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Opt Express. 2008 Mar 3;16(5):2922-7.

Diode-pumped passively mode-locked Yb:YLF laser.

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  • 1Istituto di Fotonica e Nanotecnologie - CNR and Dipartimento di Fisica del Politecnico di Milano, 20133 Milano, Italy.


We demonstrate passive mode-locking by means of a semiconductor saturable-absorber mirror in a diode-pumped Yb:YLF laser. We present crystal growth process, spectroscopic measurements, and investigation of mode-locking performance. Pulse trains with minimum duration of 196 fs, average power of 54 mW and a repetition rate of 55 MHz were obtained. The optical spectrum, centered at 1028 nm, has a 7.1-nm bandwidth leading to nearly transform-limited pulses.

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