Abstract

We present an architecture for a multipass amplifier based on a succession of optical Fourier transforms and short propagations that shows a superior stability for variations of the thermal lens compared to state-of-the-art 4f-based amplifiers. We found that the proposed multipass amplifier is robust to variations of the active medium dioptric power. The superiority of the proposed architecture is demonstrated by analyzing the variations of the size and divergence of the output beam in the form of a Taylor expansion around the design value for variations of the thermal lens in the active medium. The dependence of the output beam divergence and size is investigated also for variations of the number of passes, for aperture effects in the active medium, and as a function of the size of the beam on the active medium. This architecture makes efficient use of the transverse beam filtering inherent in the active medium to deliver a beam with excellent quality (TEM00).

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