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Chin. Phys. B, 2016, Vol. 25(2): 024205    DOI: 10.1088/1674-1056/25/2/024205
ELECTROMAGNETISM, OPTICS, ACOUSTICS, HEAT TRANSFER, CLASSICAL MECHANICS, AND FLUID DYNAMICS Prev   Next  

Diode-pumped Kerr-lens mode-locked femtosecond Yb:YAG ceramic laser

Zi-Ye Gao(高子叶)1, Jiang-Feng Zhu(朱江峰)1, Ke Wang(汪珂)1, Jun-Li Wang(王军利)1, Zhao-Hua Wang(王兆华)2, Zhi-Yi Wei(魏志义)2
1. School of Physics and Optoelectronic Engineering, Xidian University, Xi'an 710071, China;
2. Beijing National Laboratory for Condensed Matter Physics, Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100190, China
Abstract  We experimentally demonstrated a diode-pumped Kerr-lens mode-locked femtosecond laser based on an Yb:YAG ceramic. Stable laser pulses with 97-fs duration, 2.8-nJ pulse energy, and 320-mW average power were obtained. The femtosecond oscillator operated at a central wavelength of 1049 nm and a repetition rate of 115 MHz. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first demonstration of a Kerr-lens mode-locked operation in a diode-pumped Yb:YAG ceramic laser with sub-100 fs pulse duration.
Keywords:  diode pump      Yb:YAG ceramic      Kerr-lens mode-locking  
Received:  25 July 2015      Revised:  10 September 2015      Published:  05 February 2016
PACS:  42.55.Rz (Doped-insulator lasers and other solid state lasers)  
  42.55.Xi (Diode-pumped lasers)  
  42.60.Fc (Modulation, tuning, and mode locking)  
  42.65.Hw (Phase conjugation; photorefractive and Kerr effects)  
Fund: Project supported by the National Major Scientific Instrument Development Project of China (Grant No. 2012YQ120047), the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 61205130), and the Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities, China (Grant No. JB140502).
Corresponding Authors:  Jiang-Feng Zhu     E-mail:  jfzhu@xidian.edu.cn

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Zi-Ye Gao(高子叶), Jiang-Feng Zhu(朱江峰), Ke Wang(汪珂), Jun-Li Wang(王军利), Zhao-Hua Wang(王兆华), Zhi-Yi Wei(魏志义) Diode-pumped Kerr-lens mode-locked femtosecond Yb:YAG ceramic laser 2016 Chin. Phys. B 25 024205

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