Abstract

We report the first demonstration of femtosecond operation in a diode-pumped Yb-doped GdYSiO5 (Yb:GYSO) laser. With a semiconductor saturable absorber mirror for passive mode locking and a pair of SF6 prisms for intracavity dispersion compensation, we realized stable passive mode locking with the new Yb-doped laser material. Femtosecond pulses as short as 324 fs were obtained at the central wavelength of 1091 nm. The maximum average power is 450 mW for an absorbed pump power of 2.8 W, with a slope efficiency of 18.5% and a pulse repetition frequency of 80.1 MHz.

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Figures (4)

Fig. 1.
Fig. 1.

Experimental setups used to study the (a) CW and (b) femtosecond laser performance of the Yb:GYSO laser. LD, 976 nm laser diode; M1, dichroic mirror; M2, M3, and M5, concave mirrors with ROC of 200, 300, and 300 mm, respectively; M4, high reflection mirror; OC, 0.8% output coupler.

Fig. 2.
Fig. 2.

Wavelength tuning curve of the Yb:GYSO laser with a 0.8% output coupler under the pump power of 2.5 W.

Fig. 3.
Fig. 3.

Output power versus absorbed pump power for the mode-locking operation.

Fig. 4.
Fig. 4.

Intensity autocorrelation trace of the pulses. The experimental data are described by the solid curve and the sech2 fitting by the dashed curve. Inset shows the pulse spectrum.

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