Abstract

We demonstrate, for the first time to our knowledge, femtosecond-regime mode locking of a Tm,Ho-codoped crystalline laser operating in the 2μm spectral region. Transform-limited 570fs pulses were generated at 2055nm by a Tm,Ho:KY(WO4)2 laser that produced an average output power of 130mW at a pulse repetition frequency of 118MHz. Mode locking was achieved using an ion-implanted InGaAsSb quantum-well-based semiconductor saturable absorber mirror.

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