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  • Vol. 25, Iss. 11 — Jun. 1, 2000
  • pp: 859–861

16.2-W average power from a diode-pumped femtosecond Yb:YAG thin disk laser

J. Aus der Au, G. J. Spühler, T. Südmeyer, R. Paschotta, R. Hövel, M. Moser, S. Erhard, M. Karszewski, A. Giesen, and U. Keller  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 25, Issue 11, pp. 859-861 (2000)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.25.000859


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Abstract

We demonstrate a power-scalable concept for high-power all-solid-state femtosecond lasers, based on passive mode locking of Yb:YAG thin disk lasers with semiconductor saturable-absorber mirrors. We obtained 16.2 W of average output power in pulses with 730-fs duration, 0.47-μJ pulse energy, and 560-kW peak power. This is to our knowledge the highest average power reported for a laser oscillator in the subpicosecond regime. Single-pass frequency doubling through a 5-mm-long lithium triborate crystal (LBO) yields 8-W average output power of 515-nm radiation.

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OCIS Codes
(140.3480) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, diode-pumped
(140.4050) Lasers and laser optics : Mode-locked lasers
(140.5680) Lasers and laser optics : Rare earth and transition metal solid-state lasers
(190.2620) Nonlinear optics : Harmonic generation and mixing

Citation
J. Aus der Au, G. J. Spühler, T. Südmeyer, R. Paschotta, R. Hövel, M. Moser, S. Erhard, M. Karszewski, A. Giesen, and U. Keller, "16.2-W average power from a diode-pumped femtosecond Yb:YAG thin disk laser," Opt. Lett. 25, 859-861 (2000)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-25-11-859

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