Abstract

We present a high-energy, high-average-power picosecond laser system based on a hybrid chain in a master oscillator power amplifier configuration. The chain is seeded by a Ti:sapphire oscillator, followed by a Yb-doped fiber preamplifier, a Nd:YAG-based regenerate amplifier, and a Nd:YVO4-based single-pass amplifier. The final diode-pumped, solid-state amplifier is detailed and produces pulses with more than 10 mJ energy at 32 W average power with 207 ps duration, corresponding to 50 MW peak power. The picosecond pulse output is seeded and optically synchronized with the sub-5-fs oscillator for optical parametric chirped-pulse amplification pumping.

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