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  • Editor: Xi-Cheng Zhang
  • Vol. 39, Iss. 11 — Jun. 1, 2014
  • pp: 3278–3281

Coherent beam combination of Yb:YAG single-crystal rod amplifiers

Marco Kienel, Michael Müller, Stefan Demmler, Jan Rothhardt, Arno Klenke, Tino Eidam, Jens Limpert, and Andreas Tünnermann  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 39, Issue 11, pp. 3278-3281 (2014)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.39.003278


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Abstract

Coherent combination of ultrashort laser pulses emitted from spatially separated amplifiers is a promising power-scaling technique for ultrafast laser systems. It has been successfully applied to fiber amplifiers, since guidance of the signal provides the advantage of an excellent beam quality and straightforward superposition of beams as compared to bulk-type amplifier implementations. Herein we demonstrate, for the first time to our knowledge, a two-channel combining scheme employing Yb:YAG single-crystal rod amplifiers as an energy booster in a fiber chirped-pulse amplification system. In this proof-of-principle experiment, combined and compressed pulses with a duration of 695 fs and an energy of 3 mJ (3.7 GW of peak power) are obtained. The combining efficiency is as high as 94% and the beam quality of the combined output is characterized by a measured M2-value of 1.2.

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OCIS Codes
(140.3280) Lasers and laser optics : Laser amplifiers
(140.7090) Lasers and laser optics : Ultrafast lasers
(140.3298) Lasers and laser optics : Laser beam combining
(140.3615) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, ytterbium

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

History
Original Manuscript: March 26, 2014
Revised Manuscript: April 25, 2014
Manuscript Accepted: April 26, 2014
Published: May 27, 2014

Citation
Marco Kienel, Michael Müller, Stefan Demmler, Jan Rothhardt, Arno Klenke, Tino Eidam, Jens Limpert, and Andreas Tünnermann, "Coherent beam combination of Yb:YAG single-crystal rod amplifiers," Opt. Lett. 39, 3278-3281 (2014)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-39-11-3278


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