Apatite-structure crystal, Yb(3+):SrY(4)(SiO(4))(3)O, for the development of diode-pumped femtosecond lasers.
Auteur : Druon F, Chénais S, Raybaut P, Balembois F, Georges P, Gaumé R, Haumesser PH, Viana B, Vivien D, Dhellemmes S, Ortiz V, Larat C
Année : 2002
Journal : Opt Lett 0146-9592
PubMed Id : 18033400
We report what is believed to be the first diode-pumped Yb(3+): SrY(4)(SiO(4)) (3)O laser. We investigate both the cw and the mode-locked regimes. In the cw regime an average output power of 1.05 W is demonstrated for 3.6 W of incident pump power. In the femtosecond regime a pulse duration of 94 fs for an average power of 110 mW is obtained at a central wavelength of 1068 nm. This is, to our knowledge, the first femtosecond mode-locked oscillator made with an Yb-doped apatitelike crystal. These properties are related to the unique spectroscopic properties of Yb(3+) ions in this atypical apatite-family crystal.