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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 35, Iss. 11 — Jun. 1, 2010
  • pp: 1752–1754

High-energy, kHz-repetition-rate, ps cryogenic Yb:YAG chirped-pulse amplifier

Kyung-Han Hong, Juliet T. Gopinath, Darren Rand, Aleem M. Siddiqui, Shu-Wei Huang, Enbang Li, Benjamin J. Eggleton, John D. Hybl, Tso Yee Fan, and Franz X. Kärtner  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 35, Issue 11, pp. 1752-1754 (2010)

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We demonstrate amplification of picosecond laser pulses to 40 mJ at a 2 kHz pulse repetition frequency (PRF) from a two-stage cryogenic chirped-pulse Yb:YAG amplifier, composed of a regenerative amplifier (RGA) and a two-pass booster amplifier. The RGA produces 8.2 mJ of energy at 2 kHz PRF and 13.2 mJ at 1 kHz PRF with excellent energy stability (~0.3% rms) and beam quality ( M 2 < 1.1 ). Pulse stretching and compression are achieved by using a chirped fiber Bragg grating and a multilayer dielectric grating pair, respectively. Compressed 15 ps pulses from the RGA are obtained with a throughput efficiency of ~80% (~6.5 mJ for 2 kHz ). The booster amplifier further amplifies the pulses to 40 mJ at 2 kHz PRF, and ~32 mJ, ~15 ps pulses are expected after compression. The amplifier chain seeded from a femtosecond Yb-fiber laser enables the optical self-synchronization between signal and pump in optical parametric chirped-pulse amplifier applications.

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OCIS Codes
(140.3280) Lasers and laser optics : Laser amplifiers
(320.7090) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast lasers
(140.3615) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, ytterbium

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

Original Manuscript: February 11, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: April 19, 2010
Published: May 17, 2010

Kyung-Han Hong, Juliet T. Gopinath, Darren Rand, Aleem M. Siddiqui, Shu-Wei Huang, Enbang Li, Benjamin J. Eggleton, John D. Hybl, Tso Yee Fan, and Franz X. Kärtner, "High-energy, kHz-repetition-rate, ps cryogenic Yb:YAG chirped-pulse amplifier," Opt. Lett. 35, 1752-1754 (2010)

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