Passive mode-locking of acentric Yb-doped borate crystals
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Passive mode locking of the self-frequency doubling Yb:YAB and Yb:YCOB crystals with a saturable absorber mirror is studied at the fundamental wavelength with diode pumping. All essential polarization orientations including the self-frequency doubling configuration are considered. For the first time sub-90 fs pulses at the fundamental are obtained with both materials and the improvement in terms of pulse length in comparison to previous work is about 2.3 times (Yb:YAB) and 2.8 times (Yb:YCOB). The Yb:YAB laser generates pulses as short as 87 fs at 1050 nm with a 0.4% output coupler. The shortest pulses (76 fs) are obtained with a Y-cut Yb:YCOB for E ∥ Z. With an output coupler of 0.4% the oscillation wavelength is 1056 nm. For E ∥ X the mode-locked Yb:YCOB laser operates on a different Stark transition (at longer wavelengths) than for E ∥ gg and E ∥ Z.
KeywordsLaser Physics Output Coupler Average Output Power Incident Pump Power Autocorrelation Trace
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