Metamorphic growth of lattice mismatched InGaP on GaAs has been used to fabricate a fast semiconductor saturable absorber mirror operating at the 1060 nm wavelength range. The absorption recovery time could be reduced to ~5 ps without deteriorating the nonlinear absorption properties. The device was used to demonstrate self-starting operation of a mode-locked Yb-doped fiber laser and obtain high quality picosecond pulses.
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Suomalainen, S, Guina, M, Hakulinen, T, Okhotnikov, O. G, Euser, T. G, & Marcinkevicius, S. (2006). 1µm saturable absorber with recovery time reduced by lattice mismatch. Appl. Phys. Lett., 89(Article number: 71112), 1–3. doi:10.1063/1.2337278