High-peak-power optically pumped passively mode-locked semiconductor laser with minimal components

Y. H. Hsu, P. W. Cheng, S. Q. Lin, H. C. Liang, K. F. Huang, Y. F. Chen

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A high-peak-power sub-500-fs mode-locked optically pumped semiconductor laser is innovatively developed with only three components of a semiconductor gain chip, a semiconductor saturable absorber, and a focusing lens. The developed laser near the threshold pump power of 3.9 W can be operated with stable fundamental mode locking. The laser output can be naturally turned into the stable harmonic mode locking (HML) with the order gradually changing from 2nd to 8th by increasing the pump power from 4.0 W to 5.0 W. Due to the onset of the high-order transverse modes, the order of HML is fixed at 8th for a pump power greater than 5.0 W. For the HML with order less than 8th, the overall peak power and pulse width in the HML are approximately 0.36 kW and 550 fs, respectively. In the operation of 8th-order HML, the minimum pulse width and maximum peak power can reach 480 fs and 0.95 kW, respectively.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4324-4327
Number of pages4
JournalOptics Letters
Issue number16
StatePublished - 15 Aug 2023


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