Abstract

Divided-pulse amplification is a promising method for the energy scaling of femtosecond laser amplifiers, where pulses are temporally split prior to amplification and coherently recombined afterwards. We present a method that uses an actively stabilized setup with separated stages for splitting and combining. The additional degrees of freedom can be employed to mitigate the limitations originating from saturation of the amplifier that cannot be compensated in passive double-pass configurations using just one common stage for pulse splitting and combining. In a first proof-of-principle experiment, actively controlled divided pulses are applied in a fiber chirped-pulse amplification system resulting in combined and compressed pulses with an energy of 1.25 mJ and a peak power of 2.9 GW.

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Geddes, C. G. R.

W. P. Leemans, B. Nagler, A. J. Gonsalves, Cs. Tóth, K. Nakamura, C. G. R. Geddes, E. Esarey, C. B. Schroeder, and S. M. Hooker, Nat. Phys. 2, 696 (2006).
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Gobert, O.

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Hooker, S. M.

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[CrossRef]

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G. Lambert, T. Hara, D. Garzella, T. Tanikawa, M. Labat, B. Carre, H. Kitamura, T. Shintake, M. Bougeard, S. Inoue, Y. Tanaka, P. Salieres, H. Merdji, O. Chubar, O. Gobert, K. Tahara, and M.-E. Couprie, Nat. Phys. 4, 296 (2008).
[CrossRef]

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W. P. Leemans, B. Nagler, A. J. Gonsalves, Cs. Tóth, K. Nakamura, C. G. R. Geddes, E. Esarey, C. B. Schroeder, and S. M. Hooker, Nat. Phys. 2, 696 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Limpert, J.

Lombard, L.

Merdji, H.

G. Lambert, T. Hara, D. Garzella, T. Tanikawa, M. Labat, B. Carre, H. Kitamura, T. Shintake, M. Bougeard, S. Inoue, Y. Tanaka, P. Salieres, H. Merdji, O. Chubar, O. Gobert, K. Tahara, and M.-E. Couprie, Nat. Phys. 4, 296 (2008).
[CrossRef]

Morin, F.

Mottay, E.

Mourou, G.

G. Mourou, B. Brocklesby, T. Tajima, and J. Limpert, Nat. Photonics 7, 258 (2013).
[CrossRef]

D. Strickland and G. Mourou, Opt. Commun. 55, 447 (1985).
[CrossRef]

Nagler, B.

W. P. Leemans, B. Nagler, A. J. Gonsalves, Cs. Tóth, K. Nakamura, C. G. R. Geddes, E. Esarey, C. B. Schroeder, and S. M. Hooker, Nat. Phys. 2, 696 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Nakamura, K.

W. P. Leemans, B. Nagler, A. J. Gonsalves, Cs. Tóth, K. Nakamura, C. G. R. Geddes, E. Esarey, C. B. Schroeder, and S. M. Hooker, Nat. Phys. 2, 696 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Otto, H.-J.

J. Limpert, F. Stutzki, F. Jansen, H.-J. Otto, T. Eidam, C. Jauregui, and A. Tünnermann, Light Sci. Appl. 1, e8 (2012).
[CrossRef]

Ouzounov, D. G.

Papadopoulos, D. N.

Petermann, K.

Podleska, S.

S. Podleska, “Verfahren und Vorrichtung zum Strecken und Rekomprimieren von optischen Impulsen, insbesondere von Laserimpulsen hoher Intensität,” DE Patent102006060703A1 (2006).

Prandolini, M. J.

Riedel, R.

Rossbach, J.

Rothhardt, J.

Salieres, P.

G. Lambert, T. Hara, D. Garzella, T. Tanikawa, M. Labat, B. Carre, H. Kitamura, T. Shintake, M. Bougeard, S. Inoue, Y. Tanaka, P. Salieres, H. Merdji, O. Chubar, O. Gobert, K. Tahara, and M.-E. Couprie, Nat. Phys. 4, 296 (2008).
[CrossRef]

Schreiber, T.

Schroeder, C. B.

W. P. Leemans, B. Nagler, A. J. Gonsalves, Cs. Tóth, K. Nakamura, C. G. R. Geddes, E. Esarey, C. B. Schroeder, and S. M. Hooker, Nat. Phys. 2, 696 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Schulz, M.

Seise, E.

Shay, T. M.

Shintake, T.

G. Lambert, T. Hara, D. Garzella, T. Tanikawa, M. Labat, B. Carre, H. Kitamura, T. Shintake, M. Bougeard, S. Inoue, Y. Tanaka, P. Salieres, H. Merdji, O. Chubar, O. Gobert, K. Tahara, and M.-E. Couprie, Nat. Phys. 4, 296 (2008).
[CrossRef]

Strickland, D.

D. Strickland and G. Mourou, Opt. Commun. 55, 447 (1985).
[CrossRef]

Stutzki, F.

J. Limpert, F. Stutzki, F. Jansen, H.-J. Otto, T. Eidam, C. Jauregui, and A. Tünnermann, Light Sci. Appl. 1, e8 (2012).
[CrossRef]

T. Eidam, J. Rothhardt, F. Stutzki, F. Jansen, S. Hädrich, H. Carstens, C. Jauregui, J. Limpert, and A. Tünnermann, Opt. Express 19, 255 (2011).
[CrossRef]

Tahara, K.

G. Lambert, T. Hara, D. Garzella, T. Tanikawa, M. Labat, B. Carre, H. Kitamura, T. Shintake, M. Bougeard, S. Inoue, Y. Tanaka, P. Salieres, H. Merdji, O. Chubar, O. Gobert, K. Tahara, and M.-E. Couprie, Nat. Phys. 4, 296 (2008).
[CrossRef]

Tajima, T.

G. Mourou, B. Brocklesby, T. Tajima, and J. Limpert, Nat. Photonics 7, 258 (2013).
[CrossRef]

Tanaka, Y.

G. Lambert, T. Hara, D. Garzella, T. Tanikawa, M. Labat, B. Carre, H. Kitamura, T. Shintake, M. Bougeard, S. Inoue, Y. Tanaka, P. Salieres, H. Merdji, O. Chubar, O. Gobert, K. Tahara, and M.-E. Couprie, Nat. Phys. 4, 296 (2008).
[CrossRef]

Tanikawa, T.

G. Lambert, T. Hara, D. Garzella, T. Tanikawa, M. Labat, B. Carre, H. Kitamura, T. Shintake, M. Bougeard, S. Inoue, Y. Tanaka, P. Salieres, H. Merdji, O. Chubar, O. Gobert, K. Tahara, and M.-E. Couprie, Nat. Phys. 4, 296 (2008).
[CrossRef]

Tavella, F.

Tóth, Cs.

W. P. Leemans, B. Nagler, A. J. Gonsalves, Cs. Tóth, K. Nakamura, C. G. R. Geddes, E. Esarey, C. B. Schroeder, and S. M. Hooker, Nat. Phys. 2, 696 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Tünnermann, A.

Willner, A.

Wise, F. W.

Zaïr, A.

M. Krebs, S. Hädrich, S. Demmler, J. Rothhardt, A. Zaïr, L. Chipperfield, J. Limpert, and A. Tünnermann, Nat. Photonics 7, 555 (2013).
[CrossRef]

Zaouter, Y.

Zhou, S.

Appl. Opt. (1)

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

T. Y. Fan, IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 11, 567 (2005).
[CrossRef]

J. Opt. Soc. Am. B (1)

Light Sci. Appl. (1)

J. Limpert, F. Stutzki, F. Jansen, H.-J. Otto, T. Eidam, C. Jauregui, and A. Tünnermann, Light Sci. Appl. 1, e8 (2012).
[CrossRef]

Nat. Photonics (2)

G. Mourou, B. Brocklesby, T. Tajima, and J. Limpert, Nat. Photonics 7, 258 (2013).
[CrossRef]

M. Krebs, S. Hädrich, S. Demmler, J. Rothhardt, A. Zaïr, L. Chipperfield, J. Limpert, and A. Tünnermann, Nat. Photonics 7, 555 (2013).
[CrossRef]

Nat. Phys. (2)

G. Lambert, T. Hara, D. Garzella, T. Tanikawa, M. Labat, B. Carre, H. Kitamura, T. Shintake, M. Bougeard, S. Inoue, Y. Tanaka, P. Salieres, H. Merdji, O. Chubar, O. Gobert, K. Tahara, and M.-E. Couprie, Nat. Phys. 4, 296 (2008).
[CrossRef]

W. P. Leemans, B. Nagler, A. J. Gonsalves, Cs. Tóth, K. Nakamura, C. G. R. Geddes, E. Esarey, C. B. Schroeder, and S. M. Hooker, Nat. Phys. 2, 696 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Opt. Commun. (1)

D. Strickland and G. Mourou, Opt. Commun. 55, 447 (1985).
[CrossRef]

Opt. Express (5)

Opt. Lett. (5)

Other (1)

S. Podleska, “Verfahren und Vorrichtung zum Strecken und Rekomprimieren von optischen Impulsen, insbesondere von Laserimpulsen hoher Intensität,” DE Patent102006060703A1 (2006).

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Fig. 1.
Fig. 1.

Schematic representation of the main amplification stage of the aDPA setup (HWP, half-wave plate; QWP, quarter-wave plate; PBS, polarizing beam splitter).

Fig. 2.
Fig. 2.

Shape of the input and output pulse train measured with a photodiode at 6.5 mJ total pulse energy.

Fig. 3.
Fig. 3.

Combined pulse at 1.25 mJ measured with a photodiode showing negligible pre- or post-pulses.

Fig. 4.
Fig. 4.

Measured autocorrelation with duration of 590 fs at 37.5 W of average power and 30 kHz repetition rate.

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