Low-loss quantum-dot-based saturable absorber for efficient femtosecond pulse generation

A. A. Lagatsky, F. M. Bain, C. T. A. Brown, W. Sibbett, D. A. Livshits, G. Erbert, E. U. Rafailov

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We report the efficient generation of femtosecond pulses from a diode-pumped solid-state laser that has been passively mode locked using a quantum-dot-based saturable absorber. Average output powers up to 1.15W and transform-limited pulses as short as 114fs were obtained around 1040nm with a pulse repetition frequency of 107MHz from a diode-pumped Yb3+:KY(WO4)2 laser. The InGaAs quantum-dot saturable absorber was characterized to have a saturation fluence of 25μJ/cm2 and nonsaturable losses of less than 0.2% with an initial low-signal absorption of 2.5% at 1040nm.
Original languageEnglish
Article number231111
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Publication statusPublished - 5 Dec 2007


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