Abstract

High-repetition-rate laser pulse amplifiers are desirable for investigations of weak signals because of the ability to use ultrasensitive lock-in detection. We have developed a new oscillator and amplifier capable of providing 10 MW of power at repetition rates in excess of 1 kHz. By focusing this pulse we have obtained the white-light continuum with as little as 250 nJ of energy.

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1985

1983

T. Sizer, J. D. Kafka, I. N. Duling, C. W. Gabel, G. A. Mourou, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. QE-19, 506 (1983).
[CrossRef]

R. L. Fork, C. V. Shank, C. Hirlimann, R. Yen, W. J. Tomlinson, Opt. Lett. 8, 1 (1983).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

1982

R. L. Fork, C. V. Shank, R. T. Yen, Appl. Phys. Lett. 41, 223 (1982).
[CrossRef]

G. A. Mourou, T. Sizer, Opt. Commun. 41, 47 (1982).
[CrossRef]

1981

T. Sizer, J. D. Kafka, A. Krisiloff, G. A. Mourou, Opt. Commun. 39, 259 (1981).
[CrossRef]

R. L. Fork, B. I. Greene, C. V. Shank, Appl. Phys. Lett. 38, 671 (1981).
[CrossRef]

Bado, P.

I. N. Duling, P. Bado, S. Williamson, G. Mourou, T. Baer, in Digest of Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1984), paper PD3.

Baer, T.

I. N. Duling, P. Bado, S. Williamson, G. Mourou, T. Baer, in Digest of Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1984), paper PD3.

Duling, I. N.

T. Sizer, J. D. Kafka, I. N. Duling, C. W. Gabel, G. A. Mourou, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. QE-19, 506 (1983).
[CrossRef]

I. N. Duling, P. Bado, S. Williamson, G. Mourou, T. Baer, in Digest of Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1984), paper PD3.

Fork, R. L.

R. L. Fork, C. V. Shank, C. Hirlimann, R. Yen, W. J. Tomlinson, Opt. Lett. 8, 1 (1983).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

R. L. Fork, C. V. Shank, R. T. Yen, Appl. Phys. Lett. 41, 223 (1982).
[CrossRef]

R. L. Fork, B. I. Greene, C. V. Shank, Appl. Phys. Lett. 38, 671 (1981).
[CrossRef]

Gabel, C. W.

T. Sizer, J. D. Kafka, I. N. Duling, C. W. Gabel, G. A. Mourou, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. QE-19, 506 (1983).
[CrossRef]

Greene, B. I.

R. L. Fork, B. I. Greene, C. V. Shank, Appl. Phys. Lett. 38, 671 (1981).
[CrossRef]

Hirlimann, C.

Kafka, J. D.

T. Sizer, J. D. Kafka, I. N. Duling, C. W. Gabel, G. A. Mourou, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. QE-19, 506 (1983).
[CrossRef]

T. Sizer, J. D. Kafka, A. Krisiloff, G. A. Mourou, Opt. Commun. 39, 259 (1981).
[CrossRef]

Krisiloff, A.

T. Sizer, J. D. Kafka, A. Krisiloff, G. A. Mourou, Opt. Commun. 39, 259 (1981).
[CrossRef]

Mourou, G.

I. N. Duling, P. Bado, S. Williamson, G. Mourou, T. Baer, in Digest of Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1984), paper PD3.

Mourou, G. A.

T. Norris, T. Sizer, G. A. Mourou, J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 2, 613 (1985).
[CrossRef]

T. Sizer, J. D. Kafka, I. N. Duling, C. W. Gabel, G. A. Mourou, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. QE-19, 506 (1983).
[CrossRef]

G. A. Mourou, T. Sizer, Opt. Commun. 41, 47 (1982).
[CrossRef]

T. Sizer, J. D. Kafka, A. Krisiloff, G. A. Mourou, Opt. Commun. 39, 259 (1981).
[CrossRef]

Norris, T.

Shank, C. V.

R. L. Fork, C. V. Shank, C. Hirlimann, R. Yen, W. J. Tomlinson, Opt. Lett. 8, 1 (1983).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

R. L. Fork, C. V. Shank, R. T. Yen, Appl. Phys. Lett. 41, 223 (1982).
[CrossRef]

R. L. Fork, B. I. Greene, C. V. Shank, Appl. Phys. Lett. 38, 671 (1981).
[CrossRef]

Sizer, T.

T. Norris, T. Sizer, G. A. Mourou, J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 2, 613 (1985).
[CrossRef]

T. Sizer, J. D. Kafka, I. N. Duling, C. W. Gabel, G. A. Mourou, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. QE-19, 506 (1983).
[CrossRef]

G. A. Mourou, T. Sizer, Opt. Commun. 41, 47 (1982).
[CrossRef]

T. Sizer, J. D. Kafka, A. Krisiloff, G. A. Mourou, Opt. Commun. 39, 259 (1981).
[CrossRef]

Tomlinson, W. J.

Williamson, S.

I. N. Duling, P. Bado, S. Williamson, G. Mourou, T. Baer, in Digest of Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1984), paper PD3.

Yen, R.

Yen, R. T.

R. L. Fork, C. V. Shank, R. T. Yen, Appl. Phys. Lett. 41, 223 (1982).
[CrossRef]

Appl. Phys. Lett.

R. L. Fork, B. I. Greene, C. V. Shank, Appl. Phys. Lett. 38, 671 (1981).
[CrossRef]

R. L. Fork, C. V. Shank, R. T. Yen, Appl. Phys. Lett. 41, 223 (1982).
[CrossRef]

IEEE J. Quantum Electron.

T. Sizer, J. D. Kafka, I. N. Duling, C. W. Gabel, G. A. Mourou, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. QE-19, 506 (1983).
[CrossRef]

J. Opt. Soc. Am. B

Opt. Commun.

G. A. Mourou, T. Sizer, Opt. Commun. 41, 47 (1982).
[CrossRef]

T. Sizer, J. D. Kafka, A. Krisiloff, G. A. Mourou, Opt. Commun. 39, 259 (1981).
[CrossRef]

Opt. Lett.

Other

I. N. Duling, P. Bado, S. Williamson, G. Mourou, T. Baer, in Digest of Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1984), paper PD3.

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Figures (4)

Fig. 1
Fig. 1

Synchronous dye-amplifier system. The Nd:YAG regenerative amplifier configuration is detailed inside the dotted line. The Nd:YAG amplifier can produce 1-mJ, 100-psec pulses at 1 kHz. The dye amplifier produces 170-fsec pulses with an energy of 1.5 μJ or 1.7-psec pulses with an energy of 5 μJ.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

Energy per pulse and average power versus repetition rate for the cw-pumped Nd:YAG regenerative amplifier.

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

Histogram of the energy of the frequency-doubled output of the Nd:YAG regenerative amplifier. Ninety-nine percent of the pulses lie within ±2.7%.

Fig. 4
Fig. 4

Autocorrelation of the amplified-dye pulses. For an input pulse width of 85 fsec, the output pulse width was 170 fsec, assuming a sech2 pulse shape. No saturable absorber or grating pair was used to limit the pulse broadening.

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