Abstract

We demonstrate, for the first time to our knowledge, a self-starting passive harmonic mode-locked femtosecond Yb3+-doped fiber laser with a scalable repetition rate of up to 585 MHz and >45 dB of supermode suppression. Pulse-to-pulse jitter of 14 ps is measured by optical cross correlation at the ninth harmonic, and radio-frequency (RF) spectrum measurements show that certain correlations exist between pulses in harmonic mode. Our results suggest that one of the proposed passive harmonic mode-locking mechanisms may be dominant for this laser.

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Figures (4)

Fig. 1
Fig. 1

Experimental setup: PBS, polarizing beam splitter; HR, high-reflectivity mirror, P1, P2, polarization controllers.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

(a) Autocorrelation trace of the tenth harmonic pulse; the estimated FWHM of the pulse from the autocorrelation trace is 240 fs. (b) Tenth harmonic pulse train at 585 MHz. (c) Amplified optical spectrum of the tenth harmonic mode locking.

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

Dependence of the harmonic mode-locking number on pump power.

Fig. 4
Fig. 4

(a) RF spectrum of tenth harmonic mode locking at 585 MHz, with supermode suppression >45 dB. (b) 11th harmonic mode locking at 647 MHz. (c) RF spectrum of the ninth harmonic at 527 MHz with 100 times averaging; resolution bandwidth of 1 MHz. (d) Optical cross-correlation measurement shows 14-ps FWHM pulse-to-pulse timing jitter for the ninth harmonic.

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