Abstract

We generate linearly polarized, 287W average-power, 5.5ps pulses using a cryogenically cooled Yb:YAG amplifier at a repetition rate of 78MHz. An optical-to-optical efficiency of 41% is obtained at 700W pump power. A 6W, 0.4nm bandwidth picosecond seed source at 1029nm wavelength is constructed using a chirped-pulse fiber amplification chain based on chirped volume Bragg gratings. The combination of a fiber amplifier system and a cryogenically cooled Yb:YAG amplifier results in good spatial beam quality at large average power. Low nonlinear phase accumulation as small as 5.1×103rad in the bulk Yb:YAG amplifier supports power scalability to a >10kW level without being affected by self-phase modulation. This amplification system is well suited for pumping high-power high-repetition-rate optical parametric chirped-pulse amplifiers.

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[CrossRef]

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G. J. Spühler, T. Südmeyer, R. Paschotta, M. Moser, K. J. Weingarten, and U. Keller, Appl. Phys. B 71, 19 (2000).

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Teisset, C. Y.

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P. Dupriez, A. Piper, A. Malinowski, J. K. Sahu, M. Ibsen, B. C. Thomsen, Y. Jeong, L. M. B. Hickey, and M. N. Zervas, IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 18, 1013 (2006).
[CrossRef]

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T. Y. Fan, D. J. Ripin, R. L. Aggarwal, J. R. Ochoa, B. Chann, M. Tilleman, and J. Spitzberg, IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 13, 448 (2007).
[CrossRef]

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Tsuji, K.

Tünnermann, A.

Unger, S.

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Zellmer, H.

Zervas, M. N.

P. Dupriez, A. Piper, A. Malinowski, J. K. Sahu, M. Ibsen, B. C. Thomsen, Y. Jeong, L. M. B. Hickey, and M. N. Zervas, IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 18, 1013 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Appl. Phys. B (1)

G. J. Spühler, T. Südmeyer, R. Paschotta, M. Moser, K. J. Weingarten, and U. Keller, Appl. Phys. B 71, 19 (2000).

IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. (2)

T. Y. Fan, D. J. Ripin, R. L. Aggarwal, J. R. Ochoa, B. Chann, M. Tilleman, and J. Spitzberg, IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 13, 448 (2007).
[CrossRef]

A. Dubietis, R. Butkus, and A. Piskarskas, IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 12, 163 (2006).
[CrossRef]

IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. (1)

P. Dupriez, A. Piper, A. Malinowski, J. K. Sahu, M. Ibsen, B. C. Thomsen, Y. Jeong, L. M. B. Hickey, and M. N. Zervas, IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 18, 1013 (2006).
[CrossRef]

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J. Moses, O. D. Mücke, A. Benedick, E. L. Falcão-Filho, S.-W. Huang, K.-H. Hong, A. M. Siddiqui, J. R. Birge, F. Ö. Ilday, and F. X. Kärtner, presented at the Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics and Quantum Electronics and Laser Science (CLEO/QELS 2008), San Jose, May 4-9, 2008, paper CTuEE2.

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Figures (4)

Fig. 1
Fig. 1

Optical layout of a high-average-power picosecond laser system: (a) 6 W fiber CPA chain and (b) 287 W cryogenically cooled double-pass Yb:YAG amplifier. PBS, polarization beamsplitter; λ 4 , quarter-wave-plate; λ 2 , half-wave-plate; F1029, narrow bandpass filter at 1029 nm ; FI, Faraday isolator; FR, Faraday rotator; CVBG, chirped volume Bragg grating; TFP, thin-film polarizer; L1, f = 50 mm lens; L2, f = 200 mm lens; L3, f = 500 mm lens; CM, radius of curvature = 1000 mm concave mirror; DM, dichroic mirror.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

Average output power versus pump power. Squares represent the measured values, while the solid curve shows the calculated curve.

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

Optical spectra of input pulse (dashed curve) and amplified pulse (solid curve) at (a) Yb:YAG amplifier and (b) raw image of autocorrelation traces of input pulse and (c) amplified pulse. Corresponding pulse durations for (b) and (c) are 4.5 and 5.5 ps , respectively.

Fig. 4
Fig. 4

(a) Near-field and (b) far-field patterns of amplified beam. Measured M 2 values are 2.75 in the horizontal and 1.15 in the vertical directions.

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