Abstract

We report a multimode, double-clad, Yb-doped fiber amplifier that produces diffraction-limited, 0.8-ns pulses with energies of 255 µJ and peak powers in excess of 300 kW at a repetition rate of 8 kHz. Single-transverse-mode operation was obtained by bend-loss-induced mode filtering of the gain fiber.

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C. C. Renaud, J. A. Alvarez-Chavez, J. K. Sahu, J. Nilsson, D. J. Richardson, and W. A. Clarkson, in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (CLEO), Vol. 56 of OSA Trends in Optics and Photonics Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 2001), p. 219.

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Fermann, M. E.

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Griebner, U.

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[CrossRef]

C. C. Renaud, R. J. Selvas-Aguilar, J. Nilsson, P. W. Turner, and A. B. Grudinin, IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 11, 976 (1999).
[CrossRef]

Grunwald, R.

Hanna, D. C.

J. Nilsson, R. Paschotta, J. E. Caplen, and D. C. Hanna, Opt. Lett. 14, 1092 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Hariharan, A.

Harter, D.

Jackson, S. D.

B. C. Dickinson, S. D. Jackson, and T. A. King, Opt. Commun. 182, 199 (2000).
[CrossRef]

Jaskorznyka, B.

Johnson, T. F.

M. W. Sasnet and T. F. Johnson, Proc. SPIE 1414, 21 (1991).
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King, T. A.

B. C. Dickinson, S. D. Jackson, and T. A. King, Opt. Commun. 182, 199 (2000).
[CrossRef]

Kliner, D. A. V.

Koch, R.

Koplow, J. P.

Nilsson, J.

C. C. Renaud, H. L. Offerhaus, J. A. Alvarez-Chavez, J. Nilsson, W. A. Clarkson, P. W. Turner, D. J. Richardson, and A. B. Grudinin, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 37, 199 (2001).
[CrossRef]

J. A. Alvarez-Chavez, H. L. Offerhaus, J. Nilsson, P. W. Turner, W. A. Clarkson, and D. J. Richardson, Opt. Lett. 25, 37 (2000).
[CrossRef]

C. C. Renaud, R. J. Selvas-Aguilar, J. Nilsson, P. W. Turner, and A. B. Grudinin, IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 11, 976 (1999).
[CrossRef]

J. Nilsson, R. Paschotta, J. E. Caplen, and D. C. Hanna, Opt. Lett. 14, 1092 (1997).
[CrossRef]

J. Nilsson and B. Jaskorznyka, Opt. Lett. 18, 2099 (1993).
[CrossRef]

C. C. Renaud, J. A. Alvarez-Chavez, J. K. Sahu, J. Nilsson, D. J. Richardson, and W. A. Clarkson, in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (CLEO), Vol. 56 of OSA Trends in Optics and Photonics Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 2001), p. 219.

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[CrossRef]

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Renaud, C. C.

C. C. Renaud, H. L. Offerhaus, J. A. Alvarez-Chavez, J. Nilsson, W. A. Clarkson, P. W. Turner, D. J. Richardson, and A. B. Grudinin, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 37, 199 (2001).
[CrossRef]

C. C. Renaud, R. J. Selvas-Aguilar, J. Nilsson, P. W. Turner, and A. B. Grudinin, IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 11, 976 (1999).
[CrossRef]

C. C. Renaud, J. A. Alvarez-Chavez, J. K. Sahu, J. Nilsson, D. J. Richardson, and W. A. Clarkson, in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (CLEO), Vol. 56 of OSA Trends in Optics and Photonics Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 2001), p. 219.

Richardson, D. J.

C. C. Renaud, H. L. Offerhaus, J. A. Alvarez-Chavez, J. Nilsson, W. A. Clarkson, P. W. Turner, D. J. Richardson, and A. B. Grudinin, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 37, 199 (2001).
[CrossRef]

J. A. Alvarez-Chavez, H. L. Offerhaus, J. Nilsson, P. W. Turner, W. A. Clarkson, and D. J. Richardson, Opt. Lett. 25, 37 (2000).
[CrossRef]

H. L. Offerhaus, N. G. Broderick, D. J. Richardson, R. Sammut, J. Caplen, and L. Dong, Opt. Lett. 23, 1683 (1998).
[CrossRef]

D. Taverner, D. J. Richardson, L. Dong, J. E. Caplen, K. Williams, and R. V. Plenty, Opt. Lett. 22, 378 (1997).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

C. C. Renaud, J. A. Alvarez-Chavez, J. K. Sahu, J. Nilsson, D. J. Richardson, and W. A. Clarkson, in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (CLEO), Vol. 56 of OSA Trends in Optics and Photonics Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 2001), p. 219.

Sahu, J. K.

C. C. Renaud, J. A. Alvarez-Chavez, J. K. Sahu, J. Nilsson, D. J. Richardson, and W. A. Clarkson, in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (CLEO), Vol. 56 of OSA Trends in Optics and Photonics Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 2001), p. 219.

Sammut, R.

Sasnet, M. W.

M. W. Sasnet and T. F. Johnson, Proc. SPIE 1414, 21 (1991).
[CrossRef]

Schönnagel, H.

Selvas-Aguilar, R. J.

C. C. Renaud, R. J. Selvas-Aguilar, J. Nilsson, P. W. Turner, and A. B. Grudinin, IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 11, 976 (1999).
[CrossRef]

Taverner, D.

Turner, P. W.

C. C. Renaud, H. L. Offerhaus, J. A. Alvarez-Chavez, J. Nilsson, W. A. Clarkson, P. W. Turner, D. J. Richardson, and A. B. Grudinin, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 37, 199 (2001).
[CrossRef]

J. A. Alvarez-Chavez, H. L. Offerhaus, J. Nilsson, P. W. Turner, W. A. Clarkson, and D. J. Richardson, Opt. Lett. 25, 37 (2000).
[CrossRef]

C. C. Renaud, R. J. Selvas-Aguilar, J. Nilsson, P. W. Turner, and A. B. Grudinin, IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 11, 976 (1999).
[CrossRef]

Williams, K.

IEEE J. Quantum Electron. (1)

C. C. Renaud, H. L. Offerhaus, J. A. Alvarez-Chavez, J. Nilsson, W. A. Clarkson, P. W. Turner, D. J. Richardson, and A. B. Grudinin, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 37, 199 (2001).
[CrossRef]

IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. (1)

C. C. Renaud, R. J. Selvas-Aguilar, J. Nilsson, P. W. Turner, and A. B. Grudinin, IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 11, 976 (1999).
[CrossRef]

Opt. Commun. (1)

B. C. Dickinson, S. D. Jackson, and T. A. King, Opt. Commun. 182, 199 (2000).
[CrossRef]

Opt. Lett. (9)

Proc. SPIE (1)

M. W. Sasnet and T. F. Johnson, Proc. SPIE 1414, 21 (1991).
[CrossRef]

Other (2)

G. P. Agrawal, Nonlinear Fiber Optics (Academic, San Diego, Calif., 1995).

C. C. Renaud, J. A. Alvarez-Chavez, J. K. Sahu, J. Nilsson, D. J. Richardson, and W. A. Clarkson, in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (CLEO), Vol. 56 of OSA Trends in Optics and Photonics Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 2001), p. 219.

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Figures (4)

Fig. 1
Fig. 1

Pulse energy and corresponding peak power of the amplifier output as a function of launched pump power. Inset, average power as a function of launched pump power. The pulse energy was measured with a pyroelectric joulemeter (Molectron J3-09).

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

Temporal profile of the amplified pulse Ppump=4.5 W,E=220 µJ. The FWHM extracted from the Gaussian fit is 825±20 ps, corresponding to a pulse duration of 785±10 ps. The uncertainty is twice the standard deviation of measurements recorded at different pulse energies.

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

Near-field intensity distribution of the amplifier output with Ppump=4.4 W, E=206 µJ, and P0=247 kW. The data in the insets depict beam profiles along orthogonal directions through the intensity peak. The corresponding Gaussian fits (solid curves) provide a mode-field diameter of 19.5±0.5 µm.

Fig. 4
Fig. 4

1/e2 radius ω of the amplifier output beam as a function of distance z from the waist location z=0. The launched pump power was 4.4 W, corresponding to E=206 µJ and P0=247 kW. Solid curve, fit of ω to ω=ω01+M2λz/πω0220.5, where ω0 is the waist radius.10

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