High peak-power picosecond pulse generation at 1.26 μm using a quantum-dot-based externalcavity mode-locked laser and tapered optical amplifier

Y. Ding, M.A. Cataluna, D. Nikitichev, E. Rafailov, R. Aviles-Espinosa, P. Loza-Alvarez, M. Ruiz, M. Tran, Y. Robert, M. Krakowski, T. Xu, P. Bardella, M. Rossetti, I. Montrosset, A. Kapsalis, H. Simos, C. Mesaritakis, D. Syvridis, I. Krestnikov, D. Livshits

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    Abstract

    In this paper, we present the generation of high peak-power picosecond optical pulses in the 1.26 µm spectral band from a repetitionrate- tunable quantum-dot external-cavity passively mode-locked laser (QDECMLL), amplified by a tapered quantum-dot semiconductor optical amplifier (QD-SOA). The laser emission wavelength was controlled through a chirped volume Bragg grating which was used as an external cavity output coupler. An average power of 208.2 mW, pulse energy of 321 pJ, and peak power of 30.3 W were achieved. Preliminary nonlinear imaging investigations indicate that this system is promising as a high peakpower pulsed light source for nonlinear bio-imaging applications across the 1.0 µm - 1.3 µm spectral range.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)14308-14320
    Number of pages13
    JournalOptics Express
    Volume20
    Issue number13
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 18 Jun 2012

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    Ding, Y., Cataluna, M. A., Nikitichev, D., Rafailov, E., Aviles-Espinosa, R., Loza-Alvarez, P., Ruiz, M., Tran, M., Robert, Y., Krakowski, M., Xu, T., Bardella, P., Rossetti, M., Montrosset, I., Kapsalis, A., Simos, H., Mesaritakis, C., Syvridis, D., Krestnikov, I., & Livshits, D. (2012). High peak-power picosecond pulse generation at 1.26 μm using a quantum-dot-based externalcavity mode-locked laser and tapered optical amplifier. Optics Express, 20(13), 14308-14320. https://doi.org/10.1364/OE.20.014308