Abstract

We demonstrated a hybrid ceramic master-oscillator high-power fiber amplifier with a diode-pumped Yb:YAG ceramic laser as the seeding oscillator, which was passively mode-locked at 103.29 MHz repetition rate around 1031 nm by using a semiconductor saturable absorption mirror, and a two-stage double-clad photonic crystal fiber amplifier, which power-scaled the ceramic laser oscillator up to an average power of 303 W. The amplified pulses were further compressed to 237 and 418 fs at 50 and 150 W output powers, respectively. The compressed pulses exhibited about 0.05% deviation from the Gaussian fit, implying that the high-power fiber amplification induced neither observable temporal and spectral distortion nor significant nonlinear de-chirping of the chirped pulses.

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S. Ye, B. Zhu, J. Chen, J. Luo, and J. Qiu, “Infrared quantum cutting in Tb3+,Yb3+ codoped transparent glass ceramics containing CaF2 nanocrystals,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 92(14), 141112 (2008).
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[Crossref]

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2007 (3)

2006 (1)

2005 (1)

2004 (1)

G. Paunescu, J. Hein, and R. Sauerbrey, “100-fs diode-pumped Yb:KGW mode-locked laser,” Appl. Phys. B 79(5), 555–558 (2004).
[Crossref]

2003 (2)

2002 (1)

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A. Mori, Y. Ohishi, and S. Sudo, “Erbium-doped tellurite glass fibre laser and amplifier,” Electron. Lett. 33(10), 863–864 (1997).
[Crossref]

1985 (1)

D. Strickland and G. Mourou, “Compression of amplified chirped optical pulses,” Opt. Commun. 55(6), 447–449 (1985).
[Crossref]

Aguergaray, C.

Alam, S.

Andersen, T. V.

Aschwanden, A.

Balembois, F.

Bauer, D.

Bisson, J.-F.

Boullet, J.

Brunner, F.

Chan, C. C.

Chen, D. P.

Chen, H. W.

Chen, J.

S. Ye, B. Zhu, J. Chen, J. Luo, and J. Qiu, “Infrared quantum cutting in Tb3+,Yb3+ codoped transparent glass ceramics containing CaF2 nanocrystals,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 92(14), 141112 (2008).
[Crossref]

Chen, K. K.

Chen, S. P.

Chénais, S.

Cormier, E.

Dekorsy, T.

Dhellemmes, S.

Ding, L.

Dong, J.

Dou, C.

Q. Hao, W. Li, H. Zeng, Q. Yang, C. Dou, H. Zhou, and W. Lu, “Low-threshold and broadly tunable lasers of Yb3+-doped yttrium lanthanum oxide ceramic,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 92(21), 211106 (2008).
[Crossref]

Druon, F.

Eidam, T.

Fu, X.

Gabler, T.

Gaumé, R.

Georges, P.

Gong, M.

Guina, M.

Hanf, S.

Hanna, M.

Hao, Q.

Häring, R.

Haumesser, P. H.

Hein, J.

Hönninger, C.

Hou, J.

Huang, L.

Innerhofer, E.

Jeong, Y.

Jiang, B.

Jiang, X. W.

Kaminskii, A. A.

Karsch, S.

Keller, U.

Killi, A.

Kleinbauer, J.

Klingebiel, S.

Kong, J.

Krausz, F.

Kumkar, M.

Larat, C.

Li, W.

Limpert, J.

Lin, D.

Liu, Q.

Liu, Z. J.

Lu, J.

Lu, W.

Q. Hao, W. Li, H. Zeng, Q. Yang, C. Dou, H. Zhou, and W. Lu, “Low-threshold and broadly tunable lasers of Yb3+-doped yttrium lanthanum oxide ceramic,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 92(21), 211106 (2008).
[Crossref]

W. Li, Q. Hao, H. Zhai, H. Zeng, W. Lu, G. Zhao, L. Zheng, L. Su, and J. Xu, “Diode-pumped Yb:GSO femtosecond laser,” Opt. Express 15(5), 2354–2359 (2007).
[Crossref] [PubMed]

Luo, J.

S. Ye, B. Zhu, J. Chen, J. Luo, and J. Qiu, “Infrared quantum cutting in Tb3+,Yb3+ codoped transparent glass ceramics containing CaF2 nanocrystals,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 92(14), 141112 (2008).
[Crossref]

Malinowski, A.

Matsubara, Y.

S. Nakamura, H. Yoshioka, Y. Matsubara, T. Ogawa, and S. Wada, “Efficient tunable Yb:YAG ceramic laser,” Opt. Commun. 281(17), 4411–4414 (2008).
[Crossref]

Meng, X. G.

Mori, A.

A. Mori, Y. Ohishi, and S. Sudo, “Erbium-doped tellurite glass fibre laser and amplifier,” Electron. Lett. 33(10), 863–864 (1997).
[Crossref]

Mottay, E.

Mourou, G.

D. Strickland and G. Mourou, “Compression of amplified chirped optical pulses,” Opt. Commun. 55(6), 447–449 (1985).
[Crossref]

Musha, M.

Nakamura, S.

H. Yoshioka, S. Nakamura, T. Ogawa, and S. Wada, “Diode-pumped mode-locked Yb:YAG ceramic laser,” Opt. Express 17(11), 8919–8925 (2009).
[Crossref] [PubMed]

S. Nakamura, H. Yoshioka, Y. Matsubara, T. Ogawa, and S. Wada, “Efficient tunable Yb:YAG ceramic laser,” Opt. Commun. 281(17), 4411–4414 (2008).
[Crossref]

Neuhaus, J.

Nilsson, J.

Ogawa, T.

H. Yoshioka, S. Nakamura, T. Ogawa, and S. Wada, “Diode-pumped mode-locked Yb:YAG ceramic laser,” Opt. Express 17(11), 8919–8925 (2009).
[Crossref] [PubMed]

S. Nakamura, H. Yoshioka, Y. Matsubara, T. Ogawa, and S. Wada, “Efficient tunable Yb:YAG ceramic laser,” Opt. Commun. 281(17), 4411–4414 (2008).
[Crossref]

Ohishi, Y.

A. Mori, Y. Ohishi, and S. Sudo, “Erbium-doped tellurite glass fibre laser and amplifier,” Electron. Lett. 33(10), 863–864 (1997).
[Crossref]

Ortiz, V.

Pan, H.

Pan, Y.

Papadopoulos, D. N.

Paschotta, R.

Paunescu, G.

G. Paunescu, J. Hein, and R. Sauerbrey, “100-fs diode-pumped Yb:KGW mode-locked laser,” Appl. Phys. B 79(5), 555–558 (2004).
[Crossref]

Peng, M. Y.

Petrov, T. S.

Qiu, J.

S. Ye, B. Zhu, J. Chen, J. Luo, and J. Qiu, “Infrared quantum cutting in Tb3+,Yb3+ codoped transparent glass ceramics containing CaF2 nanocrystals,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 92(14), 141112 (2008).
[Crossref]

Qiu, J. R.

Raybaut, P.

Richardson, D. J.

Sauerbrey, R.

G. Paunescu, J. Hein, and R. Sauerbrey, “100-fs diode-pumped Yb:KGW mode-locked laser,” Appl. Phys. B 79(5), 555–558 (2004).
[Crossref]

Schreiber, T.

Seise, E.

Shirakawa, A.

Siebold, M.

Strickland, D.

D. Strickland and G. Mourou, “Compression of amplified chirped optical pulses,” Opt. Commun. 55(6), 447–449 (1985).
[Crossref]

Su, L.

Südmeyer, T.

Sudo, S.

A. Mori, Y. Ohishi, and S. Sudo, “Erbium-doped tellurite glass fibre laser and amplifier,” Electron. Lett. 33(10), 863–864 (1997).
[Crossref]

Sutter, D. H.

Takaichi, K.

Tang, D. Y.

Torizuka, K.

S. Uemura and K. Torizuka, “Kerr-Lens mode-locked diode-pumped Yb:YAG laser with the transverse mode passively stabilized,” Appl. Phys. Express 1(1), 012007 (2008).
[Crossref]

Tünnermann, A.

Ueda, K.

Uemura, S.

S. Uemura and K. Torizuka, “Kerr-Lens mode-locked diode-pumped Yb:YAG laser with the transverse mode passively stabilized,” Appl. Phys. Express 1(1), 012007 (2008).
[Crossref]

Viana, B.

Vivien, D.

Vu, K. T.

Wada, S.

H. Yoshioka, S. Nakamura, T. Ogawa, and S. Wada, “Diode-pumped mode-locked Yb:YAG ceramic laser,” Opt. Express 17(11), 8919–8925 (2009).
[Crossref] [PubMed]

S. Nakamura, H. Yoshioka, Y. Matsubara, T. Ogawa, and S. Wada, “Efficient tunable Yb:YAG ceramic laser,” Opt. Commun. 281(17), 4411–4414 (2008).
[Crossref]

Wandt, C.

Wang, D.

Wang, Y.

Weiler, S.

Wirth, C.

Xu, J.

Yagi, H.

Yan, C.

Yan, X.

Yanagitani, T.

Yang, Q.

Q. Hao, W. Li, H. Zeng, Q. Yang, C. Dou, H. Zhou, and W. Lu, “Low-threshold and broadly tunable lasers of Yb3+-doped yttrium lanthanum oxide ceramic,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 92(21), 211106 (2008).
[Crossref]

Ye, S.

S. Ye, B. Zhu, J. Chen, J. Luo, and J. Qiu, “Infrared quantum cutting in Tb3+,Yb3+ codoped transparent glass ceramics containing CaF2 nanocrystals,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 92(14), 141112 (2008).
[Crossref]

Yoshioka, H.

H. Yoshioka, S. Nakamura, T. Ogawa, and S. Wada, “Diode-pumped mode-locked Yb:YAG ceramic laser,” Opt. Express 17(11), 8919–8925 (2009).
[Crossref] [PubMed]

S. Nakamura, H. Yoshioka, Y. Matsubara, T. Ogawa, and S. Wada, “Efficient tunable Yb:YAG ceramic laser,” Opt. Commun. 281(17), 4411–4414 (2008).
[Crossref]

Zaouter, Y.

Zeng, H.

Zhai, H.

Zhang, J.

Zhang, X.

Zhao, G.

Zhao, Q. Z.

Zheng, L.

Zhou, H.

Q. Hao, W. Li, H. Zeng, Q. Yang, C. Dou, H. Zhou, and W. Lu, “Low-threshold and broadly tunable lasers of Yb3+-doped yttrium lanthanum oxide ceramic,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 92(21), 211106 (2008).
[Crossref]

Zhu, B.

S. Ye, B. Zhu, J. Chen, J. Luo, and J. Qiu, “Infrared quantum cutting in Tb3+,Yb3+ codoped transparent glass ceramics containing CaF2 nanocrystals,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 92(14), 141112 (2008).
[Crossref]

Zhu, C. S.

Appl. Phys. B (1)

G. Paunescu, J. Hein, and R. Sauerbrey, “100-fs diode-pumped Yb:KGW mode-locked laser,” Appl. Phys. B 79(5), 555–558 (2004).
[Crossref]

Appl. Phys. Express (1)

S. Uemura and K. Torizuka, “Kerr-Lens mode-locked diode-pumped Yb:YAG laser with the transverse mode passively stabilized,” Appl. Phys. Express 1(1), 012007 (2008).
[Crossref]

Appl. Phys. Lett. (2)

S. Ye, B. Zhu, J. Chen, J. Luo, and J. Qiu, “Infrared quantum cutting in Tb3+,Yb3+ codoped transparent glass ceramics containing CaF2 nanocrystals,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 92(14), 141112 (2008).
[Crossref]

Q. Hao, W. Li, H. Zeng, Q. Yang, C. Dou, H. Zhou, and W. Lu, “Low-threshold and broadly tunable lasers of Yb3+-doped yttrium lanthanum oxide ceramic,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 92(21), 211106 (2008).
[Crossref]

Electron. Lett. (1)

A. Mori, Y. Ohishi, and S. Sudo, “Erbium-doped tellurite glass fibre laser and amplifier,” Electron. Lett. 33(10), 863–864 (1997).
[Crossref]

Opt. Commun. (2)

S. Nakamura, H. Yoshioka, Y. Matsubara, T. Ogawa, and S. Wada, “Efficient tunable Yb:YAG ceramic laser,” Opt. Commun. 281(17), 4411–4414 (2008).
[Crossref]

D. Strickland and G. Mourou, “Compression of amplified chirped optical pulses,” Opt. Commun. 55(6), 447–449 (1985).
[Crossref]

Opt. Express (12)

X. Yan, Q. Liu, X. Fu, Y. Wang, L. Huang, D. Wang, and M. Gong, “A 108 W, 500 kHz Q-switching Nd:YVO4 laser with the MOPA configuration,” Opt. Express 16(5), 3356–3361 (2008).
[Crossref] [PubMed]

M. Siebold, J. Hein, C. Wandt, S. Klingebiel, F. Krausz, and S. Karsch, “High-energy, diode-pumped, nanosecond Yb:YAG MOPA system,” Opt. Express 16(6), 3674–3679 (2008).
[Crossref] [PubMed]

J. Neuhaus, D. Bauer, J. Zhang, A. Killi, J. Kleinbauer, M. Kumkar, S. Weiler, M. Guina, D. H. Sutter, and T. Dekorsy, “Subpicosecond thin-disk laser oscillator with pulse energies of up to 25.9 microjoules by use of an active multipass geometry,” Opt. Express 16(25), 20530–20539 (2008).
[Crossref] [PubMed]

Q. Hao, W. Li, and H. Zeng, “High-power Yb-doped fiber amplification synchronized with a few-cycle Ti:sapphire laser,” Opt. Express 17(7), 5815–5821 (2009).
[Crossref] [PubMed]

H. Yoshioka, S. Nakamura, T. Ogawa, and S. Wada, “Diode-pumped mode-locked Yb:YAG ceramic laser,” Opt. Express 17(11), 8919–8925 (2009).
[Crossref] [PubMed]

Q. Hao, W. Li, H. Pan, X. Zhang, B. Jiang, Y. Pan, and H. Zeng, “Laser-diode pumped 40-W Yb:YAG ceramic laser,” Opt. Express 17(20), 17734–17738 (2009).
[Crossref] [PubMed]

A. Malinowski, K. T. Vu, K. K. Chen, J. Nilsson, Y. Jeong, S. Alam, D. Lin, and D. J. Richardson, “High power pulsed fiber MOPA system incorporating electro-optic modulator based adaptive pulse shaping,” Opt. Express 17(23), 20927–20937 (2009).
[Crossref] [PubMed]

S. P. Chen, H. W. Chen, J. Hou, and Z. J. Liu, “100 W all fiber picosecond MOPA laser,” Opt. Express 17(26), 24008–24012 (2009).
[Crossref] [PubMed]

W. Li, Q. Hao, H. Zhai, H. Zeng, W. Lu, G. Zhao, L. Zheng, L. Su, and J. Xu, “Diode-pumped Yb:GSO femtosecond laser,” Opt. Express 15(5), 2354–2359 (2007).
[Crossref] [PubMed]

A. Shirakawa, K. Takaichi, H. Yagi, J.-F. Bisson, J. Lu, M. Musha, K. Ueda, T. Yanagitani, T. S. Petrov, and A. A. Kaminskii, “Diode-pumped mode-locked Yb3+:Y2O3 ceramic laser,” Opt. Express 11(22), 2911–2916 (2003).
[Crossref] [PubMed]

X. G. Meng, J. R. Qiu, M. Y. Peng, D. P. Chen, Q. Z. Zhao, X. W. Jiang, and C. S. Zhu, “Near infrared broadband emission of bismuth-doped aluminophosphate glass,” Opt. Express 13(5), 1628–1634 (2005).
[Crossref] [PubMed]

W. Li, H. Pan, L. Ding, H. Zeng, G. Zhao, C. Yan, L. Su, and J. Xu, “Diode-pumped continuous-wave and passively mode-locked Yb:GSO laser,” Opt. Express 14(2), 686–695 (2006).
[Crossref] [PubMed]

Opt. Lett. (6)

J. Kong, D. Y. Tang, C. C. Chan, J. Lu, K. Ueda, H. Yagi, and T. Yanagitani, “High-efficiency 1040 and 1078 nm laser emission of a Yb:Y2O3 ceramic laser with 976 nm diode pumping,” Opt. Lett. 32(3), 247–249 (2007).
[Crossref] [PubMed]

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Fig. 1
Fig. 1

(a)The laser tunable range of 5 at.% Yb:YAG ceramic pumped by 976 nm diode laser. Inset, setup of the three-mirror laser cavity. Inset, OC: output coupler. (b) Schematic of the energy diagram of Yb3+ion in Yb:YAG.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

Experimental setup for the MOPA system. M1, M2, M3: mirrors. LD: diode laser. DM1 and DM2: dichroic mirrors (HT@976 nm & HR@1020-1120 nm). OC: output coupler. OI: optical isolator. HWP: half-wave plate. Col: collimator. SMF: single-mode fiber. PCF: photonic crystal fiber.

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

(a) Pulse train of the mode-locked Yb:YAG ceramic laser. (b) Power spectrum of the mode-locked Yb:YAG laser. (c) The standard deviations of the mode-locked Yb:YAG ceramic laser pulses. (d) Measured autocorrelation trace and the gauss fitting of the mode-locked Yb:YAG ceramic laser pulses.

Fig. 4
Fig. 4

(a) Spectra of the output pulses from the ceramic laser oscillator, after the SMF, and from the power amplifier. SMF, single-mode fiber. (b) Output characteristics of the ytterbium-doped ðber power ampliðer. (c) Measured autocorrelation for the 30-W and 150-W pulses.

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