Saturable Bragg Reflector Modelocked NaCl:OH- Color Center Laser

Martin A. JASPAN  Eric J. MOZDY  Clifford R. POLLOCK  Michael J. HAYDUK  Mark F. KROL  

IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Electronics   Vol.E81-C   No.2   pp.125-128
Publication Date: 1998/02/25
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Print ISSN: 0916-8516
Type of Manuscript: Special Section LETTER (Special Issue on Ultrashort Optical Pulse Technologies and their Applications)
modelocked laser,  femtosecond laser,  saturable absorber,  quantum well,  

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We extend the use of a saturable Bragg reflector to modelock a NaCl:OH- color center laser, producing pulses adjustable from 200 fs to 2 ps, and tunable from 1. 499 µm to 1. 535 µm, with the minimum pulsewidth near 1. 51 µm. The laser is self-starting, requires no dedicated dispersion compensating optics, and maintains a highly stable, nearly transform limited output pulse train with up to 150 mW average output power.