Abstract

We demonstrate a passively mode-locked femtosecond Yb:KLu(WO4)2 thin-disk laser oscillator. Chirped-pulse operation in the positive dispersion regime as well as solitary operation have been realized, and the laser performance of both configurations are compared. In the solitary mode-locking regime the output power exceeds 25W in a diffraction-limited beam, and pulse durations as short as 440fs at a 34.7MHz repetition rate have been generated. For the first time we present a chirped-pulse operation of a thin-disk oscillator that yields a maximum average output power of 9.5W with a Fourier limit of 450fs.

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2001 (1)

R. Paschotta, J. Aus der Au, G. J. Spühler, S. Erhard, A. Giesen, and U. Keller, Appl. Phys. B 72, 267 (2001).

2000 (1)

C. Stewen, K. Contag, M. Larionov, A. Giesen, and H. Hügel, IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 6, 650 (2000).
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Aguiló, M.

S. Rivier, X. Mateos, Ò. Silvestre, V. Petrov, U. Griebner, M. C. Pujol, M. Aguiló, F. Díaz, S. Vernay, and D. Rytz, Opt. Lett. 33, 735 (2008).
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V. Petrov, M. C. Pujol, X. Mateos, Ò. Silvestre, S. Rivier, M. Aguiló, R. M. Solé, J. Liu, U. Griebner, and F. Díaz, Laser Photonics Rev. 1, 179 (2007).
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R. Paschotta, J. Aus der Au, G. J. Spühler, S. Erhard, A. Giesen, and U. Keller, Appl. Phys. B 72, 267 (2001).

Baer, C. R. E.

Bille, J. F.

T. Juhasz, F. H. Loesel, R. M. Kurtz, C. Horvath, J. F. Bille, and G. Mourou, IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 5, 902 (2004).

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F. Ö. Ilday, J. R. Buckley, W. G. Clark, and F. W. Wise, Phys. Rev. Lett. 92, 213902 (2004).
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F. Ö. Ilday, J. R. Buckley, W. G. Clark, and F. W. Wise, Phys. Rev. Lett. 92, 213902 (2004).
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C. Stewen, K. Contag, M. Larionov, A. Giesen, and H. Hügel, IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 6, 650 (2000).
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Dekorsky, T.

Della Valle, G.

Dewald, S.

Díaz, F.

S. Rivier, X. Mateos, Ò. Silvestre, V. Petrov, U. Griebner, M. C. Pujol, M. Aguiló, F. Díaz, S. Vernay, and D. Rytz, Opt. Lett. 33, 735 (2008).
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V. Petrov, M. C. Pujol, X. Mateos, Ò. Silvestre, S. Rivier, M. Aguiló, R. M. Solé, J. Liu, U. Griebner, and F. Díaz, Laser Photonics Rev. 1, 179 (2007).
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Emons, M.

G. Palmer, M. Emons, M. Siegel, A. Steinmann, M. Schultze, M. Lederer, and U. Morgner, Opt. Express 24, 16017 (2007).
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M. Siegel, G. Palmer, M. Emons, M. Schultze, A. Rühl, and U. Morgner, “Pulsing dynamics in ytterbium-based chirped-pulse oscillators,” Opt. Express, submitted for publication.

Engqvist, A. G.

Erhard, S.

R. Paschotta, J. Aus der Au, G. J. Spühler, S. Erhard, A. Giesen, and U. Keller, Appl. Phys. B 72, 267 (2001).

Giesen, A.

R. Paschotta, J. Aus der Au, G. J. Spühler, S. Erhard, A. Giesen, and U. Keller, Appl. Phys. B 72, 267 (2001).

C. Stewen, K. Contag, M. Larionov, A. Giesen, and H. Hügel, IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 6, 650 (2000).
[CrossRef]

Golling, M.

Grange, R.

Griebner, U.

S. Rivier, X. Mateos, Ò. Silvestre, V. Petrov, U. Griebner, M. C. Pujol, M. Aguiló, F. Díaz, S. Vernay, and D. Rytz, Opt. Lett. 33, 735 (2008).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

V. Petrov, M. C. Pujol, X. Mateos, Ò. Silvestre, S. Rivier, M. Aguiló, R. M. Solé, J. Liu, U. Griebner, and F. Díaz, Laser Photonics Rev. 1, 179 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Holtom, G. R.

Horvath, C.

T. Juhasz, F. H. Loesel, R. M. Kurtz, C. Horvath, J. F. Bille, and G. Mourou, IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 5, 902 (2004).

Huber, G.

Hügel, H.

C. Stewen, K. Contag, M. Larionov, A. Giesen, and H. Hügel, IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 6, 650 (2000).
[CrossRef]

Ilday, F. Ö.

F. Ö. Ilday, J. R. Buckley, W. G. Clark, and F. W. Wise, Phys. Rev. Lett. 92, 213902 (2004).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Juhasz, T.

T. Juhasz, F. H. Loesel, R. M. Kurtz, C. Horvath, J. F. Bille, and G. Mourou, IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 5, 902 (2004).

Keller, U.

Killi, A.

Kleinbauer, J.

Kopf, D.

Kränkel, C.

Kurtz, R. M.

T. Juhasz, F. H. Loesel, R. M. Kurtz, C. Horvath, J. F. Bille, and G. Mourou, IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 5, 902 (2004).

Lang, T.

Larionov, M.

C. Stewen, K. Contag, M. Larionov, A. Giesen, and H. Hügel, IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 6, 650 (2000).
[CrossRef]

Lederer, M.

Liu, J.

V. Petrov, M. C. Pujol, X. Mateos, Ò. Silvestre, S. Rivier, M. Aguiló, R. M. Solé, J. Liu, U. Griebner, and F. Díaz, Laser Photonics Rev. 1, 179 (2007).
[CrossRef]

J. Liu, V. Petrov, X. Mateos, H. Zhang, and J. Wang, Opt. Lett. 32, 2016 (2007).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Loesel, F. H.

T. Juhasz, F. H. Loesel, R. M. Kurtz, C. Horvath, J. F. Bille, and G. Mourou, IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 5, 902 (2004).

Maas, D. J. H. C.

Marchese, S. V.

Mateos, X.

Morgner, U.

G. Palmer, M. Emons, M. Siegel, A. Steinmann, M. Schultze, M. Lederer, and U. Morgner, Opt. Express 24, 16017 (2007).
[CrossRef]

G. Palmer, M. Siegel, A. Steinmann, and U. Morgner, Opt. Lett. 32, 1593 (2007).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

S. Dewald, M. Siegel, T. Lang, C. D. Schröter, R. Moshammer, J. Ullrich, and U. Morgner, Opt. Lett. 31, 2072 (2006).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

R. Osellame, N. Chiodo, G. Della Valle, S. Taccheo, R. Ramponi, G. Cerullo, A. Killi, U. Morgner, M. Lederer, and D. Kopf, Opt. Lett. 29, 1900 (2004).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

M. Siegel, G. Palmer, M. Emons, M. Schultze, A. Rühl, and U. Morgner, “Pulsing dynamics in ytterbium-based chirped-pulse oscillators,” Opt. Express, submitted for publication.

Moshammer, R.

Mourou, G.

T. Juhasz, F. H. Loesel, R. M. Kurtz, C. Horvath, J. F. Bille, and G. Mourou, IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 5, 902 (2004).

Neuhaus, J.

Osellame, R.

Palmer, G.

G. Palmer, M. Emons, M. Siegel, A. Steinmann, M. Schultze, M. Lederer, and U. Morgner, Opt. Express 24, 16017 (2007).
[CrossRef]

G. Palmer, M. Siegel, A. Steinmann, and U. Morgner, Opt. Lett. 32, 1593 (2007).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

M. Siegel, G. Palmer, M. Emons, M. Schultze, A. Rühl, and U. Morgner, “Pulsing dynamics in ytterbium-based chirped-pulse oscillators,” Opt. Express, submitted for publication.

Paschotta, R.

R. Paschotta, J. Aus der Au, G. J. Spühler, S. Erhard, A. Giesen, and U. Keller, Appl. Phys. B 72, 267 (2001).

Petermann, K.

Peters, R.

Petrov, V.

Proctor, B.

Pujol, M. C.

S. Rivier, X. Mateos, Ò. Silvestre, V. Petrov, U. Griebner, M. C. Pujol, M. Aguiló, F. Díaz, S. Vernay, and D. Rytz, Opt. Lett. 33, 735 (2008).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

V. Petrov, M. C. Pujol, X. Mateos, Ò. Silvestre, S. Rivier, M. Aguiló, R. M. Solé, J. Liu, U. Griebner, and F. Díaz, Laser Photonics Rev. 1, 179 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Ramponi, R.

Rivier, S.

S. Rivier, X. Mateos, Ò. Silvestre, V. Petrov, U. Griebner, M. C. Pujol, M. Aguiló, F. Díaz, S. Vernay, and D. Rytz, Opt. Lett. 33, 735 (2008).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

V. Petrov, M. C. Pujol, X. Mateos, Ò. Silvestre, S. Rivier, M. Aguiló, R. M. Solé, J. Liu, U. Griebner, and F. Díaz, Laser Photonics Rev. 1, 179 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Rühl, A.

M. Siegel, G. Palmer, M. Emons, M. Schultze, A. Rühl, and U. Morgner, “Pulsing dynamics in ytterbium-based chirped-pulse oscillators,” Opt. Express, submitted for publication.

Rytz, D.

Schröter, C. D.

Schultze, M.

G. Palmer, M. Emons, M. Siegel, A. Steinmann, M. Schultze, M. Lederer, and U. Morgner, Opt. Express 24, 16017 (2007).
[CrossRef]

M. Siegel, G. Palmer, M. Emons, M. Schultze, A. Rühl, and U. Morgner, “Pulsing dynamics in ytterbium-based chirped-pulse oscillators,” Opt. Express, submitted for publication.

Siegel, M.

G. Palmer, M. Siegel, A. Steinmann, and U. Morgner, Opt. Lett. 32, 1593 (2007).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

G. Palmer, M. Emons, M. Siegel, A. Steinmann, M. Schultze, M. Lederer, and U. Morgner, Opt. Express 24, 16017 (2007).
[CrossRef]

S. Dewald, M. Siegel, T. Lang, C. D. Schröter, R. Moshammer, J. Ullrich, and U. Morgner, Opt. Lett. 31, 2072 (2006).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

M. Siegel, G. Palmer, M. Emons, M. Schultze, A. Rühl, and U. Morgner, “Pulsing dynamics in ytterbium-based chirped-pulse oscillators,” Opt. Express, submitted for publication.

Silvestre, Ò.

S. Rivier, X. Mateos, Ò. Silvestre, V. Petrov, U. Griebner, M. C. Pujol, M. Aguiló, F. Díaz, S. Vernay, and D. Rytz, Opt. Lett. 33, 735 (2008).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

V. Petrov, M. C. Pujol, X. Mateos, Ò. Silvestre, S. Rivier, M. Aguiló, R. M. Solé, J. Liu, U. Griebner, and F. Díaz, Laser Photonics Rev. 1, 179 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Solé, R. M.

V. Petrov, M. C. Pujol, X. Mateos, Ò. Silvestre, S. Rivier, M. Aguiló, R. M. Solé, J. Liu, U. Griebner, and F. Díaz, Laser Photonics Rev. 1, 179 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Spühler, G. J.

R. Paschotta, J. Aus der Au, G. J. Spühler, S. Erhard, A. Giesen, and U. Keller, Appl. Phys. B 72, 267 (2001).

Steinmann, A.

G. Palmer, M. Emons, M. Siegel, A. Steinmann, M. Schultze, M. Lederer, and U. Morgner, Opt. Express 24, 16017 (2007).
[CrossRef]

G. Palmer, M. Siegel, A. Steinmann, and U. Morgner, Opt. Lett. 32, 1593 (2007).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Stewen, C.

C. Stewen, K. Contag, M. Larionov, A. Giesen, and H. Hügel, IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 6, 650 (2000).
[CrossRef]

Südmeyer, T.

Sutter, D.

Taccheo, S.

Ullrich, J.

Vernay, S.

Wang, J.

Weiler, S.

Westwig, E.

Wise, F.

Wise, F. W.

F. Ö. Ilday, J. R. Buckley, W. G. Clark, and F. W. Wise, Phys. Rev. Lett. 92, 213902 (2004).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Zhang, H.

Appl. Phys. B (1)

R. Paschotta, J. Aus der Au, G. J. Spühler, S. Erhard, A. Giesen, and U. Keller, Appl. Phys. B 72, 267 (2001).

IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. (2)

C. Stewen, K. Contag, M. Larionov, A. Giesen, and H. Hügel, IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 6, 650 (2000).
[CrossRef]

T. Juhasz, F. H. Loesel, R. M. Kurtz, C. Horvath, J. F. Bille, and G. Mourou, IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 5, 902 (2004).

Laser Photonics Rev. (1)

V. Petrov, M. C. Pujol, X. Mateos, Ò. Silvestre, S. Rivier, M. Aguiló, R. M. Solé, J. Liu, U. Griebner, and F. Díaz, Laser Photonics Rev. 1, 179 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Opt. Express (2)

Opt. Lett. (9)

Phys. Rev. Lett. (1)

F. Ö. Ilday, J. R. Buckley, W. G. Clark, and F. W. Wise, Phys. Rev. Lett. 92, 213902 (2004).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Other (1)

M. Siegel, G. Palmer, M. Emons, M. Schultze, A. Rühl, and U. Morgner, “Pulsing dynamics in ytterbium-based chirped-pulse oscillators,” Opt. Express, submitted for publication.

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Fig. 1
Fig. 1

Schematic of the laser setup, BP, Brewster plate; OC, output coupling mirror; M1, HR mirrors; M2, curved HR mirrors; M3, either HR or GTI mirrors; M4, pump chamber optics; SAM, saturable absorber mirror.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

Output power versus absorbed pump power in the case of either an HR-end-mirror (dashed line) or an SAM (solid line) for cw-lasing (cw) and solitary mode locking (ml) at a GDD of 5900 fs 2 .

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

Background-free intensity AC for pulse durations of 490 fs ( AC = 753 fs ; GDD = 5900 fs 2 ) and 440 fs ( AC = 676 fs ; GDD = 5500 fs 2 ). Inset, related power spectra (S1, 490 fs ; S2, 440 fs ).

Fig. 4
Fig. 4

Power spectrum with typical rectangular shape for chirped-pulse oscillators. Inset, background free intensity AC (measured, points; calculated, curve).

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