Abstract

The factors that control the pulse duration in all-normal-dispersion lasers are identified. To minimize the pulse duration the cavity dispersion should be as small as possible. For fixed dispersion increasing pulse energy leads to shorter pulses with more structured spectra. Experiments performed with ordinary single-mode fiber at 1μm wavelength agree reasonably with numerical simulations and produce clean 80fs pulses. The simulations indicate that 30fs pulses can be reached at higher energies.

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Figures (4)

Fig. 1
Fig. 1

Calculated spectral bandwidth versus GVD. Insets, spectra obtained at indicated points.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

Results of numerical simulation. (a) Spectrum, (b) dechirped intensity profile [inset, chirped pulse directly from the laser ( 4.3 ps duration)].

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

Schematic of laser: QWP, quarter-wave plate; HWP, half-wave plate; PBS, polarizing beam splitter; WDM, wavelength-division multiplexer SMF, single-mode fiber.

Fig. 4
Fig. 4

Experimental results. (a) and (b) are for the 80 MHz laser, and (c) and (d) are for the 130 MHz laser. (a) Output 1 spectrum (inset) and output 2 spectrum, (b) dechirped autocorrelation ( 68 fs duration); output of the 130 MHz laser: (c) output 1 spectrum (inset) and output 2 spectrum, (b) dechirped autocorrelation ( 77 fs duration).

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