Abstract

We report on a high-power, high-energy femtosecond fiber source based on direct amplification of parabolic pulses from an environmentally stable passively mode-locked fiber oscillator in an Yb-doped single-polarization photonic crystal fiber. The special pulse shape allows for the generation of high-quality femtosecond pulses beyond nonlinearity limits. The system delivers a pulse energy of 1.2μJ (21W average power) at a repetition rate of 17MHz and a pulse duration of 240fs in a linearly polarized beam with diffraction-limited quality.

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Opt. Lett.

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[CrossRef] [PubMed]

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Figures (5)

Fig. 1
Fig. 1

Schematic setup of the microjoule-level all-polarization-maintaining femtosecond fiber laser system. HR, high reflecting; PM, polarization maintaining; SM, single mode; MM, multimode; PZ, polarizing; WDM, wavelength division multiplexer.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

Comparison of the emitted spectrum of the oscillator after preamplification and after the main amplifier.

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

SEM image of the polarizing low-nonlinearity Yb-doped photonic crystal fiber.

Fig. 4
Fig. 4

Output characteristics of the single-polarization Yb-doped fiber power amplifier.

Fig. 5
Fig. 5

Measured autocorrelation trace of the high-power femtosecond pulses. In comparison, the simulation of the recompressed amplified pulse is shown in the inset by using a chirped parabolic pulse (black curve) and a chirped sech 2 (gray curve).

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