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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 17, Iss. 18 — Aug. 31, 2009
  • pp: 15700–15708

Bifurcation suppression for stability improvement in Nd:YVO4 regenerative amplifier

Mikhail Grishin, Vidmantas Gulbinas, and Andrejus Michailovas  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 17, Issue 18, pp. 15700-15708 (2009)

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Continuously pumped regenerative amplifiers are subject to energy instability at high pulse repetition rates due to period doubling bifurcation. Theoretical and experimental data are presented, in order to differentiate and understand instability effects in Nd:YVO4 regenerative amplifier, and possible techniques for performance optimization are analyzed. An increase in the seed pulse energy is demonstrated to improve amplification dynamics. Addition of a preamplifier is shown as an efficient way to achieve seed energy high enough to provide stable operation at repetition rates up to 200 kHz with average output power near the theoretical limit.

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OCIS Codes
(140.3280) Lasers and laser optics : Laser amplifiers
(140.3430) Lasers and laser optics : Laser theory
(140.3580) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, solid-state
(140.7090) Lasers and laser optics : Ultrafast lasers

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

Original Manuscript: July 8, 2009
Revised Manuscript: August 12, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: August 12, 2009
Published: August 20, 2009

Mikhail Grishin, Vidmantas Gulbinas, and Andrejus Michailovas, "Bifurcation suppression for stability improvement in Nd:YVO4 regenerative amplifier," Opt. Express 17, 15700-15708 (2009)

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