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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 20, Iss. 7 — Mar. 26, 2012
  • pp: 7054–7065

Frontiers in passively mode-locked high-power thin disk laser oscillators

Cyrill R. E. Baer, Oliver H. Heckl, Clara J. Saraceno, Cinia Schriber, Christian Kränkel, Thomas Südmeyer, and Ursula Keller  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 20, Issue 7, pp. 7054-7065 (2012)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.20.007054


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Abstract

Semiconductor saturable absorber mirror (SESAM) mode-locked thin disk lasers define the state-of-the-art performance for high average power and high pulse energy femtosecond laser oscillators. To date pulse energies above 30 µJ and average powers above 140 W have been demonstrated. In this paper we review the achievements of mode-locked thin disk lasers in terms of average power and pulse energy. Stable mode locking requires single transverse mode operation even at the highest average power, which is challenging and therefore addressed in more detail. We then summarize our expectations on the main challenges and limitiations for the next generation of mode-locked thin disk laser oscillators with an average power above 500 W and pulse energies in excess of 100 µJ.

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OCIS Codes
(140.3580) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, solid-state
(140.4050) Lasers and laser optics : Mode-locked lasers

ToC Category:
Ultrafast Optics

History
Original Manuscript: December 21, 2011
Revised Manuscript: February 9, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: February 13, 2012
Published: March 13, 2012

Virtual Issues
Modular Ultrafast Lasers (Invited Only) (2012) Optics Express

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Cyrill R. E. Baer, Oliver H. Heckl, Clara J. Saraceno, Cinia Schriber, Christian Kränkel, Thomas Südmeyer, and Ursula Keller, "Frontiers in passively mode-locked high-power thin disk laser oscillators," Opt. Express 20, 7054-7065 (2012)
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