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Diode-pumped continuous-wave and femtosecond laser operations of a heterocomposite crystal Yb 3 + : SrY 4 ( SiO 4 ) 3 O Y 2 Al 5 O 12

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Abstract

We report cw and femtosecond laser operations under diode pumping of a diffusion-bonding heterocomposite Yb-doped crystal: Yb3+:SrY4(SiO4)3OY2Al5O12(YAGSYS:Yb). To show the advantages of this heterocomposite crystal over classical Yb:SYS crystal, we first investigate the high-power cw regime. A cw power of 4.3 W is demonstrated. The femtosecond regime is also investigated, and 1-W-average-power, 130-fs pulses at 1070 nm are produced, which represents, to our knowledge, the first demonstration of an Yb-doped heterocomposite mode-locked laser.

© 2005 Optical Society of America

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