Abstract

Generation of sub-150-fs-level pulses has been obtained from an Yb-doped crystal-based regenerative amplifier by applying an innovative amplification scheme. This scheme is based on optimization of the linear and non-linear phase during the amplification process inside the regenerative amplifier cavity. This technique with Yb:KYW allows to achieve pulse durations from diode-pumped Yb-doped regenerative amplifiers that were up to now only accessible with more complex Ti:sapphire amplifiers. With this Yb-doped tungstate crystal used in regenerative amplifiers, 145 fs pulses centered at 1026 nm with a spectral bandwidth of 14 nm at 50 kHz for an average power of 1.6 W have been generated.

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2006 (1)

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 (1)

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 (1)

1997 (1)

1993 (1)

1985 (1)

D. Strickland and G. Mourou, “Compression of amplified chirped optical pulses,” Opt. Commun. 55(6), 447–449 (1985).
[Crossref]

Agnesi, A.

Aguergaray, C.

Aus der Au, J.

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]

Boullet, J.

Buenting, U.

Butze, F.

Camy, P.

Caracciolo, E.

Chichkov, B. N.

Chizhov, S. A.

Cormier, E.

Courjaud, A.

S. Ricaud, F. Druon, D. N. Papadopoulos, P. Camy, J.-L. Doualan, R. Moncorgé, M. Delaigue, Y. Zaouter, A. Courjaud, P. Georges, and E. Mottay, “Short-pulse and high-repetition-rate diode-pumped Yb:CaF2 regenerative amplifier,” Opt. Lett. 35(14), 2415–2417 (2010).
[Crossref] [PubMed]

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]

Cruz, C. H.

Delaigue, M.

Doualan, J.-L.

Druon, F.

Fragnito, H. L.

Georges, P.

Giesen, A.

Guandalini, A.

Hanna, M.

Hönninger, C.

J. Pouysegur, M. Delaigue, Y. Zaouter, C. Hönninger, E. Mottay, A. Jaffrès, P. Loiseau, B. Viana, P. Georges, and F. Druon, “Sub-100-fs Yb:CALGO nonlinear regenerative amplifier,” Opt. Lett. 38(23), 5180–5183 (2013).
[Crossref] [PubMed]

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]

Huang, L.

Jacobs, H.

Jaffrès, A.

Kang, U.

Kemnitzer, M.

Kim, G. H.

Kracht, D.

Kulik, A. V.

Larionov, M.

Lee, D. S.

Loiseau, P.

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]

Mansur, N. L.

Momma, C.

Moncorgé, R.

Morgner, U.

Mottay, E.

Mourou, G.

D. Strickland and G. Mourou, “Compression of amplified chirped optical pulses,” Opt. Commun. 55(6), 447–449 (1985).
[Crossref]

Nickel, D.

Nolte, S.

Papadopoulos, D. N.

Pirzio, F.

Planas, S. A.

Pouysegur, J.

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]

Ricaud, S.

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]

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]

Sall, E. G.

Sall’, E. G.

Sayinc, H.

Stolzenburg, C.

Strickland, D.

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[Crossref]

Tünnermann, A.

Viana, B.

Wandt, D.

Wellegehausen, B.

Welling, H.

Yang, J.

Yang, J. H.

Yashin, V. E.

Zaouter, Y.

Appl. Phys. B (1)

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]

IEEE J. Quantum Electron. (1)

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]

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

J. Opt. Technol. (1)

Opt. Commun. (1)

D. Strickland and G. Mourou, “Compression of amplified chirped optical pulses,” Opt. Commun. 55(6), 447–449 (1985).
[Crossref]

Opt. Express (2)

Opt. Lett. (8)

M. Larionov, F. Butze, D. Nickel, and A. Giesen, “High-repetition-rate regenerative thin-disk amplifier with 116 μJ pulse energy and 250 fs pulse duration,” Opt. Lett. 32(5), 494–496 (2007).
[Crossref] [PubMed]

S. Ricaud, F. Druon, D. N. Papadopoulos, P. Camy, J.-L. Doualan, R. Moncorgé, M. Delaigue, Y. Zaouter, A. Courjaud, P. Georges, and E. Mottay, “Short-pulse and high-repetition-rate diode-pumped Yb:CaF2 regenerative amplifier,” Opt. Lett. 35(14), 2415–2417 (2010).
[Crossref] [PubMed]

E. Caracciolo, M. Kemnitzer, A. Guandalini, F. Pirzio, J. Aus der Au, and A. Agnesi, “28-W, 217 fs solid-state Yb:CAlGdO4 regenerative amplifiers,” Opt. Lett. 38(20), 4131–4133 (2013).
[Crossref] [PubMed]

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]

Y. Zaouter, D. N. Papadopoulos, M. Hanna, J. Boullet, L. Huang, C. Aguergaray, F. Druon, E. Mottay, P. Georges, and E. Cormier, “Stretcher-free high energy nonlinear amplification of femtosecond pulses in rod-type fibers,” Opt. Lett. 33(2), 107–109 (2008).
[Crossref] [PubMed]

D. N. Papadopoulos, Y. Zaouter, M. Hanna, F. Druon, E. Mottay, E. Cormier, and P. Georges, “Generation of 63 fs 4.1 MW peak power pulses from a parabolic fiber amplifier operated beyond the gain bandwidth limit,” Opt. Lett. 32(17), 2520–2522 (2007).
[Crossref] [PubMed]

S. A. Planas, N. L. Mansur, C. H. Cruz, and H. L. Fragnito, “Spectral narrowing in the propagation of chirped pulses in single-mode fibers,” Opt. Lett. 18(9), 699–701 (1993).
[Crossref] [PubMed]

J. Pouysegur, M. Delaigue, Y. Zaouter, C. Hönninger, E. Mottay, A. Jaffrès, P. Loiseau, B. Viana, P. Georges, and F. Druon, “Sub-100-fs Yb:CALGO nonlinear regenerative amplifier,” Opt. Lett. 38(23), 5180–5183 (2013).
[Crossref] [PubMed]

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Fig. 1
Fig. 1

Experimental Setup and amplified beam profile. HR: High Reflective Mirror. TFP: Thin Film Polarizer. FR: Faraday rotator. PC: Pockels cell.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

Output spectrum for different repetition rate: 200 kHz (red), 50 kHz (black) and Output spectrum in Q-switched regime (dashed blue).

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

Autocorrelation at 50 kHz (a) and Corresponding spectrum (b).

Fig. 4
Fig. 4

(a) Average output power (red) and pulse energy (black) as a function of repetition rate – (b) Autocorrelation FWHM as a function of repetition rate.

Fig. 5
Fig. 5

Camera-based measurement of beam quality.

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