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Cascaded mode-locking of a spectrally controlled Yb: KYW laser
KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Applied Physics, Laser Physics.
KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Applied Physics, Laser Physics.
KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Applied Physics, Laser Physics.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2508-391X
KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Applied Physics, Laser Physics.
2014 (English)In: Applied physics. B, Lasers and optics (Print), ISSN 0946-2171, E-ISSN 1432-0649, Vol. 116, no 2, 493-499 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Self-starting and stable mode-locking of an Yb:KYW laser in the picoseconds pulse regime has been achieved by exploiting a positive cascaded Kerr lens in periodically poled KTP. The use of a volume Bragg grating (VBG), for locking the output spectrum of the laser, was essential to achieve a stable mode-locked operation in this wide gain bandwidth laser material. The laser emitted stable, nearly transform-limited pulses with a duration of 16 ps, at a repetition rate of 210 MHz, and with an energy of 3.2 nJ. The mode-locked spectrum was centred at 1,029.1 nm and featured a FWHM bandwidth of 85 pm, which was effectively determined by the VBG. Combination of a large cascaded Kerr nonlinearity with spectral limiting by a VBG represents so far the best opportunity for stable mode-locking of a broadband laser to produce near-transform-limited picosecond pulses.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. Vol. 116, no 2, 493-499 p.
Keyword [en]
Laser accessories, Locks (fasteners), Ytterbium, Broad-band lasers, Kerr nonlinearity, Mode-locked spectra, Periodically poled KTP, Pico-second pulse, Repetition rate, Transform-limited pulse, Volume bragg grating (VBG)
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Atom and Molecular Physics and Optics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-131453DOI: 10.1007/s00340-013-5725-6ISI: 000339727000028Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84904473166OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-131453DiVA: diva2:656435
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Swedish Research Council
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QC 20140904

Available from: 2013-10-15 Created: 2013-10-15 Last updated: 2017-12-06Bibliographically approved
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1. Novel Technologies for Mode-Locking of Solid-State Lasers
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Novel Technologies for Mode-Locking of Solid-State Lasers
2013 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The subject of this thesis is the investigation of novel technologies for mode-locking of diode-pumped, solid-state lasers. Novel saturable absorbers are used: quantum dots (QDs) and carbon nanotubes (CNTs), which both are low-dimensional nano-formations. In addition, mode-locking by cascaded nonlinearities is explored.

Absorber structures containing self-assembled InGaAs QDs are characterised in detail by pump-probe experiments, time-resolved photoluminescence spectroscopy, and measurement of the nonlinear reflectivity. The samples show sub-picosecond relaxation times of the reflectivity, modulation depths between 0.18% and 2.9%, as well as low saturation fluences on the order of 1–10μJ/cm2. The structures’ design parameters are related to their transient and nonlinear performance.

The characterised QD saturable absorbers are then used for mode-locking of diode-pumped, solid-state lasers, delivering picosecond pulses with optical spectra in the region of 1020–1040nm. In particular, a QD absorber with a saturation fluence of 4μJ/cm2 and a relaxation time <200fs is successfully employed for fundamental mode-locking of an Yb:KYW laser at a repetition rate of 1GHz. This laser emits pulses with a duration of 1.7ps at an output power of 339mW. Apart from this, an Yb-thin-disc laser is demonstrated, emitting pulses with a duration of 1.6ps at an output power of 13W, thereby showing, that the absorber withstands fluences of up to 2.4mJ/cm2 without being damaged.

An absorber with a linear loss of only 1% is obtained by embedding CNTs in a thin plastic film, coated onto a glass substrate. Using this absorber, mode-locking of an optically-pumped semiconductor disc-laser is achieved. The laser emits pulses with a duration of 1.12ps at a repetition rate of 613MHz and with an average output power of 136mW.

For cascaded mode-locking, a periodically-poled KTP crystal is placed inside a laser cavity and the two second-order nonlinearities from second-harmonic generation and back-conversion are used to emulate a third-order nonlinearity with an effective nonlinear refractive index of 2.33·10−17m2/W. For precise control of the nonlinearity, the laser’s spectrum is fixed to a wavelength of 1029.1nm by a volume Bragg grating. The laser emits pulses with a duration of 16ps at a repetition rate of 210MHz and with an output power of 690mW.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: KTH Royal Institute of Technology, 2013. xiii, 131 p.
Series
Trita-FYS, ISSN 0280-316X ; 2013:48
Keyword
laser, mode-locked laser, pulsed laser, quantum dot, carbon nanotube, nonlinear optics, saturable absorber, Kerr-lens mode-locking, ultra-fast laser, picosecond laser, pulsed laser, semiconductor saturable absorber
National Category
Atom and Molecular Physics and Optics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-131455 (URN)978-91-7501-840-9 (ISBN)
Public defence
2013-11-05, FA32, AlbaNova Universitetscentrum, Stockholm, 10:00 (English)
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QC 20131016

Available from: 2013-10-16 Created: 2013-10-15 Last updated: 2013-10-16Bibliographically approved

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