Passively modelocked VECSEL using a single-layer graphene saturable absorber mirror

C. A. Zaugg, Z. Sun, D. Popa, S. Milana, T. Kulmala, R. S. Sundaram, V. J. Wittwer, M. Mangold, M. Golling, Y. Lee, J. H. Ahn, A. C. Ferrari, U. Keller

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Abstract

Optically pumped ultrafast vertical external cavity surface emitting lasers (VECSELs), also referred to as semiconductor disk lasers (SDLs), are very attractive sources for ps- and fs-pulses in the near infrared [1]. So far VECSELs have been passively modelocked with semiconductor saturable absorber mirrors (SESAMs, [2]). Graphene has emerged as a promising saturable absorber (SA) for a variety of applications [3-5], since it offers an almost unlimited bandwidth and a fast recovery time [3-5]. A number of different laser types and gain materials have been modelocked with graphene SAs [3-4], including fiber [5] and solid-state bulk lasers [6-7]. Ultrafast VECSELs are based on a high-Q cavity, which requires very low-loss SAs compared to other lasers (e.g., fiber lasers). Here we develop a single-layer graphene saturable absorber mirror (GSAM) and use it to passively modelock a VECSEL.

Original languageEnglish
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Event2013 Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics Europe and International Quantum Electronics Conference, CLEO/Europe-IQEC 2013 - Munich, Germany
Duration: 2013 May 122013 May 16

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Other2013 Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics Europe and International Quantum Electronics Conference, CLEO/Europe-IQEC 2013
CountryGermany
CityMunich
Period13/5/1213/5/16

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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