Abstract

A diode-pumped chirped-pulse regenerative amplifier with a cooled Yb:YLF crystal has been developed. The output pulse energy is 30 mJ at 20-Hz repetition rate. A high effective extraction efficiency of 68% is obtained, which is attributed to reduced saturation fluence at low temperature and to a high effective pulse energy fluence during regenerative amplification. After pulse compression by use of a parallel grating pair, 18-mJ pulse energy and 795-fs pulse duration are obtained.

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Figures (4)

Fig. 1
Fig. 1

Schematic diagram of a diode-pumped chirped-pulse regenerative amplifier with a cooled Yb:YLF crystal.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

Output pulse energy as a function of pump peak power with different pulse widths: LD, laser diode.

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

(a) Power spectra of a seed pulse and an amplified pulse and (b) autocorrelation trace of the compressed pulse as a function of delay time.

Fig. 4
Fig. 4

Tuning range of a Q-switched Yb:YLF oscillator with the same cavity as the regenerative amplifier.

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