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  • Editor: Xi-Cheng Zhang
  • Vol. 39, Iss. 1 — Jan. 1, 2014
  • pp: 9–12

Ultrafast thin-disk laser with 80  μJ pulse energy and 242  W of average power

Clara J. Saraceno, Florian Emaury, Cinia Schriber, Martin Hoffmann, Matthias Golling, Thomas Südmeyer, and Ursula Keller  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 39, Issue 1, pp. 9-12 (2014)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.39.000009


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Abstract

We present a semiconductor saturable absorber mirror (SESAM) mode-locked thin-disk laser generating 80 μJ of pulse energy without additional amplification. This laser oscillator operates at a repetition rate of 3.03 MHz and delivers up to 242 W of average output power with a pulse duration of 1.07 ps, resulting in an output peak power of 66 MW. In order to minimize the parasitic nonlinearity of the air inside the laser cavity, the oscillator was operated in a vacuum environment. To start and stabilize soliton mode locking, we used an optimized high-damage threshold, low-loss SESAM. With this new milestone result, we have successfully scaled the pulse energy of ultrafast laser oscillators to a new performance regime and can predict that pulse energies of several hundreds of microjoules will become possible in the near future. Such lasers are interesting for both industrial and scientific applications, for example for precise micromachining and attosecond science.

© 2013 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(140.4050) Lasers and laser optics : Mode-locked lasers
(320.7090) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast lasers
(140.3615) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, ytterbium

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

History
Original Manuscript: October 11, 2013
Revised Manuscript: November 15, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: November 15, 2013
Published: December 16, 2013

Citation
Clara J. Saraceno, Florian Emaury, Cinia Schriber, Martin Hoffmann, Matthias Golling, Thomas Südmeyer, and Ursula Keller, "Ultrafast thin-disk laser with 80  μJ pulse energy and 242  W of average power," Opt. Lett. 39, 9-12 (2014)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-39-1-9


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