Abstract

We demonstrated high-repetition-rate (sub-MHz) MW pulse generation by combining a picosecond phase conjugate laser system based on a diode-side-pumped Nd:YVO4 bounce amplifier with a pulse selector based on a RbTiOPO4 electro-optical modulator. Peak output powers in the range of 2.8-6.8 MW at a pulse repetition frequency range of 0.33-1.0 MHz were achieved at an extraction efficiency of 34-35%.

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2007 (1)

2006 (3)

2005 (1)

2001 (1)

M. J. Damzen, M. Trew, E. Rosas and G. J. Crofts, "Continuous-wave Nd:YVO4 grazing-incidence laser with 22.5 W output power and 64% conversion efficiency," Opt. Commun. 196, 237-241 (2001).

1998 (2)

A. Brignon, G. Feugnet, J. P. Huignard and J. P. Pochelle, "Compact Nd:YAG and Nd:YVO4 amplifiers end-pumped by a high-brightness stacked array," IEEE J. Quantum. Electron. 34, 577-585 (1998).
[CrossRef]

N. Huot, J. M. C. Jonathan, G. Roosen and D. Rytz, "Characterization and optimization of a ring self-pumped phase-conjugate mirror at 1.06 μm with BaTiO3:Rh," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 15, 1992-1999 (1998).
[CrossRef]

1994 (1)

D. Du, X. Liu, G. Korn, J. Squier and G. Mourou, "Laser-induced break down by impact ionization in SiO2 with pulse widths from 7 ns to 150 fs," Appl. Phys. Lett. 64, 3071-3073 (1994).
[CrossRef]

1993 (2)

1986 (1)

K. Vahala, K. Kyuma, A. Yariv, S. Kwong, M. Cronin-Colomb and K. Y. Lau, "Narrow linewidth single frequency semiconductor laser with phase conjugate external cavity mirror," Appl. Phys. Lett. 49, 1563-1565 (1986).
[CrossRef]

Agnesi, A.

A. Agnesi, L. Carra, F. Pirzio, G. Reali, A. Tomaselli, D. Scarpa and C. Vacchi, "Amplification of a low-power picosecond Nd:YVO4 laser by a diode-laser side-pumped grazing-incidence slab amplifier," IEEE J. Quantum. Electron. 42, 772-776 (2006).
[CrossRef]

A. Agnesi, L. Carra, F. Pirzio, D. Scarpa, A. Tomaselli, G. Reali and C. Vacchi, "High-gain diode-pumped amplifier for generation of microjoule-level picosecond pulses," Opt. Express 14, 9244-9249 (2006).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Alcock, A. J.

Bernard, J. E.

Bogodaev, N. V.

Brignon, A.

A. Brignon, G. Feugnet, J. P. Huignard and J. P. Pochelle, "Compact Nd:YAG and Nd:YVO4 amplifiers end-pumped by a high-brightness stacked array," IEEE J. Quantum. Electron. 34, 577-585 (1998).
[CrossRef]

Carra, L.

A. Agnesi, L. Carra, F. Pirzio, G. Reali, A. Tomaselli, D. Scarpa and C. Vacchi, "Amplification of a low-power picosecond Nd:YVO4 laser by a diode-laser side-pumped grazing-incidence slab amplifier," IEEE J. Quantum. Electron. 42, 772-776 (2006).
[CrossRef]

A. Agnesi, L. Carra, F. Pirzio, D. Scarpa, A. Tomaselli, G. Reali and C. Vacchi, "High-gain diode-pumped amplifier for generation of microjoule-level picosecond pulses," Opt. Express 14, 9244-9249 (2006).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Crofts, G. J.

M. J. Damzen, M. Trew, E. Rosas and G. J. Crofts, "Continuous-wave Nd:YVO4 grazing-incidence laser with 22.5 W output power and 64% conversion efficiency," Opt. Commun. 196, 237-241 (2001).

Cronin-Colomb, M.

K. Vahala, K. Kyuma, A. Yariv, S. Kwong, M. Cronin-Colomb and K. Y. Lau, "Narrow linewidth single frequency semiconductor laser with phase conjugate external cavity mirror," Appl. Phys. Lett. 49, 1563-1565 (1986).
[CrossRef]

Damzen, M. J.

D. J. Farrell and M. J. Damzen, "High power scaling of a passively modelocked laser oscillator in a bounce geometry," Opt. Express 15, 4781-4786 (2007).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

M. J. Damzen, M. Trew, E. Rosas and G. J. Crofts, "Continuous-wave Nd:YVO4 grazing-incidence laser with 22.5 W output power and 64% conversion efficiency," Opt. Commun. 196, 237-241 (2001).

Du, D.

D. Du, X. Liu, G. Korn, J. Squier and G. Mourou, "Laser-induced break down by impact ionization in SiO2 with pulse widths from 7 ns to 150 fs," Appl. Phys. Lett. 64, 3071-3073 (1994).
[CrossRef]

Farrell, D. J.

Feugnet, G.

A. Brignon, G. Feugnet, J. P. Huignard and J. P. Pochelle, "Compact Nd:YAG and Nd:YVO4 amplifiers end-pumped by a high-brightness stacked array," IEEE J. Quantum. Electron. 34, 577-585 (1998).
[CrossRef]

Huignard, J. P.

A. Brignon, G. Feugnet, J. P. Huignard and J. P. Pochelle, "Compact Nd:YAG and Nd:YVO4 amplifiers end-pumped by a high-brightness stacked array," IEEE J. Quantum. Electron. 34, 577-585 (1998).
[CrossRef]

Huot, N.

Ivleva, L. I.

Jonathan, J. M. C.

Korn, G.

D. Du, X. Liu, G. Korn, J. Squier and G. Mourou, "Laser-induced break down by impact ionization in SiO2 with pulse widths from 7 ns to 150 fs," Appl. Phys. Lett. 64, 3071-3073 (1994).
[CrossRef]

Korshunov, A. S.

Kwong, S.

K. Vahala, K. Kyuma, A. Yariv, S. Kwong, M. Cronin-Colomb and K. Y. Lau, "Narrow linewidth single frequency semiconductor laser with phase conjugate external cavity mirror," Appl. Phys. Lett. 49, 1563-1565 (1986).
[CrossRef]

Kyuma, K.

K. Vahala, K. Kyuma, A. Yariv, S. Kwong, M. Cronin-Colomb and K. Y. Lau, "Narrow linewidth single frequency semiconductor laser with phase conjugate external cavity mirror," Appl. Phys. Lett. 49, 1563-1565 (1986).
[CrossRef]

Lau, K. Y.

K. Vahala, K. Kyuma, A. Yariv, S. Kwong, M. Cronin-Colomb and K. Y. Lau, "Narrow linewidth single frequency semiconductor laser with phase conjugate external cavity mirror," Appl. Phys. Lett. 49, 1563-1565 (1986).
[CrossRef]

Liu, X.

D. Du, X. Liu, G. Korn, J. Squier and G. Mourou, "Laser-induced break down by impact ionization in SiO2 with pulse widths from 7 ns to 150 fs," Appl. Phys. Lett. 64, 3071-3073 (1994).
[CrossRef]

Mamaev, A. V.

Mourou, G.

D. Du, X. Liu, G. Korn, J. Squier and G. Mourou, "Laser-induced break down by impact ionization in SiO2 with pulse widths from 7 ns to 150 fs," Appl. Phys. Lett. 64, 3071-3073 (1994).
[CrossRef]

Nawata, K.

Ogawa, T.

Ojima, Y.

Okida, M.

Omastu, T.

Omatsu, T.

Pirzio, F.

A. Agnesi, L. Carra, F. Pirzio, G. Reali, A. Tomaselli, D. Scarpa and C. Vacchi, "Amplification of a low-power picosecond Nd:YVO4 laser by a diode-laser side-pumped grazing-incidence slab amplifier," IEEE J. Quantum. Electron. 42, 772-776 (2006).
[CrossRef]

A. Agnesi, L. Carra, F. Pirzio, D. Scarpa, A. Tomaselli, G. Reali and C. Vacchi, "High-gain diode-pumped amplifier for generation of microjoule-level picosecond pulses," Opt. Express 14, 9244-9249 (2006).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Pochelle, J. P.

A. Brignon, G. Feugnet, J. P. Huignard and J. P. Pochelle, "Compact Nd:YAG and Nd:YVO4 amplifiers end-pumped by a high-brightness stacked array," IEEE J. Quantum. Electron. 34, 577-585 (1998).
[CrossRef]

Polozkov, N. N.

Reali, G.

A. Agnesi, L. Carra, F. Pirzio, G. Reali, A. Tomaselli, D. Scarpa and C. Vacchi, "Amplification of a low-power picosecond Nd:YVO4 laser by a diode-laser side-pumped grazing-incidence slab amplifier," IEEE J. Quantum. Electron. 42, 772-776 (2006).
[CrossRef]

A. Agnesi, L. Carra, F. Pirzio, D. Scarpa, A. Tomaselli, G. Reali and C. Vacchi, "High-gain diode-pumped amplifier for generation of microjoule-level picosecond pulses," Opt. Express 14, 9244-9249 (2006).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Roosen, G.

Rosas, E.

M. J. Damzen, M. Trew, E. Rosas and G. J. Crofts, "Continuous-wave Nd:YVO4 grazing-incidence laser with 22.5 W output power and 64% conversion efficiency," Opt. Commun. 196, 237-241 (2001).

Rytz, D.

Scarpa, D.

A. Agnesi, L. Carra, F. Pirzio, G. Reali, A. Tomaselli, D. Scarpa and C. Vacchi, "Amplification of a low-power picosecond Nd:YVO4 laser by a diode-laser side-pumped grazing-incidence slab amplifier," IEEE J. Quantum. Electron. 42, 772-776 (2006).
[CrossRef]

A. Agnesi, L. Carra, F. Pirzio, D. Scarpa, A. Tomaselli, G. Reali and C. Vacchi, "High-gain diode-pumped amplifier for generation of microjoule-level picosecond pulses," Opt. Express 14, 9244-9249 (2006).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Squier, J.

D. Du, X. Liu, G. Korn, J. Squier and G. Mourou, "Laser-induced break down by impact ionization in SiO2 with pulse widths from 7 ns to 150 fs," Appl. Phys. Lett. 64, 3071-3073 (1994).
[CrossRef]

Tomaselli, A.

A. Agnesi, L. Carra, F. Pirzio, D. Scarpa, A. Tomaselli, G. Reali and C. Vacchi, "High-gain diode-pumped amplifier for generation of microjoule-level picosecond pulses," Opt. Express 14, 9244-9249 (2006).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

A. Agnesi, L. Carra, F. Pirzio, G. Reali, A. Tomaselli, D. Scarpa and C. Vacchi, "Amplification of a low-power picosecond Nd:YVO4 laser by a diode-laser side-pumped grazing-incidence slab amplifier," IEEE J. Quantum. Electron. 42, 772-776 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Trew, M.

M. J. Damzen, M. Trew, E. Rosas and G. J. Crofts, "Continuous-wave Nd:YVO4 grazing-incidence laser with 22.5 W output power and 64% conversion efficiency," Opt. Commun. 196, 237-241 (2001).

Vacchi, C.

A. Agnesi, L. Carra, F. Pirzio, G. Reali, A. Tomaselli, D. Scarpa and C. Vacchi, "Amplification of a low-power picosecond Nd:YVO4 laser by a diode-laser side-pumped grazing-incidence slab amplifier," IEEE J. Quantum. Electron. 42, 772-776 (2006).
[CrossRef]

A. Agnesi, L. Carra, F. Pirzio, D. Scarpa, A. Tomaselli, G. Reali and C. Vacchi, "High-gain diode-pumped amplifier for generation of microjoule-level picosecond pulses," Opt. Express 14, 9244-9249 (2006).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Vahala, K.

K. Vahala, K. Kyuma, A. Yariv, S. Kwong, M. Cronin-Colomb and K. Y. Lau, "Narrow linewidth single frequency semiconductor laser with phase conjugate external cavity mirror," Appl. Phys. Lett. 49, 1563-1565 (1986).
[CrossRef]

Yariv, A.

K. Vahala, K. Kyuma, A. Yariv, S. Kwong, M. Cronin-Colomb and K. Y. Lau, "Narrow linewidth single frequency semiconductor laser with phase conjugate external cavity mirror," Appl. Phys. Lett. 49, 1563-1565 (1986).
[CrossRef]

Zozulya, A. A.

Appl. Phys. Lett. (2)

K. Vahala, K. Kyuma, A. Yariv, S. Kwong, M. Cronin-Colomb and K. Y. Lau, "Narrow linewidth single frequency semiconductor laser with phase conjugate external cavity mirror," Appl. Phys. Lett. 49, 1563-1565 (1986).
[CrossRef]

D. Du, X. Liu, G. Korn, J. Squier and G. Mourou, "Laser-induced break down by impact ionization in SiO2 with pulse widths from 7 ns to 150 fs," Appl. Phys. Lett. 64, 3071-3073 (1994).
[CrossRef]

IEEE J. Quantum. Electron. (2)

A. Brignon, G. Feugnet, J. P. Huignard and J. P. Pochelle, "Compact Nd:YAG and Nd:YVO4 amplifiers end-pumped by a high-brightness stacked array," IEEE J. Quantum. Electron. 34, 577-585 (1998).
[CrossRef]

A. Agnesi, L. Carra, F. Pirzio, G. Reali, A. Tomaselli, D. Scarpa and C. Vacchi, "Amplification of a low-power picosecond Nd:YVO4 laser by a diode-laser side-pumped grazing-incidence slab amplifier," IEEE J. Quantum. Electron. 42, 772-776 (2006).
[CrossRef]

J. Opt. Soc. Am. B (2)

Opt. Commun. (1)

M. J. Damzen, M. Trew, E. Rosas and G. J. Crofts, "Continuous-wave Nd:YVO4 grazing-incidence laser with 22.5 W output power and 64% conversion efficiency," Opt. Commun. 196, 237-241 (2001).

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Figures (7)

Fig. 1.
Fig. 1.

Experimental setup.

Fig. 2.
Fig. 2.

(a). Plot of average output power as a function of pump power at a PRF of 100 MHz. (b) Average output power for various PRFs.

Fig. 3.
Fig. 3.

Intensity autocorrelation trace of the amplified output.

Fig. 4.
Fig. 4.

Temporal evolution of amplified output. Measured contrast ratio of prepulses to main pulses is ~1:600.

Fig. 5.
Fig. 5.

Estimated peak power as a function of PRF. The dashed lines show the simulated values calculated on the basis of the continuous-wave gain saturation and the partitioned gain models.

Fig. 6.
Fig. 6.

Far-field pattern of the amplified output laser.

Fig. 7.
Fig. 7.

Fabricated groove on a SiO2 glass substrate by irradiation by the focused output from the system.

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