Abstract

We demonstrated that Yb:YAG single crystal fibers have a strong potential for the amplification of femtosecond pulses. Seeded by 230fs pulses with an average power of 400mW at 30MHz delivered by a passively mode-locked Yb:KYW oscillator, the system produced 330fs pulses with an average power of 12W. This is the shortest pulse duration ever produced by an Yb:YAG amplifier. The gain in the single crystal fiber reached a value as high as 30 in a simple double-pass configuration.

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