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Fiber lasers in ultrafast optics
Author(s): Martin E. Fermann; Gregg Douglas Sucha; Almantas Galvanauskes; Martin Hofer; Donald J. Harter
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Paper Abstract

The current status of ultrafast fiber lasers is discussed. Recent advances in optical fiber designs as well as improved saturable absorbers have greatly improved the performance and the reliability of ultrafast fiber oscillators. Equally significant have been improvements in ultrafast fiber amplifier designs and compact chirped pulse amplification systems in conjunction with chirped periodically-poled LiNbO3, which now allow the manufacture of compact ultrafast fiber laser systems that can exceed the performance of conventional ultrafast lasers based on bulk optics. The unique size advantage of fiber lasers opens up the field of ultrafast optics to novel OEM-type applications. For example ultrafast fiber lasers have been successfully employed as subsystems in all-optical time delay scanning, for two-photon microscopy as well as for THz pulse generation.

Paper Details

Date Published: 4 June 1999
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 3616, Commercial and Biomedical Applications of Ultrafast Lasers, (4 June 1999); doi: 10.1117/12.351836
Show Author Affiliations
Martin E. Fermann, IMRA America, Inc. (United States)
Gregg Douglas Sucha, IMRA America, Inc. (United States)
Almantas Galvanauskes, IMRA America, Inc. (United States)
Martin Hofer, IMRA America, Inc. (United States)
Donald J. Harter, IMRA America, Inc. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3616:
Commercial and Biomedical Applications of Ultrafast Lasers
Murray K. Reed; Joseph Neev, Editor(s)

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