Electronically tunable picosecond pulse generation from Ho3+-doped fluoride fiber laser using frequency-shifted feedback

Maria Pawliszewska, Matthew R. Majewski*, Stuart D. Jackson

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In this Letter, we demonstrate electronically tunable picosecond (ps) pulse emission from the 5I65I7 transition of the Ho3+ ion by using an acousto-optic tunable filter. The holmium- and praseodymium-codoped ZBLAN fiber laser produced sub-50 ps pulses over a 100 nm tuning range, critically reaching a longest wavelength of 2.94 µm, which overlaps with the peak absorption of liquid water. Measured pulse energies of 8.1 nJ well exceed those expected from picosecond solitonic operation, suggesting possible application in ablative medicine. Furthermore, we present harmonically mode-locked operation of the oscillator, which indicates the possibility of expanding the capabilities of mid-infrared frequency shifted-feedback lasers through the ability to achieve higher pulse repetition rates.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5808-5811
Number of pages4
JournalOptics Letters
Issue number20
Publication statusPublished - 15 Oct 2020


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