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-> see poster "Saturable absorber" (pdf) and "Mounting types" (pdf)

SAM™ - Saturable Absorber Mirror

Saturable absorber mirrors are Bragg-mirrors with AlAs/GaAs quarter-wave stacks, grown on GaAs wafers with one or more low temperature GaAs (LT-GaAs) or LT-InGaAs films as saturable absorbers.

Our saturable absorber mirrors with carrier relaxation times in the picosecond range can be used for passive mode-locking and Q-switching of diode-pumped lasers. The design of the thin fim stack can be adjusted to meet the requirements of different passively mode-locked lasers in the picosecond and femtosecond region.

Website about SAM

RSAM™ - Resonant Saturable Absorber Mirror

The resonant saturable absorber mirror (RSAM) is designated to reshape an optical signal. An optical signal which propagates in optical fibers, communication nodes and other optical devices is subject to optical losses and is modified. After every amplification stage, which uses the stimulated optical emission process, the signal to noise ratio decreases as a result of the inevitable spontaneous emission.

The RSAM, included after an optical amplifier, decreases the noise floor and allows to pass the optical pulses unaffected due to the nonlinear-optical behavior.

Website about RSAM

SOC - Saturable Output Coupler

Using a saturable output coupler (SOC), a self-starting, passively mode-locked or Q-switched diode-pumped solid-state or fiber laser with a very simple layout can be arranged. The SOC is a combination of a saturable absorber mirror (SAM) with an output coupler.

Website about SOC

SANOS™ - Saturable Noise Suppressor

The resonant saturable absorber mirror (RSAM) is designated to reshape an optical signal. An optical signal which propagates in optical fibers, communication nodes and other optical devices is subject to optical losses and is modified. After every amplification stage, which uses the stimulated optical emission process, the signal to noise ratio decreases as a result of the inevitable spontaneous emission.

The RSAM, included after an optical amplifier, decreases the noise floor and allows to pass the optical pulses unaffected due to the nonlinear-optical behavior.

Website about RSAM

SA - Saturable Absorber in transmission

The saturable absorber without a Bragg-mirror can be used for self-starting, passively mode-locking of a laser in a similar way as a SAM, but it is working in transmission mode. It can be inserted for instance into a fiber ring laser.
The saturatioon fluence of a SA is substantial higher then that of a SAM.

RSA - Resonant Saturable Absorber in transmission

The resonant saturable absorber can be used for passively mode-locking of a ring laser in a similar way as a SA. But it is a resonant device with the following special characteristics:

  • Zero reflectance at the resonance wavelength for low intensity.
  • Zero transmittance for all wavelengths outside the resonance.
  • At the resonance wavelength increasing transmittance with increasing pulse fluence.
  • The saturation fluence is substantial lower then that of a SA and even lower then that of a typical SAM.

The above mentioned characteristics allow the construction of a passively mode locked fiber ring laser with

  • a laser wavelength fixed at the resonance wavelength of the RSA,
  • and low power threshold for start of cw mode-locking.

BATOP Logo

Saturable Absorber

-> see poster "Saturable absorber" (pdf) and "Mounting types" (pdf)

SAM™ - Saturable Absorber Mirror

Saturable absorber mirrors are Bragg-mirrors with AlAs/GaAs quarter-wave stacks, grown on GaAs wafers with one or more low temperature GaAs (LT-GaAs) or LT-InGaAs films as saturable absorbers.

Our saturable absorber mirrors with carrier relaxation times in the picosecond range can be used for passivele mode-locking and Q-switching of diode-pumped lasers. The design of the thin fim stack can be adjusted to meet the requirements of different passively mode-locked lasers in the picosecond and femtosecond region.

SAM

Website about SAM

RSAM™ - Resonant Saturable Absorber Mirror

The resonant saturable absorber mirror (RSAM) is designated to reshape an optical signal. An optical signal which propagates in optical fibers, communication nodes and other optical devices is subject to optical losses and is modified. After every amplification stage, which uses the stimulated optical emission process, the signal to noise ratio decreases as a result of the inevitable spontaneous emission.

The RSAM, included after an optical amplifier, decreases the noise floor and allows to pass the optical pulses unaffected due to the nonlinear-optical behavior.

RSAM

Website about RSAM

SOC - Saturable Output Coupler

Using a saturable output coupler (SOC), a self-starting, passively mode-locked or Q-switched diode-pumped solid-state or fiber laser with a very simple layout can be arranged. The SOC is a combination of a saturable absorber mirror (SAM) with an output coupler.

SOC

Website about SOC

SANOS™ - Saturable Noise Suppressor

The SANOS is a device for improving the signal to noise ratio of an optical pulsed signal using a RSAM as a nonlinear optical element. But whereas the RSAM is a reflecting device, the SANOS is a transmitting device. This is the main advantage of the SANOS in comparison with the RSAM.

SANOS

Website about SANOS

SA - Saturable Absorber in transmission

The saturable absorber without a Bragg-mirror can be used for self-starting, passively mode-locking of a laser in a similar way as a SAM, but it is working in transmission mode. It can be inserted for instance into a fiber ring laser.

SA

RSA - Resonant Saturable Absorber in transmission

The resonant saturable absorber can be used for passively mode-locking of a ring laser in a similar way as a SA. But it is a resonant device with the following special characteristics:

  • Zero reflectance at the resonance wavelength for low intensity.
  • Zero transmittance for all wavelengths outside the resonance.
  • At the resonance wavelength increasing transmittance with increasing pulse fluence.
  • The saturation fluence is substantial lower then that of a SA and even lower then that of a typical SAM.

The above mentioned characteristics allow the construction of a passively mode locked fiber ring laser with

  • a laser wavelength fixed at the resonance wavelength of the RSA,
  • and low power threshold for start of cw mode-locking.

RSA