Abstract

Diode-pumped nanosecond multi-pass laser amplification to the joule level using an Yb:YAG slab crystal has been demonstrated. A maximum output pulse energy of 2.9 J at an optical-to-optical efficiency of 10% has been achieved. The seed pulses with a pulse duration of 6.4 ns were generated in a Q-switched Yb:YAG laser and amplified up to a pulse energy of 200mJ in a multi-pass booster amplifier. A maximum average output power of 15W at a repetition rate of 10 Hz has been measured. We also present a relay imaging semi-stable cavity for multi-pass amplification and a diode-pumping scheme employing horizontally stacked high-power laser diodes.

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  1. A. Bayramian, P. Armstrong, E. Ault, R. Beach, C. Bibeau, J. Caird, R. Campbell, B. Chai, J. Dawson, C. Ebbers, A. Erlandson, Y. Fei, B. Freitas, R. Kent, Z. Liao, T. Ladran, J. Menapace, B. Molander, S. Payne, N. Peterson, M. Randles, K. Schaffers, S. Sutton, J. Tassano, S. Telford, and E. Utterback, "The MERCURY project: A high average power, gas-cooled laser for inertial fusion energy development," Fusion Sci. Technol. 52, 383-387 (2007).
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    [CrossRef]
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2007 (3)

A. Bayramian, P. Armstrong, E. Ault, R. Beach, C. Bibeau, J. Caird, R. Campbell, B. Chai, J. Dawson, C. Ebbers, A. Erlandson, Y. Fei, B. Freitas, R. Kent, Z. Liao, T. Ladran, J. Menapace, B. Molander, S. Payne, N. Peterson, M. Randles, K. Schaffers, S. Sutton, J. Tassano, S. Telford, and E. Utterback, "The MERCURY project: A high average power, gas-cooled laser for inertial fusion energy development," Fusion Sci. Technol. 52, 383-387 (2007).

A. Jolly, N. D. Robin, J. Luce, and G. Deschaseaux, "Generation of variable width pulses from an Yb3+:YAG Integrated Dumper - Regenerative amplifier," Opt. Express 15, 466-472 (2007).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

A. Sridharan, S. Saraf, and R. Byer, "Yb:YAG master oscillator power amplifier for remote wind sensing," Appl. Opt. 46, 7552-7565 (2007).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

2006 (3)

V. Lozhkarev, G. Freidman, V. G. E. Katin, E. Khazanov, A. Kirsanov, G. Luchinin, A. Mal’shakov, O. P. M. A. Martyanov, A. Poteomkin, A. Sergeev, A. Shaykin, I. Yakovlev, S. Garanin, S. Sukharev, N. Rukavishnikov, A. Charukhchev, R. Gerke, and V. Yashin, "200 TW 45 fs laser based on optical parametric chirped pulse amplification," Opt. Express 14, 446-454 (2006).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

O. Matsumoto, R. Yasuhara, T. Kurita, T. Ikegawa, T. Sekine, T. Kawashima, J. Kawanaka, T. Norimatsu, N. Miyanaga, Y. Izawa, M. Nakatsuka, M. Miyamoto, H. Kan, H. Furukawa, and S. Motokoshi, "Development of thermally controlled HALNA DPSSL for inertial fusion energy," Proc. SPIE 6101, 61011Q (2006).
[CrossRef]

J. Hein, M. Kaluza, R. Bödefeld, M. Siebold, S. Podleska, and R. Sauerbrey, "POLARIS: An All Diode-Pumped Ultrahigh Peak Power Laser for High Repetition Rates," Lecture Notes in Physics 694, 47-66 (2006).
[CrossRef]

2005 (2)

J. Chanteloup, H. Yu, G. Bourdet, C. Dambrine, S. Ferré, A. Fülöp, S. Le Moal, A. Pichot, G. Le Touzé, and Z. Zhao, "Overview of the LUCIA laser program: toward 100-Joules, nanosecond-pulse, kW averaged power based on ytterbium diode-pumped solid state laser," Proc. SPIE 5707, 105-116 (2005).
[CrossRef]

D. Wolff, G. Bonati, P. Hennig, and H. Voelckel, "Reliability of high power diode laser bars in industrial applications," Proc. SPIE 5711, 66-72 (2005).
[CrossRef]

2001 (1)

G. Bourdet, "Comparison of pulse amplification performances in longitudinally pumped Ytterbium doped materials," Opt. Commun. 200, 331-342 (2001).
[CrossRef]

Armstrong, P.

A. Bayramian, P. Armstrong, E. Ault, R. Beach, C. Bibeau, J. Caird, R. Campbell, B. Chai, J. Dawson, C. Ebbers, A. Erlandson, Y. Fei, B. Freitas, R. Kent, Z. Liao, T. Ladran, J. Menapace, B. Molander, S. Payne, N. Peterson, M. Randles, K. Schaffers, S. Sutton, J. Tassano, S. Telford, and E. Utterback, "The MERCURY project: A high average power, gas-cooled laser for inertial fusion energy development," Fusion Sci. Technol. 52, 383-387 (2007).

Ault, E.

A. Bayramian, P. Armstrong, E. Ault, R. Beach, C. Bibeau, J. Caird, R. Campbell, B. Chai, J. Dawson, C. Ebbers, A. Erlandson, Y. Fei, B. Freitas, R. Kent, Z. Liao, T. Ladran, J. Menapace, B. Molander, S. Payne, N. Peterson, M. Randles, K. Schaffers, S. Sutton, J. Tassano, S. Telford, and E. Utterback, "The MERCURY project: A high average power, gas-cooled laser for inertial fusion energy development," Fusion Sci. Technol. 52, 383-387 (2007).

Bayramian, A.

A. Bayramian, P. Armstrong, E. Ault, R. Beach, C. Bibeau, J. Caird, R. Campbell, B. Chai, J. Dawson, C. Ebbers, A. Erlandson, Y. Fei, B. Freitas, R. Kent, Z. Liao, T. Ladran, J. Menapace, B. Molander, S. Payne, N. Peterson, M. Randles, K. Schaffers, S. Sutton, J. Tassano, S. Telford, and E. Utterback, "The MERCURY project: A high average power, gas-cooled laser for inertial fusion energy development," Fusion Sci. Technol. 52, 383-387 (2007).

Beach, R.

A. Bayramian, P. Armstrong, E. Ault, R. Beach, C. Bibeau, J. Caird, R. Campbell, B. Chai, J. Dawson, C. Ebbers, A. Erlandson, Y. Fei, B. Freitas, R. Kent, Z. Liao, T. Ladran, J. Menapace, B. Molander, S. Payne, N. Peterson, M. Randles, K. Schaffers, S. Sutton, J. Tassano, S. Telford, and E. Utterback, "The MERCURY project: A high average power, gas-cooled laser for inertial fusion energy development," Fusion Sci. Technol. 52, 383-387 (2007).

Bibeau, C.

A. Bayramian, P. Armstrong, E. Ault, R. Beach, C. Bibeau, J. Caird, R. Campbell, B. Chai, J. Dawson, C. Ebbers, A. Erlandson, Y. Fei, B. Freitas, R. Kent, Z. Liao, T. Ladran, J. Menapace, B. Molander, S. Payne, N. Peterson, M. Randles, K. Schaffers, S. Sutton, J. Tassano, S. Telford, and E. Utterback, "The MERCURY project: A high average power, gas-cooled laser for inertial fusion energy development," Fusion Sci. Technol. 52, 383-387 (2007).

Bödefeld, R.

J. Hein, M. Kaluza, R. Bödefeld, M. Siebold, S. Podleska, and R. Sauerbrey, "POLARIS: An All Diode-Pumped Ultrahigh Peak Power Laser for High Repetition Rates," Lecture Notes in Physics 694, 47-66 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Bonati, G.

D. Wolff, G. Bonati, P. Hennig, and H. Voelckel, "Reliability of high power diode laser bars in industrial applications," Proc. SPIE 5711, 66-72 (2005).
[CrossRef]

Bourdet, G.

J. Chanteloup, H. Yu, G. Bourdet, C. Dambrine, S. Ferré, A. Fülöp, S. Le Moal, A. Pichot, G. Le Touzé, and Z. Zhao, "Overview of the LUCIA laser program: toward 100-Joules, nanosecond-pulse, kW averaged power based on ytterbium diode-pumped solid state laser," Proc. SPIE 5707, 105-116 (2005).
[CrossRef]

G. Bourdet, "Comparison of pulse amplification performances in longitudinally pumped Ytterbium doped materials," Opt. Commun. 200, 331-342 (2001).
[CrossRef]

Byer, R.

Caird, J.

A. Bayramian, P. Armstrong, E. Ault, R. Beach, C. Bibeau, J. Caird, R. Campbell, B. Chai, J. Dawson, C. Ebbers, A. Erlandson, Y. Fei, B. Freitas, R. Kent, Z. Liao, T. Ladran, J. Menapace, B. Molander, S. Payne, N. Peterson, M. Randles, K. Schaffers, S. Sutton, J. Tassano, S. Telford, and E. Utterback, "The MERCURY project: A high average power, gas-cooled laser for inertial fusion energy development," Fusion Sci. Technol. 52, 383-387 (2007).

Campbell, R.

A. Bayramian, P. Armstrong, E. Ault, R. Beach, C. Bibeau, J. Caird, R. Campbell, B. Chai, J. Dawson, C. Ebbers, A. Erlandson, Y. Fei, B. Freitas, R. Kent, Z. Liao, T. Ladran, J. Menapace, B. Molander, S. Payne, N. Peterson, M. Randles, K. Schaffers, S. Sutton, J. Tassano, S. Telford, and E. Utterback, "The MERCURY project: A high average power, gas-cooled laser for inertial fusion energy development," Fusion Sci. Technol. 52, 383-387 (2007).

Chai, B.

A. Bayramian, P. Armstrong, E. Ault, R. Beach, C. Bibeau, J. Caird, R. Campbell, B. Chai, J. Dawson, C. Ebbers, A. Erlandson, Y. Fei, B. Freitas, R. Kent, Z. Liao, T. Ladran, J. Menapace, B. Molander, S. Payne, N. Peterson, M. Randles, K. Schaffers, S. Sutton, J. Tassano, S. Telford, and E. Utterback, "The MERCURY project: A high average power, gas-cooled laser for inertial fusion energy development," Fusion Sci. Technol. 52, 383-387 (2007).

Chanteloup, J.

J. Chanteloup, H. Yu, G. Bourdet, C. Dambrine, S. Ferré, A. Fülöp, S. Le Moal, A. Pichot, G. Le Touzé, and Z. Zhao, "Overview of the LUCIA laser program: toward 100-Joules, nanosecond-pulse, kW averaged power based on ytterbium diode-pumped solid state laser," Proc. SPIE 5707, 105-116 (2005).
[CrossRef]

Charukhchev, A.

Dambrine, C.

J. Chanteloup, H. Yu, G. Bourdet, C. Dambrine, S. Ferré, A. Fülöp, S. Le Moal, A. Pichot, G. Le Touzé, and Z. Zhao, "Overview of the LUCIA laser program: toward 100-Joules, nanosecond-pulse, kW averaged power based on ytterbium diode-pumped solid state laser," Proc. SPIE 5707, 105-116 (2005).
[CrossRef]

Dawson, J.

A. Bayramian, P. Armstrong, E. Ault, R. Beach, C. Bibeau, J. Caird, R. Campbell, B. Chai, J. Dawson, C. Ebbers, A. Erlandson, Y. Fei, B. Freitas, R. Kent, Z. Liao, T. Ladran, J. Menapace, B. Molander, S. Payne, N. Peterson, M. Randles, K. Schaffers, S. Sutton, J. Tassano, S. Telford, and E. Utterback, "The MERCURY project: A high average power, gas-cooled laser for inertial fusion energy development," Fusion Sci. Technol. 52, 383-387 (2007).

Deschaseaux, G.

Ebbers, C.

A. Bayramian, P. Armstrong, E. Ault, R. Beach, C. Bibeau, J. Caird, R. Campbell, B. Chai, J. Dawson, C. Ebbers, A. Erlandson, Y. Fei, B. Freitas, R. Kent, Z. Liao, T. Ladran, J. Menapace, B. Molander, S. Payne, N. Peterson, M. Randles, K. Schaffers, S. Sutton, J. Tassano, S. Telford, and E. Utterback, "The MERCURY project: A high average power, gas-cooled laser for inertial fusion energy development," Fusion Sci. Technol. 52, 383-387 (2007).

Erlandson, A.

A. Bayramian, P. Armstrong, E. Ault, R. Beach, C. Bibeau, J. Caird, R. Campbell, B. Chai, J. Dawson, C. Ebbers, A. Erlandson, Y. Fei, B. Freitas, R. Kent, Z. Liao, T. Ladran, J. Menapace, B. Molander, S. Payne, N. Peterson, M. Randles, K. Schaffers, S. Sutton, J. Tassano, S. Telford, and E. Utterback, "The MERCURY project: A high average power, gas-cooled laser for inertial fusion energy development," Fusion Sci. Technol. 52, 383-387 (2007).

Fei, Y.

A. Bayramian, P. Armstrong, E. Ault, R. Beach, C. Bibeau, J. Caird, R. Campbell, B. Chai, J. Dawson, C. Ebbers, A. Erlandson, Y. Fei, B. Freitas, R. Kent, Z. Liao, T. Ladran, J. Menapace, B. Molander, S. Payne, N. Peterson, M. Randles, K. Schaffers, S. Sutton, J. Tassano, S. Telford, and E. Utterback, "The MERCURY project: A high average power, gas-cooled laser for inertial fusion energy development," Fusion Sci. Technol. 52, 383-387 (2007).

Freidman, G.

Freitas, B.

A. Bayramian, P. Armstrong, E. Ault, R. Beach, C. Bibeau, J. Caird, R. Campbell, B. Chai, J. Dawson, C. Ebbers, A. Erlandson, Y. Fei, B. Freitas, R. Kent, Z. Liao, T. Ladran, J. Menapace, B. Molander, S. Payne, N. Peterson, M. Randles, K. Schaffers, S. Sutton, J. Tassano, S. Telford, and E. Utterback, "The MERCURY project: A high average power, gas-cooled laser for inertial fusion energy development," Fusion Sci. Technol. 52, 383-387 (2007).

Furukawa, H.

O. Matsumoto, R. Yasuhara, T. Kurita, T. Ikegawa, T. Sekine, T. Kawashima, J. Kawanaka, T. Norimatsu, N. Miyanaga, Y. Izawa, M. Nakatsuka, M. Miyamoto, H. Kan, H. Furukawa, and S. Motokoshi, "Development of thermally controlled HALNA DPSSL for inertial fusion energy," Proc. SPIE 6101, 61011Q (2006).
[CrossRef]

Garanin, S.

Gerke, R.

Hein, J.

J. Hein, M. Kaluza, R. Bödefeld, M. Siebold, S. Podleska, and R. Sauerbrey, "POLARIS: An All Diode-Pumped Ultrahigh Peak Power Laser for High Repetition Rates," Lecture Notes in Physics 694, 47-66 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Hennig, P.

D. Wolff, G. Bonati, P. Hennig, and H. Voelckel, "Reliability of high power diode laser bars in industrial applications," Proc. SPIE 5711, 66-72 (2005).
[CrossRef]

Ikegawa, T.

O. Matsumoto, R. Yasuhara, T. Kurita, T. Ikegawa, T. Sekine, T. Kawashima, J. Kawanaka, T. Norimatsu, N. Miyanaga, Y. Izawa, M. Nakatsuka, M. Miyamoto, H. Kan, H. Furukawa, and S. Motokoshi, "Development of thermally controlled HALNA DPSSL for inertial fusion energy," Proc. SPIE 6101, 61011Q (2006).
[CrossRef]

Izawa, Y.

O. Matsumoto, R. Yasuhara, T. Kurita, T. Ikegawa, T. Sekine, T. Kawashima, J. Kawanaka, T. Norimatsu, N. Miyanaga, Y. Izawa, M. Nakatsuka, M. Miyamoto, H. Kan, H. Furukawa, and S. Motokoshi, "Development of thermally controlled HALNA DPSSL for inertial fusion energy," Proc. SPIE 6101, 61011Q (2006).
[CrossRef]

Jolly, A.

Kaluza, M.

J. Hein, M. Kaluza, R. Bödefeld, M. Siebold, S. Podleska, and R. Sauerbrey, "POLARIS: An All Diode-Pumped Ultrahigh Peak Power Laser for High Repetition Rates," Lecture Notes in Physics 694, 47-66 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Kan, H.

O. Matsumoto, R. Yasuhara, T. Kurita, T. Ikegawa, T. Sekine, T. Kawashima, J. Kawanaka, T. Norimatsu, N. Miyanaga, Y. Izawa, M. Nakatsuka, M. Miyamoto, H. Kan, H. Furukawa, and S. Motokoshi, "Development of thermally controlled HALNA DPSSL for inertial fusion energy," Proc. SPIE 6101, 61011Q (2006).
[CrossRef]

Katin, V. G. E.

Kawanaka, J.

O. Matsumoto, R. Yasuhara, T. Kurita, T. Ikegawa, T. Sekine, T. Kawashima, J. Kawanaka, T. Norimatsu, N. Miyanaga, Y. Izawa, M. Nakatsuka, M. Miyamoto, H. Kan, H. Furukawa, and S. Motokoshi, "Development of thermally controlled HALNA DPSSL for inertial fusion energy," Proc. SPIE 6101, 61011Q (2006).
[CrossRef]

Kawashima, T.

O. Matsumoto, R. Yasuhara, T. Kurita, T. Ikegawa, T. Sekine, T. Kawashima, J. Kawanaka, T. Norimatsu, N. Miyanaga, Y. Izawa, M. Nakatsuka, M. Miyamoto, H. Kan, H. Furukawa, and S. Motokoshi, "Development of thermally controlled HALNA DPSSL for inertial fusion energy," Proc. SPIE 6101, 61011Q (2006).
[CrossRef]

Kent, R.

A. Bayramian, P. Armstrong, E. Ault, R. Beach, C. Bibeau, J. Caird, R. Campbell, B. Chai, J. Dawson, C. Ebbers, A. Erlandson, Y. Fei, B. Freitas, R. Kent, Z. Liao, T. Ladran, J. Menapace, B. Molander, S. Payne, N. Peterson, M. Randles, K. Schaffers, S. Sutton, J. Tassano, S. Telford, and E. Utterback, "The MERCURY project: A high average power, gas-cooled laser for inertial fusion energy development," Fusion Sci. Technol. 52, 383-387 (2007).

Khazanov, E.

Kirsanov, A.

Kurita, T.

O. Matsumoto, R. Yasuhara, T. Kurita, T. Ikegawa, T. Sekine, T. Kawashima, J. Kawanaka, T. Norimatsu, N. Miyanaga, Y. Izawa, M. Nakatsuka, M. Miyamoto, H. Kan, H. Furukawa, and S. Motokoshi, "Development of thermally controlled HALNA DPSSL for inertial fusion energy," Proc. SPIE 6101, 61011Q (2006).
[CrossRef]

Ladran, T.

A. Bayramian, P. Armstrong, E. Ault, R. Beach, C. Bibeau, J. Caird, R. Campbell, B. Chai, J. Dawson, C. Ebbers, A. Erlandson, Y. Fei, B. Freitas, R. Kent, Z. Liao, T. Ladran, J. Menapace, B. Molander, S. Payne, N. Peterson, M. Randles, K. Schaffers, S. Sutton, J. Tassano, S. Telford, and E. Utterback, "The MERCURY project: A high average power, gas-cooled laser for inertial fusion energy development," Fusion Sci. Technol. 52, 383-387 (2007).

Liao, Z.

A. Bayramian, P. Armstrong, E. Ault, R. Beach, C. Bibeau, J. Caird, R. Campbell, B. Chai, J. Dawson, C. Ebbers, A. Erlandson, Y. Fei, B. Freitas, R. Kent, Z. Liao, T. Ladran, J. Menapace, B. Molander, S. Payne, N. Peterson, M. Randles, K. Schaffers, S. Sutton, J. Tassano, S. Telford, and E. Utterback, "The MERCURY project: A high average power, gas-cooled laser for inertial fusion energy development," Fusion Sci. Technol. 52, 383-387 (2007).

Lozhkarev, V.

Luce, J.

Luchinin, G.

Mal’shakov, A.

Martyanov, O. P. M. A.

Matsumoto, O.

O. Matsumoto, R. Yasuhara, T. Kurita, T. Ikegawa, T. Sekine, T. Kawashima, J. Kawanaka, T. Norimatsu, N. Miyanaga, Y. Izawa, M. Nakatsuka, M. Miyamoto, H. Kan, H. Furukawa, and S. Motokoshi, "Development of thermally controlled HALNA DPSSL for inertial fusion energy," Proc. SPIE 6101, 61011Q (2006).
[CrossRef]

Menapace, J.

A. Bayramian, P. Armstrong, E. Ault, R. Beach, C. Bibeau, J. Caird, R. Campbell, B. Chai, J. Dawson, C. Ebbers, A. Erlandson, Y. Fei, B. Freitas, R. Kent, Z. Liao, T. Ladran, J. Menapace, B. Molander, S. Payne, N. Peterson, M. Randles, K. Schaffers, S. Sutton, J. Tassano, S. Telford, and E. Utterback, "The MERCURY project: A high average power, gas-cooled laser for inertial fusion energy development," Fusion Sci. Technol. 52, 383-387 (2007).

Miyamoto, M.

O. Matsumoto, R. Yasuhara, T. Kurita, T. Ikegawa, T. Sekine, T. Kawashima, J. Kawanaka, T. Norimatsu, N. Miyanaga, Y. Izawa, M. Nakatsuka, M. Miyamoto, H. Kan, H. Furukawa, and S. Motokoshi, "Development of thermally controlled HALNA DPSSL for inertial fusion energy," Proc. SPIE 6101, 61011Q (2006).
[CrossRef]

Miyanaga, N.

O. Matsumoto, R. Yasuhara, T. Kurita, T. Ikegawa, T. Sekine, T. Kawashima, J. Kawanaka, T. Norimatsu, N. Miyanaga, Y. Izawa, M. Nakatsuka, M. Miyamoto, H. Kan, H. Furukawa, and S. Motokoshi, "Development of thermally controlled HALNA DPSSL for inertial fusion energy," Proc. SPIE 6101, 61011Q (2006).
[CrossRef]

Molander, B.

A. Bayramian, P. Armstrong, E. Ault, R. Beach, C. Bibeau, J. Caird, R. Campbell, B. Chai, J. Dawson, C. Ebbers, A. Erlandson, Y. Fei, B. Freitas, R. Kent, Z. Liao, T. Ladran, J. Menapace, B. Molander, S. Payne, N. Peterson, M. Randles, K. Schaffers, S. Sutton, J. Tassano, S. Telford, and E. Utterback, "The MERCURY project: A high average power, gas-cooled laser for inertial fusion energy development," Fusion Sci. Technol. 52, 383-387 (2007).

Motokoshi, S.

O. Matsumoto, R. Yasuhara, T. Kurita, T. Ikegawa, T. Sekine, T. Kawashima, J. Kawanaka, T. Norimatsu, N. Miyanaga, Y. Izawa, M. Nakatsuka, M. Miyamoto, H. Kan, H. Furukawa, and S. Motokoshi, "Development of thermally controlled HALNA DPSSL for inertial fusion energy," Proc. SPIE 6101, 61011Q (2006).
[CrossRef]

Nakatsuka, M.

O. Matsumoto, R. Yasuhara, T. Kurita, T. Ikegawa, T. Sekine, T. Kawashima, J. Kawanaka, T. Norimatsu, N. Miyanaga, Y. Izawa, M. Nakatsuka, M. Miyamoto, H. Kan, H. Furukawa, and S. Motokoshi, "Development of thermally controlled HALNA DPSSL for inertial fusion energy," Proc. SPIE 6101, 61011Q (2006).
[CrossRef]

Norimatsu, T.

O. Matsumoto, R. Yasuhara, T. Kurita, T. Ikegawa, T. Sekine, T. Kawashima, J. Kawanaka, T. Norimatsu, N. Miyanaga, Y. Izawa, M. Nakatsuka, M. Miyamoto, H. Kan, H. Furukawa, and S. Motokoshi, "Development of thermally controlled HALNA DPSSL for inertial fusion energy," Proc. SPIE 6101, 61011Q (2006).
[CrossRef]

Payne, S.

A. Bayramian, P. Armstrong, E. Ault, R. Beach, C. Bibeau, J. Caird, R. Campbell, B. Chai, J. Dawson, C. Ebbers, A. Erlandson, Y. Fei, B. Freitas, R. Kent, Z. Liao, T. Ladran, J. Menapace, B. Molander, S. Payne, N. Peterson, M. Randles, K. Schaffers, S. Sutton, J. Tassano, S. Telford, and E. Utterback, "The MERCURY project: A high average power, gas-cooled laser for inertial fusion energy development," Fusion Sci. Technol. 52, 383-387 (2007).

Peterson, N.

A. Bayramian, P. Armstrong, E. Ault, R. Beach, C. Bibeau, J. Caird, R. Campbell, B. Chai, J. Dawson, C. Ebbers, A. Erlandson, Y. Fei, B. Freitas, R. Kent, Z. Liao, T. Ladran, J. Menapace, B. Molander, S. Payne, N. Peterson, M. Randles, K. Schaffers, S. Sutton, J. Tassano, S. Telford, and E. Utterback, "The MERCURY project: A high average power, gas-cooled laser for inertial fusion energy development," Fusion Sci. Technol. 52, 383-387 (2007).

Podleska, S.

J. Hein, M. Kaluza, R. Bödefeld, M. Siebold, S. Podleska, and R. Sauerbrey, "POLARIS: An All Diode-Pumped Ultrahigh Peak Power Laser for High Repetition Rates," Lecture Notes in Physics 694, 47-66 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Poteomkin, A.

Randles, M.

A. Bayramian, P. Armstrong, E. Ault, R. Beach, C. Bibeau, J. Caird, R. Campbell, B. Chai, J. Dawson, C. Ebbers, A. Erlandson, Y. Fei, B. Freitas, R. Kent, Z. Liao, T. Ladran, J. Menapace, B. Molander, S. Payne, N. Peterson, M. Randles, K. Schaffers, S. Sutton, J. Tassano, S. Telford, and E. Utterback, "The MERCURY project: A high average power, gas-cooled laser for inertial fusion energy development," Fusion Sci. Technol. 52, 383-387 (2007).

Robin, N. D.

Rukavishnikov, N.

Saraf, S.

Sauerbrey, R.

J. Hein, M. Kaluza, R. Bödefeld, M. Siebold, S. Podleska, and R. Sauerbrey, "POLARIS: An All Diode-Pumped Ultrahigh Peak Power Laser for High Repetition Rates," Lecture Notes in Physics 694, 47-66 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Schaffers, K.

A. Bayramian, P. Armstrong, E. Ault, R. Beach, C. Bibeau, J. Caird, R. Campbell, B. Chai, J. Dawson, C. Ebbers, A. Erlandson, Y. Fei, B. Freitas, R. Kent, Z. Liao, T. Ladran, J. Menapace, B. Molander, S. Payne, N. Peterson, M. Randles, K. Schaffers, S. Sutton, J. Tassano, S. Telford, and E. Utterback, "The MERCURY project: A high average power, gas-cooled laser for inertial fusion energy development," Fusion Sci. Technol. 52, 383-387 (2007).

Sekine, T.

O. Matsumoto, R. Yasuhara, T. Kurita, T. Ikegawa, T. Sekine, T. Kawashima, J. Kawanaka, T. Norimatsu, N. Miyanaga, Y. Izawa, M. Nakatsuka, M. Miyamoto, H. Kan, H. Furukawa, and S. Motokoshi, "Development of thermally controlled HALNA DPSSL for inertial fusion energy," Proc. SPIE 6101, 61011Q (2006).
[CrossRef]

Sergeev, A.

Shaykin, A.

Siebold, M.

J. Hein, M. Kaluza, R. Bödefeld, M. Siebold, S. Podleska, and R. Sauerbrey, "POLARIS: An All Diode-Pumped Ultrahigh Peak Power Laser for High Repetition Rates," Lecture Notes in Physics 694, 47-66 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Sridharan, A.

Sukharev, S.

Sutton, S.

A. Bayramian, P. Armstrong, E. Ault, R. Beach, C. Bibeau, J. Caird, R. Campbell, B. Chai, J. Dawson, C. Ebbers, A. Erlandson, Y. Fei, B. Freitas, R. Kent, Z. Liao, T. Ladran, J. Menapace, B. Molander, S. Payne, N. Peterson, M. Randles, K. Schaffers, S. Sutton, J. Tassano, S. Telford, and E. Utterback, "The MERCURY project: A high average power, gas-cooled laser for inertial fusion energy development," Fusion Sci. Technol. 52, 383-387 (2007).

Tassano, J.

A. Bayramian, P. Armstrong, E. Ault, R. Beach, C. Bibeau, J. Caird, R. Campbell, B. Chai, J. Dawson, C. Ebbers, A. Erlandson, Y. Fei, B. Freitas, R. Kent, Z. Liao, T. Ladran, J. Menapace, B. Molander, S. Payne, N. Peterson, M. Randles, K. Schaffers, S. Sutton, J. Tassano, S. Telford, and E. Utterback, "The MERCURY project: A high average power, gas-cooled laser for inertial fusion energy development," Fusion Sci. Technol. 52, 383-387 (2007).

Telford, S.

A. Bayramian, P. Armstrong, E. Ault, R. Beach, C. Bibeau, J. Caird, R. Campbell, B. Chai, J. Dawson, C. Ebbers, A. Erlandson, Y. Fei, B. Freitas, R. Kent, Z. Liao, T. Ladran, J. Menapace, B. Molander, S. Payne, N. Peterson, M. Randles, K. Schaffers, S. Sutton, J. Tassano, S. Telford, and E. Utterback, "The MERCURY project: A high average power, gas-cooled laser for inertial fusion energy development," Fusion Sci. Technol. 52, 383-387 (2007).

Utterback, E.

A. Bayramian, P. Armstrong, E. Ault, R. Beach, C. Bibeau, J. Caird, R. Campbell, B. Chai, J. Dawson, C. Ebbers, A. Erlandson, Y. Fei, B. Freitas, R. Kent, Z. Liao, T. Ladran, J. Menapace, B. Molander, S. Payne, N. Peterson, M. Randles, K. Schaffers, S. Sutton, J. Tassano, S. Telford, and E. Utterback, "The MERCURY project: A high average power, gas-cooled laser for inertial fusion energy development," Fusion Sci. Technol. 52, 383-387 (2007).

Voelckel, H.

D. Wolff, G. Bonati, P. Hennig, and H. Voelckel, "Reliability of high power diode laser bars in industrial applications," Proc. SPIE 5711, 66-72 (2005).
[CrossRef]

Wolff, D.

D. Wolff, G. Bonati, P. Hennig, and H. Voelckel, "Reliability of high power diode laser bars in industrial applications," Proc. SPIE 5711, 66-72 (2005).
[CrossRef]

Yakovlev, I.

Yashin, V.

Yasuhara, R.

O. Matsumoto, R. Yasuhara, T. Kurita, T. Ikegawa, T. Sekine, T. Kawashima, J. Kawanaka, T. Norimatsu, N. Miyanaga, Y. Izawa, M. Nakatsuka, M. Miyamoto, H. Kan, H. Furukawa, and S. Motokoshi, "Development of thermally controlled HALNA DPSSL for inertial fusion energy," Proc. SPIE 6101, 61011Q (2006).
[CrossRef]

Yu, H.

J. Chanteloup, H. Yu, G. Bourdet, C. Dambrine, S. Ferré, A. Fülöp, S. Le Moal, A. Pichot, G. Le Touzé, and Z. Zhao, "Overview of the LUCIA laser program: toward 100-Joules, nanosecond-pulse, kW averaged power based on ytterbium diode-pumped solid state laser," Proc. SPIE 5707, 105-116 (2005).
[CrossRef]

Appl. Opt. (1)

Fusion Sci. Technol. (1)

A. Bayramian, P. Armstrong, E. Ault, R. Beach, C. Bibeau, J. Caird, R. Campbell, B. Chai, J. Dawson, C. Ebbers, A. Erlandson, Y. Fei, B. Freitas, R. Kent, Z. Liao, T. Ladran, J. Menapace, B. Molander, S. Payne, N. Peterson, M. Randles, K. Schaffers, S. Sutton, J. Tassano, S. Telford, and E. Utterback, "The MERCURY project: A high average power, gas-cooled laser for inertial fusion energy development," Fusion Sci. Technol. 52, 383-387 (2007).

Lecture Notes in Physics (1)

J. Hein, M. Kaluza, R. Bödefeld, M. Siebold, S. Podleska, and R. Sauerbrey, "POLARIS: An All Diode-Pumped Ultrahigh Peak Power Laser for High Repetition Rates," Lecture Notes in Physics 694, 47-66 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Opt. Commun. (1)

G. Bourdet, "Comparison of pulse amplification performances in longitudinally pumped Ytterbium doped materials," Opt. Commun. 200, 331-342 (2001).
[CrossRef]

Opt. Express (2)

Proc. SPIE (3)

D. Wolff, G. Bonati, P. Hennig, and H. Voelckel, "Reliability of high power diode laser bars in industrial applications," Proc. SPIE 5711, 66-72 (2005).
[CrossRef]

J. Chanteloup, H. Yu, G. Bourdet, C. Dambrine, S. Ferré, A. Fülöp, S. Le Moal, A. Pichot, G. Le Touzé, and Z. Zhao, "Overview of the LUCIA laser program: toward 100-Joules, nanosecond-pulse, kW averaged power based on ytterbium diode-pumped solid state laser," Proc. SPIE 5707, 105-116 (2005).
[CrossRef]

O. Matsumoto, R. Yasuhara, T. Kurita, T. Ikegawa, T. Sekine, T. Kawashima, J. Kawanaka, T. Norimatsu, N. Miyanaga, Y. Izawa, M. Nakatsuka, M. Miyamoto, H. Kan, H. Furukawa, and S. Motokoshi, "Development of thermally controlled HALNA DPSSL for inertial fusion energy," Proc. SPIE 6101, 61011Q (2006).
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S. Bahbah, D. Albach, J. Chanteloup, G. Bourdet, G. L. Touze, M. Pluvinage, and B. Vincent, "Original High Power oscillator Yb:YAG pumped by lasers diodes," Conference Digest of CLEO/QELS Europe 2007 CA6-1, Munich, Germany, June 17-22 (2007).

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Figures (5)

Fig. 1.
Fig. 1.

Laser crystal and pumping optics, Yb:YAG crystal with Brewster cut for the laser beam, MC: micro-channel cooler, heat sink coupled to the largest crystal faces; 2-sided transversal pumping: pump module (each side) consisting of 16 wave-guided (WG) horizontal stacks (HS) with 4 laser diode bars (LD) each, half-wave plate (λ/2) and thin film polarizer (TFP) for polarization coupling; cylindrical lenses for the slow axis (LS1) and the fast axis (LF2, LF2) in order to image the pump light, final spherical focusing lens (LSF).

Fig. 2.
Fig. 2.

Setup of the 4-pass Yb:YAG amplifier with relay imaging; Yb:YAG crystal with Brewster cut, M1 and M2: plane end mirrors (HR 0° 1010–1060 nm), M3–M7: concave mirrors (radius of curvature 750 mm, HR 0° 1010–1060 nm), M8 and M9: plane turning mirrors (HR 45° 1010–1060 nm), L1 and L2: cylindrical lens telescope, FI: Faraday isolator.

Fig. 3.
Fig. 3.

Nanosecond pulse amplification, pulse duration: 6.4 ns, numbers of passes: 4; (a) Output pulse energy vs. pump pulse energy at an input pulse energy of 200 mJ, slope efficiency ηS = 14.9% (b) Output pulse energy and total gain vs. input pulse energy at a pump energy of 21 J.

Fig. 4.
Fig. 4.

Amplification of top-hat shaped microsecond pulses, pulse duration: 100 µs, numbers of passes: 6; (a) Output pulse energy vs. pump pulse energy at two pump durations tp : 800 µs and 1.5 ms, input pulse energy: 100 mJ. (b) Output pulse energy and total gain vs. input pulse energy at a pump energy of 19.5 J.

Fig. 5.
Fig. 5.

Influence of the gain narrowing: (a) input and output pulse spectra of the 4-pass Yb:YAG amplifier at unsaturated gain (G = 160). Intensity profiles: (b) transmission of the input beam without amplification, (c) output beam profile after 4-pass amplification, (d) pump beam profile.

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