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MHz-rate ultrafast fiber laser for writing of optical waveguides in silica glasses
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Paper Abstract

Direct waveguide writing with femtosecond lasers can be divided into two general categories based upon the type of lasers used: amplified systems that emit high pulse energy (>2 μJ) at low repetition rates (<250 kHz), and oscillators that produce low energy (<200 nJ) at high repetition rates (>1 MHz). In this presentation, we report on waveguide writing with a novel commercial femtosecond fiber laser system (IMRA, FCPA μJewel) that bridges the gap between these two regimes, providing sub-400 fs pulses with pulse energies of >2.5 μJ at 100 kHz and >150 nJ at 5 MHz. The laser repetition rate can be varied from 100 kHz to 5 MHz in 1 kHz increments through a computer controlled user interface. The ability to quickly and easily vary the repetition rate of this laser was critical in identifying and optimizing laser processing windows for different target glasses. An overview of laser processing windows and waveguide characteristics are presented for borosilicate and fused silica glasses exposed to fundamental (1045 nm) and second harmonic (522 nm) laser light.

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 March 2005
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 5714, Commercial and Biomedical Applications of Ultrafast Lasers V, (21 March 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.590850
Show Author Affiliations
Lawrence Shah, IMRA America, Inc. (United States)
Fumiyo Yoshino, IMRA America, Inc. (United States)
Alan Arai, IMRA America, Inc. (United States)
Shane Eaton, Univ. of Toronto (Canada)
Haibin Zhang, Univ. of Toronto (Canada)
Stephen Ho, Univ. of Toronto (Canada)
Peter Robert Herman, Univ. of Toronto (Canada)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5714:
Commercial and Biomedical Applications of Ultrafast Lasers V
Joseph Neev; Christopher B. Schaffer; Andreas Ostendorf; Stefan Nolte, Editor(s)

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