We present a highly efficient, diode-pumped, femtosecond Yb3+:KY(WO4)2 (Yb:KYW) laser operating at a 1.024 GHz repetition rate. The output was centered at a wavelength of 1042 nm and had a bandwidth of 3.8 nm, leading to transform-limited pulses with durations of 278 fs determined by fringe-resolved autocorrelation measurements. The optical-to-optical conversion efficiency and slope efficiency were 61% and 69%, respectively, and the relative intensity noise was <0.1%.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: We demonstrate a 1.2-GHz repetition rate, diode-pumped, self-starting, 168-fs (FWHM) pulsewidth Yb:KYW laser mode-locked by a carbon nanotube (CNT) saturable absorber mirror. To our knowledge, this result corresponds to the highest repetition rate from CNT-mode-locked femtosecond bulk solid-state lasers, reaching the GHz regime for the first time.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Laser frequency combs are normally based on mode-locked oscillators emitting ultrashort pulses of ~100-fs or shorter. In this paper, we present a self-referenced frequency comb based on a narrowband (5-nm bandwidth corresponding to 415-fs transform-limited pulses) Yb-fiber oscillator with a repetition rate of 280 MHz. We employ a nonlinear Yb-fiber amplifier to both amplify the narrowband pulses and broaden their optical spectrum. To optimize the carrier envelope offset frequency (f<sub>CEO</sub>), we optimize the nonlinear pulse amplification by pre-chirping the pulses at the amplifier input. An optimum negative pre-chirp exists, which produces a signal-to-noise ratio of 35 dB (100 kHz resolution bandwidth) for the detected f<sub>CEO</sub>. We phase stabilize the f<sub>CEO</sub> using a feed-forward method, resulting in 0.64-rad (integrated from 1 Hz to 10 MHz) phase noise for the in-loop error signal. This work demonstrates the feasibility of implementing frequency combs from a narrowband oscillator, which is of particular importance for realizing large line-spacing frequency combs based on multi-GHz oscillators usually emitting long (>200 fs) pulses.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: An Yb:YAG planar-waveguide power amplifier seeded by an Yb:KYW master
oscillator is reported. The system produced 700-fs pulses at 1032 nm at
average output powers of 50 W and a frequency of 53 MHz.
The European Physical Journal Conferences 03/2013; 41:10013-. DOI:10.1051/epjconf/20134110013
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