Abstract

Femtosecond mode-locked operation is demonstrated for the first time, to our knowledge, with a Yb:SrF2 crystal. The shortest pulse duration is 143 fs for an average power of 450 mW. The highest average power is 620 mW for a pulse duration of 173 fs. Since Yb:SrF2 corresponds to the longest-lifetime Yb-doped crystal with which the mode-locking operation has been achieved, a detailed analysis is carried out to characterize the quality of the solitonlike regime.

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Figures (7)

Fig. 1
Fig. 1

Compared emission and absorption (inset) spectra of Yb : SrF 2 and Yb : CaF 2 .

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

Experimental setup.

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

Spectra (left) and spectral phase for the 143 fs pulses directly measured with a spectrometer, retrieved from a SHG FROG (right) and fitted.

Fig. 4
Fig. 4

Spectrum and temporal shape comparisons with the sech 2 and the Gaussian shapes.

Fig. 5
Fig. 5

Spatial beam profiles in ML and QS regimes.

Fig. 6
Fig. 6

Output average power and pulse duration versus pump power.

Fig. 7
Fig. 7

Spectra of the 173 and 143 fs pulses and normalized gain cross sections of Yb : SrF 2 for a typical estimate of β: β = 8 % and 12%.

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