Abstract

We report what we believe to be the first passive mode-locking of Cr:forsterite laser using a single-walled carbon nanotube saturable absorber (SWCNT-SA). The dispersion-compensated Cr:forsterite laser in a self-starting configuration produces nearly Fourier transform-limited pulses as short as 120fs near 1.25μm. The maximum average output power of 202mW obtained with a 5% output coupler at a repetition rate of 79.1MHz represents, to the best of our knowledge, the highest power level ever reported for SWCNT-SA mode locking of solid-state lasers.

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Figures (4)

Fig. 1
Fig. 1

Configuration of the SWCNT-SA mode-locked Cr:forsterite laser. M1–M4, HR-coated concave mirrors with a ROC of 100 mm ; M5–M6, output couplers; P1, P2, SF10 prisms; SWCNT-SA, single-walled carbon nanotube saturable absorber; L, 100 mm focusing lens.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

Output power versus incident pump power in the femtosecond regime, measured with different output coupler transmissions.

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

Autocorrelation trace and the corresponding optical spectrum (inset) of the mode-locked Cr:forsterite laser for a 5% output coupler. The solid curve denotes the sech 2 -pulse shape fit to the experimental data.

Fig. 4
Fig. 4

rf spectrum at the fundamental repetition rate and the 1 GHz scan of the spectrum (inset).

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