Abstract

Ultrafast fiber lasers exhibit high broadband gain per pass, superior thermo-optical properties, and excellent beam quality, making them very suitable for practical use. For simplicity and efficiency, advanced mode-locked oscillator designs which can compete with the amplifier systems are always favorable. Here, we demonstrate a high-peak-power Mamyshev oscillator based on single-polarization, large-mode-area photonic crystal fibers. Using properly arranged filters, the fiber oscillator directly emits pulses with 9 W average power at 8 MHz repetition rate, corresponding to a single-pulse energy exceeding 1 μJ. The pulses are dechirped to 41 fs outside the cavity, leading to a record oscillator peak power as high as 13 MW. With such unprecedented performance, the proposed single-stage oscillator should be very attractive for various applications.

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Figures (5)

Fig. 1.
Fig. 1. Schematic of the polarizing LMA-PCF Mamyshev oscillator. LD, laser diode; DM, dichroic mirror; ISO, isolator; PBS, polarization beam splitter; MPC, multi-pass cell; TLF, tunable longpass filter; TSF, tunable shortpass filter; TG, transmission grating; QWP, quarter-waveplate; HWP, half-waveplate.
Fig. 2.
Fig. 2. Output characteristics of the Mamyshev oscillator without the edge filters. (a) Measured spectrum presented in both linear and logarithmic scales. (b) Corresponding interference autocorrelation trace of compressed pulses.
Fig. 3.
Fig. 3. Output characteristics of the Mamyshev oscillator with the edge filters. (a) Measured spectrum presented in both linear and logarithmic scales. (b) Corresponding interference autocorrelation trace of compressed pulses. Inset: intensity autocorrelation trace.
Fig. 4.
Fig. 4. (a) Evolution of the output spectrum with the increase of pulse energy. (b) Measured pulse width and TL duration at different pulse energy.
Fig. 5.
Fig. 5. (a) Output pulses recorded by a 20 GHz sampling oscilloscope over a 200 ns span. Inset: zoomed-in oscilloscope trace over a 1 ns span. (b) RF spectrum over a 100 kHz span with 100 Hz resolution.

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