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Optics Express

  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 22, Iss. 9 — May. 5, 2014
  • pp: 11228–11235

Full characterization of the amplified spontaneous emission from a diode-pumped high-power laser system

S. Keppler, M. Hornung, R. Bödefeld, A. Sävert, H. Liebetrau, J. Hein, and M. C. Kaluza  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 22, Issue 9, pp. 11228-11235 (2014)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.22.011228


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Abstract

We present the first complete temporal and spatial characterization of the amplified spontaneous emission (ASE) of laser radiation generated by a diode-pumped high-power laser system. The ASE of the different amplifiers was measured independently from the main pulse and was characterized within a time window of −10ms ≤ t ≤ 10ms and an accuracy of up to 15fs around the main pulse. Furthermore, the focusability and the energy of the ASE from each amplifier was measured after recompression. Using our analysis method, the laser components, which need to be optimized for a further improvement of the laser contrast, can be identified. This will be essential for laser-matter interaction experiments requiring a minimized ASE intensity or fluence.

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OCIS Codes
(140.3410) Lasers and laser optics : Laser resonators
(140.3480) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, diode-pumped
(260.2510) Physical optics : Fluorescence
(320.4240) Ultrafast optics : Nanosecond phenomena
(320.5550) Ultrafast optics : Pulses

ToC Category:
Short pulse sources

History
Original Manuscript: January 6, 2014
Revised Manuscript: April 11, 2014
Manuscript Accepted: April 16, 2014
Published: May 2, 2014

Virtual Issues
2013 Advanced Solid State Lasers (2013) Optics Express

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S. Keppler, M. Hornung, R. Bödefeld, A. Sävert, H. Liebetrau, J. Hein, and M. C. Kaluza, "Full characterization of the amplified spontaneous emission from a diode-pumped high-power laser system," Opt. Express 22, 11228-11235 (2014)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-22-9-11228


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