The European Physical Journal D

, Volume 48, Issue 1, pp 19–26 | Cite as

Diode-pumped Yb:KYW femtosecond laser frequency comb with stabilized carrier-envelope offset frequency

Topical issue: Metrology and optical frequency combs

Abstract.

We describe the detection and stabilization of the carrier envelope offset (CEO) frequency of a diode-pumped Yb:KYW (ytterbium-doped potassium yttrium tungstate) femtosecond oscillator that is spectrally centered at 1033 nm. The system consists of a diode-pumped, passively mode-locked femtosecond laser that produces 290 fs pulses at a repetition rate of 160 MHz. These pulses are first amplified, spectrally broadened and temporally compressed to 80 fs, and then launched into microstructured fiber to produce an octave-spanning spectrum. An f-2f nonlinear interferometer is employed with the broadened spectrum to detect and stabilize the CEO frequency through feedback to the pump laser current. These results demonstrate that such a Yb-doped tungstate laser can provide an efficient, compact, high-repetition-rate optical frequency comb with coverage from 650–1450 nm.

PACS.

42.65.Re Ultrafast processes; optical pulse generation and pulse compression 42.55.Xi Diode-pumped lasers 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PhysicsUniversity of ColoradoBoulderUSA
  2. 2.National Institute of Standards and TechnologyBoulderUSA
  3. 3.The Center for Microintegrated Optics for Advanced Bioimaging and Control, Colorado School of MinesGoldenUSA

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