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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 20, Iss. 22 — Oct. 22, 2012
  • pp: 25121–25129

Sagnac interferometric multipass loop amplifier

S. Roither, A. J. Verhoef, O. D. Mücke, G. A. Reider, A. Pugžlys, and A. Baltuška  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 20, Issue 22, pp. 25121-25129 (2012)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.20.025121


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Abstract

We propose and investigate experimentally an interferometrically stable, polarization-selective pulse multiplexing scheme for direct laser amplification of picosecond pulses. The basic building block of this scheme is a Sagnac loop which allows for a straightforward scaling of the pulse-multiplexing scheme. Switching the amplifier from single-pulse amplification to burst mode increases extraction efficiency, reduces parasitic non-linearities in the gain medium and allows for higher output energies. Time-frequency analysis of the amplified output pulses demonstrates the viability of this approach.

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OCIS Codes
(140.3280) Lasers and laser optics : Laser amplifiers
(140.7090) Lasers and laser optics : Ultrafast lasers

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

History
Original Manuscript: August 27, 2012
Revised Manuscript: October 10, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: October 10, 2012
Published: October 18, 2012

Citation
S. Roither, A. J. Verhoef, O. D. Mücke, G. A. Reider, A. Pugžlys, and A. Baltuška, "Sagnac interferometric multipass loop amplifier," Opt. Express 20, 25121-25129 (2012)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-20-22-25121


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