Abstract

A unique approach with a hybrid master oscillator power amplifier configuration to obtain single-frequency, high-energy laser pulses at 1064 nm is presented. The setup consists of a single-frequency seed laser, a multistage fiber amplifier, and a four-pass crystal rod amplifier. Pulse energy of 10 mJ is obtained at the repetition rate of 100 Hz. The pulse width is about 110 ns with a transform-limited linewidth of 3.2 MHz. The M2 factor of the output beam is about 1.5. To our knowledge, this is the first report of using a hybrid amplifier to obtain 10 mJ pulses with long pulse width and transform-limited linewidth.

©2012 Optical Society of America

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