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A 420 MHz Cr:forsterite Femtosecond Ring Laser and Its Use for Continuum Generation in the 1-2 Micron Range

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Author(s)

I Thomann, A Bartels, Kristan L. Corwin, Nathan R. Newbury, Leo W. Hollberg, Scott Diddams, Jeffrey W. Nicholson, M. F. Yan

Abstract

We demonstrate a chromium-doped forsterite femtosecond ring laser that generates 30-fs pulses at a 420-MHz repetition rate with nearly 500 mW of average power. The compact solid-state design and broad spectral output make this laser attractive for telecommunications applications in the 1.3 ? 1.5 micron region. Additional spectral broadening of the laser output in highly nonlinear optical fiber leads to octave-spanning spectra ranging from 1.06 to 2.17 micron. The octave is reached at a level of 18dB below the peak. The underlying optical frequency comb can be linked to existing optical frequency standards.
Citation
Optics Letters
Volume
28
Issue
15

Citation

Thomann, I. , Bartels, A. , Corwin, K. , Newbury, N. , Hollberg, L. , Diddams, S. , Nicholson, J. and Yan, M. (2003), A 420 MHz Cr:forsterite Femtosecond Ring Laser and Its Use for Continuum Generation in the 1-2 Micron Range, Optics Letters, [online], https://tsapps.nist.gov/publication/get_pdf.cfm?pub_id=31478 (Accessed July 22, 2024)

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Created July 31, 2003, Updated October 12, 2021