Pulses from a cw mode-locked Nd:YAG laser, spectrally broadened and chirped by self-phase modulation in a single-mode optical fiber, have been compressed in a multiple-stage amplifier system to a pulse width of 12 psec without a grating-pair delay line. Single pulses are amplified in pulsed Nd:YAG stages to energies greater than 10 mJ and are synchronous with the cw mode-locked laser source. We find the amplified pulses to be stable, free of satellite pulses, and close to the transform limit.
© 1986 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: November 22, 1985
Manuscript Accepted: January 15, 1986
Published: April 1, 1986
D. F. Voss and L. S. Goldberg, "Simultaneous amplification and compression of continous-wave mode-locked Nd:YAG laser pulses," Opt. Lett. 11, 210-212 (1986)