Abstract

A compact tunable high power picosecond source based on Yb-doped fiber amplification of gain switch laser diode is demonstrated. A multi-stage single mode Yb-doped fiber preamplifier was combined with a single mode double-clad Yb-doped fiber main amplifier to construct the amplification system, which is seeded by a gain switch laser diode. By optimizing preamplifier’s parameters to compensate the seed spectrum gain, a “flat top” broadband spectrum is obtained to realize wavelength tunable output with a self-made tunable filter. The tunable pulses were further amplified to 3.5 W average power 90 ps pulses at 1 MHz repetition rate, and the center wavelength was tunable in the ranges from 1053 nm to 1073 nm with excellent beam quality.

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    [CrossRef]
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    [CrossRef]
  3. A. Galvanauskas, G. C. Cho, A. Hariharan, M. E Fermann, and D. Harter, "Generation of high-energy femtosecond pulses in multimode-core Yb-fiber chirped-pulse amplification systems," Opt. Lett. 26, 935-937 (2001).
    [CrossRef]
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    [CrossRef] [PubMed]
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    [CrossRef]
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    [CrossRef] [PubMed]
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    [CrossRef] [PubMed]
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    [CrossRef] [PubMed]
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    [CrossRef]
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    [CrossRef]
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    [CrossRef]
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    [CrossRef]
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    [CrossRef] [PubMed]
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    [CrossRef] [PubMed]

2007 (1)

P. Polynkin, R. Roussev, M. M. Fejer, N. Peyghambarian, and J. Moloney, "Laser Transmitter for Undersea Communications using Third-Harmonic Generation of Fiber-Laser System at 1.5μm," IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 19, 1328-1330 (2007).
[CrossRef]

2006 (4)

P. Dupriez, A. Piper, A. Malinowski, J. K. Sahu, M. Ibsen, B. C. Thomsen, Y. Jeong, L. M. B. Hickey, M. N. Zervas, J. Nilsson, and D. J. Richardson. "High average power high repetition rate picosecond pulsed fiber master oscillator power amplifier source seeded by a gain-switched laser diode at 1060nm," IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 18, 1013-1014 (2006).
[CrossRef]

P. Polynkin, A. Polynkin, D. Panasenko, N. Peyghambarian, and J. Moloney, "All-fiber picosecond laser system at 1.5 μm based on amplification in short and heavily doped phosphate-glass fiber," IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 18, 2194-2196 (2006).
[CrossRef]

P. Dupriez, C. Finot, A. Malinowski, J. K. Sahu, J. Nilsson, and D. J. Richardson, "High-power, high repetition rate picosecond and femtosecond sources based on Yb-doped fiber amplification of VECSELs", Opt. Express 14, 9611-9616 (2006), http://www.opticsinfobase.org/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-14-21-9611.
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

J. Limpert, F. Röser, T. Schreiber, and A. Tünnermann, "High-Power Ultrafast Fiber Laser Systems," IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 12, 233-244 (2006).
[CrossRef]

2005 (4)

2004 (1)

2003 (1)

2001 (2)

1999 (1)

Brooks, C. D.

Cho, G. C.

Courjaud, A.

Deguil-Robin, N.

Di Teodoro, F.

Dupriez, P.

P. Dupriez, C. Finot, A. Malinowski, J. K. Sahu, J. Nilsson, and D. J. Richardson, "High-power, high repetition rate picosecond and femtosecond sources based on Yb-doped fiber amplification of VECSELs", Opt. Express 14, 9611-9616 (2006), http://www.opticsinfobase.org/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-14-21-9611.
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

P. Dupriez, A. Piper, A. Malinowski, J. K. Sahu, M. Ibsen, B. C. Thomsen, Y. Jeong, L. M. B. Hickey, M. N. Zervas, J. Nilsson, and D. J. Richardson. "High average power high repetition rate picosecond pulsed fiber master oscillator power amplifier source seeded by a gain-switched laser diode at 1060nm," IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 18, 1013-1014 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Fejer, M. M.

P. Polynkin, R. Roussev, M. M. Fejer, N. Peyghambarian, and J. Moloney, "Laser Transmitter for Undersea Communications using Third-Harmonic Generation of Fiber-Laser System at 1.5μm," IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 19, 1328-1330 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Fermann, M. E

Fermann, M. E.

Finot, C.

Gabler, T.

Galvanauskas, A.

Goldberg, L.

Gomes, L.

Hariharan, A.

Harter, D.

Hartl, I.

Hickey, L. M. B.

P. Dupriez, A. Piper, A. Malinowski, J. K. Sahu, M. Ibsen, B. C. Thomsen, Y. Jeong, L. M. B. Hickey, M. N. Zervas, J. Nilsson, and D. J. Richardson. "High average power high repetition rate picosecond pulsed fiber master oscillator power amplifier source seeded by a gain-switched laser diode at 1060nm," IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 18, 1013-1014 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Hönninger, C.

Ibsen, M.

P. Dupriez, A. Piper, A. Malinowski, J. K. Sahu, M. Ibsen, B. C. Thomsen, Y. Jeong, L. M. B. Hickey, M. N. Zervas, J. Nilsson, and D. J. Richardson. "High average power high repetition rate picosecond pulsed fiber master oscillator power amplifier source seeded by a gain-switched laser diode at 1060nm," IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 18, 1013-1014 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Imeshev, G.

Jeong, Y.

P. Dupriez, A. Piper, A. Malinowski, J. K. Sahu, M. Ibsen, B. C. Thomsen, Y. Jeong, L. M. B. Hickey, M. N. Zervas, J. Nilsson, and D. J. Richardson. "High average power high repetition rate picosecond pulsed fiber master oscillator power amplifier source seeded by a gain-switched laser diode at 1060nm," IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 18, 1013-1014 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Jetshke, S.

Jouhti, T.

Liem, A.

Limpert, J.

Liu, Z.

Malinowski, A.

P. Dupriez, C. Finot, A. Malinowski, J. K. Sahu, J. Nilsson, and D. J. Richardson, "High-power, high repetition rate picosecond and femtosecond sources based on Yb-doped fiber amplification of VECSELs", Opt. Express 14, 9611-9616 (2006), http://www.opticsinfobase.org/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-14-21-9611.
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

P. Dupriez, A. Piper, A. Malinowski, J. K. Sahu, M. Ibsen, B. C. Thomsen, Y. Jeong, L. M. B. Hickey, M. N. Zervas, J. Nilsson, and D. J. Richardson. "High average power high repetition rate picosecond pulsed fiber master oscillator power amplifier source seeded by a gain-switched laser diode at 1060nm," IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 18, 1013-1014 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Manek-Honinger, I.

Moloney, J.

P. Polynkin, R. Roussev, M. M. Fejer, N. Peyghambarian, and J. Moloney, "Laser Transmitter for Undersea Communications using Third-Harmonic Generation of Fiber-Laser System at 1.5μm," IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 19, 1328-1330 (2007).
[CrossRef]

P. Polynkin, A. Polynkin, D. Panasenko, N. Peyghambarian, and J. Moloney, "All-fiber picosecond laser system at 1.5 μm based on amplification in short and heavily doped phosphate-glass fiber," IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 18, 2194-2196 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Mottay, E.

Muller, H.-R.

Nilsson, J.

P. Dupriez, A. Piper, A. Malinowski, J. K. Sahu, M. Ibsen, B. C. Thomsen, Y. Jeong, L. M. B. Hickey, M. N. Zervas, J. Nilsson, and D. J. Richardson. "High average power high repetition rate picosecond pulsed fiber master oscillator power amplifier source seeded by a gain-switched laser diode at 1060nm," IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 18, 1013-1014 (2006).
[CrossRef]

P. Dupriez, C. Finot, A. Malinowski, J. K. Sahu, J. Nilsson, and D. J. Richardson, "High-power, high repetition rate picosecond and femtosecond sources based on Yb-doped fiber amplification of VECSELs", Opt. Express 14, 9611-9616 (2006), http://www.opticsinfobase.org/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-14-21-9611.
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Okhotnikov, O. G.

Ortac, B.

Panasenko, D.

P. Polynkin, A. Polynkin, D. Panasenko, N. Peyghambarian, and J. Moloney, "All-fiber picosecond laser system at 1.5 μm based on amplification in short and heavily doped phosphate-glass fiber," IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 18, 2194-2196 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Peyghambarian, N.

P. Polynkin, R. Roussev, M. M. Fejer, N. Peyghambarian, and J. Moloney, "Laser Transmitter for Undersea Communications using Third-Harmonic Generation of Fiber-Laser System at 1.5μm," IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 19, 1328-1330 (2007).
[CrossRef]

P. Polynkin, A. Polynkin, D. Panasenko, N. Peyghambarian, and J. Moloney, "All-fiber picosecond laser system at 1.5 μm based on amplification in short and heavily doped phosphate-glass fiber," IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 18, 2194-2196 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Piper, A.

P. Dupriez, A. Piper, A. Malinowski, J. K. Sahu, M. Ibsen, B. C. Thomsen, Y. Jeong, L. M. B. Hickey, M. N. Zervas, J. Nilsson, and D. J. Richardson. "High average power high repetition rate picosecond pulsed fiber master oscillator power amplifier source seeded by a gain-switched laser diode at 1060nm," IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 18, 1013-1014 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Polynkin, A.

P. Polynkin, A. Polynkin, D. Panasenko, N. Peyghambarian, and J. Moloney, "All-fiber picosecond laser system at 1.5 μm based on amplification in short and heavily doped phosphate-glass fiber," IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 18, 2194-2196 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Polynkin, P.

P. Polynkin, R. Roussev, M. M. Fejer, N. Peyghambarian, and J. Moloney, "Laser Transmitter for Undersea Communications using Third-Harmonic Generation of Fiber-Laser System at 1.5μm," IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 19, 1328-1330 (2007).
[CrossRef]

P. Polynkin, A. Polynkin, D. Panasenko, N. Peyghambarian, and J. Moloney, "All-fiber picosecond laser system at 1.5 μm based on amplification in short and heavily doped phosphate-glass fiber," IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 18, 2194-2196 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Richardson, D. J.

P. Dupriez, A. Piper, A. Malinowski, J. K. Sahu, M. Ibsen, B. C. Thomsen, Y. Jeong, L. M. B. Hickey, M. N. Zervas, J. Nilsson, and D. J. Richardson. "High average power high repetition rate picosecond pulsed fiber master oscillator power amplifier source seeded by a gain-switched laser diode at 1060nm," IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 18, 1013-1014 (2006).
[CrossRef]

P. Dupriez, C. Finot, A. Malinowski, J. K. Sahu, J. Nilsson, and D. J. Richardson, "High-power, high repetition rate picosecond and femtosecond sources based on Yb-doped fiber amplification of VECSELs", Opt. Express 14, 9611-9616 (2006), http://www.opticsinfobase.org/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-14-21-9611.
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Roser, F.

Röser, F.

J. Limpert, F. Röser, T. Schreiber, and A. Tünnermann, "High-Power Ultrafast Fiber Laser Systems," IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 12, 233-244 (2006).
[CrossRef]

F. Röser, J. Rothhard, B. Ortac, A. Liem, O. Schmidt, T. Schreiber, and J. Limpert, "131 W 220 fs fiber laser system," Opt. Lett. 30, 2754-2756 (2005).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Rothhard, J.

Roussev, R.

P. Polynkin, R. Roussev, M. M. Fejer, N. Peyghambarian, and J. Moloney, "Laser Transmitter for Undersea Communications using Third-Harmonic Generation of Fiber-Laser System at 1.5μm," IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 19, 1328-1330 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Sahu, J. K.

P. Dupriez, A. Piper, A. Malinowski, J. K. Sahu, M. Ibsen, B. C. Thomsen, Y. Jeong, L. M. B. Hickey, M. N. Zervas, J. Nilsson, and D. J. Richardson. "High average power high repetition rate picosecond pulsed fiber master oscillator power amplifier source seeded by a gain-switched laser diode at 1060nm," IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 18, 1013-1014 (2006).
[CrossRef]

P. Dupriez, C. Finot, A. Malinowski, J. K. Sahu, J. Nilsson, and D. J. Richardson, "High-power, high repetition rate picosecond and femtosecond sources based on Yb-doped fiber amplification of VECSELs", Opt. Express 14, 9611-9616 (2006), http://www.opticsinfobase.org/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-14-21-9611.
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Salin, F.

Schmidt, O.

Schreiber,

T. Schreiber, F. Roser, M. Will, J. Limpert, A. Liem, S. Nolte, and A. Tunnermann. "High repetition rate, high energy fiber CPA system for material processing," Lasers and Electro-Optics Europe, CLEO/Europe. 12-17, 522-522 (2005).
[CrossRef]

Schreiber, T.

Shah, L.

Stock, M. L.

Thomsen, B. C.

P. Dupriez, A. Piper, A. Malinowski, J. K. Sahu, M. Ibsen, B. C. Thomsen, Y. Jeong, L. M. B. Hickey, M. N. Zervas, J. Nilsson, and D. J. Richardson. "High average power high repetition rate picosecond pulsed fiber master oscillator power amplifier source seeded by a gain-switched laser diode at 1060nm," IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 18, 1013-1014 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Tunnermann, A.

Tünnermann, A.

Unger, S.

Wong, K. K.

Xiang, N.

Zellmer, H.

Zervas, M. N.

P. Dupriez, A. Piper, A. Malinowski, J. K. Sahu, M. Ibsen, B. C. Thomsen, Y. Jeong, L. M. B. Hickey, M. N. Zervas, J. Nilsson, and D. J. Richardson. "High average power high repetition rate picosecond pulsed fiber master oscillator power amplifier source seeded by a gain-switched laser diode at 1060nm," IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 18, 1013-1014 (2006).
[CrossRef]

IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. (1)

J. Limpert, F. Röser, T. Schreiber, and A. Tünnermann, "High-Power Ultrafast Fiber Laser Systems," IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 12, 233-244 (2006).
[CrossRef]

IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. (3)

P. Dupriez, A. Piper, A. Malinowski, J. K. Sahu, M. Ibsen, B. C. Thomsen, Y. Jeong, L. M. B. Hickey, M. N. Zervas, J. Nilsson, and D. J. Richardson. "High average power high repetition rate picosecond pulsed fiber master oscillator power amplifier source seeded by a gain-switched laser diode at 1060nm," IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 18, 1013-1014 (2006).
[CrossRef]

P. Polynkin, A. Polynkin, D. Panasenko, N. Peyghambarian, and J. Moloney, "All-fiber picosecond laser system at 1.5 μm based on amplification in short and heavily doped phosphate-glass fiber," IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 18, 2194-2196 (2006).
[CrossRef]

P. Polynkin, R. Roussev, M. M. Fejer, N. Peyghambarian, and J. Moloney, "Laser Transmitter for Undersea Communications using Third-Harmonic Generation of Fiber-Laser System at 1.5μm," IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 19, 1328-1330 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Opt. Express (3)

Opt. Lett. (7)

F. Di Teodoro and C. D. Brooks, "1.1 MW peak-power, 7 W average-power, high-spectral-brightness, diffraction-limited pulses from a photonic crystal fiber amplifier," Opt. Lett. 30, 2694-2696 (2005).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

F. Röser, J. Rothhard, B. Ortac, A. Liem, O. Schmidt, T. Schreiber, and J. Limpert, "131 W 220 fs fiber laser system," Opt. Lett. 30, 2754-2756 (2005).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

M. E. Fermann, A. Galvanauskas, M. L. Stock, K. K. Wong, D. Harter, and L. Goldberg, "Ultrawide tunable Er soliton fiber laser amplified in Yb-doped fiber," Opt. Lett. 24, 1428-1430 (1999).
[CrossRef]

A. Galvanauskas, G. C. Cho, A. Hariharan, M. E Fermann, and D. Harter, "Generation of high-energy femtosecond pulses in multimode-core Yb-fiber chirped-pulse amplification systems," Opt. Lett. 26, 935-937 (2001).
[CrossRef]

J. Limpert, A. Liem, T. Gabler, H. Zellmer, A. Tunnermann, S. Unger, S. Jetshke, and H.-R. Muller. "High-average-power picosecond Yb-doped fiber amplifier," Opt. Lett. 26, 1849-1851 (2001).
[CrossRef]

O. G. Okhotnikov, L. Gomes, N. Xiang, and T. Jouhti, "Mode-locked ytterbium fiber laser tunable in the 980-1070 nm spectral range," Opt. Lett. 28, 1522-1524 (2003).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

J. Limpert, N. Deguil-Robin, I. Manek-Honinger, F. Salin, T. Schreiber, A. Liem, F. Roser, H. Zellmer, A. Tünnermann, A. Courjaud, C. Hönninger, and E. Mottay. "High-power picosecond fiber amplifier based on nonlinear spectral compression," Opt. Lett. 30, 714-716 (2005).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Other (1)

T. Schreiber, F. Roser, M. Will, J. Limpert, A. Liem, S. Nolte, and A. Tunnermann. "High repetition rate, high energy fiber CPA system for material processing," Lasers and Electro-Optics Europe, CLEO/Europe. 12-17, 522-522 (2005).
[CrossRef]

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Fig. 1.
Fig. 1.

The setup of fiber-based tunable high power picosecond source.

Fig. 2.
Fig. 2.

The spectrum of seed source.

Fig. 3.
Fig. 3.

The output spectrum of the first stage pre-amplifier.

Fig. 4.
Fig. 4.

The spectrums at 1060 nm, 1063 nm, 1066 nm and 1069 nm: (a) before spectrum shaping filter; (b) after spectrum shaping filter.

Fig. 5.
Fig. 5.

The output tunable spectrum after the main amplifier.

Fig. 6.
Fig. 6.

The amplified signal pulse shape after the main amplifier.

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