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1.34 μm Nd:YVO4 laser mode-locked by a single-walled carbon nanotube saturable absorber
Author(s): Hristo Iliev; Ivan Buchvarov; Sun Young Choi; Kihong Kim; Fabian Rotermund; Valentin Petrov
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Paper Abstract

Passive mode-locking of 1.3 μm solid-state lasers is problematic for semiconductor saturable absorber mirrors (SESAMs) not only because of difficulties in their fabrication process but also in relation to the achievable parameters and damage resistivity. In contrast, single-walled carbon nanotube saturable absorbers (SWCNT-SAs) exhibit broadband absorption which is controllable by varying the nanotube diameter and chirality, and require relatively simple manufacturing processes. Here we report on steady-state mode-locked operation of a diode pumped Nd:YVO4 laser on the 4F3/24I13/2 transition at 1.342 μm using a transmitting SWCNT-SA. The SWCNT-SA employed in the present work was fabricated by SWCNTs grown by high-pressure CO conversion technique, showing broad absorption around 1.3 μm. The linear transmission at the laser wavelength was about 99%. The Nd:YVO4 laser was longitudinally pumped by the unpolarized radiation of a 808 nm fiber-coupled laser diode. The ~1.2-m long cavity was optimized for large fundamental mode size. Above threshold the laser operated first in the CW mode, then had a range of Q-switched modelocked operation before reaching the regime of stable steady-state mode-locking. With an output coupler of 90% reflectivity, the average output power in the steady-state mode-locked regime reached 0.8 W at a slope efficiency of 14.5% with respect to the incident pump power. At a repetition rate of 127 MHz this corresponds to single pulse energy of 6.3 nJ. Such pulse energies are comparable to the best results obtained using SESAMs but the pulse duration of 16.5 ps measured in the present experiment is substantially shorter.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 February 2012
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 8235, Solid State Lasers XXI: Technology and Devices, 82350I (15 February 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.907267
Show Author Affiliations
Hristo Iliev, Sofia Univ. (Bulgaria)
Ivan Buchvarov, Sofia Univ. (Bulgaria)
Sun Young Choi, Ajou Univ. (Korea, Republic of)
Kihong Kim, Ajou Univ. (Korea, Republic of)
Fabian Rotermund, Ajou Univ. (Korea, Republic of)
Valentin Petrov, Max-Born-Institute for Nonlinear Optics and Ultrafast Spectroscopy (Germany)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8235:
Solid State Lasers XXI: Technology and Devices
W. Andrew Clarkson; Ramesh K. Shori, Editor(s)

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