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  • Editor: Anthony J. Campillo
  • Vol. 32, Iss. 10 — May. 15, 2007
  • pp: 1199–1201

High-peak-power femtosecond pulse compression with polarization-maintaining ytterbium-doped fiber amplification

R. E. Kennedy, A. B. Rulkov, S. V. Popov, and J. R. Taylor  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 32, Issue 10, pp. 1199-1201 (2007)

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We report the generation of 140 fs pulses with a peak power of up to 270 kW using a fiber pulse source based on a polarization-maintaining ytterbium-doped fiber amplifier and a semiconductor saturable absorber mirror mode-locked fiber laser seed. The seed laser pulses were amplified and chirped in the fiber amplifier and subsequently compressed in an external transmission grating pair. The use of a polarization-maintaining amplifier addresses nonlinear polarization-induced limitations to the obtainable compressed pulse duration and quality that can arise if isotropic fiber amplification is used. Numerical simulations of the system support the experimental measurements and also confirm the role of fiber dispersion in obtaining high-quality compressed pulses.

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OCIS Codes
(060.4370) Fiber optics and optical communications : Nonlinear optics, fibers
(140.3510) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, fiber

ToC Category:
Fiber Optics and Optical Communications

Original Manuscript: September 27, 2006
Revised Manuscript: February 19, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: February 27, 2007
Published: April 17, 2007

R. E. Kennedy, A. B. Rulkov, S. V. Popov, and J. R. Taylor, "High-peak-power femtosecond pulse compression with polarization-maintaining ytterbium-doped fiber amplification," Opt. Lett. 32, 1199-1201 (2007)

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