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  • Vol. 36, Iss. 5 — Mar. 1, 2011
  • pp: 748–750

Direct amplification of ultrashort pulses in μ-pulling-down Yb:YAG single crystal fibers

Yoann Zaouter, Igor Martial, Nicolas Aubry, Julien Didierjean, Clemens Hönninger, Eric Mottay, Frederic Druon, Patrick Georges, and François Balembois  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 36, Issue 5, pp. 748-750 (2011)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.36.000748


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Abstract

We demonstrated that Yb:YAG single crystal fibers have a strong potential for the amplification of femtosecond pulses. Seeded by 230 fs pulses with an average power of 400 mW at 30 MHz delivered by a passively mode-locked Yb:KYW oscillator, the system produced 330 fs pulses with an average power of 12 W . This is the shortest pulse duration ever produced by an Yb:YAG amplifier. The gain in the single crystal fiber reached a value as high as 30 in a simple double-pass configuration.

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OCIS Codes
(060.2290) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber materials
(140.3280) Lasers and laser optics : Laser amplifiers
(140.3380) Lasers and laser optics : Laser materials
(140.3615) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, ytterbium

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

History
Original Manuscript: December 7, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: January 6, 2011
Published: February 28, 2011

Citation
Yoann Zaouter, Igor Martial, Nicolas Aubry, Julien Didierjean, Clemens Hönninger, Eric Mottay, Frederic Druon, Patrick Georges, and François Balembois, "Direct amplification of ultrashort pulses in μ-pulling-down Yb:YAG single crystal fibers," Opt. Lett. 36, 748-750 (2011)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-36-5-748


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