Abstract

Pulse-picking from a 100-mW cw mode-locked seeder, a hybrid master-oscillator power-amplifier (MOPA) system, based on Nd:YVO4 and Nd:YAG amplifier modules, has been developed, delivering single-pulses of 8.6 ps at 455-MHz repetition-rate, bunched into ~1-μs trains of 50 mJ (“macro-pulses”). The output beam is linearly polarized and nearly diffraction limited up to the maximum macro-pulse repetition-rate of 50 Hz. The single-pulse peak power and the macro-pulse duration and energy are quite suitable for high-energy nonlinear optical applications such as low-threshold synchronously-pumped parametric converters in the mid infrared. The impact on the overall efficiency of saturation distortion of the macro-pulse envelope as well as of amplified spontaneous emission (ASE) is considered. The managing of the envelope distortion compensation and of the ASE suppression by means of fast saturable absorbers is reported.

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A. Agnesi, F. Pirzio, A. Tomaselli, G. Reali, and C. Braggio, “Multi-GHz tunable-repetition-rate mode-locked Nd:GdVO4 laser,” Opt. Express 13(14), 5302–5307 (2005), http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-13-14-5302 .
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[CrossRef]

I. Will, G. Koss, and I. Templin, “The upgraded photocatode laser of the TESLA Test Facility,” Nucl. Instrum. Meth. A 541(3), 467–477 (2005).
[CrossRef]

2001 (2)

A. A. Mani, L. Dreesen, P. Hollander, C. Humbert, Y. Caudano, P. A. Thiry, and A. Peremans, “Pumping picosecond optical parametric oscillators by a pulsed Nd:YAG laser mode locked using a nonlinear mirror,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 79(13), 1945–1947 (2001).
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[CrossRef] [PubMed]

1999 (1)

A. A. Mani, Ph. Hollander, P. A. Thiry, and A. Peremans, “All-solid-state 12 ps actively passively mode-locked pulsed Nd:YAG laser using a nonlinear mirror,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 75(20), 3066–3068 (1999).
[CrossRef]

1997 (1)

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1994 (1)

G. Edwards, R. Logan, M. Copeland, L. Reinisch, J. Davidson, B. Johnson, R. Maciunas, M. Mendenhall, R. Ossoff, J. Tribble, J. Werkhaven, and D. O'Day, “Tissue ablation by a free-electron laser tuned to the amide II band,” Nature 371(6496), 416–419 (1994).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

1993 (2)

1992 (1)

A. Agnesi, A. Del Corno, P. Di Trapani, M. Fogliani, G. C. Reali, J.-C. Diels, C. Y. Yeh, X. M. Zhao, and V. Kubecek, “Generation of extended pulse trains of minimum duration by passive negative feedback applied to solid state lasers,” IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 28(3), 710–719 (1992).
[CrossRef]

1963 (1)

L. M. Frantz and J. S. Nodvik, “Theory of pulse propagation in a laser amplifier,” J. Appl. Phys. 34(8), 2346–2349 (1963).
[CrossRef]

Agnesi, A.

A. Agnesi, C. Braggio, G. Bressi, G. Carugno, G. Galeazzi, F. Pirzio, G. Reali, G. Ruoso, and D. Zanello, “MIR status report: an experiment for the measurement of the dynamical Casimir effect,” J. Phys. A: Math. Theor. 41(16), 164024 (2008).
[CrossRef]

A. Agnesi, P. Dallocchio, L. Carrà, F. Pirzio, G. Reali, A. Tomaselli, D. Scarpa, and C. Vacchi, “210-μJ picosecond pulses from a quasi-cw Nd:YVO4 grazing-incidence two-stage slab amplifier package,” IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 44(10), 952–957 (2008).
[CrossRef]

A. Agnesi, C. Braggio, L. Carrà, F. Pirzio, S. Lodo, G. Messineo, D. Scarpa, A. Tomaselli, G. Reali, and C. Vacchi, “Laser system generating 250-mJ bunches of 5-GHz repetition rate, 12-ps pulses,” Opt. Express 16(20), 15811–15815 (2008), http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-16-20-15811 .
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

A. Agnesi, F. Pirzio, A. Tomaselli, G. Reali, and C. Braggio, “Multi-GHz tunable-repetition-rate mode-locked Nd:GdVO4 laser,” Opt. Express 13(14), 5302–5307 (2005), http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-13-14-5302 .
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

A. Agnesi, G. C. Reali, V. Kubecek, S. Kumazaki, Y. Takagi, and K. Yoshihara, “β-barium borate and lithium triborate picosecond parametric oscillators pumped by a frequency-tripled passive negative-feedback mode-locked Nd:YAG laser,” J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 10(11), 2211–2217 (1993).
[CrossRef]

A. Agnesi, A. Del Corno, P. Di Trapani, M. Fogliani, G. C. Reali, J.-C. Diels, C. Y. Yeh, X. M. Zhao, and V. Kubecek, “Generation of extended pulse trains of minimum duration by passive negative feedback applied to solid state lasers,” IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 28(3), 710–719 (1992).
[CrossRef]

Alcock, A. J.

Bernard, J. E.

Braggio, C.

Brand, T.

Bressi, G.

A. Agnesi, C. Braggio, G. Bressi, G. Carugno, G. Galeazzi, F. Pirzio, G. Reali, G. Ruoso, and D. Zanello, “MIR status report: an experiment for the measurement of the dynamical Casimir effect,” J. Phys. A: Math. Theor. 41(16), 164024 (2008).
[CrossRef]

Carrà, L.

A. Agnesi, P. Dallocchio, L. Carrà, F. Pirzio, G. Reali, A. Tomaselli, D. Scarpa, and C. Vacchi, “210-μJ picosecond pulses from a quasi-cw Nd:YVO4 grazing-incidence two-stage slab amplifier package,” IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 44(10), 952–957 (2008).
[CrossRef]

A. Agnesi, C. Braggio, L. Carrà, F. Pirzio, S. Lodo, G. Messineo, D. Scarpa, A. Tomaselli, G. Reali, and C. Vacchi, “Laser system generating 250-mJ bunches of 5-GHz repetition rate, 12-ps pulses,” Opt. Express 16(20), 15811–15815 (2008), http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-16-20-15811 .
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Carugno, G.

A. Agnesi, C. Braggio, G. Bressi, G. Carugno, G. Galeazzi, F. Pirzio, G. Reali, G. Ruoso, and D. Zanello, “MIR status report: an experiment for the measurement of the dynamical Casimir effect,” J. Phys. A: Math. Theor. 41(16), 164024 (2008).
[CrossRef]

Caudano, Y.

A. A. Mani, L. Dreesen, P. Hollander, C. Humbert, Y. Caudano, P. A. Thiry, and A. Peremans, “Pumping picosecond optical parametric oscillators by a pulsed Nd:YAG laser mode locked using a nonlinear mirror,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 79(13), 1945–1947 (2001).
[CrossRef]

Copeland, M.

G. Edwards, R. Logan, M. Copeland, L. Reinisch, J. Davidson, B. Johnson, R. Maciunas, M. Mendenhall, R. Ossoff, J. Tribble, J. Werkhaven, and D. O'Day, “Tissue ablation by a free-electron laser tuned to the amide II band,” Nature 371(6496), 416–419 (1994).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Dallocchio, P.

A. Agnesi, P. Dallocchio, L. Carrà, F. Pirzio, G. Reali, A. Tomaselli, D. Scarpa, and C. Vacchi, “210-μJ picosecond pulses from a quasi-cw Nd:YVO4 grazing-incidence two-stage slab amplifier package,” IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 44(10), 952–957 (2008).
[CrossRef]

Damzen, M.

Davidson, J.

G. Edwards, R. Logan, M. Copeland, L. Reinisch, J. Davidson, B. Johnson, R. Maciunas, M. Mendenhall, R. Ossoff, J. Tribble, J. Werkhaven, and D. O'Day, “Tissue ablation by a free-electron laser tuned to the amide II band,” Nature 371(6496), 416–419 (1994).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Deki, K.

Del Corno, A.

A. Agnesi, A. Del Corno, P. Di Trapani, M. Fogliani, G. C. Reali, J.-C. Diels, C. Y. Yeh, X. M. Zhao, and V. Kubecek, “Generation of extended pulse trains of minimum duration by passive negative feedback applied to solid state lasers,” IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 28(3), 710–719 (1992).
[CrossRef]

Di Trapani, P.

A. Agnesi, A. Del Corno, P. Di Trapani, M. Fogliani, G. C. Reali, J.-C. Diels, C. Y. Yeh, X. M. Zhao, and V. Kubecek, “Generation of extended pulse trains of minimum duration by passive negative feedback applied to solid state lasers,” IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 28(3), 710–719 (1992).
[CrossRef]

Diels, J.-C.

A. Agnesi, A. Del Corno, P. Di Trapani, M. Fogliani, G. C. Reali, J.-C. Diels, C. Y. Yeh, X. M. Zhao, and V. Kubecek, “Generation of extended pulse trains of minimum duration by passive negative feedback applied to solid state lasers,” IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 28(3), 710–719 (1992).
[CrossRef]

Dreesen, L.

A. A. Mani, L. Dreesen, P. Hollander, C. Humbert, Y. Caudano, P. A. Thiry, and A. Peremans, “Pumping picosecond optical parametric oscillators by a pulsed Nd:YAG laser mode locked using a nonlinear mirror,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 79(13), 1945–1947 (2001).
[CrossRef]

Edwards, G.

G. Edwards, R. Logan, M. Copeland, L. Reinisch, J. Davidson, B. Johnson, R. Maciunas, M. Mendenhall, R. Ossoff, J. Tribble, J. Werkhaven, and D. O'Day, “Tissue ablation by a free-electron laser tuned to the amide II band,” Nature 371(6496), 416–419 (1994).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Fogliani, M.

A. Agnesi, A. Del Corno, P. Di Trapani, M. Fogliani, G. C. Reali, J.-C. Diels, C. Y. Yeh, X. M. Zhao, and V. Kubecek, “Generation of extended pulse trains of minimum duration by passive negative feedback applied to solid state lasers,” IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 28(3), 710–719 (1992).
[CrossRef]

Frantz, L. M.

L. M. Frantz and J. S. Nodvik, “Theory of pulse propagation in a laser amplifier,” J. Appl. Phys. 34(8), 2346–2349 (1963).
[CrossRef]

Furuki, K.

Galeazzi, G.

A. Agnesi, C. Braggio, G. Bressi, G. Carugno, G. Galeazzi, F. Pirzio, G. Reali, G. Ruoso, and D. Zanello, “MIR status report: an experiment for the measurement of the dynamical Casimir effect,” J. Phys. A: Math. Theor. 41(16), 164024 (2008).
[CrossRef]

Golling, M.

R. Grange, M. Haiml, R. Paschotta, G. J. Spühler, L. Krainer, M. Golling, O. Ostinelli, and U. Keller, “New regime of inverse saturable absorption for self-stabilizing passively mode-locked lasers,” Appl. Phys. B 80, 151–158 (2005).
[CrossRef]

Grange, R.

R. Grange, M. Haiml, R. Paschotta, G. J. Spühler, L. Krainer, M. Golling, O. Ostinelli, and U. Keller, “New regime of inverse saturable absorption for self-stabilizing passively mode-locked lasers,” Appl. Phys. B 80, 151–158 (2005).
[CrossRef]

Haag, M.

Haiml, M.

R. Grange, M. Haiml, R. Paschotta, G. J. Spühler, L. Krainer, M. Golling, O. Ostinelli, and U. Keller, “New regime of inverse saturable absorption for self-stabilizing passively mode-locked lasers,” Appl. Phys. B 80, 151–158 (2005).
[CrossRef]

Hein, J.

Heinz, P.

P. Heinz, A. Seilmeier, and A. Piskarskas, “Picosecond Nd:YLF laser-multipass amplifier source pumped by pulsed diodes for the operation of powerful OPOs,” Opt. Commun. 136(5-6), 433–436 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Hollander, P.

A. A. Mani, L. Dreesen, P. Hollander, C. Humbert, Y. Caudano, P. A. Thiry, and A. Peremans, “Pumping picosecond optical parametric oscillators by a pulsed Nd:YAG laser mode locked using a nonlinear mirror,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 79(13), 1945–1947 (2001).
[CrossRef]

Hollander, Ph.

A. A. Mani, Ph. Hollander, P. A. Thiry, and A. Peremans, “All-solid-state 12 ps actively passively mode-locked pulsed Nd:YAG laser using a nonlinear mirror,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 75(20), 3066–3068 (1999).
[CrossRef]

Humbert, C.

A. A. Mani, L. Dreesen, P. Hollander, C. Humbert, Y. Caudano, P. A. Thiry, and A. Peremans, “Pumping picosecond optical parametric oscillators by a pulsed Nd:YAG laser mode locked using a nonlinear mirror,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 79(13), 1945–1947 (2001).
[CrossRef]

Johnson, B.

G. Edwards, R. Logan, M. Copeland, L. Reinisch, J. Davidson, B. Johnson, R. Maciunas, M. Mendenhall, R. Ossoff, J. Tribble, J. Werkhaven, and D. O'Day, “Tissue ablation by a free-electron laser tuned to the amide II band,” Nature 371(6496), 416–419 (1994).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Karsch, S.

Keller, U.

R. Grange, M. Haiml, R. Paschotta, G. J. Spühler, L. Krainer, M. Golling, O. Ostinelli, and U. Keller, “New regime of inverse saturable absorption for self-stabilizing passively mode-locked lasers,” Appl. Phys. B 80, 151–158 (2005).
[CrossRef]

Klingebiel, S.

Köhler, B.

Koss, G.

I. Will, G. Koss, and I. Templin, “The upgraded photocatode laser of the TESLA Test Facility,” Nucl. Instrum. Meth. A 541(3), 467–477 (2005).
[CrossRef]

Krainer, L.

R. Grange, M. Haiml, R. Paschotta, G. J. Spühler, L. Krainer, M. Golling, O. Ostinelli, and U. Keller, “New regime of inverse saturable absorption for self-stabilizing passively mode-locked lasers,” Appl. Phys. B 80, 151–158 (2005).
[CrossRef]

Krausz, F.

Kubecek, V.

A. Agnesi, G. C. Reali, V. Kubecek, S. Kumazaki, Y. Takagi, and K. Yoshihara, “β-barium borate and lithium triborate picosecond parametric oscillators pumped by a frequency-tripled passive negative-feedback mode-locked Nd:YAG laser,” J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 10(11), 2211–2217 (1993).
[CrossRef]

A. Agnesi, A. Del Corno, P. Di Trapani, M. Fogliani, G. C. Reali, J.-C. Diels, C. Y. Yeh, X. M. Zhao, and V. Kubecek, “Generation of extended pulse trains of minimum duration by passive negative feedback applied to solid state lasers,” IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 28(3), 710–719 (1992).
[CrossRef]

Kulagin, O. V.

Kumazaki, S.

Limpert, J.

Lodo, S.

Logan, R.

G. Edwards, R. Logan, M. Copeland, L. Reinisch, J. Davidson, B. Johnson, R. Maciunas, M. Mendenhall, R. Ossoff, J. Tribble, J. Werkhaven, and D. O'Day, “Tissue ablation by a free-electron laser tuned to the amide II band,” Nature 371(6496), 416–419 (1994).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Maciunas, R.

G. Edwards, R. Logan, M. Copeland, L. Reinisch, J. Davidson, B. Johnson, R. Maciunas, M. Mendenhall, R. Ossoff, J. Tribble, J. Werkhaven, and D. O'Day, “Tissue ablation by a free-electron laser tuned to the amide II band,” Nature 371(6496), 416–419 (1994).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Major, Z.

Mani, A. A.

A. A. Mani, L. Dreesen, P. Hollander, C. Humbert, Y. Caudano, P. A. Thiry, and A. Peremans, “Pumping picosecond optical parametric oscillators by a pulsed Nd:YAG laser mode locked using a nonlinear mirror,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 79(13), 1945–1947 (2001).
[CrossRef]

A. A. Mani, Ph. Hollander, P. A. Thiry, and A. Peremans, “All-solid-state 12 ps actively passively mode-locked pulsed Nd:YAG laser using a nonlinear mirror,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 75(20), 3066–3068 (1999).
[CrossRef]

Mendenhall, M.

G. Edwards, R. Logan, M. Copeland, L. Reinisch, J. Davidson, B. Johnson, R. Maciunas, M. Mendenhall, R. Ossoff, J. Tribble, J. Werkhaven, and D. O'Day, “Tissue ablation by a free-electron laser tuned to the amide II band,” Nature 371(6496), 416–419 (1994).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Messineo, G.

Minassian, A.

Nawata, K.

Nodop, D.

Nodvik, J. S.

L. M. Frantz and J. S. Nodvik, “Theory of pulse propagation in a laser amplifier,” J. Appl. Phys. 34(8), 2346–2349 (1963).
[CrossRef]

O'Day, D.

G. Edwards, R. Logan, M. Copeland, L. Reinisch, J. Davidson, B. Johnson, R. Maciunas, M. Mendenhall, R. Ossoff, J. Tribble, J. Werkhaven, and D. O'Day, “Tissue ablation by a free-electron laser tuned to the amide II band,” Nature 371(6496), 416–419 (1994).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Okida, M.

Omatsu, T.

Ossoff, R.

G. Edwards, R. Logan, M. Copeland, L. Reinisch, J. Davidson, B. Johnson, R. Maciunas, M. Mendenhall, R. Ossoff, J. Tribble, J. Werkhaven, and D. O'Day, “Tissue ablation by a free-electron laser tuned to the amide II band,” Nature 371(6496), 416–419 (1994).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Ostinelli, O.

R. Grange, M. Haiml, R. Paschotta, G. J. Spühler, L. Krainer, M. Golling, O. Ostinelli, and U. Keller, “New regime of inverse saturable absorption for self-stabilizing passively mode-locked lasers,” Appl. Phys. B 80, 151–158 (2005).
[CrossRef]

Paschotta, R.

R. Grange, M. Haiml, R. Paschotta, G. J. Spühler, L. Krainer, M. Golling, O. Ostinelli, and U. Keller, “New regime of inverse saturable absorption for self-stabilizing passively mode-locked lasers,” Appl. Phys. B 80, 151–158 (2005).
[CrossRef]

Pasmanik, G. A.

Peremans, A.

A. A. Mani, L. Dreesen, P. Hollander, C. Humbert, Y. Caudano, P. A. Thiry, and A. Peremans, “Pumping picosecond optical parametric oscillators by a pulsed Nd:YAG laser mode locked using a nonlinear mirror,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 79(13), 1945–1947 (2001).
[CrossRef]

A. A. Mani, Ph. Hollander, P. A. Thiry, and A. Peremans, “All-solid-state 12 ps actively passively mode-locked pulsed Nd:YAG laser using a nonlinear mirror,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 75(20), 3066–3068 (1999).
[CrossRef]

Peuser, P.

Pirzio, F.

A. Agnesi, C. Braggio, L. Carrà, F. Pirzio, S. Lodo, G. Messineo, D. Scarpa, A. Tomaselli, G. Reali, and C. Vacchi, “Laser system generating 250-mJ bunches of 5-GHz repetition rate, 12-ps pulses,” Opt. Express 16(20), 15811–15815 (2008), http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-16-20-15811 .
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

A. Agnesi, C. Braggio, G. Bressi, G. Carugno, G. Galeazzi, F. Pirzio, G. Reali, G. Ruoso, and D. Zanello, “MIR status report: an experiment for the measurement of the dynamical Casimir effect,” J. Phys. A: Math. Theor. 41(16), 164024 (2008).
[CrossRef]

A. Agnesi, P. Dallocchio, L. Carrà, F. Pirzio, G. Reali, A. Tomaselli, D. Scarpa, and C. Vacchi, “210-μJ picosecond pulses from a quasi-cw Nd:YVO4 grazing-incidence two-stage slab amplifier package,” IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 44(10), 952–957 (2008).
[CrossRef]

A. Agnesi, F. Pirzio, A. Tomaselli, G. Reali, and C. Braggio, “Multi-GHz tunable-repetition-rate mode-locked Nd:GdVO4 laser,” Opt. Express 13(14), 5302–5307 (2005), http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-13-14-5302 .
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Piskarskas, A.

P. Heinz, A. Seilmeier, and A. Piskarskas, “Picosecond Nd:YLF laser-multipass amplifier source pumped by pulsed diodes for the operation of powerful OPOs,” Opt. Commun. 136(5-6), 433–436 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Platz, W.

Reali, G.

A. Agnesi, C. Braggio, L. Carrà, F. Pirzio, S. Lodo, G. Messineo, D. Scarpa, A. Tomaselli, G. Reali, and C. Vacchi, “Laser system generating 250-mJ bunches of 5-GHz repetition rate, 12-ps pulses,” Opt. Express 16(20), 15811–15815 (2008), http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-16-20-15811 .
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

A. Agnesi, C. Braggio, G. Bressi, G. Carugno, G. Galeazzi, F. Pirzio, G. Reali, G. Ruoso, and D. Zanello, “MIR status report: an experiment for the measurement of the dynamical Casimir effect,” J. Phys. A: Math. Theor. 41(16), 164024 (2008).
[CrossRef]

A. Agnesi, P. Dallocchio, L. Carrà, F. Pirzio, G. Reali, A. Tomaselli, D. Scarpa, and C. Vacchi, “210-μJ picosecond pulses from a quasi-cw Nd:YVO4 grazing-incidence two-stage slab amplifier package,” IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 44(10), 952–957 (2008).
[CrossRef]

A. Agnesi, F. Pirzio, A. Tomaselli, G. Reali, and C. Braggio, “Multi-GHz tunable-repetition-rate mode-locked Nd:GdVO4 laser,” Opt. Express 13(14), 5302–5307 (2005), http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-13-14-5302 .
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Reali, G. C.

A. Agnesi, G. C. Reali, V. Kubecek, S. Kumazaki, Y. Takagi, and K. Yoshihara, “β-barium borate and lithium triborate picosecond parametric oscillators pumped by a frequency-tripled passive negative-feedback mode-locked Nd:YAG laser,” J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 10(11), 2211–2217 (1993).
[CrossRef]

A. Agnesi, A. Del Corno, P. Di Trapani, M. Fogliani, G. C. Reali, J.-C. Diels, C. Y. Yeh, X. M. Zhao, and V. Kubecek, “Generation of extended pulse trains of minimum duration by passive negative feedback applied to solid state lasers,” IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 28(3), 710–719 (1992).
[CrossRef]

Reinisch, L.

G. Edwards, R. Logan, M. Copeland, L. Reinisch, J. Davidson, B. Johnson, R. Maciunas, M. Mendenhall, R. Ossoff, J. Tribble, J. Werkhaven, and D. O'Day, “Tissue ablation by a free-electron laser tuned to the amide II band,” Nature 371(6496), 416–419 (1994).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Ruchert, C.

Ruoso, G.

A. Agnesi, C. Braggio, G. Bressi, G. Carugno, G. Galeazzi, F. Pirzio, G. Reali, G. Ruoso, and D. Zanello, “MIR status report: an experiment for the measurement of the dynamical Casimir effect,” J. Phys. A: Math. Theor. 41(16), 164024 (2008).
[CrossRef]

Salin, F.

Sauder, D.

Scarpa, D.

A. Agnesi, C. Braggio, L. Carrà, F. Pirzio, S. Lodo, G. Messineo, D. Scarpa, A. Tomaselli, G. Reali, and C. Vacchi, “Laser system generating 250-mJ bunches of 5-GHz repetition rate, 12-ps pulses,” Opt. Express 16(20), 15811–15815 (2008), http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-16-20-15811 .
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

A. Agnesi, P. Dallocchio, L. Carrà, F. Pirzio, G. Reali, A. Tomaselli, D. Scarpa, and C. Vacchi, “210-μJ picosecond pulses from a quasi-cw Nd:YVO4 grazing-incidence two-stage slab amplifier package,” IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 44(10), 952–957 (2008).
[CrossRef]

Schimpf, D. N.

Seilmeier, A.

P. Heinz, A. Seilmeier, and A. Piskarskas, “Picosecond Nd:YLF laser-multipass amplifier source pumped by pulsed diodes for the operation of powerful OPOs,” Opt. Commun. 136(5-6), 433–436 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Shilov, A. A.

Siebold, M.

Spühler, G. J.

R. Grange, M. Haiml, R. Paschotta, G. J. Spühler, L. Krainer, M. Golling, O. Ostinelli, and U. Keller, “New regime of inverse saturable absorption for self-stabilizing passively mode-locked lasers,” Appl. Phys. B 80, 151–158 (2005).
[CrossRef]

Takagi, Y.

Templin, I.

I. Will, G. Koss, and I. Templin, “The upgraded photocatode laser of the TESLA Test Facility,” Nucl. Instrum. Meth. A 541(3), 467–477 (2005).
[CrossRef]

Thiry, P. A.

A. A. Mani, L. Dreesen, P. Hollander, C. Humbert, Y. Caudano, P. A. Thiry, and A. Peremans, “Pumping picosecond optical parametric oscillators by a pulsed Nd:YAG laser mode locked using a nonlinear mirror,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 79(13), 1945–1947 (2001).
[CrossRef]

A. A. Mani, Ph. Hollander, P. A. Thiry, and A. Peremans, “All-solid-state 12 ps actively passively mode-locked pulsed Nd:YAG laser using a nonlinear mirror,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 75(20), 3066–3068 (1999).
[CrossRef]

Tomaselli, A.

Tribble, J.

G. Edwards, R. Logan, M. Copeland, L. Reinisch, J. Davidson, B. Johnson, R. Maciunas, M. Mendenhall, R. Ossoff, J. Tribble, J. Werkhaven, and D. O'Day, “Tissue ablation by a free-electron laser tuned to the amide II band,” Nature 371(6496), 416–419 (1994).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Tünnermann, A.

Vacchi, C.

A. Agnesi, C. Braggio, L. Carrà, F. Pirzio, S. Lodo, G. Messineo, D. Scarpa, A. Tomaselli, G. Reali, and C. Vacchi, “Laser system generating 250-mJ bunches of 5-GHz repetition rate, 12-ps pulses,” Opt. Express 16(20), 15811–15815 (2008), http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-16-20-15811 .
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

A. Agnesi, P. Dallocchio, L. Carrà, F. Pirzio, G. Reali, A. Tomaselli, D. Scarpa, and C. Vacchi, “210-μJ picosecond pulses from a quasi-cw Nd:YVO4 grazing-incidence two-stage slab amplifier package,” IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 44(10), 952–957 (2008).
[CrossRef]

Wandt, C.

Werkhaven, J.

G. Edwards, R. Logan, M. Copeland, L. Reinisch, J. Davidson, B. Johnson, R. Maciunas, M. Mendenhall, R. Ossoff, J. Tribble, J. Werkhaven, and D. O'Day, “Tissue ablation by a free-electron laser tuned to the amide II band,” Nature 371(6496), 416–419 (1994).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Will, I.

I. Will, G. Koss, and I. Templin, “The upgraded photocatode laser of the TESLA Test Facility,” Nucl. Instrum. Meth. A 541(3), 467–477 (2005).
[CrossRef]

Yeh, C. Y.

A. Agnesi, A. Del Corno, P. Di Trapani, M. Fogliani, G. C. Reali, J.-C. Diels, C. Y. Yeh, X. M. Zhao, and V. Kubecek, “Generation of extended pulse trains of minimum duration by passive negative feedback applied to solid state lasers,” IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 28(3), 710–719 (1992).
[CrossRef]

Yoshihara, K.

Zanello, D.

A. Agnesi, C. Braggio, G. Bressi, G. Carugno, G. Galeazzi, F. Pirzio, G. Reali, G. Ruoso, and D. Zanello, “MIR status report: an experiment for the measurement of the dynamical Casimir effect,” J. Phys. A: Math. Theor. 41(16), 164024 (2008).
[CrossRef]

Zeller, P.

Zhao, X. M.

A. Agnesi, A. Del Corno, P. Di Trapani, M. Fogliani, G. C. Reali, J.-C. Diels, C. Y. Yeh, X. M. Zhao, and V. Kubecek, “Generation of extended pulse trains of minimum duration by passive negative feedback applied to solid state lasers,” IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 28(3), 710–719 (1992).
[CrossRef]

Appl. Phys. B (1)

R. Grange, M. Haiml, R. Paschotta, G. J. Spühler, L. Krainer, M. Golling, O. Ostinelli, and U. Keller, “New regime of inverse saturable absorption for self-stabilizing passively mode-locked lasers,” Appl. Phys. B 80, 151–158 (2005).
[CrossRef]

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A. A. Mani, Ph. Hollander, P. A. Thiry, and A. Peremans, “All-solid-state 12 ps actively passively mode-locked pulsed Nd:YAG laser using a nonlinear mirror,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 75(20), 3066–3068 (1999).
[CrossRef]

A. A. Mani, L. Dreesen, P. Hollander, C. Humbert, Y. Caudano, P. A. Thiry, and A. Peremans, “Pumping picosecond optical parametric oscillators by a pulsed Nd:YAG laser mode locked using a nonlinear mirror,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 79(13), 1945–1947 (2001).
[CrossRef]

IEEE J. Quantum Electron. (2)

A. Agnesi, A. Del Corno, P. Di Trapani, M. Fogliani, G. C. Reali, J.-C. Diels, C. Y. Yeh, X. M. Zhao, and V. Kubecek, “Generation of extended pulse trains of minimum duration by passive negative feedback applied to solid state lasers,” IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 28(3), 710–719 (1992).
[CrossRef]

A. Agnesi, P. Dallocchio, L. Carrà, F. Pirzio, G. Reali, A. Tomaselli, D. Scarpa, and C. Vacchi, “210-μJ picosecond pulses from a quasi-cw Nd:YVO4 grazing-incidence two-stage slab amplifier package,” IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 44(10), 952–957 (2008).
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[CrossRef]

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

J. Phys. A: Math. Theor. (1)

A. Agnesi, C. Braggio, G. Bressi, G. Carugno, G. Galeazzi, F. Pirzio, G. Reali, G. Ruoso, and D. Zanello, “MIR status report: an experiment for the measurement of the dynamical Casimir effect,” J. Phys. A: Math. Theor. 41(16), 164024 (2008).
[CrossRef]

Nature (1)

G. Edwards, R. Logan, M. Copeland, L. Reinisch, J. Davidson, B. Johnson, R. Maciunas, M. Mendenhall, R. Ossoff, J. Tribble, J. Werkhaven, and D. O'Day, “Tissue ablation by a free-electron laser tuned to the amide II band,” Nature 371(6496), 416–419 (1994).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Nucl. Instrum. Meth. A (1)

I. Will, G. Koss, and I. Templin, “The upgraded photocatode laser of the TESLA Test Facility,” Nucl. Instrum. Meth. A 541(3), 467–477 (2005).
[CrossRef]

Opt. Commun. (1)

P. Heinz, A. Seilmeier, and A. Piskarskas, “Picosecond Nd:YLF laser-multipass amplifier source pumped by pulsed diodes for the operation of powerful OPOs,” Opt. Commun. 136(5-6), 433–436 (1997).
[CrossRef]

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Opt. Lett. (4)

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Figures (4)

Fig. 1
Fig. 1

Amplifier setup. Low-power section (a) and high-power modules (b). OIs: Faraday opto-isolators; CLs: cylindrical lenses; SLs: spherical lenses.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

Beam quality measurement near the focus of a spherical lens (a). Second-harmonic intensity autocorrelations (oscillator: 5.4 ps fwhm, amplifier: 8.6 ps, sech2 deconvolution) (b).

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

Example of best-fit allowing determination of G0, Esat for the first high-gain module.

Fig. 4
Fig. 4

Left: Waveform shaping for the overall system (numerical and measured waveforms).

Tables (1)

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Table 1 Result of the characterization of the amplifier modules.

Equations (3)

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P o (t)= P i (t) 1(11/ G 0 )exp[ E i (t)/ E sat ]
E i (t)= t P i (t')dt'
R( F p )=1 A ns ΔR(1 e F p / F sn ) F p / F sn F p I TPA τ

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