Abstract

We report to our knowledge a diode-pumped passively mode-locked Yb:CaNb2O6 (Yb:CN) laser for the first time. Both CW and passive mode-locking operation of the laser are experimentally investigated. A maximum CW output power of 1.4W with a slope efficiency of 20% is obtained on a 7mm long 1.5at.% Yb:CN crystal, while stable passive mode-locking with a commercial semiconductor saturable absorption mirror (SESAM) was achieved on a 3mm long 3at.% Yb:CN crystal. The mode-locked pulses have pulse width of 251fs and an average output power of 44mW at 1038nm.

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