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Optics Express

  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 21, Iss. 21 — Oct. 21, 2013
  • pp: 25440–25451

High efficiency, monolithic fiber chirped pulse amplification system for high energy femtosecond pulse generation

Xiang Peng, Kyungbum Kim, Michael Mielke, Stephen Jennings, Gordon Masor, Dave Stohl, Arturo Chavez-Pirson, Dan T. Nguyen, Dan Rhonehouse, Jie Zong, Dmitriy Churin, and N. Peyghambarian  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 21, Issue 21, pp. 25440-25451 (2013)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.21.025440


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Abstract

A novel monolithic fiber-optic chirped pulse amplification (CPA) system for high energy, femtosecond pulse generation is proposed and experimentally demonstrated. By employing a high gain amplifier comprising merely 20 cm of high efficiency media (HEM) gain fiber, an optimal balance of output pulse energy, optical efficiency, and B-integral is achieved. The HEM amplifier is fabricated from erbium-doped phosphate glass fiber and yields gain of 1.443 dB/cm with slope efficiency >45%. We experimentally demonstrate near diffraction-limited beam quality and near transform-limited femtosecond pulse quality at 1.55 µm wavelength. With pulse energy >100 µJ and pulse duration of 636 fs (FWHM), the peak power is estimated to be ~160 MW. NAVAIR Public Release Distribution Statement A-“Approved for Public release; distribution is unlimited”.

© 2013 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(060.2320) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics amplifiers and oscillators
(320.7090) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast lasers

ToC Category:
Ultrafast Optics

History
Original Manuscript: August 14, 2013
Revised Manuscript: October 1, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: October 8, 2013
Published: October 17, 2013

Citation
Xiang Peng, Kyungbum Kim, Michael Mielke, Stephen Jennings, Gordon Masor, Dave Stohl, Arturo Chavez-Pirson, Dan T. Nguyen, Dan Rhonehouse, Jie Zong, Dmitriy Churin, and N. Peyghambarian, "High efficiency, monolithic fiber chirped pulse amplification system for high energy femtosecond pulse generation," Opt. Express 21, 25440-25451 (2013)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-21-21-25440


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