Abstract

Passive mode locking of a diode-pumped Yb3+:KYF4 laser is demonstrated using a semiconductor saturable absorber mirror. A high-stability, transform-limited pulse train with a repetition rate of 57MHz is generated. Solitonlike pulses with maximum average output power of 250mW, minimum pulse duration of 170fs, and rms time jitter of 360fs were obtained.

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Figures (5)

Fig. 1
Fig. 1

Scheme of the mode-locked Yb:KYF laser cavity and pump system. LD, laser diode; F1, F2, lenses; M1, M2, folding mirrors; M3, focusing mirror; M4, M5, chirped mirrors; C, Yb:KYF crystal; OC, output coupler; SESAM, semiconductor saturable-absorber mirror.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

Average output power versus incident pump power of the mode-locked Yb:KYF laser (GTI mirrors inserted) with output couplings of 1% (circles) and 2.5% (triangles). Mode-locking thresholds are indicated by arrows.

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

Autocorrelation trace (left) and optical spectrum (right) of the mode-locked Yb:KYF laser: (a) 1% output coupler, (b) 2.5% output coupler. Sech 2 -pulse shape is assumed.

Fig. 4
Fig. 4

rf spectrum at fundamental repetition frequency of the 170 fs pulse train from the mode-locked Yb:KYF laser (black curve) and thermal noise floor (gray curve). Inset, rf spectrum from 0 to 2.2 GHz ( 21.5 kHz resolution).

Fig. 5
Fig. 5

rf spectrum at the 37th harmonic of the fundamental repetition frequency of the 170 fs pulse train (black curve), thermal noise floor (gray curve), and fitted jitter noise spectral density (circles).

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