Abstract

The dynamical properties of a mode-locked thin disk laser with cavity-dumping in the solitary regime are studied using numerical simulations along with experimental data. Limitations of this system as well as their origin are identified. The results of these investigations agree very well with recently published experimental results. Based on these findings design criteria for future systems are deducted and estimates of possible pulse energies are made.

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2007 (1)

2006 (2)

2005 (2)

A. Killi, A. Steinmann, J. Dörring, U. Morgner, M. J. Lederer, D. Kopf, and C. Fallnich, "High-peak-power pulses from a cavity-dumped Yb:KY(WO4)2 oscillator," Opt. Lett. 30, 1891-1893 (2005).

S. Naumov, A. Fernandez, R. Graf, P. Dombi, F. Krausz, and A. Apolonski, "Approaching the microjoule frontier with femtosecond laser oscillators," N. J. Phys. 7, 217 (2005).

2004 (1)

2003 (1)

2000 (1)

T. R. Schibli, E. R. Thoen, F. X. Kärtner, and E. P. Ippen, "Suppression of Q-switched mode locking and break-up into multiple pulses by inverse saturable absorption," Appl. Phys. B 70, 41 (2000).

1999 (1)

1995 (2)

F. X. Kärtner and U. Keller, "Stabilization of solitonlike pulses with a slow saturable absorber," Opt. Lett. 20, 16-18 (1995).

F. X. Kärtner, L. R. Brovelli, D. Kopf, M. Kamp, I. G. Calasso, and U. Keller, "Control of sold-state laser dynamics by semiconductor devices," Opt. Eng. 34, 2024-2036 (1995).

Apolonski, A.

S. Naumov, A. Fernandez, R. Graf, P. Dombi, F. Krausz, and A. Apolonski, "Approaching the microjoule frontier with femtosecond laser oscillators," N. J. Phys. 7, 217 (2005).

A. Fernandez, T. Fuji, A. Poppe, A. Fürbach, F. Krausz, and A. Apolonski, "Chirped-pulse oscillators: a route to high-power femtosecond pulses without external amplification," Opt. Lett. 29, 1366-1368 (2003).

Brovelli, L. R.

F. X. Kärtner, L. R. Brovelli, D. Kopf, M. Kamp, I. G. Calasso, and U. Keller, "Control of sold-state laser dynamics by semiconductor devices," Opt. Eng. 34, 2024-2036 (1995).

Calasso, I. G.

F. X. Kärtner, L. R. Brovelli, D. Kopf, M. Kamp, I. G. Calasso, and U. Keller, "Control of sold-state laser dynamics by semiconductor devices," Opt. Eng. 34, 2024-2036 (1995).

Dewald, S.

Dombi, P.

S. Naumov, A. Fernandez, R. Graf, P. Dombi, F. Krausz, and A. Apolonski, "Approaching the microjoule frontier with femtosecond laser oscillators," N. J. Phys. 7, 217 (2005).

Dörring, J.

Fallnich, C.

Fernandez, A.

S. Naumov, A. Fernandez, R. Graf, P. Dombi, F. Krausz, and A. Apolonski, "Approaching the microjoule frontier with femtosecond laser oscillators," N. J. Phys. 7, 217 (2005).

A. Fernandez, T. Fuji, A. Poppe, A. Fürbach, F. Krausz, and A. Apolonski, "Chirped-pulse oscillators: a route to high-power femtosecond pulses without external amplification," Opt. Lett. 29, 1366-1368 (2003).

Fuji, T.

Fürbach, A.

Golling, M.

Graf, R.

S. Naumov, A. Fernandez, R. Graf, P. Dombi, F. Krausz, and A. Apolonski, "Approaching the microjoule frontier with femtosecond laser oscillators," N. J. Phys. 7, 217 (2005).

Grange, R.

Hönninger, C.

Ippen, E. P.

T. R. Schibli, E. R. Thoen, F. X. Kärtner, and E. P. Ippen, "Suppression of Q-switched mode locking and break-up into multiple pulses by inverse saturable absorption," Appl. Phys. B 70, 41 (2000).

Kamp, M.

F. X. Kärtner, L. R. Brovelli, D. Kopf, M. Kamp, I. G. Calasso, and U. Keller, "Control of sold-state laser dynamics by semiconductor devices," Opt. Eng. 34, 2024-2036 (1995).

Kärtner, F. X.

T. R. Schibli, E. R. Thoen, F. X. Kärtner, and E. P. Ippen, "Suppression of Q-switched mode locking and break-up into multiple pulses by inverse saturable absorption," Appl. Phys. B 70, 41 (2000).

F. X. Kärtner, L. R. Brovelli, D. Kopf, M. Kamp, I. G. Calasso, and U. Keller, "Control of sold-state laser dynamics by semiconductor devices," Opt. Eng. 34, 2024-2036 (1995).

F. X. Kärtner and U. Keller, "Stabilization of solitonlike pulses with a slow saturable absorber," Opt. Lett. 20, 16-18 (1995).

Keller, U.

Killi, A.

Kopf, D.

A. Killi, A. Steinmann, J. Dörring, U. Morgner, M. J. Lederer, D. Kopf, and C. Fallnich, "High-peak-power pulses from a cavity-dumped Yb:KY(WO4)2 oscillator," Opt. Lett. 30, 1891-1893 (2005).

F. X. Kärtner, L. R. Brovelli, D. Kopf, M. Kamp, I. G. Calasso, and U. Keller, "Control of sold-state laser dynamics by semiconductor devices," Opt. Eng. 34, 2024-2036 (1995).

Krausz, F.

S. Naumov, A. Fernandez, R. Graf, P. Dombi, F. Krausz, and A. Apolonski, "Approaching the microjoule frontier with femtosecond laser oscillators," N. J. Phys. 7, 217 (2005).

A. Fernandez, T. Fuji, A. Poppe, A. Fürbach, F. Krausz, and A. Apolonski, "Chirped-pulse oscillators: a route to high-power femtosecond pulses without external amplification," Opt. Lett. 29, 1366-1368 (2003).

Lang, T.

Lederer, M. J.

Marchese, S. V.

Morgner, U.

Morier-Genoud, F.

Moser, M.

Moshammer, R.

Naumov, S.

S. Naumov, A. Fernandez, R. Graf, P. Dombi, F. Krausz, and A. Apolonski, "Approaching the microjoule frontier with femtosecond laser oscillators," N. J. Phys. 7, 217 (2005).

Palmer, G.

Paschotta, R.

Poppe, A.

Schibli, T. R.

T. R. Schibli, E. R. Thoen, F. X. Kärtner, and E. P. Ippen, "Suppression of Q-switched mode locking and break-up into multiple pulses by inverse saturable absorption," Appl. Phys. B 70, 41 (2000).

Schröter, C.D.

Siegel, M.

Steinmann, A.

Südmeyer, T.

Thoen, E. R.

T. R. Schibli, E. R. Thoen, F. X. Kärtner, and E. P. Ippen, "Suppression of Q-switched mode locking and break-up into multiple pulses by inverse saturable absorption," Appl. Phys. B 70, 41 (2000).

Ullrich, J.

Appl. Phys. B (1)

T. R. Schibli, E. R. Thoen, F. X. Kärtner, and E. P. Ippen, "Suppression of Q-switched mode locking and break-up into multiple pulses by inverse saturable absorption," Appl. Phys. B 70, 41 (2000).

J. Opt. Soc. Am. B (1)

N. J. Phys. (1)

S. Naumov, A. Fernandez, R. Graf, P. Dombi, F. Krausz, and A. Apolonski, "Approaching the microjoule frontier with femtosecond laser oscillators," N. J. Phys. 7, 217 (2005).

Opt. Eng. (1)

F. X. Kärtner, L. R. Brovelli, D. Kopf, M. Kamp, I. G. Calasso, and U. Keller, "Control of sold-state laser dynamics by semiconductor devices," Opt. Eng. 34, 2024-2036 (1995).

Opt. Express (1)

Opt. Lett. (6)

Other (2)

S. V. Marchese, S. Hashimoto, C. R. E. Baer, M. S. Ruosch, R. Grange, M. Golling, T. Südmeyer, U. Keller, G. L´epine, G. Gingras, and B. Witzel, "Passively mode-locked thin disk lasers reach 10 microjoules pulse energy at megahertz repetition rate and drive high field physics experiments," presented at CLEO / Europe 2007, Munich, Germany, 17-22 June 2007.

W. Koechner, Solid-State Laser Engineering (Springer, 2006).

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