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High power sub-200fs pulse generation from a colliding pulse modelocked VECSEL
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Paper Abstract

We present a passive and robust mode-locking scheme for a Vertical External Cavity Surface Emitting Laser (VECSEL).We placed the semiconductor gain medium and the semiconductor saturable absorber mirror (SESAM) strategically in a ring cavity to provide a stable colliding pulse operation. With this cavity geometry, the two counter propagating pulses synchronize on the SESAM to saturate the absorber together. This minimizes the energy lost and creates a transient carrier grating due to the interference of the two beams. The interaction of the two counter-propagating pulses in the SESAM is shown to extend the range of the modelocking regime and to enable higher output power when compared to the conventional VECSEL cavity geometry. In this configuration, we demonstrate a pulse duration of 195fs with an average power of 225mW per output beam at a repetition rate of 2.2GHz, giving a peak power of 460W per beam. The remarkable robustness of the modelocking regime is discussed and a rigorous pulse characterization is presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 22 February 2017
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 10087, Vertical External Cavity Surface Emitting Lasers (VECSELs) VII, 100870E (22 February 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2252525
Show Author Affiliations
Alexandre Laurain, College of Optical Sciences, The Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Declan Marah, Univ. College Cork (Ireland)
Robert Rockmore, College of Optical Sciences, The Univ. of Arizona (United States)
John G. McInerney, Univ. College Cork (Ireland)
Jorg Hader, College of Optical Sciences, The Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Antje Ruiz Perez, Philipps-Univ. Marburg (Germany)
Stephan W. Koch, College of Optical Sciences, The Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Philipps-Univ. Marburg (Germany)
Wolfgang Stolz, Philipps-Univ. Marburg (Germany)
Jerome V. Moloney, College of Optical Sciences, The Univ. of Arizona (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10087:
Vertical External Cavity Surface Emitting Lasers (VECSELs) VII
Michael Jetter, Editor(s)

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