Abstract

Passive mode locking of a ${\rm Tm}:{{\rm LuYO}_3}$ ceramic laser in the 2 µm spectral region is demonstrated by employing a single-walled carbon nanotube-saturable absorber. Almost chirp-free pulses as short as 57 fs, i.e., 8 optical cycles are produced at a repetition rate of 72.6 MHz (63 mW average power). The corresponding optical spectrum centered at 2045 nm, exhibits a bandwidth of 80 nm, which corresponds to almost chirp-free pulses. To the best of our knowledge, the results represent the shortest pulses generated by mode-locked Tm solid-state lasers.

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