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  • Vol. 37, Iss. 13 — Jul. 1, 2012
  • pp: 2700–2702

Sub-picosecond pulses at 100 W average power from a Yb:YLF chirped-pulse amplification system

Daniel E. Miller, Luis E. Zapata, Daniel J. Ripin, and Tso Yee Fan  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 37, Issue 13, pp. 2700-2702 (2012)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.37.002700


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Abstract

We present a high-repetition-frequency, diode-pumped, and chirped-pulse amplification system operating at 106 W average output power with excellent beam quality (M2=1.3), based on cryogenically cooled Yb:YLF. 1 nJ seed pulses, derived from a mode-locked Ti:sapphire laser, are first amplified to 1 mJ pulse energy at 10 kHz repetition frequency in a regenerative amplifier. The second-stage, multipass amplifier increases the pulse energy to 10.6 mJ, resulting in a spectral width of 2.2 nm. The pulses are compressed to 865 fs in duration, which is 1.26 times the transform limit.

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OCIS Codes
(140.3380) Lasers and laser optics : Laser materials
(140.3480) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, diode-pumped
(140.3538) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, pulsed
(140.3615) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, ytterbium

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

History
Original Manuscript: April 17, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: May 13, 2012
Published: June 26, 2012

Citation
Daniel E. Miller, Luis E. Zapata, Daniel J. Ripin, and Tso Yee Fan, "Sub-picosecond pulses at 100 W average power from a Yb:YLF chirped-pulse amplification system," Opt. Lett. 37, 2700-2702 (2012)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-37-13-2700

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