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  • Vol. 29, Iss. 22 — Nov. 15, 2004
  • pp: 2665–2667

11-W average power Ti:sapphire amplifier system using downchirped pulse amplification

David M. Gaudiosi, Amy L. Lytle, Pat Kohl, Margaret M. Murnane, Henry C. Kapteyn, and Sterling Backus  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 29, Issue 22, pp. 2665-2667 (2004)

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We demonstrate a high-power laser system that employs a new scheme in which pulses with negative chirp are amplified and then recompressed by dispersion in a block of transparent material. This scheme has significant advantages for amplification of intermediate energy pulses at high average power, including insensitivity to small misalignments of the pulse compressor, elimination of compressor gratings and their thermal loading issues, low compressor energy and bandwidth throughput losses, and a simplified optical design. Using this scheme, we demonstrate what we believe is the highest-average-power single-stage Ti:sapphire amplifier system with 11-W compressed output.

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OCIS Codes
(140.3280) Lasers and laser optics : Laser amplifiers
(320.7090) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast lasers

David M. Gaudiosi, Amy L. Lytle, Pat Kohl, Margaret M. Murnane, Henry C. Kapteyn, and Sterling Backus, "11-W average power Ti:sapphire amplifier system using downchirped pulse amplification," Opt. Lett. 29, 2665-2667 (2004)

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