Benchtop Femtosecond Laser

Mendocino Femtosecond Laser

The Mendocino series of benchtop units is a range of passively mode-locked ultrafast fiber lasers (FPL) that reliably generate pulses from sub 100 femtosecond to ten's of picoseonds at megahertz repetition rates. The benchtop (FPL-0) series features a robust architecture that is insensitive to shock and vibration. It can be used as a stand-alone laser system with a user-supplied 5 VDC power supply and is the perfect seed source for integration into demanding OEM applications. An advanced engineering design and consistent manufacturing process ensure the highest quality standards for volume production.

Mendocino lasers are often used as a high quality femtosecond fiber seed source for higher energy laser systems. They are passively mode-locked utilizing a proprietary saturable absorber that has been developed and perfected over a twenty-year period to deliver excellent stability and reliability, with hands free operation.

Along with a portable design, the FPL desktop version offers user-friendly front panel control knobs for flexible adjustment of wavelength, pulse width, and output power. Both tunable and fixed wavelength versions are available.

The benchtop version (FPL-0) is the most compact commercially available passively mode-locked femtosecond fiber laser. It features a robust architecture that is insensitive to shock and vibration and provides exceptional stability and reliability for demanding OEM applications. An advanced engineering design and consistent manufacturing process ensure the highest quality standards for OEM volume production.

The pulse width is factory selectable from 100 fs to 15 ps, with near transform-limited pulse shape and a better than -20 dB pedestal. The timing jitter is as low as 60 fs (integrated from 100 Hz to 1 MHz offset). The repetition rate can be specified from 10 to 100 MHz with either a polarization-maintaining (PM) or non-PM fiber output. With up to 20 mW output power, the FPL fs laser series is the most economical solution for applications requiring low power, such as seeding amplifier systems. An RF synchronization output is provided as a trigger signal.

Other features include an optional integral computer for remote control, data logging, performance monitoring and wavelength tuning. For applications such as testing high-speed photodetectors and using high speed electrical sampling scopes, 1 or 10 GHz trigger synchronization signals are available for low-jitter triggering.

The Mendocino is also available at 1030 nm and 1064 nm as a narrow spectral bandwidth ultrafast laser (FPLNB). It is a passively mode-locked fiber laser that utilizes a saturable absorber to deliver a narrow spectral bandwidth of less than 0.1 nm. The FPLNB femtosecond laser has excellent stability and reliability with turnkey operation. The pulse width can be up to 100 ps with near transform-limited pulse shape and a better than -20 dB pedestal. The timing jitter is as low as 100 fs. The repetition rate can be specified from 10 to 100 MHz with either a polarization-maintaining (PM) or non-PM fiber output. With up to 5 mW output power, the FPLNB series is an ideal narrow bandwidth source for seeding applications. An RF synchronization output is provided as a trigger signal.

The benchtop (FPL-0) series is the perfect short pulse optical source for a variety of test and measurement applications. Along with a portable design, the series offers user-friendly front panel control knobs for adjustment of the output power and pulse width. An advanced engineering design and consistent manufacturing process ensure the highest quality standards for volume production.

Product Wavelength (nm) Pulse Width (ps) Avg Power (mW) Rep Rate (MHz) Power Stability (RMS%)
780/850 nm Low Power, Low Jitter 780 or 850 < 2 > 0.5 20 < 0.5
1030 or 1064 nm Medium Power 1030 or 1064 compressible to 0.2 - 0.4 1 - 3 27, 50, 100 < 0.5
1030 or 1064 nm High Power 1030 or 1064 compressible to 0.1 - 0.3 > 100 27, 55, 100 < 0.5
1030 or 1064 nm Picosecond 1030 or 1064 5 - 20 > 5 20 ~ 100 < 1.0
1310 nm Low Power, Low Jitter 1310 < 0.3 > 0.5 20 < 0.5
1550 nm Low Power, Low Jitter 1550 < 0.5 > 0.5 20 < 0.5
780/850 and 1550 nm Low Power, Low Jitter 780/850 or 1550 < 0.2, < 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, Picosecond 1535 - 1565 2 - 10 > 20 at 2.5 GHz 0.6 - 2.5 GHz < 1.0
1550 nm, 5 - 20 GHz, Picosecond 1535 - 1565 1.5 - 10 > 20 at 10 GHz 5 - 20 GHz < 1.0
1550 nm, 20 - 40 GHz, Picosecond 1535 - 1565 0.8 - 5 > 20 at 40 GHz 20 - 40 GHz < 1.0

* For optical amplifier, see 1550 nm EDFA Benchtop.

Coronado: Our EDFA provides high gain and a low noise figure. Calmar’s unique EDFA is optimized for short pulse amplification with exceptional stable and reliable performance.

Carmel: compact fiber lasers offer > 1 W average power @780 nm, < 100fs typical pulse width, and 80 MHz repetition rate in an ultra-compact package.

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