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All-fiber pulse shortening of passively Q-switched microchip laser pulses down to sub-200 fs

: Lehneis, Reinhold; Steinmetz, Alexander; Limpert, Jens; Tünnermann, Andreas


Optics Letters 39 (2014), No.20, pp.5806-5809
ISSN: 0146-9592
Journal Article
Fraunhofer IOF ()
all fiber; microchip lasers; passively Q-switched; pulse shortening

We present an all-fiber concept that generates ultrashort pulses using a passively Q-switched microchip seed laser. A proof-of-principle configuration combines nonlinear pulse compression applying a chirped fiber-Bragg-grating, dispersion-free pulse shortening by means of a fiber-integrated spectral filtering, and a final hollow-core-fiber compression to reach the sub-200-fs pulse-duration region. In a compact all-fiber pulse-shortening unit, initial 100 ps long microchip pulses at 1064 nm wavelength have been shortened to 174 fs and shifted to 1034 nm while preserving a high temporal quality.