Abstract

We demonstrate a large energy output and a wider output spectral bandwidth from Nd:glass-based regenerative amplifiers. The maximum energy extracted from the regenerative amplifier is 24mJ with an overall gain of 3.4×108. The maximum output bandwidth achieved is 4.2nm FWHM when the input pulse spectral bandwidth is 7nm FWHM. This was made possible by a new cavity optimization technique.

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2008

Jens Schwarz, Patrick Rambo, Matthias Geissel, Mark Kimmel, Erik Brambrink, Briggs Atherton, and Jack Glassman, “A hybrid OPCPA/Nd:phosphate glass multi-terawatt laser system for seeding of a petawatt laser,” Opt. Commun. 281, 4984-4992 (2008).
[CrossRef]

2006

A. Isemann, P. Wessels, and C. Fallnich, “Directly diode-pumped colquiriite regenerative amplifiers,” Opt. Commun. 260, 211-222 (2006).
[CrossRef]

2005

Y. Fujimoto, H. Yoshida, M. Nakatsuka, T. Ueda, and A. Fujinoki, “Development of Nd-doped optical gain material based on silica glass with high thermal shock parameter for high average power laser,” Jpn. J. Appl. Phys. 44, 1764-1770 (2005).
[CrossRef]

2003

2002

A. Isemann, H. Hundertmark, and C. Fallnich, “ Diode-pumped Cr:LiCAF fs regenerative amplifier system seeded by an Er-doped mode locked fiber laser,” Appl. Phys. B. 74, 299-306 (2002).
[CrossRef]

1997

R. Mellish, S. C. W. Hyde, N. P. Barry, R. Jones, P. M. W. French, J. R. Taylor, C. J. van der Poel, and A. Valster, “All-solid-state diode-pumped Cr:LiSAF femtosecond oscillator and regenerative amplifier,” Appl. Phys. B. 65, 221-226 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Ian N. Ross, Mark Trentelman, and Colin N. Danson, “Optimization of a chirped pulse amplification Nd:glass laser,” Appl. Opt. 36, 9348-9358 (1997).
[CrossRef]

1996

1995

1994

K. Yamakawa, H. Sugio, H. Daido, M. Nakatsuka, Y. Kato, and S. Nakai, “1 Hz, 1 ps, terawatt Nd:glass laser,” Opt. Commun. 112, 37-42 (1994).
[CrossRef]

1993

1992

J. Squier, S. Coe, K. Clay, and G. Mourou, “An alexandrite pumped Nd:glass regenerative amplifier for chirped pulse amplification,” Opt. Commun. 92, 73-78 (1992).
[CrossRef]

1991

1990

M. Ferray, L. A. Lompre, O. Gobert, A. L'Huillier, G. Mainfray, C. Manus, A. Sanchez, and A. S. Gomes, “Multiterawatt picosecond Nd:glass laser system at 1053 nm,” Opt. Commun. 75, 278-282 (1990).
[CrossRef]

1980

W. H. Lowdermilk and J. E. Murray, “The multipass amplifier: Theory and numerical analysis,” J. Appl. Phys. 51, 2436-2444 (1980).
[CrossRef]

J. E. Murray and W. H. Lowdermilk, “ND: YAG regenerative amplifier,” J. Appl. Phys. 51, 3548-3555 (1980).
[CrossRef]

1963

L. M. Frantz and J. S. Nodvik, “Theory of pulse propagation in a laser amplifier,” J. Appl. Phys. 34, 2346-2349 (1963).
[CrossRef]

Allais, I.

Antonetti, A.

Atherton, Briggs

Jens Schwarz, Patrick Rambo, Matthias Geissel, Mark Kimmel, Erik Brambrink, Briggs Atherton, and Jack Glassman, “A hybrid OPCPA/Nd:phosphate glass multi-terawatt laser system for seeding of a petawatt laser,” Opt. Commun. 281, 4984-4992 (2008).
[CrossRef]

Backus, S.

Bagnoud, V.

Barry, N. P.

R. Mellish, S. C. W. Hyde, N. P. Barry, R. Jones, P. M. W. French, J. R. Taylor, C. J. van der Poel, and A. Valster, “All-solid-state diode-pumped Cr:LiSAF femtosecond oscillator and regenerative amplifier,” Appl. Phys. B. 65, 221-226 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Barty, C. P. J.

Begishev, I. A.

Brambrink, Erik

Jens Schwarz, Patrick Rambo, Matthias Geissel, Mark Kimmel, Erik Brambrink, Briggs Atherton, and Jack Glassman, “A hybrid OPCPA/Nd:phosphate glass multi-terawatt laser system for seeding of a petawatt laser,” Opt. Commun. 281, 4984-4992 (2008).
[CrossRef]

Brown, D. C.

D. C. Brown, High-Peak-Power Nd:Glass Laser Systems, Vol. 25 of Springer Series in Optical Sciences (Springer-Verlag, 1981).

Chambaret, J. P.

Clay, K.

J. Squier, S. Coe, K. Clay, and G. Mourou, “An alexandrite pumped Nd:glass regenerative amplifier for chirped pulse amplification,” Opt. Commun. 92, 73-78 (1992).
[CrossRef]

Coe, S.

J. Squier, S. Coe, K. Clay, and G. Mourou, “An alexandrite pumped Nd:glass regenerative amplifier for chirped pulse amplification,” Opt. Commun. 92, 73-78 (1992).
[CrossRef]

Collier, J.

S. Hawkes, J. Collier, C. Danson, and C. Hernandez-Gomez, “Mixed glass rod amplifier chain--design and implementation,” Rutherford Appleton Laboratory Central Laser Facility Annual Report (2003/2004), 169-171.

Daido, H.

K. Yamakawa, H. Sugio, H. Daido, M. Nakatsuka, Y. Kato, and S. Nakai, “1 Hz, 1 ps, terawatt Nd:glass laser,” Opt. Commun. 112, 37-42 (1994).
[CrossRef]

Danson, C.

S. Hawkes, J. Collier, C. Danson, and C. Hernandez-Gomez, “Mixed glass rod amplifier chain--design and implementation,” Rutherford Appleton Laboratory Central Laser Facility Annual Report (2003/2004), 169-171.

Danson, Colin N.

Fallnich, C.

A. Isemann, P. Wessels, and C. Fallnich, “Directly diode-pumped colquiriite regenerative amplifiers,” Opt. Commun. 260, 211-222 (2006).
[CrossRef]

A. Isemann, H. Hundertmark, and C. Fallnich, “ Diode-pumped Cr:LiCAF fs regenerative amplifier system seeded by an Er-doped mode locked fiber laser,” Appl. Phys. B. 74, 299-306 (2002).
[CrossRef]

Ferray, M.

M. Ferray, L. A. Lompre, O. Gobert, A. L'Huillier, G. Mainfray, C. Manus, A. Sanchez, and A. S. Gomes, “Multiterawatt picosecond Nd:glass laser system at 1053 nm,” Opt. Commun. 75, 278-282 (1990).
[CrossRef]

Frantz, L. M.

L. M. Frantz and J. S. Nodvik, “Theory of pulse propagation in a laser amplifier,” J. Appl. Phys. 34, 2346-2349 (1963).
[CrossRef]

French, P. M. W.

R. Mellish, S. C. W. Hyde, N. P. Barry, R. Jones, P. M. W. French, J. R. Taylor, C. J. van der Poel, and A. Valster, “All-solid-state diode-pumped Cr:LiSAF femtosecond oscillator and regenerative amplifier,” Appl. Phys. B. 65, 221-226 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Fujimoto, Y.

Y. Fujimoto, H. Yoshida, M. Nakatsuka, T. Ueda, and A. Fujinoki, “Development of Nd-doped optical gain material based on silica glass with high thermal shock parameter for high average power laser,” Jpn. J. Appl. Phys. 44, 1764-1770 (2005).
[CrossRef]

Fujinoki, A.

Y. Fujimoto, H. Yoshida, M. Nakatsuka, T. Ueda, and A. Fujinoki, “Development of Nd-doped optical gain material based on silica glass with high thermal shock parameter for high average power laser,” Jpn. J. Appl. Phys. 44, 1764-1770 (2005).
[CrossRef]

Gary, S.

Geissel, Matthias

Jens Schwarz, Patrick Rambo, Matthias Geissel, Mark Kimmel, Erik Brambrink, Briggs Atherton, and Jack Glassman, “A hybrid OPCPA/Nd:phosphate glass multi-terawatt laser system for seeding of a petawatt laser,” Opt. Commun. 281, 4984-4992 (2008).
[CrossRef]

Glassman, Jack

Jens Schwarz, Patrick Rambo, Matthias Geissel, Mark Kimmel, Erik Brambrink, Briggs Atherton, and Jack Glassman, “A hybrid OPCPA/Nd:phosphate glass multi-terawatt laser system for seeding of a petawatt laser,” Opt. Commun. 281, 4984-4992 (2008).
[CrossRef]

Gobert, O.

M. Ferray, L. A. Lompre, O. Gobert, A. L'Huillier, G. Mainfray, C. Manus, A. Sanchez, and A. S. Gomes, “Multiterawatt picosecond Nd:glass laser system at 1053 nm,” Opt. Commun. 75, 278-282 (1990).
[CrossRef]

Gomes, A. S.

M. Ferray, L. A. Lompre, O. Gobert, A. L'Huillier, G. Mainfray, C. Manus, A. Sanchez, and A. S. Gomes, “Multiterawatt picosecond Nd:glass laser system at 1053 nm,” Opt. Commun. 75, 278-282 (1990).
[CrossRef]

Grillon, G.

Guardalben, M. J.

Hawkes, S.

S. Hawkes, J. Collier, C. Danson, and C. Hernandez-Gomez, “Mixed glass rod amplifier chain--design and implementation,” Rutherford Appleton Laboratory Central Laser Facility Annual Report (2003/2004), 169-171.

Hernandez-Gomez, C.

S. Hawkes, J. Collier, C. Danson, and C. Hernandez-Gomez, “Mixed glass rod amplifier chain--design and implementation,” Rutherford Appleton Laboratory Central Laser Facility Annual Report (2003/2004), 169-171.

Huang, C. P.

Hundertmark, H.

A. Isemann, H. Hundertmark, and C. Fallnich, “ Diode-pumped Cr:LiCAF fs regenerative amplifier system seeded by an Er-doped mode locked fiber laser,” Appl. Phys. B. 74, 299-306 (2002).
[CrossRef]

Husson, D.

Hyde, S. W. C.

R. Mellish, S. C. W. Hyde, N. P. Barry, R. Jones, P. M. W. French, J. R. Taylor, C. J. van der Poel, and A. Valster, “All-solid-state diode-pumped Cr:LiSAF femtosecond oscillator and regenerative amplifier,” Appl. Phys. B. 65, 221-226 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Isemann, A.

A. Isemann, P. Wessels, and C. Fallnich, “Directly diode-pumped colquiriite regenerative amplifiers,” Opt. Commun. 260, 211-222 (2006).
[CrossRef]

A. Isemann, H. Hundertmark, and C. Fallnich, “ Diode-pumped Cr:LiCAF fs regenerative amplifier system seeded by an Er-doped mode locked fiber laser,” Appl. Phys. B. 74, 299-306 (2002).
[CrossRef]

Ivanov, V. V.

Jones, R.

R. Mellish, S. C. W. Hyde, N. P. Barry, R. Jones, P. M. W. French, J. R. Taylor, C. J. van der Poel, and A. Valster, “All-solid-state diode-pumped Cr:LiSAF femtosecond oscillator and regenerative amplifier,” Appl. Phys. B. 65, 221-226 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Kapteyn, H. C.

Kato, Y.

K. Yamakawa, H. Sugio, H. Daido, M. Nakatsuka, Y. Kato, and S. Nakai, “1 Hz, 1 ps, terawatt Nd:glass laser,” Opt. Commun. 112, 37-42 (1994).
[CrossRef]

Kimmel, Mark

Jens Schwarz, Patrick Rambo, Matthias Geissel, Mark Kimmel, Erik Brambrink, Briggs Atherton, and Jack Glassman, “A hybrid OPCPA/Nd:phosphate glass multi-terawatt laser system for seeding of a petawatt laser,” Opt. Commun. 281, 4984-4992 (2008).
[CrossRef]

Korn, G.

Krausz, F.

Le Blanc, C.

Lenzner, M.

L'Huillier, A.

M. Ferray, L. A. Lompre, O. Gobert, A. L'Huillier, G. Mainfray, C. Manus, A. Sanchez, and A. S. Gomes, “Multiterawatt picosecond Nd:glass laser system at 1053 nm,” Opt. Commun. 75, 278-282 (1990).
[CrossRef]

Lompre, L. A.

M. Ferray, L. A. Lompre, O. Gobert, A. L'Huillier, G. Mainfray, C. Manus, A. Sanchez, and A. S. Gomes, “Multiterawatt picosecond Nd:glass laser system at 1053 nm,” Opt. Commun. 75, 278-282 (1990).
[CrossRef]

Lowdermilk, W. H.

W. H. Lowdermilk and J. E. Murray, “The multipass amplifier: Theory and numerical analysis,” J. Appl. Phys. 51, 2436-2444 (1980).
[CrossRef]

J. E. Murray and W. H. Lowdermilk, “ND: YAG regenerative amplifier,” J. Appl. Phys. 51, 3548-3555 (1980).
[CrossRef]

Mainfray, G.

M. Ferray, L. A. Lompre, O. Gobert, A. L'Huillier, G. Mainfray, C. Manus, A. Sanchez, and A. S. Gomes, “Multiterawatt picosecond Nd:glass laser system at 1053 nm,” Opt. Commun. 75, 278-282 (1990).
[CrossRef]

Maksimchuk, A.

Manus, C.

M. Ferray, L. A. Lompre, O. Gobert, A. L'Huillier, G. Mainfray, C. Manus, A. Sanchez, and A. S. Gomes, “Multiterawatt picosecond Nd:glass laser system at 1053 nm,” Opt. Commun. 75, 278-282 (1990).
[CrossRef]

Mazataud, E.

Mellish, R.

R. Mellish, S. C. W. Hyde, N. P. Barry, R. Jones, P. M. W. French, J. R. Taylor, C. J. van der Poel, and A. Valster, “All-solid-state diode-pumped Cr:LiSAF femtosecond oscillator and regenerative amplifier,” Appl. Phys. B. 65, 221-226 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Mercier, R.

Migus, A.

Mourou, G.

Mullot, M.

Murnane, M. M.

Murray, J. E.

W. H. Lowdermilk and J. E. Murray, “The multipass amplifier: Theory and numerical analysis,” J. Appl. Phys. 51, 2436-2444 (1980).
[CrossRef]

J. E. Murray and W. H. Lowdermilk, “ND: YAG regenerative amplifier,” J. Appl. Phys. 51, 3548-3555 (1980).
[CrossRef]

Nakai, S.

K. Yamakawa, H. Sugio, H. Daido, M. Nakatsuka, Y. Kato, and S. Nakai, “1 Hz, 1 ps, terawatt Nd:glass laser,” Opt. Commun. 112, 37-42 (1994).
[CrossRef]

Nakatsuka, M.

Y. Fujimoto, H. Yoshida, M. Nakatsuka, T. Ueda, and A. Fujinoki, “Development of Nd-doped optical gain material based on silica glass with high thermal shock parameter for high average power laser,” Jpn. J. Appl. Phys. 44, 1764-1770 (2005).
[CrossRef]

K. Yamakawa, H. Sugio, H. Daido, M. Nakatsuka, Y. Kato, and S. Nakai, “1 Hz, 1 ps, terawatt Nd:glass laser,” Opt. Commun. 112, 37-42 (1994).
[CrossRef]

Nodvik, J. S.

L. M. Frantz and J. S. Nodvik, “Theory of pulse propagation in a laser amplifier,” J. Appl. Phys. 34, 2346-2349 (1963).
[CrossRef]

Patterson, F. G.

Peatross, J.

Perry, M. D.

Pierre, A.

Puth, J.

Raksi, F.

Rambo, Patrick

Jens Schwarz, Patrick Rambo, Matthias Geissel, Mark Kimmel, Erik Brambrink, Briggs Atherton, and Jack Glassman, “A hybrid OPCPA/Nd:phosphate glass multi-terawatt laser system for seeding of a petawatt laser,” Opt. Commun. 281, 4984-4992 (2008).
[CrossRef]

Ribeyre, X.

Rose-Petruck, C.

Ross, Ian N.

Rouyer, C.

Sanchez, A.

M. Ferray, L. A. Lompre, O. Gobert, A. L'Huillier, G. Mainfray, C. Manus, A. Sanchez, and A. S. Gomes, “Multiterawatt picosecond Nd:glass laser system at 1053 nm,” Opt. Commun. 75, 278-282 (1990).
[CrossRef]

Sauteret, C.

Schmidt, A. J.

Schwarz, Jens

Jens Schwarz, Patrick Rambo, Matthias Geissel, Mark Kimmel, Erik Brambrink, Briggs Atherton, and Jack Glassman, “A hybrid OPCPA/Nd:phosphate glass multi-terawatt laser system for seeding of a petawatt laser,” Opt. Commun. 281, 4984-4992 (2008).
[CrossRef]

Seznec, S.

Spielmann, Ch.

Squier, J.

C. P. J. Barty, G. Korn, F. Raksi, C. Rose-Petruck, J. Squier, A. C. Tien, K. R. Wilson, V. V. Yakovlev, and K. Yamakawa, “Regenerative pulse shaping,” Opt. Lett. 21, 219-221(1996).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

J. Squier, S. Coe, K. Clay, and G. Mourou, “An alexandrite pumped Nd:glass regenerative amplifier for chirped pulse amplification,” Opt. Commun. 92, 73-78 (1992).
[CrossRef]

Sugio, H.

K. Yamakawa, H. Sugio, H. Daido, M. Nakatsuka, Y. Kato, and S. Nakai, “1 Hz, 1 ps, terawatt Nd:glass laser,” Opt. Commun. 112, 37-42 (1994).
[CrossRef]

Taylor, J. R.

R. Mellish, S. C. W. Hyde, N. P. Barry, R. Jones, P. M. W. French, J. R. Taylor, C. J. van der Poel, and A. Valster, “All-solid-state diode-pumped Cr:LiSAF femtosecond oscillator and regenerative amplifier,” Appl. Phys. B. 65, 221-226 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Thiell, G.

Tien, A. C.

Trentelman, Mark

Ueda, T.

Y. Fujimoto, H. Yoshida, M. Nakatsuka, T. Ueda, and A. Fujinoki, “Development of Nd-doped optical gain material based on silica glass with high thermal shock parameter for high average power laser,” Jpn. J. Appl. Phys. 44, 1764-1770 (2005).
[CrossRef]

Valster, A.

R. Mellish, S. C. W. Hyde, N. P. Barry, R. Jones, P. M. W. French, J. R. Taylor, C. J. van der Poel, and A. Valster, “All-solid-state diode-pumped Cr:LiSAF femtosecond oscillator and regenerative amplifier,” Appl. Phys. B. 65, 221-226 (1997).
[CrossRef]

van der Poel, C. J.

R. Mellish, S. C. W. Hyde, N. P. Barry, R. Jones, P. M. W. French, J. R. Taylor, C. J. van der Poel, and A. Valster, “All-solid-state diode-pumped Cr:LiSAF femtosecond oscillator and regenerative amplifier,” Appl. Phys. B. 65, 221-226 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Videau, L.

Waxer, L. J.

Wessels, P.

A. Isemann, P. Wessels, and C. Fallnich, “Directly diode-pumped colquiriite regenerative amplifiers,” Opt. Commun. 260, 211-222 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Wilson, K. R.

Wintner, E.

Yakovlev, V. V.

Yamakawa, K.

C. P. J. Barty, G. Korn, F. Raksi, C. Rose-Petruck, J. Squier, A. C. Tien, K. R. Wilson, V. V. Yakovlev, and K. Yamakawa, “Regenerative pulse shaping,” Opt. Lett. 21, 219-221(1996).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

K. Yamakawa, H. Sugio, H. Daido, M. Nakatsuka, Y. Kato, and S. Nakai, “1 Hz, 1 ps, terawatt Nd:glass laser,” Opt. Commun. 112, 37-42 (1994).
[CrossRef]

Yoshida, H.

Y. Fujimoto, H. Yoshida, M. Nakatsuka, T. Ueda, and A. Fujinoki, “Development of Nd-doped optical gain material based on silica glass with high thermal shock parameter for high average power laser,” Jpn. J. Appl. Phys. 44, 1764-1770 (2005).
[CrossRef]

Zuegel, J. D.

Appl. Opt.

Appl. Phys. B.

A. Isemann, H. Hundertmark, and C. Fallnich, “ Diode-pumped Cr:LiCAF fs regenerative amplifier system seeded by an Er-doped mode locked fiber laser,” Appl. Phys. B. 74, 299-306 (2002).
[CrossRef]

R. Mellish, S. C. W. Hyde, N. P. Barry, R. Jones, P. M. W. French, J. R. Taylor, C. J. van der Poel, and A. Valster, “All-solid-state diode-pumped Cr:LiSAF femtosecond oscillator and regenerative amplifier,” Appl. Phys. B. 65, 221-226 (1997).
[CrossRef]

J. Appl. Phys.

L. M. Frantz and J. S. Nodvik, “Theory of pulse propagation in a laser amplifier,” J. Appl. Phys. 34, 2346-2349 (1963).
[CrossRef]

W. H. Lowdermilk and J. E. Murray, “The multipass amplifier: Theory and numerical analysis,” J. Appl. Phys. 51, 2436-2444 (1980).
[CrossRef]

J. E. Murray and W. H. Lowdermilk, “ND: YAG regenerative amplifier,” J. Appl. Phys. 51, 3548-3555 (1980).
[CrossRef]

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Figures (5)

Fig. 1
Fig. 1

Experimental configuration of the regenerative amplifier: PC1 and PC2, Pockels cells; TFP, thin film polarizer; M1 and M2, 100% reflecting regenerative cavity mirrors; M3 and M4, 100% deflection mirrors for seed pulse injection; CL, cylindrical lenses; λ / 4 , quarter-wave plate; and PD, avalanche photodiode.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

Amplification of the circulating seed pulse, detected from the leak of mirror M2. The time base is 200 ns/division. The vertical line T indicates the time when the Pockels cell is open with a voltage of 3.5 kV .

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

Seed pulse energy fluence versus pass number— calculations done with Frantz and Nodvik equations. The figure illustrates the growth of the seed pulse and the ASE into the Q-switched pulse in the regenerative cavity for (a)  500 pJ / cm 2 , (b)  700 pJ / cm 2 , and (c)  1 nJ / cm 2 initial seed energy fluence. The columns represent the seed pulse as it amplifies in the medium, overriding the growing Q-switched pulse.

Fig. 4
Fig. 4

Leak signal through the plane mirror M2 of the regenerative amplifier cavity, showing the evolution of the seed pulse amplification in the cavity, after the cavity has been adjusted for complete seeding.

Fig. 5
Fig. 5

Switched-out amplified pulse detected after the thin film polarizer when Pockels cell PC2 is on.

Equations (8)

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E 0 = E s ln { 1 + exp ( g 0 L ) [ exp ( E i E s ) 1 ] } .
E outq k = E s ln { 1 + exp ( g k L ) [ exp ( E inq k E s ) 1 ] } ; E outs k = E s ln { 1 + exp ( g k L ) [ exp ( E ins k E s ) 1 ] } ;
E inq k + 1 = R E outq k ; E ins k + 1 = R E outs k .
P = h ν K Δ ν h ν K Δ ν σ τ Δ Ω S 0 4 π ( G 0 1 ) .
g k + 1 = g k Δ E k L E s ,
Δ E k = ( E outq + E outs ) ( E inq + E ins ) .
T = exp { [ ( α Δ / ω 0 ) 2 + ( α / ϕ ) 2 ] } ,
E inq k + 1 = T R E outq k ; E ins k + 1 = T R E outs k .

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