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Chin. Phys. B, 2020, Vol. 29(7): 074205    DOI: 10.1088/1674-1056/ab8ac5
ELECTROMAGNETISM, OPTICS, ACOUSTICS, HEAT TRANSFER, CLASSICAL MECHANICS, AND FLUID DYNAMICS Prev   Next  

575-fs passively mode-locked Yb:CaF2 ceramic laser

Cong Wang(王聪)1,2, Qian-Qian Hao(郝倩倩)1,2, Wei-Wei Li(李威威)3, Hai-Jun Huang(黄海军)4, Shao-Zhao Wang(王绍钊)3, Da-Peng Jiang(姜大朋)5,6, Jie Liu(刘杰)1,2, Bing-Chu Mei(梅炳初)4, Liang-Bi Su(苏良碧)5,6
1 Shandong Provincial Engineering and Technical Center of Light Manipulations & Shandong Provincial Key Laboratory of Optics and Photonic Device, School of Physics and Electronics, Shandong Normal University, Jinan 250358, China;
2 Collaborative Innovation Center of Light Manipulations and Applications, Shandong Normal University, Jinan 250358, China;
3 State Key Laboratory of Advanced Technology for Materials Synthesis and Processing, Wuhan University of Technology, Wuhan 430070, China;
4 School of Science, Wuhan University of Technology, Wuhan 430070, China;
5 Synthetic Single Crystal Research Center, Shanghai Institute of Ceramics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai 201800, China;
6 Key Laboratory of Transparent and Opto-functional Inorganic Materials, Shanghai Institute of Ceramics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai 201800, China
Abstract  A Yb-doped CaF2 transparent ceramics was successfully fabricated by the hot-pressed method and its laser characteristics were studied. A broad tuning performance and mode-locked laser operation were demonstrated in this ceramics for the first time, to our best knowledge. A 60-nm continuous-wavelength tunable laser from 1019 nm to 1079 nm was obtained with a birefringent filter. By employing a semiconductor saturable absorber mirror without additional dispersion compensation elements, a continuous-wave mode-locked laser with pulse duration as short as 575 fs was delivered, at a central wavelength of 1048.5 nm. The oscillator is operated under a repetition rate of 55 MHz. These results indicate that the Yb:CaF2 transparent ceramics is an ideal candidate for the development of ultrafast lasers in the near-infrared regime.
Keywords:  mode-locking      tunable      transparent ceramics      solid-state lasers  
Received:  01 March 2020      Revised:  21 March 2020      Published:  05 July 2020
PACS:  42.55.-f (Lasers)  
  42.55.Xi (Diode-pumped lasers)  
  42.60.Fc (Modulation, tuning, and mode locking)  
Fund: Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 11974220, 61635012, and 51902234).
Corresponding Authors:  Wei-Wei Li, Jie Liu     E-mail:  leeww0229@163.com;jieliu@sdnu.edu.cn

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Cong Wang(王聪), Qian-Qian Hao(郝倩倩), Wei-Wei Li(李威威), Hai-Jun Huang(黄海军), Shao-Zhao Wang(王绍钊), Da-Peng Jiang(姜大朋), Jie Liu(刘杰), Bing-Chu Mei(梅炳初), Liang-Bi Su(苏良碧) 575-fs passively mode-locked Yb:CaF2 ceramic laser 2020 Chin. Phys. B 29 074205

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