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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 33, Iss. 23 — Dec. 1, 2008
  • pp: 2770–2772

Terawatt diode-pumped Yb : Ca F 2 laser

Mathias Siebold, Marco Hornung, Ragnar Boedefeld, Sebastian Podleska, Sandro Klingebiel, Christoph Wandt, Ferenc Krausz, Stefan Karsch, Reinhard Uecker, Axel Jochmann, Joachim Hein, and Malte Christoph Kaluza  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 33, Issue 23, pp. 2770-2772 (2008)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.33.002770


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Abstract

We present what we believe to be the first terawatt diode-pumped laser employing single-crystalline Yb : Ca F 2 as the amplifying medium. A maximum pulse energy of 420 mJ at a repetition rate of 1 Hz was achieved by seeding with a stretched femtosecond pulse 2 ns in duration, preamplified to 40 mJ . After recompression, a pulse energy of 197 mJ and a duration of 192 fs were obtained, corresponding to a peak power of 1 TW . Furthermore, nanosecond pulses containing an energy of up to 905 mJ were generated without optical damage.

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OCIS Codes
(140.3280) Lasers and laser optics : Laser amplifiers
(140.3480) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, diode-pumped
(140.7090) Lasers and laser optics : Ultrafast lasers
(140.3615) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, ytterbium

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

History
Original Manuscript: July 16, 2008
Revised Manuscript: October 4, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: October 15, 2008
Published: November 20, 2008

Citation
Mathias Siebold, Marco Hornung, Ragnar Boedefeld, Sebastian Podleska, Sandro Klingebiel, Christoph Wandt, Ferenc Krausz, Stefan Karsch, Reinhard Uecker, Axel Jochmann, Joachim Hein, and Malte Christoph Kaluza, "Terawatt diode-pumped Yb:CaF2 laser," Opt. Lett. 33, 2770-2772 (2008)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-33-23-2770

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