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  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 22, Iss. 15 — Jul. 28, 2014
  • pp: 17607–17619

Thermal properties of borate crystals for high power optical parametric chirped-pulse amplification

R. Riedel, J. Rothhardt, K. Beil, B. Gronloh, A. Klenke, H. Höppner, M. Schulz, U. Teubner, C. Kränkel, J. Limpert, A. Tünnermann, M.J. Prandolini, and F. Tavella  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 22, Issue 15, pp. 17607-17619 (2014)

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The potential of borate crystals, BBO, LBO and BiBO, for high average power scaling of optical parametric chirped-pulse amplifiers is investigated. Up-to-date measurements of the absorption coefficients at 515 nm and the thermal conductivities are presented. The measured absorption coefficients are a factor of 10–100 lower than reported by the literature for BBO and LBO. For BBO, a large variation of the absorption coefficients was found between crystals from different manufacturers. The linear and nonlinear absorption coefficients at 515 nm as well as thermal conductivities were determined for the first time for BiBO. Further, different crystal cooling methods are presented. In addition, the limits to power scaling of OPCPAs are discussed.

© 2014 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(140.3280) Lasers and laser optics : Laser amplifiers
(190.4400) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, materials
(190.4410) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, parametric processes

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

Original Manuscript: February 18, 2014
Revised Manuscript: May 8, 2014
Manuscript Accepted: May 8, 2014
Published: July 14, 2014

R. Riedel, J. Rothhardt, K. Beil, B. Gronloh, A. Klenke, H. Höppner, M. Schulz, U. Teubner, C. Kränkel, J. Limpert, A. Tünnermann, M.J. Prandolini, and F. Tavella, "Thermal properties of borate crystals for high power optical parametric chirped-pulse amplification," Opt. Express 22, 17607-17619 (2014)

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