The emergence of graphene saturable absorbers towards the generation of ultra-short pulses in mode-locked lasers have significantly attracted world-wide attention in the related fields. Graphene-based saturable absorbers have been verified to possess unique properties, such as broad operation bandwidth, ultrafast response time, relatively high modulation depth, and low saturation intensity. Inspired by the great success of graphene, graphene-like two-dimensional (2D) layered materials have also been demonstrated for ultrafast pulse generation with distinctive advantages of tunable bandgap, low optical losses, and high optical nonlinearities. This feature issue is aimed at scientists, engineers, and practitioners interested in understanding the novel nonlinear optical properties of 2D materials and exploring their potential applications in mode locked lasers.
Topics of the special issue include but are not limited to:
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