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Environmentally-stable wave-breaking-free mode-locked Yb-doped all-fiber laser

: Ortac, B.; Plötner, M.; Schreiber, T.; Limpert, J.; Tünnermann, A.


Broeng, J. ; Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers -SPIE-, Bellingham/Wash.:
Fiber lasers V. Technology, systems, and applications : 21 - 24 January 2008, San Jose, California, USA
Bellingham, WA: SPIE, 2008 (Proceedings of SPIE 6873)
ISBN: 978-0-8194-7048-5
Paper 68731M
Conference "Fiber Lasers - Technology, Systems, and Applications" <5, 2008, San Jose/Calif.>
Conference Paper
Fraunhofer IOF ()

We report on experimental generation of wave-breaking-free pulses from an environmentally stable Yb-doped all-fiber laser. The compact linear cavity is constructed with saturable absorber mirror directly glued to the fibers end-facet as nonlinear mode-locking mechanism and chirped fiber Bragg grating (CFBG) for dispersion management, thus, without any free-space optics. Further, the laser was intrinsically environmentally stable, as only polarization maintaining (PM) fibers were used. In the wave-breaking-free regime, the fiber laser directly generates positively-chirped picosecond pulses at a repetition rate of 20.30 MHz. These pulses can be compressed to 218 fs in a HC-PBG providing a femtosecond all-fiber laser system. Adapting the intra cavity dispersion we have also generated chirped pulses with a parabolic spectral profile in the stretched pulse regime. We confirm numerically the wave-breaking-free pulse and stretched pulse evolution and discuss advantages and dis advantages of both regimes in terms of pulse quality.