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4 June 1999 Fiber lasers in ultrafast optics
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The current status of ultrafast fiber lasers is discussed. Recent advances in optical fiber designs as well as improved saturable absorbers have greatly improved the performance and the reliability of ultrafast fiber oscillators. Equally significant have been improvements in ultrafast fiber amplifier designs and compact chirped pulse amplification systems in conjunction with chirped periodically-poled LiNbO3, which now allow the manufacture of compact ultrafast fiber laser systems that can exceed the performance of conventional ultrafast lasers based on bulk optics. The unique size advantage of fiber lasers opens up the field of ultrafast optics to novel OEM-type applications. For example ultrafast fiber lasers have been successfully employed as subsystems in all-optical time delay scanning, for two-photon microscopy as well as for THz pulse generation.
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Martin E. Fermann, Gregg Douglas Sucha, Almantas Galvanauskes, Martin Hofer, and Donald J. Harter "Fiber lasers in ultrafast optics", Proc. SPIE 3616, Commercial and Biomedical Applications of Ultrafast Lasers, (4 June 1999);

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