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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 35, Iss. 14 — Jul. 15, 2010
  • pp: 2415–2417

Short-pulse and high-repetition-rate diode-pumped Yb:Ca F 2 regenerative amplifier

Sandrine Ricaud, Frédéric Druon, Dimitris N. Papadopoulos, Patrice Camy, Jean-Louis Doualan, Richard Moncorgé, Martin Delaigue, Yoann Zaouter, Antoine Courjaud, Patrick Georges, and Eric Mottay  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 35, Issue 14, pp. 2415-2417 (2010)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.35.002415


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Abstract

We present a diode-pumped regenerative amplifier based on an Yb : CaF 2 crystal optimized to produce short pulses for various repetition rates ranging from 100 Hz to 10 kHz . The shortest pulse duration generated is 178 fs , and the corresponding energy is 1.4 mJ before compression ( 620 μJ after), at a repetition rate of 500 Hz for 16 W of pump power. The bandwidth is 10 nm centered at 1040 nm . Higher repetition rate regimes have also been explored, allowing an optical-to-optical efficiency up to 10% at a high repetition rate.

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OCIS Codes
(140.3280) Lasers and laser optics : Laser amplifiers
(140.3380) Lasers and laser optics : Laser materials
(140.3480) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, diode-pumped
(140.7090) Lasers and laser optics : Ultrafast lasers
(140.3615) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, ytterbium

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

History
Original Manuscript: May 5, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: June 13, 2010
Published: July 9, 2010

Citation
Sandrine Ricaud, Frédéric Druon, Dimitris N. Papadopoulos, Patrice Camy, Jean-Louis Doualan, Richard Moncorgé, Martin Delaigue, Yoann Zaouter, Antoine Courjaud, Patrick Georges, and Eric Mottay, "Short-pulse and high-repetition-rate diode-pumped Yb:CaF2 regenerative amplifier," Opt. Lett. 35, 2415-2417 (2010)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-35-14-2415

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