Abstract

We report on substantial pulse energy increase in Yb:KYW femtosecond laser oscillators by utilizing multiple laser crystals for an enhanced net-gain at higher pump power. The two-crystal oscillator generates pulse energies of 7 µJ at 1 MHz repetition rate which is, to our knowledge the highest energy ever reported from an Yb-doped tungstate fs-laser oscillator. The external pulse compression yields a pulse duration of 416 fs with a peak power of 12 MW being enough for stable white light generation in YAG.

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M. C. Pujol, M. A. Bursukova, F. Güell, X. Mateos, V. Petrov, R. M. Solé, J. Gavaldà, M. Aguilo, J. Massons, F. Díaz, P. Klopp, and U. Griebner, “Growth, optical characterization, and laser operation of stoichiometric crystal KYb(WO4)2,” Phys. Rev. B 65(16), 165121 (2002).
[CrossRef]

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T. Juhasz, F. H. Loesel, R. M. Kurtz, C. Horvath, J. F. Bille, and G. Mourou, “Corneal Refractive Surgery with Femtosecond Lasers,” IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 5(4), 902–910 (1999).
[CrossRef]

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Leclin, G. L

Aguilo, M.

M. C. Pujol, M. A. Bursukova, F. Güell, X. Mateos, V. Petrov, R. M. Solé, J. Gavaldà, M. Aguilo, J. Massons, F. Díaz, P. Klopp, and U. Griebner, “Growth, optical characterization, and laser operation of stoichiometric crystal KYb(WO4)2,” Phys. Rev. B 65(16), 165121 (2002).
[CrossRef]

Apolonski, A.

Baer, C. R. E.

Balembois, F.

Bauer, D.

Bille, J. F.

T. Juhasz, F. H. Loesel, R. M. Kurtz, C. Horvath, J. F. Bille, and G. Mourou, “Corneal Refractive Surgery with Femtosecond Lasers,” IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 5(4), 902–910 (1999).
[CrossRef]

Binhammer, T.

Buenting, U.

Bursukova, M. A.

M. C. Pujol, M. A. Bursukova, F. Güell, X. Mateos, V. Petrov, R. M. Solé, J. Gavaldà, M. Aguilo, J. Massons, F. Díaz, P. Klopp, and U. Griebner, “Growth, optical characterization, and laser operation of stoichiometric crystal KYb(WO4)2,” Phys. Rev. B 65(16), 165121 (2002).
[CrossRef]

Calendron, A.-L.

Dekorsy, T.

Díaz, F.

M. C. Pujol, M. A. Bursukova, F. Güell, X. Mateos, V. Petrov, R. M. Solé, J. Gavaldà, M. Aguilo, J. Massons, F. Díaz, P. Klopp, and U. Griebner, “Growth, optical characterization, and laser operation of stoichiometric crystal KYb(WO4)2,” Phys. Rev. B 65(16), 165121 (2002).
[CrossRef]

Didierjean, J.

Dörring, J.

Druon, F.

Emons, M.

Erbert, G.

Fallnich, C.

Fernandez, A.

Fiebig, C.

Fuji, T.

Fürbach, A.

Gattass, R. R.

R. R. Gattass and E. Mazur, “Femtosecond laser micromachining in transparent materials,” Nat. Photonics 2(4), 219–225 (2008).
[CrossRef]

Gavaldà, J.

M. C. Pujol, M. A. Bursukova, F. Güell, X. Mateos, V. Petrov, R. M. Solé, J. Gavaldà, M. Aguilo, J. Massons, F. Díaz, P. Klopp, and U. Griebner, “Growth, optical characterization, and laser operation of stoichiometric crystal KYb(WO4)2,” Phys. Rev. B 65(16), 165121 (2002).
[CrossRef]

Georges, P.

Gohle, C.

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[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Goldner, P.

Golling, M.

Grange, R.

Griebner, U.

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[CrossRef] [PubMed]

M. C. Pujol, M. A. Bursukova, F. Güell, X. Mateos, V. Petrov, R. M. Solé, J. Gavaldà, M. Aguilo, J. Massons, F. Díaz, P. Klopp, and U. Griebner, “Growth, optical characterization, and laser operation of stoichiometric crystal KYb(WO4)2,” Phys. Rev. B 65(16), 165121 (2002).
[CrossRef]

Güell, F.

M. C. Pujol, M. A. Bursukova, F. Güell, X. Mateos, V. Petrov, R. M. Solé, J. Gavaldà, M. Aguilo, J. Massons, F. Díaz, P. Klopp, and U. Griebner, “Growth, optical characterization, and laser operation of stoichiometric crystal KYb(WO4)2,” Phys. Rev. B 65(16), 165121 (2002).
[CrossRef]

Guina, M.

Hänsch, T. W.

C. Gohle, T. Udem, M. Herrmann, J. Rauschenberger, R. Holzwarth, H. A. Schuessler, F. Krausz, and T. W. Hänsch, “A frequency comb in the extreme ultraviolet,” Nature 436(7048), 234–237 (2005).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Heckl, O. H.

Herrmann, M.

C. Gohle, T. Udem, M. Herrmann, J. Rauschenberger, R. Holzwarth, H. A. Schuessler, F. Krausz, and T. W. Hänsch, “A frequency comb in the extreme ultraviolet,” Nature 436(7048), 234–237 (2005).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Holzwarth, R.

C. Gohle, T. Udem, M. Herrmann, J. Rauschenberger, R. Holzwarth, H. A. Schuessler, F. Krausz, and T. W. Hänsch, “A frequency comb in the extreme ultraviolet,” Nature 436(7048), 234–237 (2005).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Horvath, C.

T. Juhasz, F. H. Loesel, R. M. Kurtz, C. Horvath, J. F. Bille, and G. Mourou, “Corneal Refractive Surgery with Femtosecond Lasers,” IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 5(4), 902–910 (1999).
[CrossRef]

Huber, G.

Juhasz, T.

T. Juhasz, F. H. Loesel, R. M. Kurtz, C. Horvath, J. F. Bille, and G. Mourou, “Corneal Refractive Surgery with Femtosecond Lasers,” IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 5(4), 902–910 (1999).
[CrossRef]

Keller, U.

Killi, A.

Kleinbauer, J.

Klopp, P.

M. C. Pujol, M. A. Bursukova, F. Güell, X. Mateos, V. Petrov, R. M. Solé, J. Gavaldà, M. Aguilo, J. Massons, F. Díaz, P. Klopp, and U. Griebner, “Growth, optical characterization, and laser operation of stoichiometric crystal KYb(WO4)2,” Phys. Rev. B 65(16), 165121 (2002).
[CrossRef]

Kopf, D.

Kracht, D.

Kränkel, C.

Krausz, F.

Kumkar, M.

Kurtz, R. M.

T. Juhasz, F. H. Loesel, R. M. Kurtz, C. Horvath, J. F. Bille, and G. Mourou, “Corneal Refractive Surgery with Femtosecond Lasers,” IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 5(4), 902–910 (1999).
[CrossRef]

Lederer, M.

Lederer, M. J.

Loesel, F. H.

T. Juhasz, F. H. Loesel, R. M. Kurtz, C. Horvath, J. F. Bille, and G. Mourou, “Corneal Refractive Surgery with Femtosecond Lasers,” IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 5(4), 902–910 (1999).
[CrossRef]

Marchese, S. V.

Massons, J.

M. C. Pujol, M. A. Bursukova, F. Güell, X. Mateos, V. Petrov, R. M. Solé, J. Gavaldà, M. Aguilo, J. Massons, F. Díaz, P. Klopp, and U. Griebner, “Growth, optical characterization, and laser operation of stoichiometric crystal KYb(WO4)2,” Phys. Rev. B 65(16), 165121 (2002).
[CrossRef]

Mateos, X.

M. C. Pujol, M. A. Bursukova, F. Güell, X. Mateos, V. Petrov, R. M. Solé, J. Gavaldà, M. Aguilo, J. Massons, F. Díaz, P. Klopp, and U. Griebner, “Growth, optical characterization, and laser operation of stoichiometric crystal KYb(WO4)2,” Phys. Rev. B 65(16), 165121 (2002).
[CrossRef]

Mazur, E.

R. R. Gattass and E. Mazur, “Femtosecond laser micromachining in transparent materials,” Nat. Photonics 2(4), 219–225 (2008).
[CrossRef]

Morgner, U.

M. Emons, A. Steinmann, T. Binhammer, G. Palmer, M. Schultze, and U. Morgner, “Sub-10-fs pulses from a MHz-NOPA with pulse energies of 0.4 microJ,” Opt. Express 18(2), 1191–1196 (2010), http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-18-2-1191 .
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

U. Buenting, H. Sayinc, D. Wandt, U. Morgner, and D. Kracht, “Regenerative thin disk amplifier with combined gain spectra producing 500 µJ sub 200 fs pulses,” Opt. Express 17(10), 8046–8050 (2009), http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-17-10-8046 .
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

G. Palmer, M. Siegel, A. Steinmann, and U. Morgner, “Microjoule pulses from a passively mode-locked Yb:KY(WO(4))(2) thin-disk oscillator with cavity dumping,” Opt. Lett. 32(11), 1593–1595 (2007), http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-32-11-1593 .
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

G. Palmer, M. Emons, M. Siegel, A. Steinmann, M. Schultze, M. Lederer, and U. Morgner, “Passively mode-locked and cavity-dumped Yb:KY(WO(4))(2) oscillator with positive dispersion,” Opt. Express 15(24), 16017–16021 (2007), http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-15-24-16017 .
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

M. Siegel, G. Palmer, A. Steinmann, M. Pospiech, and U. Morgner, “Theoretical and experimental limits of cavity-dumping in passively mode-locked thin-disk oscillators,” Opt. Express 15(25), 16860–16869 (2007), http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-15-25-16860 .
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

A. Steinmann, A. Killi, G. Palmer, T. Binhammer, and U. Morgner, “Generation of few-cycle pulses directly from a MHz-NOPA,” Opt. Express 14(22), 10627–10630 (2006), http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-14-22-10627 .
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

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(14), 1891–1893 (2005), http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-30-14-1891 .
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Mourou, G.

T. Juhasz, F. H. Loesel, R. M. Kurtz, C. Horvath, J. F. Bille, and G. Mourou, “Corneal Refractive Surgery with Femtosecond Lasers,” IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 5(4), 902–910 (1999).
[CrossRef]

Neuhaus, J.

Palmer, G.

Paschke, K.

Petermann, K.

Peters, R.

Petit, J.

Petrov, V.

A. Schmidt, V. Petrov, U. Griebner, R. Peters, K. Petermann, G. Huber, C. Fiebig, K. Paschke, and G. Erbert, “Diode-pumped mode-locked Yb:LuScO(3) single crystal laser with 74 fs pulse duration,” Opt. Lett. 35(4), 511–513 (2010), http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-35-4-511 .
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

M. C. Pujol, M. A. Bursukova, F. Güell, X. Mateos, V. Petrov, R. M. Solé, J. Gavaldà, M. Aguilo, J. Massons, F. Díaz, P. Klopp, and U. Griebner, “Growth, optical characterization, and laser operation of stoichiometric crystal KYb(WO4)2,” Phys. Rev. B 65(16), 165121 (2002).
[CrossRef]

Poppe, A.

Pospiech, M.

Proctor, B.

Pujol, M. C.

M. C. Pujol, M. A. Bursukova, F. Güell, X. Mateos, V. Petrov, R. M. Solé, J. Gavaldà, M. Aguilo, J. Massons, F. Díaz, P. Klopp, and U. Griebner, “Growth, optical characterization, and laser operation of stoichiometric crystal KYb(WO4)2,” Phys. Rev. B 65(16), 165121 (2002).
[CrossRef]

Rauschenberger, J.

C. Gohle, T. Udem, M. Herrmann, J. Rauschenberger, R. Holzwarth, H. A. Schuessler, F. Krausz, and T. W. Hänsch, “A frequency comb in the extreme ultraviolet,” Nature 436(7048), 234–237 (2005).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Saraceno, C. J.

Sayinc, H.

Schmidt, A.

Schuessler, H. A.

C. Gohle, T. Udem, M. Herrmann, J. Rauschenberger, R. Holzwarth, H. A. Schuessler, F. Krausz, and T. W. Hänsch, “A frequency comb in the extreme ultraviolet,” Nature 436(7048), 234–237 (2005).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Schultze, M.

Siegel, M.

Solé, R. M.

M. C. Pujol, M. A. Bursukova, F. Güell, X. Mateos, V. Petrov, R. M. Solé, J. Gavaldà, M. Aguilo, J. Massons, F. Díaz, P. Klopp, and U. Griebner, “Growth, optical characterization, and laser operation of stoichiometric crystal KYb(WO4)2,” Phys. Rev. B 65(16), 165121 (2002).
[CrossRef]

Steinmann, A.

M. Emons, A. Steinmann, T. Binhammer, G. Palmer, M. Schultze, and U. Morgner, “Sub-10-fs pulses from a MHz-NOPA with pulse energies of 0.4 microJ,” Opt. Express 18(2), 1191–1196 (2010), http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-18-2-1191 .
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

M. Siegel, G. Palmer, A. Steinmann, M. Pospiech, and U. Morgner, “Theoretical and experimental limits of cavity-dumping in passively mode-locked thin-disk oscillators,” Opt. Express 15(25), 16860–16869 (2007), http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-15-25-16860 .
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

G. Palmer, M. Siegel, A. Steinmann, and U. Morgner, “Microjoule pulses from a passively mode-locked Yb:KY(WO(4))(2) thin-disk oscillator with cavity dumping,” Opt. Lett. 32(11), 1593–1595 (2007), http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-32-11-1593 .
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

G. Palmer, M. Emons, M. Siegel, A. Steinmann, M. Schultze, M. Lederer, and U. Morgner, “Passively mode-locked and cavity-dumped Yb:KY(WO(4))(2) oscillator with positive dispersion,” Opt. Express 15(24), 16017–16021 (2007), http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-15-24-16017 .
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

A. Steinmann, A. Killi, G. Palmer, T. Binhammer, and U. Morgner, “Generation of few-cycle pulses directly from a MHz-NOPA,” Opt. Express 14(22), 10627–10630 (2006), http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-14-22-10627 .
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

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(14), 1891–1893 (2005), http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-30-14-1891 .
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Südmeyer, T.

Sutter, D. H.

Udem, T.

C. Gohle, T. Udem, M. Herrmann, J. Rauschenberger, R. Holzwarth, H. A. Schuessler, F. Krausz, and T. W. Hänsch, “A frequency comb in the extreme ultraviolet,” Nature 436(7048), 234–237 (2005).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Viana, B.

Wandt, D.

Weiler, S.

Wentsch, K. S.

Westwig, E.

Wise, F.

Zaouter, Y.

Zhang, J.

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

T. Juhasz, F. H. Loesel, R. M. Kurtz, C. Horvath, J. F. Bille, and G. Mourou, “Corneal Refractive Surgery with Femtosecond Lasers,” IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 5(4), 902–910 (1999).
[CrossRef]

Nat. Photonics (1)

R. R. Gattass and E. Mazur, “Femtosecond laser micromachining in transparent materials,” Nat. Photonics 2(4), 219–225 (2008).
[CrossRef]

Nature (1)

C. Gohle, T. Udem, M. Herrmann, J. Rauschenberger, R. Holzwarth, H. A. Schuessler, F. Krausz, and T. W. Hänsch, “A frequency comb in the extreme ultraviolet,” Nature 436(7048), 234–237 (2005).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Opt. Express (7)

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Figures (4)

Fig. 1
Fig. 1

Schematic of the laser resonator and the external pulse compressor.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

(a). Logarithmic power spectrum, (b) autocorrelation without compression (GDD: + 3500 fs2).

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

Autocorrelation after external compression, blue line: measured AC-profile, grey-dashed curve: calculated AC from power spectrum at Fourier-limit, black line: calculated AC from power spectrum including residual dispersion (GDD: −0.034 ps2, TOD: + 0.024 ps3, FOD: −0.005 ps4).

Fig. 4
Fig. 4

White light spectrum, inset: photo of generated white light.

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