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Semiconductor saturable absorbers with recovery time controlled through growth conditions
KTH, School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Optics and Photonics, Optics.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4606-4865
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2007 (English)In: Solid State Lasers XVI: Technology and Devices / [ed] Hanna J. Hoffman, Ramesh K. Shori, Norman Hodgson, 2007, 645113-1-645113-7 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

We discuss a new method to shape the temporal response of saturable absorption in semiconductors. In particular, we investigate the possibility to control independently the absorption recovery time of each quantum-well forming the semiconductor absorber. The recovery time is tailored by irradiation with nitrogen ions produced by an RF-plasma source. The irradiation is performed in-situ as one step of the epitaxial growth process; the quantum-wells are individually exposed to a flux of N-ions after they are grown. The amount of non-radiative recombination centers within the quantum-wells is strongly related to the time interval during which the N-ions flux is active and to the thickness of the semiconductor layer grown on top of each quantum-well before the irradiation is performed. We apply this method to fabricate fast semiconductor saturable absorbers operating in the 1-μm wavelength range. The absorption recovery time could be changed from 300 ps to 10 ps without degradation of the nonlinear optical response. The practicality of the design is finally proved by using the semiconductor saturable absorbers for mode-locking Yb-doped fiber lasers.

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2007. 645113-1-645113-7 p.
Keyword [en]
passive mode-locking, semiconductor saturable absorber mirrors, nonlinear optics, fiber lasers
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Atom and Molecular Physics and Optics
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-48944DOI: 10.1117/12.725397ISI: 000246023600034ScopusID: 2-s2.0-34248383274OAI: diva2:458939
Conference on Solid State Lasers XVI. San Jose, CA. JAN 22-25, 2007
QC 20111130Available from: 2011-11-24 Created: 2011-11-24 Last updated: 2011-11-30Bibliographically approved

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