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  • Editor: Henry van Driel
  • Vol. 27, Iss. 10 — Oct. 1, 2010
  • pp: 2051–2060

Optimization of high performance ultrafast fiber laser systems to > 10   GW peak power

D. N. Schimpf, J. Limpert, and A. Tünnermann  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA B, Vol. 27, Issue 10, pp. 2051-2060 (2010)

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We show that the peak powers of ytterbium-doped fiber chirped pulse amplification (CPA) can be scaled by at least 1 order of magnitude (in the transform limit) as compared to current systems by using a different spectral region of operation. A simple and fast model for saturated broadband fiber CPA systems is developed and applied to study the impact of the interplay between the spectrally dependent small signal gain and the saturation on the output bandwidth. The influence of self-phase modulation on the recompression of the pulse is discussed. It can be shown that the novel operation regime exhibits superior performance even if nonlinear effects are considered. The numerical results are significant for the design of the next generation of ultrafast high power fiber lasers.

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OCIS Codes
(060.2320) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics amplifiers and oscillators
(140.3280) Lasers and laser optics : Laser amplifiers
(140.3430) Lasers and laser optics : Laser theory
(140.7090) Lasers and laser optics : Ultrafast lasers
(140.3615) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, ytterbium

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

Original Manuscript: May 18, 2010
Revised Manuscript: August 23, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: August 24, 2010
Published: September 20, 2010

D. N. Schimpf, J. Limpert, and A. Tünnermann, "Optimization of high performance ultrafast fiber laser systems to >10 GW peak power," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 27, 2051-2060 (2010)

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