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)

1998 (2)

A. Brignon, G. Feugnet, J. P. Huignard, and J. P. Pochelle, “Compact Nd:YAG and Nd:YVO4 amplifiers endpumped 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 selfpumped 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 lowpower picosecond Nd:YVO4 laser by a diode-laser side-pumped grazing-incidence slab amplifier,” IEEE J. Quant. Elec. 42, 772–776 (2006).
[CrossRef]

A. Agnesi, L. Carra, F. Pirzio, + 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 endpumped by a high-brightness stacked array,” IEEE J. Quantum. Electron. 34, 577–585 (1998).
[CrossRef]

Carra, L.

A. Agnesi, L. Carra, F. Pirzio, + 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 lowpower picosecond Nd:YVO4 laser by a diode-laser side-pumped grazing-incidence slab amplifier,” IEEE J. Quant. Elec. 42, 772–776 (2006).
[CrossRef]

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 endpumped 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 endpumped 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 lowpower picosecond Nd:YVO4 laser by a diode-laser side-pumped grazing-incidence slab amplifier,” IEEE J. Quant. Elec. 42, 772–776 (2006).
[CrossRef]

A. Agnesi, L. Carra, F. Pirzio, + 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 endpumped 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 lowpower picosecond Nd:YVO4 laser by a diode-laser side-pumped grazing-incidence slab amplifier,” IEEE J. Quant. Elec. 42, 772–776 (2006).
[CrossRef]

A. Agnesi, L. Carra, F. Pirzio, + 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, +

Scarpa, D.

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

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, + 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 lowpower picosecond Nd:YVO4 laser by a diode-laser side-pumped grazing-incidence slab amplifier,” IEEE J. Quant. Elec. 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 lowpower picosecond Nd:YVO4 laser by a diode-laser side-pumped grazing-incidence slab amplifier,” IEEE J. Quant. Elec. 42, 772–776 (2006).
[CrossRef]

A. Agnesi, L. Carra, F. Pirzio, + 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. Quant. Elec. (1)

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

IEEE J. Quantum. Electron. (1)

A. Brignon, G. Feugnet, J. P. Huignard, and J. P. Pochelle, “Compact Nd:YAG and Nd:YVO4 amplifiers endpumped by a high-brightness stacked array,” IEEE J. Quantum. Electron. 34, 577–585 (1998).
[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).

Opt. Express (4)

Opt. Lett. (1)

Other (1)

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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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