Abstract

We have built a diode-pumped Nd:glass regenerative amplifier that is able to produce energies up to 20 mJ within a 470-fs pulse duration at a 1-Hz repetition rate. We obtained this amplifier by using specific intracavity components such as a phase mirror and a birefringent filter to generate a large spatial mode and a large spectral width.

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2000 (2)

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[CrossRef]

J. A. Hoffnagle and C. M. Jefferson, Optik (Stuttgart) 39, 5488 (2000).

1997 (1)

J. Itatani, Y. Nabekawa, K. Kondo, and S. Watanabe, Opt. Commun. 134, 134 (1997).
[CrossRef]

1996 (2)

C. P. J. Barty, T. Guo, C. Le Blanc, F. Raksi, C. Rose-Petruck, J. Squier, K. R. Wilson, V. V. Yakolev, and K. Yamakawa, Opt. Lett. 21, 668 (1996).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

C. P. J. Barty, G. Korn, F. Raksi, C. Rose-Petruck, J. Squier, A.-C. Tien, K. R. Wilson, V. V. Yakolev, and K. Yamakawa, Opt. Lett. 21, 219 (1996).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

1994 (1)

1992 (2)

V. Kermene, A. Savoit, M. Vampouille, B. Colombeau, C. Froehly, and T. Dohnalik, Opt. Lett. 17, 859 (1992).
[CrossRef]

W. Koechner, Solid State Laser Engineering, 3rd ed. (Springer, New York, 1992), p. 438.

1985 (1)

D. Strikland and G. Mourou, Opt. Commun. 56, 219 (1985).
[CrossRef]

1966 (1)

D. Findlay and R. A. Clay, Opt. Lett. 20, 277 (1966).

Bagnoud, V.

Barty, C. P. J.

C. P. J. Barty, G. Korn, F. Raksi, C. Rose-Petruck, J. Squier, A.-C. Tien, K. R. Wilson, V. V. Yakolev, and K. Yamakawa, Opt. Lett. 21, 219 (1996).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

C. P. J. Barty, T. Guo, C. Le Blanc, F. Raksi, C. Rose-Petruck, J. Squier, K. R. Wilson, V. V. Yakolev, and K. Yamakawa, Opt. Lett. 21, 668 (1996).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Bourderionnet, J.

Brignon, A.

Chen, D.

Clay, R. A.

D. Findlay and R. A. Clay, Opt. Lett. 20, 277 (1966).

Colombeau, B.

V. Kermene, A. Savoit, M. Vampouille, B. Colombeau, C. Froehly, and T. Dohnalik, Opt. Lett. 17, 859 (1992).
[CrossRef]

Delboulb, A.

Dohnalik, T.

V. Kermene, A. Savoit, M. Vampouille, B. Colombeau, C. Froehly, and T. Dohnalik, Opt. Lett. 17, 859 (1992).
[CrossRef]

Findlay, D.

D. Findlay and R. A. Clay, Opt. Lett. 20, 277 (1966).

Froehly, C.

V. Kermene, A. Savoit, M. Vampouille, B. Colombeau, C. Froehly, and T. Dohnalik, Opt. Lett. 17, 859 (1992).
[CrossRef]

Guo, T.

C. P. J. Barty, T. Guo, C. Le Blanc, F. Raksi, C. Rose-Petruck, J. Squier, K. R. Wilson, V. V. Yakolev, and K. Yamakawa, Opt. Lett. 21, 668 (1996).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Hoffnagle, J. A.

J. A. Hoffnagle and C. M. Jefferson, Optik (Stuttgart) 39, 5488 (2000).

Huignard, J.-P.

Itatani, J.

J. Itatani, Y. Nabekawa, K. Kondo, and S. Watanabe, Opt. Commun. 134, 134 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Jefferson, C. M.

J. A. Hoffnagle and C. M. Jefferson, Optik (Stuttgart) 39, 5488 (2000).

Kermene, V.

V. Kermene, A. Savoit, M. Vampouille, B. Colombeau, C. Froehly, and T. Dohnalik, Opt. Lett. 17, 859 (1992).
[CrossRef]

Koechner, W.

W. Koechner, Solid State Laser Engineering, 3rd ed. (Springer, New York, 1992), p. 438.

Kondo, K.

J. Itatani, Y. Nabekawa, K. Kondo, and S. Watanabe, Opt. Commun. 134, 134 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Korn, G.

Lamare, M.

R. Mercier, M. Mullot, M. Lamare, and G. Tissot, Rev. Sci. Instrum. 72, 1559 (2001).
[CrossRef]

Le Blanc, C.

C. P. J. Barty, T. Guo, C. Le Blanc, F. Raksi, C. Rose-Petruck, J. Squier, K. R. Wilson, V. V. Yakolev, and K. Yamakawa, Opt. Lett. 21, 668 (1996).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Leger, R.

Loiséaux, B.

Luce, J.

Mercier, R.

R. Mercier, M. Mullot, M. Lamare, and G. Tissot, Rev. Sci. Instrum. 72, 1559 (2001).
[CrossRef]

Mourou, G.

D. Strikland and G. Mourou, Opt. Commun. 56, 219 (1985).
[CrossRef]

Mullot, M.

R. Mercier, M. Mullot, M. Lamare, and G. Tissot, Rev. Sci. Instrum. 72, 1559 (2001).
[CrossRef]

Nabekawa, Y.

J. Itatani, Y. Nabekawa, K. Kondo, and S. Watanabe, Opt. Commun. 134, 134 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Raksi, F.

C. P. J. Barty, T. Guo, C. Le Blanc, F. Raksi, C. Rose-Petruck, J. Squier, K. R. Wilson, V. V. Yakolev, and K. Yamakawa, Opt. Lett. 21, 668 (1996).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

C. P. J. Barty, G. Korn, F. Raksi, C. Rose-Petruck, J. Squier, A.-C. Tien, K. R. Wilson, V. V. Yakolev, and K. Yamakawa, Opt. Lett. 21, 219 (1996).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Rose-Petruck, C.

C. P. J. Barty, G. Korn, F. Raksi, C. Rose-Petruck, J. Squier, A.-C. Tien, K. R. Wilson, V. V. Yakolev, and K. Yamakawa, Opt. Lett. 21, 219 (1996).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

C. P. J. Barty, T. Guo, C. Le Blanc, F. Raksi, C. Rose-Petruck, J. Squier, K. R. Wilson, V. V. Yakolev, and K. Yamakawa, Opt. Lett. 21, 668 (1996).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Rouyer, C.

Savoit, A.

V. Kermene, A. Savoit, M. Vampouille, B. Colombeau, C. Froehly, and T. Dohnalik, Opt. Lett. 17, 859 (1992).
[CrossRef]

Squier, J.

C. P. J. Barty, T. Guo, C. Le Blanc, F. Raksi, C. Rose-Petruck, J. Squier, K. R. Wilson, V. V. Yakolev, and K. Yamakawa, Opt. Lett. 21, 668 (1996).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

C. P. J. Barty, G. Korn, F. Raksi, C. Rose-Petruck, J. Squier, A.-C. Tien, K. R. Wilson, V. V. Yakolev, and K. Yamakawa, Opt. Lett. 21, 219 (1996).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Strikland, D.

D. Strikland and G. Mourou, Opt. Commun. 56, 219 (1985).
[CrossRef]

Tien, A.-C.

Tissot, G.

R. Mercier, M. Mullot, M. Lamare, and G. Tissot, Rev. Sci. Instrum. 72, 1559 (2001).
[CrossRef]

Vampouille, M.

V. Kermene, A. Savoit, M. Vampouille, B. Colombeau, C. Froehly, and T. Dohnalik, Opt. Lett. 17, 859 (1992).
[CrossRef]

Videau, L.

Wang, Z.

Watanabe, S.

J. Itatani, Y. Nabekawa, K. Kondo, and S. Watanabe, Opt. Commun. 134, 134 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Wilson, K. R.

C. P. J. Barty, T. Guo, C. Le Blanc, F. Raksi, C. Rose-Petruck, J. Squier, K. R. Wilson, V. V. Yakolev, and K. Yamakawa, Opt. Lett. 21, 668 (1996).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

C. P. J. Barty, G. Korn, F. Raksi, C. Rose-Petruck, J. Squier, A.-C. Tien, K. R. Wilson, V. V. Yakolev, and K. Yamakawa, Opt. Lett. 21, 219 (1996).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Yakolev, V. V.

C. P. J. Barty, G. Korn, F. Raksi, C. Rose-Petruck, J. Squier, A.-C. Tien, K. R. Wilson, V. V. Yakolev, and K. Yamakawa, Opt. Lett. 21, 219 (1996).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

C. P. J. Barty, T. Guo, C. Le Blanc, F. Raksi, C. Rose-Petruck, J. Squier, K. R. Wilson, V. V. Yakolev, and K. Yamakawa, Opt. Lett. 21, 668 (1996).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Yamakawa, K.

C. P. J. Barty, T. Guo, C. Le Blanc, F. Raksi, C. Rose-Petruck, J. Squier, K. R. Wilson, V. V. Yakolev, and K. Yamakawa, Opt. Lett. 21, 668 (1996).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

C. P. J. Barty, G. Korn, F. Raksi, C. Rose-Petruck, J. Squier, A.-C. Tien, K. R. Wilson, V. V. Yakolev, and K. Yamakawa, Opt. Lett. 21, 219 (1996).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Opt. Lett. (2)

V. Kermene, A. Savoit, M. Vampouille, B. Colombeau, C. Froehly, and T. Dohnalik, Opt. Lett. 17, 859 (1992).
[CrossRef]

C. P. J. Barty, T. Guo, C. Le Blanc, F. Raksi, C. Rose-Petruck, J. Squier, K. R. Wilson, V. V. Yakolev, and K. Yamakawa, Opt. Lett. 21, 668 (1996).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Opt. Commun. (2)

D. Strikland and G. Mourou, Opt. Commun. 56, 219 (1985).
[CrossRef]

J. Itatani, Y. Nabekawa, K. Kondo, and S. Watanabe, Opt. Commun. 134, 134 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Opt. Lett. (5)

Optik (Stuttgart) (1)

J. A. Hoffnagle and C. M. Jefferson, Optik (Stuttgart) 39, 5488 (2000).

Rev. Sci. Instrum. (1)

R. Mercier, M. Mullot, M. Lamare, and G. Tissot, Rev. Sci. Instrum. 72, 1559 (2001).
[CrossRef]

Other (1)

W. Koechner, Solid State Laser Engineering, 3rd ed. (Springer, New York, 1992), p. 438.

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Figures (6)

Fig. 1
Fig. 1

Schematic diagram of the CPA experiment: F, birefringent filter; P, polarizer; P.C., Pockels cell; L, lens. We show the chirped-pulse injection scheme and all the diagnostics. The super-Gaussian circular mode is imaging just behind plane mirror M1. We measured the output energy, the cavity spectrum, and the pulse duration with the autocorrelator device.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

Phase profiles of the phase mirror: specification (solid curve), interferometric measurement (dashed curve). The phase versus radius r is given without curvature (R=6 m), and r=0 is the mode center.

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

Experimental results: (a) circular mode measurement with the intracavity phase mirror, (b) experimental result (solid curve), simulations with the phase mirror measurement (dashed curve), and specification (dotted curve).

Fig. 4
Fig. 4

Output cavity energy versus diode-pumped energy for a Q-switch cavity without a birefringent filter. The measurement points and the model curve given in Ref. 12 are shown.

Fig. 5
Fig. 5

Experimental spectrum: measurement (solid curve) and 6th-order super-Gaussian fitted curve (5.1 nm FWHM). This broadband spectrum was obtained with the intracavity birefringent plate.

Fig. 6
Fig. 6

Autocorrelation signal measurement: experimental results (solid curve) and simulation obtained with the experimental spectrum (dashed curve).

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