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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 33, Iss. 7 — Apr. 1, 2008
  • pp: 726–728

Passively mode-locked Yb:YAG thin-disk laser with pulse energies exceeding 13 μ J by use of an active multipass geometry

Joerg Neuhaus, Jochen Kleinbauer, Alexander Killi, Sascha Weiler, Dirk Sutter, and Thomas Dekorsy  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 33, Issue 7, pp. 726-728 (2008)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.33.000726


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Abstract

We demonstrate the generation of high-energy picosecond pulses directly from a thin-disk laser oscillator by employing a self-imaging active multipass geometry. Stable single-pulse operation has been obtained with an average output power in excess of 50 W , excluding a cw background of 8%, at a repetition rate of 3.8 MHz . Self-starting passive mode locking was accomplished using a semiconductor saturable absorber mirror. The maximum pulse energy was 13.4 μ J at a pulse duration of 1.36 ps with a time-bandwidth product of 0.34. Single-pass external frequency doubling with a conversion efficiency of 60% yielded > 28 W of average power at 515 nm .

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OCIS Codes
(140.3480) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, diode-pumped
(140.3580) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, solid-state
(140.4050) Lasers and laser optics : Mode-locked lasers
(190.2620) Nonlinear optics : Harmonic generation and mixing

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

History
Original Manuscript: January 10, 2008
Revised Manuscript: February 25, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: February 25, 2008
Published: March 31, 2008

Citation
Joerg Neuhaus, Jochen Kleinbauer, Alexander Killi, Sascha Weiler, Dirk Sutter, and Thomas Dekorsy, "Passively mode-locked Yb:YAG thin-disk laser with pulse energies exceeding 13 μJ by use of an active multipass geometry," Opt. Lett. 33, 726-728 (2008)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-33-7-726

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