Benchtop Femtosecond/Picosecond Lasers and Amplifiers

Mendocino Femtosecond Laser
Eureka Picosecond Laser

The Mendocino benchtop (FPL-0) series is a range of passively mode-locked ultrafast fiber lasers that provide a wide range of capabilities with pulse widths from 100 fs to 20 ps at MHz repetition rates, wavelength options of 780 nm, 850 nm, 1030 nm, 1064 nm, 1310 nm and 1550 nm, and GHz low-jitter synchronization signals.

As self-contained ultrafast fiber laser systems with an integral power supply, the Mendocino FPL-0 series provides user-friendly front panel control knobs for adjustment of the output power and pulse width. These systems are perfect short pulse optical sources for many test and measurement applications. The lasers utilize a proprietary saturable absorber that has been developed and perfected over a twenty-year period to provide reliable performance at turn–on and a stable train of ultrafast optical pulses. Different synchronization outputs are available with GHz (high harmonic) options that can provide a time domain persistent timing jitter of less than 0.25 ps. All systems feature a convenient fiber pigtail output with a standard FC/APC connection to facilitate coupling with datacom, telecommunications and measurement equipment.

The Eureka benchtop (PSL-1) series is a range of actively mode-locked ultrafast fiber lasers that offer very stable 1550 nm picosecond pulses at GHz repetition rates. With a portable design, the Eureka series offers user-friendly front panel control knobs for adjustment of the output power, wavelength, pulse width, and laser repetition rate. This C-band series of picosecond optical sources is ideal for telecommunications test and measurement applications. The systems use an actively mode-locked fiber laser with a tunable repetition rate ranging from 0.6 to 40 GHz to provide a stable and reliable optical clock with turnkey operation. Different synchronization signals are available through a front panel RF output and an optical monitor port. As with the Mendocino series, optical output is provided through a convenient fiber pigtail with a standard FC/APC connection.

The Coronado benchtop amplifier (AMP) series is a range of compact erbium-fiber optical amplifiers that provide broadband gain over the C-band (1530 to 1565 nm). The series features a portable design and a user-friendly front panel control interface for adjustment of the amplifier gain. The systems have been optimized for amplification of short optical pulses (such as those provided from Calmar’s Mendocino series) and offer high gain and low noise with long term dependable performance. Fiber pigtail connections provide convenient input/output coupling with either polarization maintaining (PM) or non-PM options.

Calmar Laser offers a wide range of benchtop femtosecond and picosecond lasers (Mendocino series), GHz repetition rate picosecond lasers (Eureka series) and amplifiers (Coronado series) for test and measurement applications in manufacturing and R&D environments.

The systems feature a portable design with user-friendly front panel control knobs for adjustment of output parameters, such as power, pulse width and repetition rate. With wavelength options of 780 nm, 850 nm, 1310 nm, and 1550 nm, pulse widths as low as < 0.3 ps, and GHz low-jitter synchronization signals, these systems provide ideal optical sources for high speed transceiver conformance testing and photodiode characterization.

Product Wavelength (nm) Pulse Width (ps) Avg Power (mW) Rep Rate (MHz) Power Stability (RMS%)
780/850 nm Low Jitter Femtosecond 780 or 850 < 2 > 0.5 20 < 0.5
780/850 and 1550 nm Low Jitter fs 780/850 or 1550 < 0.2, < 0.5 > 0.5 20 < 0.5
780/850 nm Medium Power fs 780 or 850 < 5 > 30 50 ~ 80 < 1.0
1030 or 1064 nm Low Power fs 1030 or 1064 compressible to 0.2 - 0.4 > 1 - 3 27, 55, 100 < 1.0
1030 or 1064 nm High Power fs 1030 or 1064 compressible to 0.1 - 0.3 > 100 27, 55, 100 < 1.0
1030 or 1064 nm Picosecond 1030 or 1064 5 - 20 > 5 20 ~ 100 < 1.0
1310 nm Low Jitter fs 1310 < 0.3 > 0.5 20 < 0.5
1550 nm Low Jitter fs 1550 < 0.5 > 0.5 20 < 0.5
1550 nm High Power Fiber Pigtail 1550 < 0.1 up to 350 100 < 1.0
1550 nm, 0.6-2.5 GHz 1530 - 1565 2 - 10 > 20 at 2.5 GHz 0.6 - 2.5 GHz < 1.0
1550 nm, 5-20 GHz 1530 - 1565 1.5 - 10 > 20 at 10 GHz 5 - 20 GHz < 1.0
1550 nm, 20-40 GHz 1530 - 1565 0.8 - 5 > 20 at 40 GHz 20 - 40 GHz < 1.0

* For optical amplifier, see 1550 nm EDFA Benchtop.

Carmel: Compact high power, > 1 W average power at 780 nm, < 90 fs, ultrafast fiber lasers that incorporate both a Mendocino seed laser and a Coronado amplifier.

Cazadero: High energy, up to > 3 µJ pulse energy at 1550 nm, < 500 fs, ultrafast fiber lasers that incorporate both a Mendocino seed laser and a Coronado amplifier.

Address: 951 Commercial Street, Palo Alto, CA 94303, USA

Phone: +1 650.272.6980

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Email: contacts@calmarlaser.com

"Calmar's products have continued to perform well, even after several years, and are much lower maintenance than our other mode-locked lasers"

David J. McCormick
Tektronix