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Optics Express

  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 21, Iss. 9 — May. 6, 2013
  • pp: 11376–11381

Amplification of cylindrically polarized laser beams in single crystal fiber amplifiers

Stefan Piehler, Xavier Délen, Martin Rumpel, Julien Didierjean, Nicolas Aubry, Thomas Graf, Francois Balembois, Patrick Georges, and Marwan Abdou Ahmed  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 21, Issue 9, pp. 11376-11381 (2013)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.21.011376


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Abstract

Yb:YAG single crystal fiber (SCF) amplifiers have recently drawn much attention in the field of amplification of ultra-short pulses. In this paper, we report on the use of SCF amplifiers for the amplification of cylindrically polarized laser beams, as such beams offer promising properties for numerous applications. While the amplification of cylindrically polarized beams is challenging with other amplifier designs due to thermally induced depolarization, we demonstrate the amplification of 32 W cylindrically polarized beams to an output power of 100 W. A measured degree of radial polarization after the SCF of about 95% indicates an excellent conservation of polarization.

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OCIS Codes
(140.0140) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers and laser optics
(140.3280) Lasers and laser optics : Laser amplifiers
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

History
Original Manuscript: March 15, 2013
Revised Manuscript: April 10, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: April 11, 2013
Published: May 2, 2013

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May 24, 2013 Spotlight on Optics

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Stefan Piehler, Xavier Délen, Martin Rumpel, Julien Didierjean, Nicolas Aubry, Thomas Graf, Francois Balembois, Patrick Georges, and Marwan Abdou Ahmed, "Amplification of cylindrically polarized laser beams in single crystal fiber amplifiers," Opt. Express 21, 11376-11381 (2013)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-21-9-11376


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