Abstract

We report a high-average-power and high-pulse-energy diode-pumped Nd:glass laser amplifier system consisting of two thermally-edge-controlled zigzag slab amplifiers and a stimulated Brillouin scattering mirror. This phase-conjugated system produces an average power of 213W at 10Hz in a 8.9ns pulse (2.4GW peak power) with an optical-to-optical conversion efficiency of 11.7% and a near-diffraction-limited beam. To the best of our knowledge, this is the highest performance from a Nd:glass-based laser amplifier system ever built.

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Y. A. Zakharenkov, T. O. Clatterbuck, V. V. Shkunov, A. A. Betin, D. M. Filgas, E. P. Ostby, F. P. Strohkendl, D. A. Rockwell, and R. S. Baltimore, IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 13, 473 (2007).
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[CrossRef] [PubMed]

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K. W. D. Ledingham, P. McKenna, and R. P. Singhal, Science 300, 1107 (2003).
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D. Mudge, M. Ostermeyer, P. J. Veich, J. Munch, B. Middlemiss, D. J. Ottaway, and M. W. Hamilton, IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 6, 643 (2000).
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Y. A. Zakharenkov, T. O. Clatterbuck, V. V. Shkunov, A. A. Betin, D. M. Filgas, E. P. Ostby, F. P. Strohkendl, D. A. Rockwell, and R. S. Baltimore, IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 13, 473 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Betin, A. A.

Y. A. Zakharenkov, T. O. Clatterbuck, V. V. Shkunov, A. A. Betin, D. M. Filgas, E. P. Ostby, F. P. Strohkendl, D. A. Rockwell, and R. S. Baltimore, IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 13, 473 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Clatterbuck, T. O.

Y. A. Zakharenkov, T. O. Clatterbuck, V. V. Shkunov, A. A. Betin, D. M. Filgas, E. P. Ostby, F. P. Strohkendl, D. A. Rockwell, and R. S. Baltimore, IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 13, 473 (2007).
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Dane, C. B.

C. B. Dane, L. E. Zapata, W. A. Neuman, M. A. Norton, and L. A. Hackel, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 31, 148 (1995).
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Fabbro, R.

P. Peyre and R. Fabbro, Opt. Quantum Electron. 27, 1213 (1995).

Filgas, D. M.

Y. A. Zakharenkov, T. O. Clatterbuck, V. V. Shkunov, A. A. Betin, D. M. Filgas, E. P. Ostby, F. P. Strohkendl, D. A. Rockwell, and R. S. Baltimore, IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 13, 473 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Fujimoto, Y.

Furukawa, H.

T. Kurita, T. Kawashima, T. Ikegawa, O. Matsumoto, R. Yasuhara, T. Sekine, J. Kawanaka, N. Miyanaga, M. Nakatsuka, Y. Izawa, H. Kan, Y. Tsuchiya, H. Furukawa, and T. Kanabe, in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (Optical Society of America, 2005), paper CMJ5.

Hackel, L. A.

C. B. Dane, L. E. Zapata, W. A. Neuman, M. A. Norton, and L. A. Hackel, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 31, 148 (1995).
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Hamilton, M. W.

D. Mudge, M. Ostermeyer, P. J. Veich, J. Munch, B. Middlemiss, D. J. Ottaway, and M. W. Hamilton, IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 6, 643 (2000).
[CrossRef]

Ikegawa, T.

T. Kurita, T. Kawashima, T. Ikegawa, O. Matsumoto, R. Yasuhara, T. Sekine, J. Kawanaka, N. Miyanaga, M. Nakatsuka, Y. Izawa, H. Kan, Y. Tsuchiya, H. Furukawa, and T. Kanabe, in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (Optical Society of America, 2005), paper CMJ5.

Izawa, Y.

T. Kurita, T. Kawashima, T. Ikegawa, O. Matsumoto, R. Yasuhara, T. Sekine, J. Kawanaka, N. Miyanaga, M. Nakatsuka, Y. Izawa, H. Kan, Y. Tsuchiya, H. Furukawa, and T. Kanabe, in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (Optical Society of America, 2005), paper CMJ5.

T. Sekine, S. Matsuoka, T. Kawashima, H. Kan, J. Kawanaka, K. Tsubakimoto, M. Nakatsuka, and Y. Izawa, in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (Optical Society of America, 2007), paper CFA3.

Johnson, R.

Kan, H.

R. Yasuhara, S. Tokita, J. Kawanaka, T. Kawashima, H. Kan, H. Yagi, H. Nozawa, T. Yanagitani, Y. Fujimoto, H. Yoshida, and M. Nakatsuka, Opt. Express 15, 11255 (2007).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

T. Kurita, T. Kawashima, T. Ikegawa, O. Matsumoto, R. Yasuhara, T. Sekine, J. Kawanaka, N. Miyanaga, M. Nakatsuka, Y. Izawa, H. Kan, Y. Tsuchiya, H. Furukawa, and T. Kanabe, in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (Optical Society of America, 2005), paper CMJ5.

T. Sekine, S. Matsuoka, T. Kawashima, H. Kan, J. Kawanaka, K. Tsubakimoto, M. Nakatsuka, and Y. Izawa, in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (Optical Society of America, 2007), paper CFA3.

Kanabe, T.

T. Kurita, T. Kawashima, T. Ikegawa, O. Matsumoto, R. Yasuhara, T. Sekine, J. Kawanaka, N. Miyanaga, M. Nakatsuka, Y. Izawa, H. Kan, Y. Tsuchiya, H. Furukawa, and T. Kanabe, in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (Optical Society of America, 2005), paper CMJ5.

Kawanaka, J.

R. Yasuhara, S. Tokita, J. Kawanaka, T. Kawashima, H. Kan, H. Yagi, H. Nozawa, T. Yanagitani, Y. Fujimoto, H. Yoshida, and M. Nakatsuka, Opt. Express 15, 11255 (2007).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

T. Sekine, S. Matsuoka, T. Kawashima, H. Kan, J. Kawanaka, K. Tsubakimoto, M. Nakatsuka, and Y. Izawa, in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (Optical Society of America, 2007), paper CFA3.

T. Kurita, T. Kawashima, T. Ikegawa, O. Matsumoto, R. Yasuhara, T. Sekine, J. Kawanaka, N. Miyanaga, M. Nakatsuka, Y. Izawa, H. Kan, Y. Tsuchiya, H. Furukawa, and T. Kanabe, in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (Optical Society of America, 2005), paper CMJ5.

Kawashima, T.

R. Yasuhara, S. Tokita, J. Kawanaka, T. Kawashima, H. Kan, H. Yagi, H. Nozawa, T. Yanagitani, Y. Fujimoto, H. Yoshida, and M. Nakatsuka, Opt. Express 15, 11255 (2007).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

T. Sekine, S. Matsuoka, T. Kawashima, H. Kan, J. Kawanaka, K. Tsubakimoto, M. Nakatsuka, and Y. Izawa, in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (Optical Society of America, 2007), paper CFA3.

T. Kurita, T. Kawashima, T. Ikegawa, O. Matsumoto, R. Yasuhara, T. Sekine, J. Kawanaka, N. Miyanaga, M. Nakatsuka, Y. Izawa, H. Kan, Y. Tsuchiya, H. Furukawa, and T. Kanabe, in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (Optical Society of America, 2005), paper CMJ5.

Krupke, W. F.

W. F. Krupke, Fusion Technol. 15, 377 (1989).

Kurita, T.

T. Kurita, T. Kawashima, T. Ikegawa, O. Matsumoto, R. Yasuhara, T. Sekine, J. Kawanaka, N. Miyanaga, M. Nakatsuka, Y. Izawa, H. Kan, Y. Tsuchiya, H. Furukawa, and T. Kanabe, in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (Optical Society of America, 2005), paper CMJ5.

Ledingham, K. W. D.

K. W. D. Ledingham, P. McKenna, and R. P. Singhal, Science 300, 1107 (2003).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Lefebvre, M.

Matsumoto, O.

T. Kurita, T. Kawashima, T. Ikegawa, O. Matsumoto, R. Yasuhara, T. Sekine, J. Kawanaka, N. Miyanaga, M. Nakatsuka, Y. Izawa, H. Kan, Y. Tsuchiya, H. Furukawa, and T. Kanabe, in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (Optical Society of America, 2005), paper CMJ5.

Matsuoka, S.

T. Sekine, S. Matsuoka, T. Kawashima, H. Kan, J. Kawanaka, K. Tsubakimoto, M. Nakatsuka, and Y. Izawa, in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (Optical Society of America, 2007), paper CFA3.

McKenna, P.

K. W. D. Ledingham, P. McKenna, and R. P. Singhal, Science 300, 1107 (2003).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Middlemiss, B.

D. Mudge, M. Ostermeyer, P. J. Veich, J. Munch, B. Middlemiss, D. J. Ottaway, and M. W. Hamilton, IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 6, 643 (2000).
[CrossRef]

Miyanaga, N.

T. Kurita, T. Kawashima, T. Ikegawa, O. Matsumoto, R. Yasuhara, T. Sekine, J. Kawanaka, N. Miyanaga, M. Nakatsuka, Y. Izawa, H. Kan, Y. Tsuchiya, H. Furukawa, and T. Kanabe, in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (Optical Society of America, 2005), paper CMJ5.

Mudge, D.

D. Mudge, M. Ostermeyer, P. J. Veich, J. Munch, B. Middlemiss, D. J. Ottaway, and M. W. Hamilton, IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 6, 643 (2000).
[CrossRef]

Munch, J.

D. Mudge, M. Ostermeyer, P. J. Veich, J. Munch, B. Middlemiss, D. J. Ottaway, and M. W. Hamilton, IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 6, 643 (2000).
[CrossRef]

Nakatsuka, M.

R. Yasuhara, S. Tokita, J. Kawanaka, T. Kawashima, H. Kan, H. Yagi, H. Nozawa, T. Yanagitani, Y. Fujimoto, H. Yoshida, and M. Nakatsuka, Opt. Express 15, 11255 (2007).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

T. Sekine, S. Matsuoka, T. Kawashima, H. Kan, J. Kawanaka, K. Tsubakimoto, M. Nakatsuka, and Y. Izawa, in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (Optical Society of America, 2007), paper CFA3.

T. Kurita, T. Kawashima, T. Ikegawa, O. Matsumoto, R. Yasuhara, T. Sekine, J. Kawanaka, N. Miyanaga, M. Nakatsuka, Y. Izawa, H. Kan, Y. Tsuchiya, H. Furukawa, and T. Kanabe, in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (Optical Society of America, 2005), paper CMJ5.

Neuman, W. A.

C. B. Dane, L. E. Zapata, W. A. Neuman, M. A. Norton, and L. A. Hackel, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 31, 148 (1995).
[CrossRef]

Norton, M. A.

C. B. Dane, L. E. Zapata, W. A. Neuman, M. A. Norton, and L. A. Hackel, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 31, 148 (1995).
[CrossRef]

Nozawa, H.

Ostby, E. P.

Y. A. Zakharenkov, T. O. Clatterbuck, V. V. Shkunov, A. A. Betin, D. M. Filgas, E. P. Ostby, F. P. Strohkendl, D. A. Rockwell, and R. S. Baltimore, IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 13, 473 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Ostermeyer, M.

D. Mudge, M. Ostermeyer, P. J. Veich, J. Munch, B. Middlemiss, D. J. Ottaway, and M. W. Hamilton, IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 6, 643 (2000).
[CrossRef]

Ottaway, D. J.

D. Mudge, M. Ostermeyer, P. J. Veich, J. Munch, B. Middlemiss, D. J. Ottaway, and M. W. Hamilton, IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 6, 643 (2000).
[CrossRef]

Peyre, P.

P. Peyre and R. Fabbro, Opt. Quantum Electron. 27, 1213 (1995).

Pfeifer, S.

Rockwell, D. A.

Y. A. Zakharenkov, T. O. Clatterbuck, V. V. Shkunov, A. A. Betin, D. M. Filgas, E. P. Ostby, F. P. Strohkendl, D. A. Rockwell, and R. S. Baltimore, IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 13, 473 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Sekine, T.

T. Kurita, T. Kawashima, T. Ikegawa, O. Matsumoto, R. Yasuhara, T. Sekine, J. Kawanaka, N. Miyanaga, M. Nakatsuka, Y. Izawa, H. Kan, Y. Tsuchiya, H. Furukawa, and T. Kanabe, in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (Optical Society of America, 2005), paper CMJ5.

T. Sekine, S. Matsuoka, T. Kawashima, H. Kan, J. Kawanaka, K. Tsubakimoto, M. Nakatsuka, and Y. Izawa, in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (Optical Society of America, 2007), paper CFA3.

Shkunov, V. V.

Y. A. Zakharenkov, T. O. Clatterbuck, V. V. Shkunov, A. A. Betin, D. M. Filgas, E. P. Ostby, F. P. Strohkendl, D. A. Rockwell, and R. S. Baltimore, IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 13, 473 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Singhal, R. P.

K. W. D. Ledingham, P. McKenna, and R. P. Singhal, Science 300, 1107 (2003).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Strohkendl, F. P.

Y. A. Zakharenkov, T. O. Clatterbuck, V. V. Shkunov, A. A. Betin, D. M. Filgas, E. P. Ostby, F. P. Strohkendl, D. A. Rockwell, and R. S. Baltimore, IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 13, 473 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Tokita, S.

Tsubakimoto, K.

T. Sekine, S. Matsuoka, T. Kawashima, H. Kan, J. Kawanaka, K. Tsubakimoto, M. Nakatsuka, and Y. Izawa, in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (Optical Society of America, 2007), paper CFA3.

Tsuchiya, Y.

T. Kurita, T. Kawashima, T. Ikegawa, O. Matsumoto, R. Yasuhara, T. Sekine, J. Kawanaka, N. Miyanaga, M. Nakatsuka, Y. Izawa, H. Kan, Y. Tsuchiya, H. Furukawa, and T. Kanabe, in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (Optical Society of America, 2005), paper CMJ5.

Veich, P. J.

D. Mudge, M. Ostermeyer, P. J. Veich, J. Munch, B. Middlemiss, D. J. Ottaway, and M. W. Hamilton, IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 6, 643 (2000).
[CrossRef]

Yagi, H.

Yanagitani, T.

Yasuhara, R.

R. Yasuhara, S. Tokita, J. Kawanaka, T. Kawashima, H. Kan, H. Yagi, H. Nozawa, T. Yanagitani, Y. Fujimoto, H. Yoshida, and M. Nakatsuka, Opt. Express 15, 11255 (2007).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

T. Kurita, T. Kawashima, T. Ikegawa, O. Matsumoto, R. Yasuhara, T. Sekine, J. Kawanaka, N. Miyanaga, M. Nakatsuka, Y. Izawa, H. Kan, Y. Tsuchiya, H. Furukawa, and T. Kanabe, in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (Optical Society of America, 2005), paper CMJ5.

Yoshida, H.

Zakharenkov, Y. A.

Y. A. Zakharenkov, T. O. Clatterbuck, V. V. Shkunov, A. A. Betin, D. M. Filgas, E. P. Ostby, F. P. Strohkendl, D. A. Rockwell, and R. S. Baltimore, IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 13, 473 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Zapata, L. E.

C. B. Dane, L. E. Zapata, W. A. Neuman, M. A. Norton, and L. A. Hackel, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 31, 148 (1995).
[CrossRef]

Fusion Technol.

W. F. Krupke, Fusion Technol. 15, 377 (1989).

IEEE J. Quantum Electron.

C. B. Dane, L. E. Zapata, W. A. Neuman, M. A. Norton, and L. A. Hackel, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 31, 148 (1995).
[CrossRef]

IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron.

D. Mudge, M. Ostermeyer, P. J. Veich, J. Munch, B. Middlemiss, D. J. Ottaway, and M. W. Hamilton, IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 6, 643 (2000).
[CrossRef]

Y. A. Zakharenkov, T. O. Clatterbuck, V. V. Shkunov, A. A. Betin, D. M. Filgas, E. P. Ostby, F. P. Strohkendl, D. A. Rockwell, and R. S. Baltimore, IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 13, 473 (2007).
[CrossRef]

J. Opt. Soc. Am. B

Opt. Express

Opt. Quantum Electron.

P. Peyre and R. Fabbro, Opt. Quantum Electron. 27, 1213 (1995).

Science

K. W. D. Ledingham, P. McKenna, and R. P. Singhal, Science 300, 1107 (2003).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Other

T. Kurita, T. Kawashima, T. Ikegawa, O. Matsumoto, R. Yasuhara, T. Sekine, J. Kawanaka, N. Miyanaga, M. Nakatsuka, Y. Izawa, H. Kan, Y. Tsuchiya, H. Furukawa, and T. Kanabe, in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (Optical Society of America, 2005), paper CMJ5.

T. Sekine, S. Matsuoka, T. Kawashima, H. Kan, J. Kawanaka, K. Tsubakimoto, M. Nakatsuka, and Y. Izawa, in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (Optical Society of America, 2007), paper CFA3.

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Figures (4)

Fig. 1
Fig. 1

Schematic diagram of the diode-pumped Nd:glass zigzag slab laser system with the TECS technology and a SBS mirror. Circles and squares are experimental data; solid and dashed lines are the simulation data.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

(a) Schematic diagram of the TECS amplifier. (b) Measured single-pass OPD distribution of the slab amplifier parallel to the zigzag direction at 434 W pump power; dashed curve, non-TECS mode; solid curve, TECS mode. (c) Measured peak-to-valley OPD as a function of pump power; dashed line, non-TECS mode; solid line, TECS mode.

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

Laser output performance of output energy (circles) and optical-to-optical conversion efficiency, η o o (squares) versus total pump energy. Curves are the amplification analysis based on a modified Franz–Nodvik model. Inset, waveform of laser output from pre-amplifier at 21.3 J × 10 Hz . Solid curve shows final laser output beam; dashed curve shows laser output of preamplifier.

Fig. 4
Fig. 4

(a) CCD image of the FFP of an output beam at 21.3 J . (b) and (c) show vertical and horizontal cross section of this profile, respectively.

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