Abstract

Picosecond pulses emitted from a gain-switched laser diode have been amplified in a Ti:sapphire regenerative amplifier indirectly pumped by a 4-W laser diode. This all-solid-state system produced microjoule pulses tunable from 803 to 840 nm at repetition rates up to 25 kHz with durations of 70–100 ps. By frequency doubling and tripling the output, we generated blue and UV pulses tunable from 401 to 420 nm and from 268 to 280 nm, respectively. Average powers larger than 4 mW were reached in these two wavelength regions.

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1997 (3)

F. Balembois, M. Gaignet, F. Louradour, V. Couderc, A. Barthelemy, P. Georges, A. Brun, “Tunable picosecond UV source at 10 kHz based on an all solid-state diode-pumped laser system,” Appl. Phys. B 65, 255–258 (1997).
[CrossRef]

N. Stelmakh, J.-M. Lourtioz, G. Marquebielle, G. Volluet, J. P. Hirtz, “Generation of high-energy (0.3 μJ) short pulses (<400 ps) from a gain-switched laser diode stack with sub-ns electrical pump pulses,” IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 3, 245–250 (1997).
[CrossRef]

P. J. Deffyett, A. Yusim, S. Grantham, S. Gee, K. Kabel, M. Richardson, G. Alphonse, J. Connolly, “Ultrafast semiconductor laser-diode-seeded Cr:LiSAF regenerative amplifier system,” Appl. Opt. 36, 3375–3380 (1997).
[CrossRef]

1996 (1)

A. Hariharan, D. J. Harter, T. S. Sosnowski, S. Kane, D. Du, T. B. Norris, J. Squier, “Injection of ultrafast regenerative amplifiers with low energy femtosecond pulses from an Er-doped fiber laser,” Opt. Commun. 132, 469–473 (1996).
[CrossRef]

1995 (1)

1994 (1)

1991 (1)

1988 (1)

Alphonse, G.

Bado, P.

D. J. Harter, P. Bado, “A wavelength tunable alexandrite regenerative amplifier,” Appl. Opt. 27, 4392–4395 (1988).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

D. J. Harter, O. Montoya, J. Squier, J. Nees, P. Bado, G. Mourou, “Short pulse amplification in tunable solid state material,” in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, Vol. 7 of 1988 OSA Technical Digest Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1988), paper PD6.

Balembois, F.

F. Balembois, M. Gaignet, F. Louradour, V. Couderc, A. Barthelemy, P. Georges, A. Brun, “Tunable picosecond UV source at 10 kHz based on an all solid-state diode-pumped laser system,” Appl. Phys. B 65, 255–258 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Barry, N. P.

Barthelemy, A.

F. Balembois, M. Gaignet, F. Louradour, V. Couderc, A. Barthelemy, P. Georges, A. Brun, “Tunable picosecond UV source at 10 kHz based on an all solid-state diode-pumped laser system,” Appl. Phys. B 65, 255–258 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Beigang, R.

Blixt, P.

Braun, A.

A. Braun, H.-H. Liu, C. Horvath, X. Liu, T. Juhasz, G. Mourou, “All-solid-state, directly diode-pumped chirped-pulse amplification laser system,” in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, Vol. 11 of 1997 OSA Technical Digest Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1997), paper CThC7.

Brun, A.

F. Balembois, M. Gaignet, F. Louradour, V. Couderc, A. Barthelemy, P. Georges, A. Brun, “Tunable picosecond UV source at 10 kHz based on an all solid-state diode-pumped laser system,” Appl. Phys. B 65, 255–258 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Connolly, J.

Couderc, V.

F. Balembois, M. Gaignet, F. Louradour, V. Couderc, A. Barthelemy, P. Georges, A. Brun, “Tunable picosecond UV source at 10 kHz based on an all solid-state diode-pumped laser system,” Appl. Phys. B 65, 255–258 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Deffyett, P. J.

Du, D.

A. Hariharan, D. J. Harter, T. S. Sosnowski, S. Kane, D. Du, T. B. Norris, J. Squier, “Injection of ultrafast regenerative amplifiers with low energy femtosecond pulses from an Er-doped fiber laser,” Opt. Commun. 132, 469–473 (1996).
[CrossRef]

Fermann, M. E.

French, P. M. W.

Gaignet, M.

F. Balembois, M. Gaignet, F. Louradour, V. Couderc, A. Barthelemy, P. Georges, A. Brun, “Tunable picosecond UV source at 10 kHz based on an all solid-state diode-pumped laser system,” Appl. Phys. B 65, 255–258 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Galvanauskas, A.

Gee, S.

Georges, P.

F. Balembois, M. Gaignet, F. Louradour, V. Couderc, A. Barthelemy, P. Georges, A. Brun, “Tunable picosecond UV source at 10 kHz based on an all solid-state diode-pumped laser system,” Appl. Phys. B 65, 255–258 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Grantham, S.

Hariharan, A.

A. Hariharan, D. J. Harter, T. S. Sosnowski, S. Kane, D. Du, T. B. Norris, J. Squier, “Injection of ultrafast regenerative amplifiers with low energy femtosecond pulses from an Er-doped fiber laser,” Opt. Commun. 132, 469–473 (1996).
[CrossRef]

Harter, D.

Harter, D. J.

A. Hariharan, D. J. Harter, T. S. Sosnowski, S. Kane, D. Du, T. B. Norris, J. Squier, “Injection of ultrafast regenerative amplifiers with low energy femtosecond pulses from an Er-doped fiber laser,” Opt. Commun. 132, 469–473 (1996).
[CrossRef]

D. J. Harter, P. Bado, “A wavelength tunable alexandrite regenerative amplifier,” Appl. Opt. 27, 4392–4395 (1988).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

D. J. Harter, O. Montoya, J. Squier, J. Nees, P. Bado, G. Mourou, “Short pulse amplification in tunable solid state material,” in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, Vol. 7 of 1988 OSA Technical Digest Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1988), paper PD6.

Hirtz, J. P.

N. Stelmakh, J.-M. Lourtioz, G. Marquebielle, G. Volluet, J. P. Hirtz, “Generation of high-energy (0.3 μJ) short pulses (<400 ps) from a gain-switched laser diode stack with sub-ns electrical pump pulses,” IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 3, 245–250 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Horvath, C.

A. Braun, H.-H. Liu, C. Horvath, X. Liu, T. Juhasz, G. Mourou, “All-solid-state, directly diode-pumped chirped-pulse amplification laser system,” in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, Vol. 11 of 1997 OSA Technical Digest Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1997), paper CThC7.

Hyde, S. C. W.

Jones, R.

Juhasz, T.

A. Braun, H.-H. Liu, C. Horvath, X. Liu, T. Juhasz, G. Mourou, “All-solid-state, directly diode-pumped chirped-pulse amplification laser system,” in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, Vol. 11 of 1997 OSA Technical Digest Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1997), paper CThC7.

Kabel, K.

Kane, S.

A. Hariharan, D. J. Harter, T. S. Sosnowski, S. Kane, D. Du, T. B. Norris, J. Squier, “Injection of ultrafast regenerative amplifiers with low energy femtosecond pulses from an Er-doped fiber laser,” Opt. Commun. 132, 469–473 (1996).
[CrossRef]

Liu, H.-H.

A. Braun, H.-H. Liu, C. Horvath, X. Liu, T. Juhasz, G. Mourou, “All-solid-state, directly diode-pumped chirped-pulse amplification laser system,” in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, Vol. 11 of 1997 OSA Technical Digest Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1997), paper CThC7.

Liu, X.

A. Braun, H.-H. Liu, C. Horvath, X. Liu, T. Juhasz, G. Mourou, “All-solid-state, directly diode-pumped chirped-pulse amplification laser system,” in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, Vol. 11 of 1997 OSA Technical Digest Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1997), paper CThC7.

Louradour, F.

F. Balembois, M. Gaignet, F. Louradour, V. Couderc, A. Barthelemy, P. Georges, A. Brun, “Tunable picosecond UV source at 10 kHz based on an all solid-state diode-pumped laser system,” Appl. Phys. B 65, 255–258 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Lourtioz, J.-M.

N. Stelmakh, J.-M. Lourtioz, G. Marquebielle, G. Volluet, J. P. Hirtz, “Generation of high-energy (0.3 μJ) short pulses (<400 ps) from a gain-switched laser diode stack with sub-ns electrical pump pulses,” IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 3, 245–250 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Marquebielle, G.

N. Stelmakh, J.-M. Lourtioz, G. Marquebielle, G. Volluet, J. P. Hirtz, “Generation of high-energy (0.3 μJ) short pulses (<400 ps) from a gain-switched laser diode stack with sub-ns electrical pump pulses,” IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 3, 245–250 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Mellish, R.

Montoya, O.

D. J. Harter, O. Montoya, J. Squier, J. Nees, P. Bado, G. Mourou, “Short pulse amplification in tunable solid state material,” in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, Vol. 7 of 1988 OSA Technical Digest Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1988), paper PD6.

Mourou, G.

D. J. Harter, O. Montoya, J. Squier, J. Nees, P. Bado, G. Mourou, “Short pulse amplification in tunable solid state material,” in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, Vol. 7 of 1988 OSA Technical Digest Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1988), paper PD6.

A. Braun, H.-H. Liu, C. Horvath, X. Liu, T. Juhasz, G. Mourou, “All-solid-state, directly diode-pumped chirped-pulse amplification laser system,” in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, Vol. 11 of 1997 OSA Technical Digest Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1997), paper CThC7.

Nebel, A.

Nees, J.

D. J. Harter, O. Montoya, J. Squier, J. Nees, P. Bado, G. Mourou, “Short pulse amplification in tunable solid state material,” in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, Vol. 7 of 1988 OSA Technical Digest Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1988), paper PD6.

Norris, T. B.

A. Hariharan, D. J. Harter, T. S. Sosnowski, S. Kane, D. Du, T. B. Norris, J. Squier, “Injection of ultrafast regenerative amplifiers with low energy femtosecond pulses from an Er-doped fiber laser,” Opt. Commun. 132, 469–473 (1996).
[CrossRef]

Richardson, M.

Sosnowski, T. S.

A. Hariharan, D. J. Harter, T. S. Sosnowski, S. Kane, D. Du, T. B. Norris, J. Squier, “Injection of ultrafast regenerative amplifiers with low energy femtosecond pulses from an Er-doped fiber laser,” Opt. Commun. 132, 469–473 (1996).
[CrossRef]

Squier, J.

A. Hariharan, D. J. Harter, T. S. Sosnowski, S. Kane, D. Du, T. B. Norris, J. Squier, “Injection of ultrafast regenerative amplifiers with low energy femtosecond pulses from an Er-doped fiber laser,” Opt. Commun. 132, 469–473 (1996).
[CrossRef]

D. J. Harter, O. Montoya, J. Squier, J. Nees, P. Bado, G. Mourou, “Short pulse amplification in tunable solid state material,” in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, Vol. 7 of 1988 OSA Technical Digest Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1988), paper PD6.

Stelmakh, N.

N. Stelmakh, J.-M. Lourtioz, G. Marquebielle, G. Volluet, J. P. Hirtz, “Generation of high-energy (0.3 μJ) short pulses (<400 ps) from a gain-switched laser diode stack with sub-ns electrical pump pulses,” IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 3, 245–250 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Taylor, J. R.

Tellefsen, J. A.

Valster, A.

Van der Poel, C. J.

Volluet, G.

N. Stelmakh, J.-M. Lourtioz, G. Marquebielle, G. Volluet, J. P. Hirtz, “Generation of high-energy (0.3 μJ) short pulses (<400 ps) from a gain-switched laser diode stack with sub-ns electrical pump pulses,” IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 3, 245–250 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Yusim, A.

Appl. Opt. (2)

Appl. Phys. B (1)

F. Balembois, M. Gaignet, F. Louradour, V. Couderc, A. Barthelemy, P. Georges, A. Brun, “Tunable picosecond UV source at 10 kHz based on an all solid-state diode-pumped laser system,” Appl. Phys. B 65, 255–258 (1997).
[CrossRef]

IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. (1)

N. Stelmakh, J.-M. Lourtioz, G. Marquebielle, G. Volluet, J. P. Hirtz, “Generation of high-energy (0.3 μJ) short pulses (<400 ps) from a gain-switched laser diode stack with sub-ns electrical pump pulses,” IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 3, 245–250 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Opt. Commun. (1)

A. Hariharan, D. J. Harter, T. S. Sosnowski, S. Kane, D. Du, T. B. Norris, J. Squier, “Injection of ultrafast regenerative amplifiers with low energy femtosecond pulses from an Er-doped fiber laser,” Opt. Commun. 132, 469–473 (1996).
[CrossRef]

Opt. Lett. (3)

Other (2)

A. Braun, H.-H. Liu, C. Horvath, X. Liu, T. Juhasz, G. Mourou, “All-solid-state, directly diode-pumped chirped-pulse amplification laser system,” in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, Vol. 11 of 1997 OSA Technical Digest Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1997), paper CThC7.

D. J. Harter, O. Montoya, J. Squier, J. Nees, P. Bado, G. Mourou, “Short pulse amplification in tunable solid state material,” in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, Vol. 7 of 1988 OSA Technical Digest Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1988), paper PD6.

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Figures (7)

Fig. 1
Fig. 1

Spectrum of picosecond laser-diode pulses.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

Experimental setup of the tunable picosecond laser system. The focal lengths of lenses L1, L2, L3, and L4 are 8, 200, 100, and 90 mm, respectively. LBO, LiB3O5; BBO, β-BaB2O4.

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

Pulse responses at 803 and 812 nm monitored by a fast photodiode (1-ns rise time) monitoring a leakage of one mirror of the regenerative amplifier.

Fig. 4
Fig. 4

Tunability of IR pulses near 820 nm. Circles, total energy extracted per pulse from the amplifier (including ASE); crosses, energy of the amplified laser pulses; squares, ASE.

Fig. 5
Fig. 5

Shape of the amplified pulse measured with a sampling oscilloscope.

Fig. 6
Fig. 6

Tuning curves for the second-harmonic generation (on the right) and the third-harmonic generation (on the left).

Fig. 7
Fig. 7

Setup for injection seeding with a grating.

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