Mode-locked optically pumped semiconductor disk lasers (SDLs) are in strong demand for applications in bio-medical photonics, chemistry, space communications and non-linear optics. However, the wider spread of SDLs was constrained as they are operated in high repetition rates above 200 MHz due to short carrier lifetimes in the semiconductors. Here we demonstrate experimentally and theoretically that it is possible to overcome the limitation of fast carrier relaxation and show significant reduction of repetition rate down to 85.7 MHz by exploiting phase-amplitude coupling effect. In addition, a low repetition rate SDL serves as a test-bed for bound soliton state previously unknown for semiconductor devices. The breakthrough to sub-100 MHz repetition rate will open a whole new window of development opportunities.
Butkus, M., Viktorov, E. A., Erneux, T., Hamilton, C. J., Maker, G., Malcolm, G. P. A., & Rafailov, E. U. (2013). 85.7 MHz repetition rate mode-locked semiconductor disk laser: fundamental and soliton bound states. Optics Express, 21(21), 25526-25531. https://doi.org/10.1364/OE.21.025526