. R. Salcedo, Appl. Phys. Lett. 64, 2619 (1994).
[CrossRef]

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C. R. Ó Cochláin, R. J. Mears, and G. Sherlock, IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 5, 25 (1993).
[CrossRef]

1991

1986

L. Reekie, R. J. Mears, S. B. Poole, and D. N. Payne, J. Lightwave Technol. LT-4, 956 (1986).
[CrossRef]

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[CrossRef]

Fermann, M. E.

Fry, A. R.

Gallmann, L.

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[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Haberl, F.

Haus, H. A.

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[CrossRef]

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F. X. Kärtner, J. Aus der Au, and U. Keller, IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 4, 159 (1998).
[CrossRef]

Kontinnen, J.

Lefort, L.

Lim, H.

Matuschek, N.

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[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Mears, R. J.

C. R. Ó Cochláin, R. J. Mears, and G. Sherlock, IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 5, 25 (1993).
[CrossRef]

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[CrossRef]

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[CrossRef]

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C. R. Ó Cochláin, R. J. Mears, and G. Sherlock, IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 5, 25 (1993).
[CrossRef]

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L. Reekie, R. J. Mears, S. B. Poole, and D. N. Payne, J. Lightwave Technol. LT-4, 956 (1986).
[CrossRef]

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[CrossRef]

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L. Reekie, R. J. Mears, S. B. Poole, and D. N. Payne, J. Lightwave Technol. LT-4, 956 (1986).
[CrossRef]

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O. G. Okhotnikov and J. R. Salcedo, Appl. Phys. Lett. 64, 2619 (1994).
[CrossRef]

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C. R. Ó Cochláin, R. J. Mears, and G. Sherlock, IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 5, 25 (1993).
[CrossRef]

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G. Steinmeyer, D. H. Sutter, L. Gallmann, N. Matuschek, and U. Keller, Science 286, 1507 (1999).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Sutter, D. H.

G. Steinmeyer, D. H. Sutter, L. Gallmann, N. Matuschek, and U. Keller, Science 286, 1507 (1999).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Tamura, K.

K. Tamura, E. P. Ippen, and H. A. Haus, IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 6, 1433 (1994).
[CrossRef]

Weston, J.

Wise, F. W.

Appl. Phys. Lett.

O. G. Okhotnikov and J. R. Salcedo, Appl. Phys. Lett. 64, 2619 (1994).
[CrossRef]

L. E. Nelson, E. P. Ippen, and H. A. Haus, Appl. Phys. Lett. 67, 19 (1995).
[CrossRef]

IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron.

F. X. Kärtner, J. Aus der Au, and U. Keller, IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 4, 159 (1998).
[CrossRef]

IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett.

K. Tamura, E. P. Ippen, and H. A. Haus, IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 6, 1433 (1994).
[CrossRef]

IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett.

C. R. Ó Cochláin, R. J. Mears, and G. Sherlock, IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 5, 25 (1993).
[CrossRef]

J. Lightwave Technol.

L. Reekie, R. J. Mears, S. B. Poole, and D. N. Payne, J. Lightwave Technol. LT-4, 956 (1986).
[CrossRef]

Opt. Express

Opt. Lett.

Science

G. Steinmeyer, D. H. Sutter, L. Gallmann, N. Matuschek, and U. Keller, Science 286, 1507 (1999).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

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Figures (4)

Fig. 1
Fig. 1

Cavity configuration for a widely tunable Yb fiber laser.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

Output spectra from the laser as a function of wavelength. Tuning over 980–1020- and 1020–1070-nm bands was obtained with various pump/signal multiplexers and SESAMs, as described in the text. Scale, 1 nm/division.

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

(a) Autocorrelation trace and (b) optical spectrum of the Gaussian pulse when the distance between gratings is 2.9 cm. The dotted curve shows a Gaussian fit.

Fig. 4
Fig. 4

Obtained pulse widths as a function of wavelength for grating separations of 6.5 and 2.9 cm.

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