A cladding-pumped all-fiber chirped femtosecond pulse Yb-doped mode-locked laser operating near 977 nm was demonstrated for the first time. Nonlinear polarization evolution was used as the mode-locking mechanism. The laser was self-starting and extremely stable (the stability of the repetition rate of 41.6 MHz was better than that of 15 Hz). Amplification near 977 nm was achieved using a specially designed cladding-pumped Yb-doped fiber. The main feature of the current laser design was its increased intracavity nonlinearity, which resulted in a strong self-phase modulation and significant widening of the generated pulse spectrum. This nonlinearity allowed us to generate pulses compressible down to a duration of 230 fs using an external diffraction grating compressor.
- Fiber lasers
- optical fibers
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering