Abstract

An Yb:KYW femtosecond regenerative amplifier with combination of two gain spectra from a single thin disk is presented. The amplifier generated an average power of 10 W after compression at a repetition rate of 20 kHz resulting in a pulse energy of 500 µJ. A bandwidth of 18.6 nm at −20 dB allowed a compression to nearly Fourier-limited pulses with a duration of 185 fs resulting in a peak power of 2.7 GW.

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2008

U. Buenting, P. Wessels, H. Sayinc, O. Prochnow, D. Wandt, and D. Kracht, “Ultrafast Yb:KYW Regenerative Amplifier with Combined Gain Spectra of the Optical Axes Nm and Np,” Proc. SPIE 6871, 1–8 (2008).

2007

2006

M. Hildebrandt, U. Bünting, U. Kosch, D. Haussmann, T. Levy, M. Krause, O. Müller, U. Bartuch, and W. Viöl, “Diode-pumped Yb:KYW thin-disk laser operation with wavelength tuning to small quantum defects,” Opt. Commun. 259(2), 796–798 (2006).
[CrossRef]

M. Delaigue, I. Manek-Hönninger, F. Salin, C. Hönninger, P. Rigail, A. Courjaud, and E. Mottay, “300 kHz femtosecond Yb:KGW regenerative amplifier using an acousto-optic Q-switch,” Appl. Phys. B 84(3), 375–378 (2006).
[CrossRef]

2005

P. Raybaut, F. Balembois, F. Druon, and P. Georges, “Numerical and Experimental Study of Gain Narrowing in Ytterbium-Based Regenerative Amplifiers,” IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 41(3), 415–425 (2005).
[CrossRef]

2004

2002

S. Han, W. Lu, B. Y. Sheh, L. Yan, M. Wraback, H. Shen, J. Pamulapati, and P. G. Newman, “Generation of sub-40 fs pulses from a mode-locked dual-gain-medis Nd:glass laser,” Appl. Phys. B 74(9), s177–s179 (2002).
[CrossRef]

M. C. Pujol, M. A. Bursukova, F. Güell, X. Mateos, and R. Solé, “Jna. Gavaldà, M. Aguiló, J. Massons, F. Díaz, P. Klopp, U. Griebner, and V. Petrov, “Growth, optical characterization, and laser operation of a stoichiometric crystal KYb(WO4)2,” Phys. Rev. B 65, 165121 (2002).
[CrossRef]

P. Klopp, V. Petrov, U. Griebner, and G. Erbert, “Passively mode-locked Yb:KYW laser pumped by a tapered diode laser,” Opt. Express 10, 108–113 (2002), http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-10-2-108 .
[PubMed]

J. H. V. Price, W. Belardi, T. M. Monro, A. Malinowski, A. Piper, and D. J. Richardson, “Soliton transmission and supercontinuum generation in holey fiber, using a diode pumped Ytterbium fiber source,” Opt. Express 10, 382–387 (2002), http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-10-8-382 .
[PubMed]

2001

1999

J. Faure, J. Itatani, S. Biswal, G. Chériaux, L. R. Bruner, G. C. Templeton, and G. Mourou, “A spatially dispersive regenerative amplifier for ultrabroadband pulses,” Opt. Commun. 159(1-3), 68–73 (1999).
[CrossRef]

1997

1996

1994

A. Giesen, H. Hügel, A. Voss, K. Wittig, U. Brauch, and H. Opower, “Scalable Concept for Diode-Pumped High Power Solid-State Lasers,” Appl. Phys. B 58, 365–372 (1994).

C. W. Hillegas, J. X. Tull, D. Goswami, D. Strickland, and W. S. Warren, “Femtosecond laser pulse shaping by use of microsecond radio-frequency pulses,” Opt. Lett. 19(10), 737–739 (1994).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

1992

1985

D. Strickland and G. Mourou, “Compression of Amplified Chirped Optical Pulses,” Opt. Commun. 56(3), 219–221 (1985).
[CrossRef]

Balembois, F.

P. Raybaut, F. Balembois, F. Druon, and P. Georges, “Numerical and Experimental Study of Gain Narrowing in Ytterbium-Based Regenerative Amplifiers,” IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 41(3), 415–425 (2005).
[CrossRef]

Bartuch, U.

M. Hildebrandt, U. Bünting, U. Kosch, D. Haussmann, T. Levy, M. Krause, O. Müller, U. Bartuch, and W. Viöl, “Diode-pumped Yb:KYW thin-disk laser operation with wavelength tuning to small quantum defects,” Opt. Commun. 259(2), 796–798 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Barty, C. P. J.

Belardi, W.

Biswal, S.

J. Faure, J. Itatani, S. Biswal, G. Chériaux, L. R. Bruner, G. C. Templeton, and G. Mourou, “A spatially dispersive regenerative amplifier for ultrabroadband pulses,” Opt. Commun. 159(1-3), 68–73 (1999).
[CrossRef]

Brauch, U.

A. Giesen, H. Hügel, A. Voss, K. Wittig, U. Brauch, and H. Opower, “Scalable Concept for Diode-Pumped High Power Solid-State Lasers,” Appl. Phys. B 58, 365–372 (1994).

Bruner, L. R.

J. Faure, J. Itatani, S. Biswal, G. Chériaux, L. R. Bruner, G. C. Templeton, and G. Mourou, “A spatially dispersive regenerative amplifier for ultrabroadband pulses,” Opt. Commun. 159(1-3), 68–73 (1999).
[CrossRef]

Buenting, U.

U. Buenting, P. Wessels, H. Sayinc, O. Prochnow, D. Wandt, and D. Kracht, “Ultrafast Yb:KYW Regenerative Amplifier with Combined Gain Spectra of the Optical Axes Nm and Np,” Proc. SPIE 6871, 1–8 (2008).

Bünting, U.

M. Hildebrandt, U. Bünting, U. Kosch, D. Haussmann, T. Levy, M. Krause, O. Müller, U. Bartuch, and W. Viöl, “Diode-pumped Yb:KYW thin-disk laser operation with wavelength tuning to small quantum defects,” Opt. Commun. 259(2), 796–798 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Bursukova, M. A.

M. C. Pujol, M. A. Bursukova, F. Güell, X. Mateos, and R. Solé, “Jna. Gavaldà, M. Aguiló, J. Massons, F. Díaz, P. Klopp, U. Griebner, and V. Petrov, “Growth, optical characterization, and laser operation of a stoichiometric crystal KYb(WO4)2,” Phys. Rev. B 65, 165121 (2002).
[CrossRef]

Butze, F.

Chatel, B.

A. Monmayrant and B. Chatel, “New phase and amplitude high resolution pulse shaper,” Rev. Sci. Instrum. 75(8), 2668–2671 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Chériaux, G.

J. Faure, J. Itatani, S. Biswal, G. Chériaux, L. R. Bruner, G. C. Templeton, and G. Mourou, “A spatially dispersive regenerative amplifier for ultrabroadband pulses,” Opt. Commun. 159(1-3), 68–73 (1999).
[CrossRef]

Christov, I. P.

Courjaud, A.

M. Delaigue, I. Manek-Hönninger, F. Salin, C. Hönninger, P. Rigail, A. Courjaud, and E. Mottay, “300 kHz femtosecond Yb:KGW regenerative amplifier using an acousto-optic Q-switch,” Appl. Phys. B 84(3), 375–378 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Delaigue, M.

M. Delaigue, I. Manek-Hönninger, F. Salin, C. Hönninger, P. Rigail, A. Courjaud, and E. Mottay, “300 kHz femtosecond Yb:KGW regenerative amplifier using an acousto-optic Q-switch,” Appl. Phys. B 84(3), 375–378 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Druon, F.

P. Raybaut, F. Balembois, F. Druon, and P. Georges, “Numerical and Experimental Study of Gain Narrowing in Ytterbium-Based Regenerative Amplifiers,” IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 41(3), 415–425 (2005).
[CrossRef]

Erbert, G.

Faure, J.

J. Faure, J. Itatani, S. Biswal, G. Chériaux, L. R. Bruner, G. C. Templeton, and G. Mourou, “A spatially dispersive regenerative amplifier for ultrabroadband pulses,” Opt. Commun. 159(1-3), 68–73 (1999).
[CrossRef]

Georges, P.

P. Raybaut, F. Balembois, F. Druon, and P. Georges, “Numerical and Experimental Study of Gain Narrowing in Ytterbium-Based Regenerative Amplifiers,” IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 41(3), 415–425 (2005).
[CrossRef]

Giesen, A.

D. Nickel, C. Stolzenburg, A. Giesen, and F. Butze, “Ultrafast thin-disk Yb:KY(WO4)2 regenerative amplifier with a 200-kHz repetition rate,” Opt. Lett. 29(23), 2764–2766 (2004).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

A. Giesen, H. Hügel, A. Voss, K. Wittig, U. Brauch, and H. Opower, “Scalable Concept for Diode-Pumped High Power Solid-State Lasers,” Appl. Phys. B 58, 365–372 (1994).

Goswami, D.

Griebner, U.

Grishin, M.

Güell, F.

M. C. Pujol, M. A. Bursukova, F. Güell, X. Mateos, and R. Solé, “Jna. Gavaldà, M. Aguiló, J. Massons, F. Díaz, P. Klopp, U. Griebner, and V. Petrov, “Growth, optical characterization, and laser operation of a stoichiometric crystal KYb(WO4)2,” Phys. Rev. B 65, 165121 (2002).
[CrossRef]

Gulbinas, V.

Han, S.

S. Han, W. Lu, B. Y. Sheh, L. Yan, M. Wraback, H. Shen, J. Pamulapati, and P. G. Newman, “Generation of sub-40 fs pulses from a mode-locked dual-gain-medis Nd:glass laser,” Appl. Phys. B 74(9), s177–s179 (2002).
[CrossRef]

Haussmann, D.

M. Hildebrandt, U. Bünting, U. Kosch, D. Haussmann, T. Levy, M. Krause, O. Müller, U. Bartuch, and W. Viöl, “Diode-pumped Yb:KYW thin-disk laser operation with wavelength tuning to small quantum defects,” Opt. Commun. 259(2), 796–798 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Hildebrandt, M.

M. Hildebrandt, U. Bünting, U. Kosch, D. Haussmann, T. Levy, M. Krause, O. Müller, U. Bartuch, and W. Viöl, “Diode-pumped Yb:KYW thin-disk laser operation with wavelength tuning to small quantum defects,” Opt. Commun. 259(2), 796–798 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Hillegas, C. W.

Hönninger, C.

M. Delaigue, I. Manek-Hönninger, F. Salin, C. Hönninger, P. Rigail, A. Courjaud, and E. Mottay, “300 kHz femtosecond Yb:KGW regenerative amplifier using an acousto-optic Q-switch,” Appl. Phys. B 84(3), 375–378 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Hügel, H.

A. Giesen, H. Hügel, A. Voss, K. Wittig, U. Brauch, and H. Opower, “Scalable Concept for Diode-Pumped High Power Solid-State Lasers,” Appl. Phys. B 58, 365–372 (1994).

Itatani, J.

J. Faure, J. Itatani, S. Biswal, G. Chériaux, L. R. Bruner, G. C. Templeton, and G. Mourou, “A spatially dispersive regenerative amplifier for ultrabroadband pulses,” Opt. Commun. 159(1-3), 68–73 (1999).
[CrossRef]

Kane, S.

Klopp, P.

Korn, G.

Kosch, U.

M. Hildebrandt, U. Bünting, U. Kosch, D. Haussmann, T. Levy, M. Krause, O. Müller, U. Bartuch, and W. Viöl, “Diode-pumped Yb:KYW thin-disk laser operation with wavelength tuning to small quantum defects,” Opt. Commun. 259(2), 796–798 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Kracht, D.

U. Buenting, P. Wessels, H. Sayinc, O. Prochnow, D. Wandt, and D. Kracht, “Ultrafast Yb:KYW Regenerative Amplifier with Combined Gain Spectra of the Optical Axes Nm and Np,” Proc. SPIE 6871, 1–8 (2008).

Krause, M.

M. Hildebrandt, U. Bünting, U. Kosch, D. Haussmann, T. Levy, M. Krause, O. Müller, U. Bartuch, and W. Viöl, “Diode-pumped Yb:KYW thin-disk laser operation with wavelength tuning to small quantum defects,” Opt. Commun. 259(2), 796–798 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Levy, T.

M. Hildebrandt, U. Bünting, U. Kosch, D. Haussmann, T. Levy, M. Krause, O. Müller, U. Bartuch, and W. Viöl, “Diode-pumped Yb:KYW thin-disk laser operation with wavelength tuning to small quantum defects,” Opt. Commun. 259(2), 796–798 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Liu, H.

Lu, W.

S. Han, W. Lu, B. Y. Sheh, L. Yan, M. Wraback, H. Shen, J. Pamulapati, and P. G. Newman, “Generation of sub-40 fs pulses from a mode-locked dual-gain-medis Nd:glass laser,” Appl. Phys. B 74(9), s177–s179 (2002).
[CrossRef]

Malinowski, A.

Manek-Hönninger, I.

M. Delaigue, I. Manek-Hönninger, F. Salin, C. Hönninger, P. Rigail, A. Courjaud, and E. Mottay, “300 kHz femtosecond Yb:KGW regenerative amplifier using an acousto-optic Q-switch,” Appl. Phys. B 84(3), 375–378 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Mateos, X.

M. C. Pujol, M. A. Bursukova, F. Güell, X. Mateos, and R. Solé, “Jna. Gavaldà, M. Aguiló, J. Massons, F. Díaz, P. Klopp, U. Griebner, and V. Petrov, “Growth, optical characterization, and laser operation of a stoichiometric crystal KYb(WO4)2,” Phys. Rev. B 65, 165121 (2002).
[CrossRef]

Michailovas, A.

Monmayrant, A.

A. Monmayrant and B. Chatel, “New phase and amplitude high resolution pulse shaper,” Rev. Sci. Instrum. 75(8), 2668–2671 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Monro, T. M.

Mottay, E.

M. Delaigue, I. Manek-Hönninger, F. Salin, C. Hönninger, P. Rigail, A. Courjaud, and E. Mottay, “300 kHz femtosecond Yb:KGW regenerative amplifier using an acousto-optic Q-switch,” Appl. Phys. B 84(3), 375–378 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Mourou, G.

H. Liu, J. Nees, and G. Mourou, “Diode-pumped Kerr-lens mode-locked Yb:KY(WO(4))(2) laser,” Opt. Lett. 26(21), 1723–1725 (2001).
[CrossRef]

J. Faure, J. Itatani, S. Biswal, G. Chériaux, L. R. Bruner, G. C. Templeton, and G. Mourou, “A spatially dispersive regenerative amplifier for ultrabroadband pulses,” Opt. Commun. 159(1-3), 68–73 (1999).
[CrossRef]

D. Strickland and G. Mourou, “Compression of Amplified Chirped Optical Pulses,” Opt. Commun. 56(3), 219–221 (1985).
[CrossRef]

Müller, O.

M. Hildebrandt, U. Bünting, U. Kosch, D. Haussmann, T. Levy, M. Krause, O. Müller, U. Bartuch, and W. Viöl, “Diode-pumped Yb:KYW thin-disk laser operation with wavelength tuning to small quantum defects,” Opt. Commun. 259(2), 796–798 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Nees, J.

Newman, P. G.

S. Han, W. Lu, B. Y. Sheh, L. Yan, M. Wraback, H. Shen, J. Pamulapati, and P. G. Newman, “Generation of sub-40 fs pulses from a mode-locked dual-gain-medis Nd:glass laser,” Appl. Phys. B 74(9), s177–s179 (2002).
[CrossRef]

Nickel, D.

Opower, H.

A. Giesen, H. Hügel, A. Voss, K. Wittig, U. Brauch, and H. Opower, “Scalable Concept for Diode-Pumped High Power Solid-State Lasers,” Appl. Phys. B 58, 365–372 (1994).

Pamulapati, J.

S. Han, W. Lu, B. Y. Sheh, L. Yan, M. Wraback, H. Shen, J. Pamulapati, and P. G. Newman, “Generation of sub-40 fs pulses from a mode-locked dual-gain-medis Nd:glass laser,” Appl. Phys. B 74(9), s177–s179 (2002).
[CrossRef]

Petrov, V.

Piper, A.

Price, J. H. V.

Prochnow, O.

U. Buenting, P. Wessels, H. Sayinc, O. Prochnow, D. Wandt, and D. Kracht, “Ultrafast Yb:KYW Regenerative Amplifier with Combined Gain Spectra of the Optical Axes Nm and Np,” Proc. SPIE 6871, 1–8 (2008).

Pujol, M. C.

M. C. Pujol, M. A. Bursukova, F. Güell, X. Mateos, and R. Solé, “Jna. Gavaldà, M. Aguiló, J. Massons, F. Díaz, P. Klopp, U. Griebner, and V. Petrov, “Growth, optical characterization, and laser operation of a stoichiometric crystal KYb(WO4)2,” Phys. Rev. B 65, 165121 (2002).
[CrossRef]

Raksi, F.

Raybaut, P.

P. Raybaut, F. Balembois, F. Druon, and P. Georges, “Numerical and Experimental Study of Gain Narrowing in Ytterbium-Based Regenerative Amplifiers,” IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 41(3), 415–425 (2005).
[CrossRef]

Richardson, D. J.

Rigail, P.

M. Delaigue, I. Manek-Hönninger, F. Salin, C. Hönninger, P. Rigail, A. Courjaud, and E. Mottay, “300 kHz femtosecond Yb:KGW regenerative amplifier using an acousto-optic Q-switch,” Appl. Phys. B 84(3), 375–378 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Rose-Petruck, C.

Salin, F.

M. Delaigue, I. Manek-Hönninger, F. Salin, C. Hönninger, P. Rigail, A. Courjaud, and E. Mottay, “300 kHz femtosecond Yb:KGW regenerative amplifier using an acousto-optic Q-switch,” Appl. Phys. B 84(3), 375–378 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Sayinc, H.

U. Buenting, P. Wessels, H. Sayinc, O. Prochnow, D. Wandt, and D. Kracht, “Ultrafast Yb:KYW Regenerative Amplifier with Combined Gain Spectra of the Optical Axes Nm and Np,” Proc. SPIE 6871, 1–8 (2008).

Sheh, B. Y.

S. Han, W. Lu, B. Y. Sheh, L. Yan, M. Wraback, H. Shen, J. Pamulapati, and P. G. Newman, “Generation of sub-40 fs pulses from a mode-locked dual-gain-medis Nd:glass laser,” Appl. Phys. B 74(9), s177–s179 (2002).
[CrossRef]

Shen, H.

S. Han, W. Lu, B. Y. Sheh, L. Yan, M. Wraback, H. Shen, J. Pamulapati, and P. G. Newman, “Generation of sub-40 fs pulses from a mode-locked dual-gain-medis Nd:glass laser,” Appl. Phys. B 74(9), s177–s179 (2002).
[CrossRef]

Solé, R.

M. C. Pujol, M. A. Bursukova, F. Güell, X. Mateos, and R. Solé, “Jna. Gavaldà, M. Aguiló, J. Massons, F. Díaz, P. Klopp, U. Griebner, and V. Petrov, “Growth, optical characterization, and laser operation of a stoichiometric crystal KYb(WO4)2,” Phys. Rev. B 65, 165121 (2002).
[CrossRef]

Squier, J.

Stolzenburg, C.

Strickland, D.

Templeton, G. C.

J. Faure, J. Itatani, S. Biswal, G. Chériaux, L. R. Bruner, G. C. Templeton, and G. Mourou, “A spatially dispersive regenerative amplifier for ultrabroadband pulses,” Opt. Commun. 159(1-3), 68–73 (1999).
[CrossRef]

Tien, A.-C.

Tull, J. X.

Viöl, W.

M. Hildebrandt, U. Bünting, U. Kosch, D. Haussmann, T. Levy, M. Krause, O. Müller, U. Bartuch, and W. Viöl, “Diode-pumped Yb:KYW thin-disk laser operation with wavelength tuning to small quantum defects,” Opt. Commun. 259(2), 796–798 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Voss, A.

A. Giesen, H. Hügel, A. Voss, K. Wittig, U. Brauch, and H. Opower, “Scalable Concept for Diode-Pumped High Power Solid-State Lasers,” Appl. Phys. B 58, 365–372 (1994).

Wandt, D.

U. Buenting, P. Wessels, H. Sayinc, O. Prochnow, D. Wandt, and D. Kracht, “Ultrafast Yb:KYW Regenerative Amplifier with Combined Gain Spectra of the Optical Axes Nm and Np,” Proc. SPIE 6871, 1–8 (2008).

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Figures (4)

Fig. 1
Fig. 1

Block diagram of the regenerative amplifier and the detailed setup of the cavity.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

Output spectra (logarithmic scale) as a function of pump power at constant pulse energy of 200 µJ and a repetition rate of 10 kHz.

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

(a) Pulse energy after compression as a function of the number of roundtrips at a pump power of 75 W and a repetition rate of 20 kHz and (b) Optical spectrum (logarithmic scale) after 53 roundtrips at a pump power of 75 W and a pulse energy of 500 µJ.

Fig. 4
Fig. 4

(a) Intensity autocorrelation function of the calculated (dashed) and the compressed pulses (solid) at a pulse energy of 500 µJ and (b) Fourier-limited pulse duration as a function of the number of roundtrips at a pump power of 75 W and a repetition rate of 20 kHz

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