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Optics Express

  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 21, Iss. 4 — Feb. 25, 2013
  • pp: 4986–4994

Beam delivery and pulse compression to sub-50 fs of a modelocked thin-disk laser in a gas-filled Kagome-type HC-PCF fiber

Florian Emaury, Coralie Fourcade Dutin, Clara J. Saraceno, Mathis Trant, Oliver H. Heckl, Yang Y. Wang, Cinia Schriber, Frederic Gerome, Thomas Südmeyer, Fetah Benabid, and Ursula Keller  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 21, Issue 4, pp. 4986-4994 (2013)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.21.004986


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Abstract

We present two experiments confirming that hypocycloid Kagome-type hollow-core photonic crystal fibers (HC-PCFs) are excellent candidates for beam delivery of MW peak powers and pulse compression down to the sub-50 fs regime. We demonstrate temporal pulse compression of a 1030-nm Yb:YAG thin disk laser providing 860 fs, 1.9 µJ pulses at 3.9 MHz. Using a single-pass grating pulse compressor, we obtained a pulse duration of 48 fs (FWHM), a spectral bandwidth of 58 nm, and an average output power of 4.2 W with an overall power efficiency into the final polarized compressed pulse of 56%. The pulse energy was 1.1 µJ. This corresponds to a peak power of more than 10 MW and a compression factor of 18 taking into account the exact temporal pulse profile measured with a SHG FROG. The compressed pulses were close to the transform limit of 44 fs. Moreover, we present transmission of up to 97 µJ pulses at 10.5 ps through 10-cm long fiber, corresponding to more than twice the critical peak power for self-focusing in silica.

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OCIS Codes
(320.0320) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast optics
(320.5520) Ultrafast optics : Pulse compression
(060.5295) Fiber optics and optical communications : Photonic crystal fibers

ToC Category:
Ultrafast Optics

History
Original Manuscript: November 13, 2012
Revised Manuscript: January 23, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: January 23, 2013
Published: February 21, 2013

Citation
Florian Emaury, Coralie Fourcade Dutin, Clara J. Saraceno, Mathis Trant, Oliver H. Heckl, Yang Y. Wang, Cinia Schriber, Frederic Gerome, Thomas Südmeyer, Fetah Benabid, and Ursula Keller, "Beam delivery and pulse compression to sub-50 fs of a modelocked thin-disk laser in a gas-filled Kagome-type HC-PCF fiber," Opt. Express 21, 4986-4994 (2013)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-21-4-4986


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