A high-power diode-pumped pure Kerr-lens mode-locked Yb:KGW laser was demonstrated. The developed laser delivered 240 fs pulses with 2.3 W of average output power at a repetition rate of 86.8 MHz. Shorter pulses of around 120 fs with 1.2 W of average output power were also generated. The self-starting operation of the oscillator was demonstrated. The limiting factor to the laser operation was the appearance of a strong continuous wave component in the mode-locked laser spectrum.
Reza Akbari and Arkady Major, "Kerr-lens mode locking of a high-power diode-pumped Yb:KGW laser," Proc. SPIE 10082, Solid State Lasers XXVI: Technology and Devices, 100821D (Presented at SPIE LASE: February 01, 2017; Published: 17 February 2017); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2249933.
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