Abstract

Mode-locked operation of a simple Yb:KGW (potassium gadolinium tungstate) oscillator is described, providing 10W at 1039nm with a 290fs pulse width. A polarization-coupled scheme is used for efficient longitudinal pumping by a pair of reshaped laser diode bars. With changes in cavity dispersion, the pulse width is adjustable from 134 to 433fs, in a high-quality circular mode. A saturable absorber mirror provides self-starting operation, and the cavity is stabilized by the Kerr-lens effect.

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S. Chénais, F. Balembois, F. Druon, G. Lucas-Leclin, and P. Georges, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 40, 1235 (2004).
[CrossRef]

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G. Boulon, Opt. Mat. 22, 85 (2003).
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Fig. 1
Fig. 1

Layout of laser. Reshaped diode bar assemblies D are focused by lenses L, and P are dielectric polarizers. The Yb : KGW crystal is mounted between water-cooled plates. The output coupler OC is flat, and the high reflectors R1 and R2 have 500 mm radii. The fold mirror R3 has a radius of 800 mm , and distance TR is adjusted for best power and stability. Negative dispersion is provided by the flat mirror pair GTI and mirrors R1 and R2. HR is a flat folding mirror. Distances are roughly to scale, but the size of parts is exaggerated.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

Spot sizes in the Yb : KGW crystal and the SAM, as a function of total lensing. Cw lasing occurs at a thermal lensing of four diopters, point CW, and mode-locked operation moves to point ML. Higher powers are available at point HP, at shorter TR.

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

A, Spectra and B, autocorrelation traces, plotted for the GTI reflections listed in Table 1.

Tables (1)

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Table 1 Performance Summary of the Laser

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