Saturable absorber mirrors for ytterbium mode-locked femtosecond lasers


  • Łukasz Jan Zinkiewicz
  • Michał Nawrot
  • Agata Jasik
  • Iwona Pasternak
  • Piotr Wasylczyk



We present a femtosecond, diode-pumped Yb:KYW laser configured with a range of saturable absorber mirrors, both commercially available and state-of-the-art structures. The laser performance is characterized for different output coupler (OC) transmission – for the typically used OC transmission between 0.5-10% the laser power increases with the increasing transmission but the spectrum gets narrower at the same time, resulting in longer pulses and the laser pulse peak power having a maximum.

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How to Cite

Łukasz J. Zinkiewicz, M. Nawrot, A. Jasik, I. Pasternak, and P. Wasylczyk, “Saturable absorber mirrors for ytterbium mode-locked femtosecond lasers”, Photonics Lett. Pol., vol. 6, no. 1, pp. pp. 11–13, Mar. 2014.