Monolithic Highly Stable Yb-Doped Femtosecond Fiber Lasers for Applications in Practical Biophotonics

Xiaomin Liu (Invited author), Jesper Lægsgaard (Invited author), Dmitry Turchinovich (Invited author)

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Abstract

Operational and environmental stability of ultrafast laser systems is critical for their applications in practical biophotonics. Mode-locked fiber lasers show great promise in applications such as supercontinuum sources or multiphoton microscopy systems. Recently, substantial progress has been made in the development of all-fiber nonlinear-optical laser control schemes, which resulted in the demonstration of highly stable monolithic, i.e., not containing any free-space elements, lasers with direct fiber-end delivery of femtosecond pulses. This paper provides an overview of the progress in the development of such all-fiber mode-locked lasers based on Yb-fiber as gain medium, operating at the wavelength around 1 $\mu$m, and delivering femtosecond pulses reaching tens of nanojoules of energy.
Original languageEnglish
JournalI E E E Journal on Selected Topics in Quantum Electronics
Volume18
Issue number4
Pages (from-to)1439-1450
ISSN1077-260X
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012

Bibliographical note

Invited Paper.

Keywords

  • Fiber lasers
  • Laser stabilization
  • Photonics crystal fibers
  • Pulse compression
  • Ultrafast lasers
  • Ultrafast processes in fibers

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