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Frequency Comb Stabilization of Ultrafast Lasers by Opto-Optical Modulation of Semiconductors

Gürel, Kutan ; Hakobyan, Sargis ; Wittwer, Valentin Johannes ; Schilt, Stéphane ; Südmeyer, Thomas

In: IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Quantum Electronics, 2018, vol. 24, no. 5, p. # 1102309

In this paper, we review the current state and discuss new developments in opto-optical modulation (OOM) of semiconductor elements for frequency comb self-referenced stabilization of ultrafast lasers. This method has been successfully used for carrier-envelope offset (CEO) frequency stabilization of diodepumped solid-state lasers operating in 1-μm and 1.5-μm regimes, providing...

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Compact ultrafast frequency combs

Hakobyan, Sargis ; Südmeyer, Thomas (Dir.)

Thèse de doctorat : Université de Neuchâtel, 2018.

Les peignes de fréquences optiques fournissent un lien direct et cohérent entre les domaines optiques (fréquence de quelques centaines de THz) et micro-ondes (fréquence dans les MHz ou GHz) du spectre électromagnétique. Ils constituent un outil unique et puissant pour de nombreuses applications telles que la spectroscopie moléculaire à haute-résolution et à large spectre, la métrologie...

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Highly efficient Q-switched Yb:YAG channel waveguide laser with 5.6 W of average output power

Hakobyan, Sargis ; Wittwer, Valentin J ; Hasse, Kore ; Kränkel, Christian ; Südmeyer, Thomas. Laboratoire Temps-Fréquence, Université de Neuchâtel, Switzerland ; Calmano, Thomas

In: Optics Letters, 2016, vol. 41, no. 20, p. 4715-4718

In this Letter, we present high-power continuous wave (CW) and Q-switched femtosecond laser-written Yb:YAG channel waveguide lasers. In Q-switched operation, obtained by a semiconductor saturable absorber mirror (SESAM), as well as in CW operation, the laser generates average output powers of more than 5.6 W and reaches slope efficiencies above 74%. The Q-switched laser...

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Carrier-envelope offset frequency stabilization of a gigahertz semiconductor disk laser

Jornod, Nayara ; Gürel, Kutan ; Wittwer, Valentin J ; Brochard, Pierre ; Hakobyan, Sargis ; Schilt, Stéphane ; Waldburger, Dominik ; Keller, Ursula ; Südmeyer, Thomas

In: Optica, 2017, vol. 4, no. 12, p. 1482-1487

Optical frequency combs based on ultrafast lasers have enabled numerous scientific breakthroughs. However, their use for commercial applications is limited by the complexity and cost of femtosecond laser technology. Ultrafast semiconductor lasers might change this issue as they can be mass produced in a cost-efficient way while providing large spectral coverage from a single technology. However,...

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Carrier-envelope offset stabilization of a GHz repetition rate femtosecond laser using opto-optical modulation of a SESAM

Hakobyan, Sargis ; Wittwer, Valentin J ; Gürel, Kutan ; Mayer, Aline S ; Schilt, Stéphane ; Südmeyer, Thomas

In: Optics Letters, 2017, vol. 42, no. 22, p. 4651-4654

We demonstrate, to the best of our knowledge, the first carrier-envelope offset (CEO) frequency stabilization of a GHz femtosecond laser based on opto-optical modulation (OOM) of a semiconductor saturable absorber mirror (SESAM). The 1.05-GHz laser is based on a Yb:CALGO gain crystal and emits sub-100-fs pulses with 2.1-W average power at a center wavelength of 1055 nm. The SESAM plays two key...

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Full stabilization and characterization of an optical frequency comb from a diode-pumped solid-state laser with GHz repetition rate

Hakobyan, Sargis ; Wittwer, Valentin J ; Brochard, Pierre ; Gürel, Kutan ; Schilt, Stéphane ; Mayer, Aline S ; Keller, Ursula ; Südmeyer, Thomas

In: Optics Express, 2017, vol. 25, no. 17, p. 20437-20453

We demonstrate the first self-referenced full stabilization of a diode-pumped solid-state laser (DPSSL) frequency comb with a GHz repetition rate. The Yb:CALGO DPSSL delivers an average output power of up to 2.1 W with a typical pulse duration of 96 fs and a center wavelength of 1055 nm. A carrier-envelope offset (CEO) beat with a signal-to-noise ratio of 40 dB (in 10-kHz resolution bandwidth) is...

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Carrier envelope offset frequency detection and stabilization of a diode-pumped mode-locked Ti:sapphire laser

Gürel, Kutan ; Wittwer, Valentin J ; Hakobyan, Sargis ; Schilt, Stéphane ; Südmeyer, Thomas

In: Optics Letters, 2017, vol. 42, no. 6, p. 1035-1038

We demonstrate the first diode-pumped Ti:sapphire laser frequency comb. It is pumped by two green laser diodes with a total pump power of 3 W. The Ti:sapphire laser generates 250 mW of average output power in 61-fs pulses at a repetition rate of 216 MHz. We generated an octave-spanning supercontinuum spectrum in a photonic-crystal fiber and detected the carrier envelope offset (CEO) frequency in...

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First investigation of the noise and modulation properties of the carrier-envelope offset in a modelocked semiconductor laser

Brochard, Pierre ; Jornod, Nayara ; Schilt, Stéphane ; Wittwer, Valentin J ; Hakobyan, Sargis ; Waldburger, Dominik ; Link, Sandro M ; Alfieri, Cesare G. E ; Golling, Matthias ; Devenoges, Laurent ; Morel, Jacques ; Keller, Ursula ; Südmeyer, Thomas. Laboratoire Temps-Fréquence, Université de Neuchâtel, Switzerland

In: Optics Letters, 2016, vol. 41, no. 14, p. 3165-3168

We present the first characterization of the noise properties and modulation response of the carrier-envelope offset (CEO) frequency in a semiconductor modelocked laser. The CEO beat of an optically-pumped vertical external-cavity surface-emitting laser (VECSEL) at 1030 nm was characterized without standard ƒ-to-2ƒ interferometry. Instead, we used an appropriate combination of...

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Green-diode-pumped femtosecond Ti:Sapphire laser with up to 450 mW average power

Gürel, Kutan ; Wittwer, Valentin J ; Hoffmann, Martin ; Saraceno, Clara J ; Hakobyan, Sargis ; Resan, B ; Rohrbacher, A ; Weingarten, K ; Schilt, Stéphane ; Südmeyer, Thomas

In: Optics Express, 2015, vol. 23, no. 23, p. 30043-30048

We investigate power-scaling of green-diode-pumped Ti:Sapphire lasers in continuous-wave (CW) and mode-locked operation. In a first configuration with a total pump power of up to 2 W incident onto the crystal, we achieved a CW power of up to 440 mW and self-starting mode-locking with up to 200 mW average power in 68-fs pulses using semiconductor saturable absorber mirror (SESAM) as saturable...