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  • Editor: Xi-Cheng Zhang
  • Vol. 39, Iss. 6 — Mar. 15, 2014
  • pp: 1333–1336

16.6 J chirped femtosecond laser pulses from a diode-pumped Yb:CaF2 amplifier

Alexander Kessler, Marco Hornung, Sebastian Keppler, Frank Schorcht, Marco Hellwing, Hartmut Liebetrau, Jörg Körner, Alexander Sävert, Mathias Siebold, Matthias Schnepp, Joachim Hein, and Malte C. Kaluza  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 39, Issue 6, pp. 1333-1336 (2014)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.39.001333


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Abstract

We report the amplification of laser pulses at a center wavelength of 1034 nm to an energy of 16.6 J from a fully diode-pumped amplifier using Yb:CaF2 as the active medium. Pumped by a total optical power of 300 kW from high-power laser diodes, a gain factor of g=6.1 was achieved in a nine-pass amplifier configuration agreeing with numerical simulations. A measured spectral bandwidth of 10 nm full width at half-maximum promises a bandwidth-limited compression of the pulses down to a duration of 150 fs. These are, to our knowledge, the most energetic laser pulses achieved from a diode-pumped chirped-pulse amplifier so far.

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OCIS Codes
(140.0140) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers and laser optics
(140.3480) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, diode-pumped
(320.0320) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast optics

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

History
Original Manuscript: December 4, 2013
Revised Manuscript: January 21, 2014
Manuscript Accepted: January 21, 2014
Published: March 3, 2014

Citation
Alexander Kessler, Marco Hornung, Sebastian Keppler, Frank Schorcht, Marco Hellwing, Hartmut Liebetrau, Jörg Körner, Alexander Sävert, Mathias Siebold, Matthias Schnepp, Joachim Hein, and Malte C. Kaluza, "16.6 J chirped femtosecond laser pulses from a diode-pumped Yb:CaF2 amplifier," Opt. Lett. 39, 1333-1336 (2014)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-39-6-1333


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