Abstract

We demonstrate that nonlinear fiber compression is possible at unprecedented average power levels by use of a large-mode-area holey (microstructured) fiber and a passively mode-locked thin disk Yb:YAG laser operating at 1030 nm. We broaden the optical spectrum of the 810-fs pump pulses by nonlinear propagation in the fiber and remove the resultant chirp with a dispersive prism pair to achieve 18 W of average power in 33-fs pulses with a peak power of 12 MW and a repetition rate of 34 MHz. The output beam is nearly diffraction limited and is linearly polarized.

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U. Keller, K. J. Weingarten, F. X. Kärtner, D. Kopf, B. Braun, I. D. Jung, R. Fluck, C. Hönninger, N. Matuschek, and J. Aus der Au, IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 2, 435 (1996).
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Cregan, R. F.

J. C. Knight, T. A. Birks, R. F. Cregan, P. St. J. Russell, and J.-P. de Sandro, Electron. Lett. 34, 1347 (1998).
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de Sandro, J.-P.

J. C. Knight, T. A. Birks, R. F. Cregan, P. St. J. Russell, and J.-P. de Sandro, Electron. Lett. 34, 1347 (1998).
[CrossRef]

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Fermann, M. E.

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M. Ferray, A. l'Huillier, X. F. Li, L. A. Lompré, G. Mainfray, and C. Manus, J. Phys. B 21, L31 (1988).
[CrossRef]

Fluck, R.

U. Keller, K. J. Weingarten, F. X. Kärtner, D. Kopf, B. Braun, I. D. Jung, R. Fluck, C. Hönninger, N. Matuschek, and J. Aus der Au, IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 2, 435 (1996).
[CrossRef]

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R. L. Fork, O. E. Martinez, and J. P. Gordon, Opt. Lett. 9, 150 (1984).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

C. V. Shank, R. L. Fork, R. Yen, R. H. Stolen, and W. J. Tomlinson, Appl. Phys. Lett. 40, 761 (1982).
[CrossRef]

Fuchs, H. J.

J. Limpert, T. Schreiber, T. Clausnitzer, K. Zöllner, H. J. Fuchs, E. B. Kley, H. Zellmer, and A. Tünnermann, Opt. Express 10, 628 (2002), http://www.opticsexpress.org.
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

J. Limpert, T. Clausnitzer, T. Schreiber, A. Liem, H. Zellmer, H. J. Fuchs, E. B. Kley, and A. Tünnermann, in Advanced Solid-State Photonics, J. J. Zayhowski, ed., Vol. 83 of OSA Trends in Optics and Photonics Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 2003), p. 378.

Galvanauskas, A.

Gao, J.

Giesen, A.

Gordon, J. P.

Grischkowsky, D.

D. Grischkowsky and A. C. Balant, Appl. Phys. Lett. 41, 1 (1982).
[CrossRef]

Hariharan, A.

Häring, R.

Harter, D.

Hönninger, C.

E. Innerhofer, T. Südmeyer, F. Brunner, R. Häring, A. Aschwanden, R. Paschotta, U. Keller, C. Hönninger, and M. Kumkar, Opt. Lett. 28, 367 (2003).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

U. Keller, K. J. Weingarten, F. X. Kärtner, D. Kopf, B. Braun, I. D. Jung, R. Fluck, C. Hönninger, N. Matuschek, and J. Aus der Au, IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 2, 435 (1996).
[CrossRef]

Innerhofer, E.

Jasapara, J.

Jung, I. D.

U. Keller, K. J. Weingarten, F. X. Kärtner, D. Kopf, B. Braun, I. D. Jung, R. Fluck, C. Hönninger, N. Matuschek, and J. Aus der Au, IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 2, 435 (1996).
[CrossRef]

Kapteyn, H. C.

M. M. Murnane, H. C. Kapteyn, M. D. Rosen, and R. W. Falcone, Science 251, 531 (1991).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Kärtner, F. X.

U. Keller, K. J. Weingarten, F. X. Kärtner, D. Kopf, B. Braun, I. D. Jung, R. Fluck, C. Hönninger, N. Matuschek, and J. Aus der Au, IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 2, 435 (1996).
[CrossRef]

Keller, U.

Kisel, V. E.

Kley, E. B.

J. Limpert, T. Schreiber, T. Clausnitzer, K. Zöllner, H. J. Fuchs, E. B. Kley, H. Zellmer, and A. Tünnermann, Opt. Express 10, 628 (2002), http://www.opticsexpress.org.
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

J. Limpert, T. Clausnitzer, T. Schreiber, A. Liem, H. Zellmer, H. J. Fuchs, E. B. Kley, and A. Tünnermann, in Advanced Solid-State Photonics, J. J. Zayhowski, ed., Vol. 83 of OSA Trends in Optics and Photonics Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 2003), p. 378.

Knight, J. C.

J. C. Knight, T. A. Birks, R. F. Cregan, P. St. J. Russell, and J.-P. de Sandro, Electron. Lett. 34, 1347 (1998).
[CrossRef]

Kopf, D.

U. Keller, K. J. Weingarten, F. X. Kärtner, D. Kopf, B. Braun, I. D. Jung, R. Fluck, C. Hönninger, N. Matuschek, and J. Aus der Au, IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 2, 435 (1996).
[CrossRef]

Kuleshov, N. V.

Kumkar, M.

Lewenstein, M.

P. Salières and M. Lewenstein, Meas. Sci. Technol. 12, 1818 (2001).
[CrossRef]

l'Huillier, A.

M. Ferray, A. l'Huillier, X. F. Li, L. A. Lompré, G. Mainfray, and C. Manus, J. Phys. B 21, L31 (1988).
[CrossRef]

Li, X. F.

M. Ferray, A. l'Huillier, X. F. Li, L. A. Lompré, G. Mainfray, and C. Manus, J. Phys. B 21, L31 (1988).
[CrossRef]

Liem, A.

J. Limpert, T. Clausnitzer, T. Schreiber, A. Liem, H. Zellmer, H. J. Fuchs, E. B. Kley, and A. Tünnermann, in Advanced Solid-State Photonics, J. J. Zayhowski, ed., Vol. 83 of OSA Trends in Optics and Photonics Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 2003), p. 378.

Limpert, J.

J. Limpert, T. Schreiber, T. Clausnitzer, K. Zöllner, H. J. Fuchs, E. B. Kley, H. Zellmer, and A. Tünnermann, Opt. Express 10, 628 (2002), http://www.opticsexpress.org.
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

J. Limpert, T. Clausnitzer, T. Schreiber, A. Liem, H. Zellmer, H. J. Fuchs, E. B. Kley, and A. Tünnermann, in Advanced Solid-State Photonics, J. J. Zayhowski, ed., Vol. 83 of OSA Trends in Optics and Photonics Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 2003), p. 378.

Lompré, L. A.

M. Ferray, A. l'Huillier, X. F. Li, L. A. Lompré, G. Mainfray, and C. Manus, J. Phys. B 21, L31 (1988).
[CrossRef]

Mainfray, G.

M. Ferray, A. l'Huillier, X. F. Li, L. A. Lompré, G. Mainfray, and C. Manus, J. Phys. B 21, L31 (1988).
[CrossRef]

Manus, C.

M. Ferray, A. l'Huillier, X. F. Li, L. A. Lompré, G. Mainfray, and C. Manus, J. Phys. B 21, L31 (1988).
[CrossRef]

Martinez, O. E.

Matuschek, N.

U. Keller, K. J. Weingarten, F. X. Kärtner, D. Kopf, B. Braun, I. D. Jung, R. Fluck, C. Hönninger, N. Matuschek, and J. Aus der Au, IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 2, 435 (1996).
[CrossRef]

Miller, D. A. B.

Morier-Genoud, F.

Murnane, M. M.

M. M. Murnane, H. C. Kapteyn, M. D. Rosen, and R. W. Falcone, Science 251, 531 (1991).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Nicholson, J. W.

Omenetto, F. G.

Paschotta, R.

Rosen, M. D.

M. M. Murnane, H. C. Kapteyn, M. D. Rosen, and R. W. Falcone, Science 251, 531 (1991).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Rudolph, W.

Russell, P. St. J.

J. C. Knight, T. A. Birks, R. F. Cregan, P. St. J. Russell, and J.-P. de Sandro, Electron. Lett. 34, 1347 (1998).
[CrossRef]

Salières, P.

P. Salières and M. Lewenstein, Meas. Sci. Technol. 12, 1818 (2001).
[CrossRef]

Schreiber, T.

J. Limpert, T. Schreiber, T. Clausnitzer, K. Zöllner, H. J. Fuchs, E. B. Kley, H. Zellmer, and A. Tünnermann, Opt. Express 10, 628 (2002), http://www.opticsexpress.org.
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

J. Limpert, T. Clausnitzer, T. Schreiber, A. Liem, H. Zellmer, H. J. Fuchs, E. B. Kley, and A. Tünnermann, in Advanced Solid-State Photonics, J. J. Zayhowski, ed., Vol. 83 of OSA Trends in Optics and Photonics Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 2003), p. 378.

Shank, C. V.

C. V. Shank, R. L. Fork, R. Yen, R. H. Stolen, and W. J. Tomlinson, Appl. Phys. Lett. 40, 761 (1982).
[CrossRef]

Shcherbitsky, V. G.

Stolen, R. H.

C. V. Shank, R. L. Fork, R. Yen, R. H. Stolen, and W. J. Tomlinson, Appl. Phys. Lett. 40, 761 (1982).
[CrossRef]

Südmeyer, T.

Taylor, A. J.

Tomlinson, W. J.

C. V. Shank, R. L. Fork, R. Yen, R. H. Stolen, and W. J. Tomlinson, Appl. Phys. Lett. 40, 761 (1982).
[CrossRef]

Tünnermann, A.

J. Limpert, T. Schreiber, T. Clausnitzer, K. Zöllner, H. J. Fuchs, E. B. Kley, H. Zellmer, and A. Tünnermann, Opt. Express 10, 628 (2002), http://www.opticsexpress.org.
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

J. Limpert, T. Clausnitzer, T. Schreiber, A. Liem, H. Zellmer, H. J. Fuchs, E. B. Kley, and A. Tünnermann, in Advanced Solid-State Photonics, J. J. Zayhowski, ed., Vol. 83 of OSA Trends in Optics and Photonics Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 2003), p. 378.

Weingarten, K. J.

U. Keller, K. J. Weingarten, F. X. Kärtner, D. Kopf, B. Braun, I. D. Jung, R. Fluck, C. Hönninger, N. Matuschek, and J. Aus der Au, IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 2, 435 (1996).
[CrossRef]

Yen, R.

C. V. Shank, R. L. Fork, R. Yen, R. H. Stolen, and W. J. Tomlinson, Appl. Phys. Lett. 40, 761 (1982).
[CrossRef]

Zellmer, H.

J. Limpert, T. Schreiber, T. Clausnitzer, K. Zöllner, H. J. Fuchs, E. B. Kley, H. Zellmer, and A. Tünnermann, Opt. Express 10, 628 (2002), http://www.opticsexpress.org.
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

J. Limpert, T. Clausnitzer, T. Schreiber, A. Liem, H. Zellmer, H. J. Fuchs, E. B. Kley, and A. Tünnermann, in Advanced Solid-State Photonics, J. J. Zayhowski, ed., Vol. 83 of OSA Trends in Optics and Photonics Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 2003), p. 378.

Zöllner, K.

Appl. Phys. Lett. (2)

D. Grischkowsky and A. C. Balant, Appl. Phys. Lett. 41, 1 (1982).
[CrossRef]

C. V. Shank, R. L. Fork, R. Yen, R. H. Stolen, and W. J. Tomlinson, Appl. Phys. Lett. 40, 761 (1982).
[CrossRef]

Electron. Lett. (1)

J. C. Knight, T. A. Birks, R. F. Cregan, P. St. J. Russell, and J.-P. de Sandro, Electron. Lett. 34, 1347 (1998).
[CrossRef]

IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. (1)

U. Keller, K. J. Weingarten, F. X. Kärtner, D. Kopf, B. Braun, I. D. Jung, R. Fluck, C. Hönninger, N. Matuschek, and J. Aus der Au, IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 2, 435 (1996).
[CrossRef]

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M. Ferray, A. l'Huillier, X. F. Li, L. A. Lompré, G. Mainfray, and C. Manus, J. Phys. B 21, L31 (1988).
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Meas. Sci. Technol. (1)

P. Salières and M. Lewenstein, Meas. Sci. Technol. 12, 1818 (2001).
[CrossRef]

Opt. Express (1)

Opt. Lett. (6)

OSA Trends in Optics and Photonics Series (1)

J. Limpert, T. Clausnitzer, T. Schreiber, A. Liem, H. Zellmer, H. J. Fuchs, E. B. Kley, and A. Tünnermann, in Advanced Solid-State Photonics, J. J. Zayhowski, ed., Vol. 83 of OSA Trends in Optics and Photonics Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 2003), p. 378.

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M. M. Murnane, H. C. Kapteyn, M. D. Rosen, and R. W. Falcone, Science 251, 531 (1991).
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Figures (5)

Fig. 1
Fig. 1

Scanning electron microscope image of the large-mode-area microstructured fiber. The effective mode area is 200 µm2, the hole spacing is 11 µm, and the hole diameter is 2.7 µm.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

Experimental setup (not to scale): L, length; A, area.

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

Measured optical spectrum of the output with highest average power (18 W).

Fig. 4
Fig. 4

Measured autocorrelation (solid curve) and retrieved autocorrelation (dashed curve) obtained by use of the PICASO algorithm for the output with highest average power (18 W).

Fig. 5
Fig. 5

Pulse retrieved by use of the PICASO algorithm for the output with highest average power (18 W; see the experimental data in Figs. 3 and 4).

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