Abstract

A novel CPA-system with a spatially dispersive Yb:KYW-based regenerative amplifier is presented. Three prisms inside the amplifier divide the seed pulses from an Yb fiber laser system into spatially separated spectral components that pass through different volumes of the active medium and are amplified independently. This concept allows overcoming the effect of gain-narrowing. The spatially dispersive amplifier delivers laser pulses with energies of up to 30 µJ at a repetition rate of 100 kHz. Successful compression of the amplified pulses down to 171 fs is demonstrated.

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2008 (2)

2005 (2)

A. Beyertt, D, Nickel, and A. Giesen, "Femtosecond thin-disk Yb:KYW regenerative amplifier," Appl. Phys. B 00,1-6 (2005).

P. Raybaut, F. Balembois, F. Druon, and P. Georges, "Numerical and Experimental Study of Gain Narrowing in Ytterbium-Based Regenerative Amplifiers," IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 41, 415-425 (2005).
[CrossRef]

2004 (3)

2002 (2)

M. C. Pujol, M. A. Bursukova, F. Güell, X. Mateos, R. Solé, J. Gavaldà, M. Aguiló, J. Massons, F.  Díaz, P. Klopp, U. Griebner, and V. Petrov, "Growth, optical characterization, and laser operation of a stoichiometric crystal KYb(WO4)2," Phys. Rev. B 65, 165121 (2002).
[CrossRef]

H. Liu, J. Nees, and G. Mourou, "Directly diode-pumped Yb:KY(WO4)2," Opt. Lett. 27,722-724 (2002).
[CrossRef]

1999 (1)

J. Faure, J. Itatani, S. Biswal, G. Chériaux, L. R. Bruner, G. C. Templeton, and G. Mourou, "A spatially dispersive regenerative amplifier for ultrabroadband pulses," Opt. Commun. 159, 68-73 (1999).
[CrossRef]

1998 (1)

S. Backus, C. G. Durfee, M. M. Murnane, and H. C. Kapteyn, "High power ultrafast lasers," Rev. Sci. Instrum. 69,1207-1223 (1998).
[CrossRef]

1996 (1)

1992 (1)

Aguergaray, C.

Aguiló, M.

M. C. Pujol, M. A. Bursukova, F. Güell, X. Mateos, R. Solé, J. Gavaldà, M. Aguiló, J. Massons, F.  Díaz, P. Klopp, U. Griebner, and V. Petrov, "Growth, optical characterization, and laser operation of a stoichiometric crystal KYb(WO4)2," Phys. Rev. B 65, 165121 (2002).
[CrossRef]

Backus, S.

S. Backus, C. G. Durfee, M. M. Murnane, and H. C. Kapteyn, "High power ultrafast lasers," Rev. Sci. Instrum. 69,1207-1223 (1998).
[CrossRef]

Balembois, F.

P. Raybaut, F. Balembois, F. Druon, and P. Georges, "Numerical and Experimental Study of Gain Narrowing in Ytterbium-Based Regenerative Amplifiers," IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 41, 415-425 (2005).
[CrossRef]

Barty, C.

Beyertt, A.

A. Beyertt, D, Nickel, and A. Giesen, "Femtosecond thin-disk Yb:KYW regenerative amplifier," Appl. Phys. B 00,1-6 (2005).

Biegert, J.

Biswal, S.

J. Faure, J. Itatani, S. Biswal, G. Chériaux, L. R. Bruner, G. C. Templeton, and G. Mourou, "A spatially dispersive regenerative amplifier for ultrabroadband pulses," Opt. Commun. 159, 68-73 (1999).
[CrossRef]

Boullet, J.

Bruck, M.

Bruner, L. R.

J. Faure, J. Itatani, S. Biswal, G. Chériaux, L. R. Bruner, G. C. Templeton, and G. Mourou, "A spatially dispersive regenerative amplifier for ultrabroadband pulses," Opt. Commun. 159, 68-73 (1999).
[CrossRef]

Bünting, U.

Bursukova, M. A.

M. C. Pujol, M. A. Bursukova, F. Güell, X. Mateos, R. Solé, J. Gavaldà, M. Aguiló, J. Massons, F.  Díaz, P. Klopp, U. Griebner, and V. Petrov, "Growth, optical characterization, and laser operation of a stoichiometric crystal KYb(WO4)2," Phys. Rev. B 65, 165121 (2002).
[CrossRef]

Chatel, B.

A. Monmayrant and B. Chatel, "New phase and amplitude high resolution pulse shaper," Rev. Sci. Instrum. 75, 2668 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Chaux, R.

Chériaux, G.

J. Faure, J. Itatani, S. Biswal, G. Chériaux, L. R. Bruner, G. C. Templeton, and G. Mourou, "A spatially dispersive regenerative amplifier for ultrabroadband pulses," Opt. Commun. 159, 68-73 (1999).
[CrossRef]

Christov, I. P.

Cormier, E.

Díaz, F.

M. C. Pujol, M. A. Bursukova, F. Güell, X. Mateos, R. Solé, J. Gavaldà, M. Aguiló, J. Massons, F.  Díaz, P. Klopp, U. Griebner, and V. Petrov, "Growth, optical characterization, and laser operation of a stoichiometric crystal KYb(WO4)2," Phys. Rev. B 65, 165121 (2002).
[CrossRef]

Druon, F.

Y. Zaouter, D. N. Papadopoulos, M. Hanna, J. Boullet, L. Huang, C. Aguergaray, F. Druon, E. Mottay, P. Georges, and E. Cormier, "Stretcher-free high energy nonlinear amplification of femtosecond pulses in rod-type fibers," Opt. Lett. 33,107-109 (2008).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

P. Raybaut, F. Balembois, F. Druon, and P. Georges, "Numerical and Experimental Study of Gain Narrowing in Ytterbium-Based Regenerative Amplifiers," IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 41, 415-425 (2005).
[CrossRef]

Durfee, C. G.

S. Backus, C. G. Durfee, M. M. Murnane, and H. C. Kapteyn, "High power ultrafast lasers," Rev. Sci. Instrum. 69,1207-1223 (1998).
[CrossRef]

Faucher, O.

Faure, J.

J. Faure, J. Itatani, S. Biswal, G. Chériaux, L. R. Bruner, G. C. Templeton, and G. Mourou, "A spatially dispersive regenerative amplifier for ultrabroadband pulses," Opt. Commun. 159, 68-73 (1999).
[CrossRef]

Gavaldà, J.

M. C. Pujol, M. A. Bursukova, F. Güell, X. Mateos, R. Solé, J. Gavaldà, M. Aguiló, J. Massons, F.  Díaz, P. Klopp, U. Griebner, and V. Petrov, "Growth, optical characterization, and laser operation of a stoichiometric crystal KYb(WO4)2," Phys. Rev. B 65, 165121 (2002).
[CrossRef]

Georges, P.

Y. Zaouter, D. N. Papadopoulos, M. Hanna, J. Boullet, L. Huang, C. Aguergaray, F. Druon, E. Mottay, P. Georges, and E. Cormier, "Stretcher-free high energy nonlinear amplification of femtosecond pulses in rod-type fibers," Opt. Lett. 33,107-109 (2008).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

P. Raybaut, F. Balembois, F. Druon, and P. Georges, "Numerical and Experimental Study of Gain Narrowing in Ytterbium-Based Regenerative Amplifiers," IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 41, 415-425 (2005).
[CrossRef]

Griebner, U.

M. C. Pujol, M. A. Bursukova, F. Güell, X. Mateos, R. Solé, J. Gavaldà, M. Aguiló, J. Massons, F.  Díaz, P. Klopp, U. Griebner, and V. Petrov, "Growth, optical characterization, and laser operation of a stoichiometric crystal KYb(WO4)2," Phys. Rev. B 65, 165121 (2002).
[CrossRef]

Güell, F.

M. C. Pujol, M. A. Bursukova, F. Güell, X. Mateos, R. Solé, J. Gavaldà, M. Aguiló, J. Massons, F.  Díaz, P. Klopp, U. Griebner, and V. Petrov, "Growth, optical characterization, and laser operation of a stoichiometric crystal KYb(WO4)2," Phys. Rev. B 65, 165121 (2002).
[CrossRef]

Hanna, M.

Hauri, C. P.

Huang, L.

Inoue, T.

T. Inoue and S. Namiki, "Pulse compression techniques using highly nonlinear fibers," Laser Photon. Rev. 2, 83-99 (2008).
[CrossRef]

Itatani, J.

J. Faure, J. Itatani, S. Biswal, G. Chériaux, L. R. Bruner, G. C. Templeton, and G. Mourou, "A spatially dispersive regenerative amplifier for ultrabroadband pulses," Opt. Commun. 159, 68-73 (1999).
[CrossRef]

Kapteyn, H. C.

S. Backus, C. G. Durfee, M. M. Murnane, and H. C. Kapteyn, "High power ultrafast lasers," Rev. Sci. Instrum. 69,1207-1223 (1998).
[CrossRef]

Keller, U.

Klopp, P.

M. C. Pujol, M. A. Bursukova, F. Güell, X. Mateos, R. Solé, J. Gavaldà, M. Aguiló, J. Massons, F.  Díaz, P. Klopp, U. Griebner, and V. Petrov, "Growth, optical characterization, and laser operation of a stoichiometric crystal KYb(WO4)2," Phys. Rev. B 65, 165121 (2002).
[CrossRef]

Korn, G.

Kornelis, W.

Kracht, D.

Lavorel, B.

Liu, H.

Massons, J.

M. C. Pujol, M. A. Bursukova, F. Güell, X. Mateos, R. Solé, J. Gavaldà, M. Aguiló, J. Massons, F.  Díaz, P. Klopp, U. Griebner, and V. Petrov, "Growth, optical characterization, and laser operation of a stoichiometric crystal KYb(WO4)2," Phys. Rev. B 65, 165121 (2002).
[CrossRef]

Mateos, X.

M. C. Pujol, M. A. Bursukova, F. Güell, X. Mateos, R. Solé, J. Gavaldà, M. Aguiló, J. Massons, F.  Díaz, P. Klopp, U. Griebner, and V. Petrov, "Growth, optical characterization, and laser operation of a stoichiometric crystal KYb(WO4)2," Phys. Rev. B 65, 165121 (2002).
[CrossRef]

Monmayrant, A.

A. Monmayrant and B. Chatel, "New phase and amplitude high resolution pulse shaper," Rev. Sci. Instrum. 75, 2668 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Morgner, U.

Mottay, E.

Mourou, G.

H. Liu, J. Nees, and G. Mourou, "Directly diode-pumped Yb:KY(WO4)2," Opt. Lett. 27,722-724 (2002).
[CrossRef]

J. Faure, J. Itatani, S. Biswal, G. Chériaux, L. R. Bruner, G. C. Templeton, and G. Mourou, "A spatially dispersive regenerative amplifier for ultrabroadband pulses," Opt. Commun. 159, 68-73 (1999).
[CrossRef]

Murnane, M. M.

S. Backus, C. G. Durfee, M. M. Murnane, and H. C. Kapteyn, "High power ultrafast lasers," Rev. Sci. Instrum. 69,1207-1223 (1998).
[CrossRef]

Namiki, S.

T. Inoue and S. Namiki, "Pulse compression techniques using highly nonlinear fibers," Laser Photon. Rev. 2, 83-99 (2008).
[CrossRef]

Nees, J.

Papadopoulos, D. N.

Petrov, V.

M. C. Pujol, M. A. Bursukova, F. Güell, X. Mateos, R. Solé, J. Gavaldà, M. Aguiló, J. Massons, F.  Díaz, P. Klopp, U. Griebner, and V. Petrov, "Growth, optical characterization, and laser operation of a stoichiometric crystal KYb(WO4)2," Phys. Rev. B 65, 165121 (2002).
[CrossRef]

Pujol, M. C.

M. C. Pujol, M. A. Bursukova, F. Güell, X. Mateos, R. Solé, J. Gavaldà, M. Aguiló, J. Massons, F.  Díaz, P. Klopp, U. Griebner, and V. Petrov, "Growth, optical characterization, and laser operation of a stoichiometric crystal KYb(WO4)2," Phys. Rev. B 65, 165121 (2002).
[CrossRef]

Raksi, F.

Raybaut, P.

P. Raybaut, F. Balembois, F. Druon, and P. Georges, "Numerical and Experimental Study of Gain Narrowing in Ytterbium-Based Regenerative Amplifiers," IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 41, 415-425 (2005).
[CrossRef]

Renard, M.

Rose-Petruck, C.

Sayinc, H.

Solé, R.

M. C. Pujol, M. A. Bursukova, F. Güell, X. Mateos, R. Solé, J. Gavaldà, M. Aguiló, J. Massons, F.  Díaz, P. Klopp, U. Griebner, and V. Petrov, "Growth, optical characterization, and laser operation of a stoichiometric crystal KYb(WO4)2," Phys. Rev. B 65, 165121 (2002).
[CrossRef]

Squier, J.

Templeton, G. C.

J. Faure, J. Itatani, S. Biswal, G. Chériaux, L. R. Bruner, G. C. Templeton, and G. Mourou, "A spatially dispersive regenerative amplifier for ultrabroadband pulses," Opt. Commun. 159, 68-73 (1999).
[CrossRef]

Tian, A.

Wandt, D.

Wilson, K.

Yakovlev, V.

Yamakawa, K.

Zaouter, Y.

Appl. Phys. B (1)

A. Beyertt, D, Nickel, and A. Giesen, "Femtosecond thin-disk Yb:KYW regenerative amplifier," Appl. Phys. B 00,1-6 (2005).

IEEE J. Quantum Electron. (1)

P. Raybaut, F. Balembois, F. Druon, and P. Georges, "Numerical and Experimental Study of Gain Narrowing in Ytterbium-Based Regenerative Amplifiers," IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 41, 415-425 (2005).
[CrossRef]

Laser Photon. Rev. (1)

T. Inoue and S. Namiki, "Pulse compression techniques using highly nonlinear fibers," Laser Photon. Rev. 2, 83-99 (2008).
[CrossRef]

Opt. Commun. (1)

J. Faure, J. Itatani, S. Biswal, G. Chériaux, L. R. Bruner, G. C. Templeton, and G. Mourou, "A spatially dispersive regenerative amplifier for ultrabroadband pulses," Opt. Commun. 159, 68-73 (1999).
[CrossRef]

Opt. Express (2)

Opt. Lett. (5)

Phys. Rev. B (1)

M. C. Pujol, M. A. Bursukova, F. Güell, X. Mateos, R. Solé, J. Gavaldà, M. Aguiló, J. Massons, F.  Díaz, P. Klopp, U. Griebner, and V. Petrov, "Growth, optical characterization, and laser operation of a stoichiometric crystal KYb(WO4)2," Phys. Rev. B 65, 165121 (2002).
[CrossRef]

Rev. Sci. Instrum. (2)

A. Monmayrant and B. Chatel, "New phase and amplitude high resolution pulse shaper," Rev. Sci. Instrum. 75, 2668 (2004).
[CrossRef]

S. Backus, C. G. Durfee, M. M. Murnane, and H. C. Kapteyn, "High power ultrafast lasers," Rev. Sci. Instrum. 69,1207-1223 (1998).
[CrossRef]

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Figures (13)

Fig. 1.
Fig. 1.

Setup of the spatially dispersive regenerative amplifier.

Fig. 2.
Fig. 2.

Amplified pluse energy before compression over round-trips

Fig. 3.
Fig. 3.

Optical power spectrum after 63 resonator round- trips

Fig. 4.
Fig. 4.

FWHM of the amplified pulse spectrum versus resonator round-trips.

Fig. 5.
Fig. 5.

Fourier-transform-limited pulse duration as function of round-trip number.

Fig. 6.
Fig. 6.

Horizontal beam profile inside the active medium over wavelength.

Fig. 7.
Fig. 7.

Beam profile at the output coupler

Fig. 8.
Fig. 8.

Intensity autocorrelation function of the compressed amplified pulses (black) and of the seed pulses (red).

Fig. 9.
Fig. 9.

Intensity autocorrelation of the compressed pulses after 63 round trips for different pump powers.

Fig. 10.
Fig. 10.

Intensity autocorrelation of the compressed

Fig. 11.
Fig. 11.

Calculated intensity autocorrelation function versus triangular phase slope b

Fig. 12.
Fig. 12.

Amplified pulse spectrum after triangular phase compensation

Fig. 13.
Fig. 13.

Intensity autocorrelation after triangular phase compensation.

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φ ( ω ) = b ω ω 0 .
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