8 September 2006 A diode-pumped high power extended cavity femtosecond Yb:KGW laser: from development to applications in nonlinear microscopy
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Proceedings Volume 6343, Photonics North 2006; 634345 (2006) https://doi.org/10.1117/12.707936
Event: Photonics North 2006, 2006, Quebec City, Canada
Abstract
We present the design and development of a diode-pumped high average power femtosecond laser based on a crystal of Yb-ion doped potassium gadolinium tungstate (Yb:KGW) and a semiconductor saturable absorber for passive mode-locking. The laser delivered up to 0.85 W of average power with ~200 fs pulses at a repetition rate of 14.6 MHz, corresponding to a pulse energy of 60 nJ with a peak power of ~300 kW. The developed laser system was used to visualize the structure of muscle cells from Drosophila melanogaster larvae in vivo by acquiring high-resolution images with a nonlinear multimodal scanning microscope, capable of simultaneous detection of two-photon fluorescence, second and third harmonic signals.
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Arkady Major, Arkady Major, Richard Cisek, Richard Cisek, Catherine Greenhalgh, Catherine Greenhalgh, Nicole Prent, Nicole Prent, Bryan Stewart, Bryan Stewart, Virginijus Barzda, Virginijus Barzda, } "A diode-pumped high power extended cavity femtosecond Yb:KGW laser: from development to applications in nonlinear microscopy", Proc. SPIE 6343, Photonics North 2006, 634345 (8 September 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.707936; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.707936
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