Abstract

Optical parametric chirped-pulse amplifiers with high average power are possible with novel high-power Yb:YAG amplifiers with kW-level output powers. We demonstrate a compact wavelength-tunable sub-30-fs amplifier with 11.4 W average power with 20.7% pump-to-signal conversion efficiency. For parametric amplification, a beta-barium borate crystal is pumped by a 140 W, 1 ps Yb:YAG InnoSlab amplifier at 3.25 MHz repetition rate. The broadband seed is generated via supercontinuum generation in a YAG crystal.

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2013 (3)

2012 (3)

2011 (2)

2010 (3)

2009 (1)

M. Bradler, P. Baum, and E. Riedle, Appl. Phys. B 97, 561 (2009).
[Crossref]

2007 (1)

A. Giesen and J. Speiser, IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 13, 598 (2007).
[Crossref]

2006 (1)

2000 (1)

E. Riedle, M. Beutter, S. Lochbrunner, J. Piel, S. Schenkl, S. Spörlein, and W. Zinth, Appl. Phys. B 71, 457 (2000).
[Crossref]

1997 (1)

I. N. Ross, P. Matousek, M. Towrie, A. J. Langley, and J. L. Collier, Opt. Commun. 144, 125 (1997).
[Crossref]

1992 (1)

A. Dubietis, G. Jonusauskas, and A. Piskarskas, Opt. Commun. 88, 437 (1992).
[Crossref]

Backus, S.

Baum, P.

M. Bradler, P. Baum, and E. Riedle, Appl. Phys. B 97, 561 (2009).
[Crossref]

Beutter, M.

E. Riedle, M. Beutter, S. Lochbrunner, J. Piel, S. Schenkl, S. Spörlein, and W. Zinth, Appl. Phys. B 71, 457 (2000).
[Crossref]

Binhammer, T.

Bradler, M.

M. Bradler, P. Baum, and E. Riedle, Appl. Phys. B 97, 561 (2009).
[Crossref]

Collier, J. L.

I. N. Ross, P. Matousek, M. Towrie, A. J. Langley, and J. L. Collier, Opt. Commun. 144, 125 (1997).
[Crossref]

Demmler, S.

Dolkemeyer, J.

Drescher, M.

Dubietis, A.

A. Dubietis, G. Jonusauskas, and A. Piskarskas, Opt. Commun. 88, 437 (1992).
[Crossref]

Düsterer, S.

Emons, M.

Faatz, B.

Feldhaus, J.

Giesen, A.

A. Giesen and J. Speiser, IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 13, 598 (2007).
[Crossref]

Gottschall, T.

Gronloh, B.

F. Zhuang, B. Jungbluth, B. Gronloh, H.-D. Hoffmann, and G. Zhang, Appl. Opt. 52, 5171 (2013).
[Crossref]

B. Gronloh, T. Mans, P. Rußbüldt, B. Jungbluth, R. Wester, and D. Hoffmann, in Lasers, Sources and Related Photonic Devices (Optical Society of America, 2010), paper ATuA13.

Hädrich, S.

Hage, A.

Harth, A.

Hoffmann, D.

B. Gronloh, T. Mans, P. Rußbüldt, B. Jungbluth, R. Wester, and D. Hoffmann, in Lasers, Sources and Related Photonic Devices (Optical Society of America, 2010), paper ATuA13.

Hoffmann, H. D.

Hoffmann, H.-D.

Höppner, H.

Jonusauskas, G.

A. Dubietis, G. Jonusauskas, and A. Piskarskas, Opt. Commun. 88, 437 (1992).
[Crossref]

Jungbluth, B.

F. Zhuang, B. Jungbluth, B. Gronloh, H.-D. Hoffmann, and G. Zhang, Appl. Opt. 52, 5171 (2013).
[Crossref]

B. Gronloh, T. Mans, P. Rußbüldt, B. Jungbluth, R. Wester, and D. Hoffmann, in Lasers, Sources and Related Photonic Devices (Optical Society of America, 2010), paper ATuA13.

Kapteyn, H.

Lang, T.

Langley, A. J.

I. N. Ross, P. Matousek, M. Towrie, A. J. Langley, and J. L. Collier, Opt. Commun. 144, 125 (1997).
[Crossref]

Limpert, J.

Lochbrunner, S.

E. Riedle, M. Beutter, S. Lochbrunner, J. Piel, S. Schenkl, S. Spörlein, and W. Zinth, Appl. Phys. B 71, 457 (2000).
[Crossref]

Mans, T.

T. Mans, J. Dolkemeyer, P. Russbueldt, and C. Schnitzler, Proc. SPIE 7912, 79120M (2011).

M. Schulz, R. Riedel, A. Willner, T. Mans, C. Schnitzler, P. Russbueldt, J. Dolkemeyer, E. Seise, T. Gottschall, S. Hädrich, S. Düsterer, H. Schlarb, J. Feldhaus, J. Limpert, B. Faatz, A. Tünnermann, J. Rossbach, M. Drescher, and F. Tavella, Opt. Lett. 36, 2456 (2011).
[Crossref]

P. Russbüldt, T. Mans, J. Weitenberg, H. D. Hoffmann, and R. Poprawe, Opt. Lett. 35, 4169 (2010).
[Crossref]

B. Gronloh, T. Mans, P. Rußbüldt, B. Jungbluth, R. Wester, and D. Hoffmann, in Lasers, Sources and Related Photonic Devices (Optical Society of America, 2010), paper ATuA13.

Matousek, P.

I. N. Ross, P. Matousek, M. Towrie, A. J. Langley, and J. L. Collier, Opt. Commun. 144, 125 (1997).
[Crossref]

Matsushima, I.

Morgner, U.

Murnane, M.

Palmer, G.

Peschel, T.

Piel, J.

E. Riedle, M. Beutter, S. Lochbrunner, J. Piel, S. Schenkl, S. Spörlein, and W. Zinth, Appl. Phys. B 71, 457 (2000).
[Crossref]

Piskarskas, A.

A. Dubietis, G. Jonusauskas, and A. Piskarskas, Opt. Commun. 88, 437 (1992).
[Crossref]

Poprawe, R.

Prandolini, M. J.

Rausch, S.

Riedel, R.

Riedle, E.

M. Bradler, P. Baum, and E. Riedle, Appl. Phys. B 97, 561 (2009).
[Crossref]

E. Riedle, M. Beutter, S. Lochbrunner, J. Piel, S. Schenkl, S. Spörlein, and W. Zinth, Appl. Phys. B 71, 457 (2000).
[Crossref]

Ross, I. N.

I. N. Ross, P. Matousek, M. Towrie, A. J. Langley, and J. L. Collier, Opt. Commun. 144, 125 (1997).
[Crossref]

Rossbach, J.

Rothhardt, J.

Russbueldt, P.

Russbüldt, P.

Rußbüldt, P.

B. Gronloh, T. Mans, P. Rußbüldt, B. Jungbluth, R. Wester, and D. Hoffmann, in Lasers, Sources and Related Photonic Devices (Optical Society of America, 2010), paper ATuA13.

Schenkl, S.

E. Riedle, M. Beutter, S. Lochbrunner, J. Piel, S. Schenkl, S. Spörlein, and W. Zinth, Appl. Phys. B 71, 457 (2000).
[Crossref]

Schlarb, H.

Schneider, E.

Schnitzler, C.

Schultze, M.

Schulz, M.

Seise, E.

Speiser, J.

A. Giesen and J. Speiser, IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 13, 598 (2007).
[Crossref]

Spörlein, S.

E. Riedle, M. Beutter, S. Lochbrunner, J. Piel, S. Schenkl, S. Spörlein, and W. Zinth, Appl. Phys. B 71, 457 (2000).
[Crossref]

Steinmann, A.

Taft, G.

Tavella, F.

Tomie, T.

Towrie, M.

I. N. Ross, P. Matousek, M. Towrie, A. J. Langley, and J. L. Collier, Opt. Commun. 144, 125 (1997).
[Crossref]

Tünnermann, A.

Weitenberg, J.

Wester, R.

B. Gronloh, T. Mans, P. Rußbüldt, B. Jungbluth, R. Wester, and D. Hoffmann, in Lasers, Sources and Related Photonic Devices (Optical Society of America, 2010), paper ATuA13.

Willner, A.

Yashiro, H.

Zhang, G.

Zhang, X.

Zhuang, F.

Zinth, W.

E. Riedle, M. Beutter, S. Lochbrunner, J. Piel, S. Schenkl, S. Spörlein, and W. Zinth, Appl. Phys. B 71, 457 (2000).
[Crossref]

Appl. Opt. (1)

Appl. Phys. B (2)

E. Riedle, M. Beutter, S. Lochbrunner, J. Piel, S. Schenkl, S. Spörlein, and W. Zinth, Appl. Phys. B 71, 457 (2000).
[Crossref]

M. Bradler, P. Baum, and E. Riedle, Appl. Phys. B 97, 561 (2009).
[Crossref]

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

A. Giesen and J. Speiser, IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 13, 598 (2007).
[Crossref]

Opt. Commun. (2)

A. Dubietis, G. Jonusauskas, and A. Piskarskas, Opt. Commun. 88, 437 (1992).
[Crossref]

I. N. Ross, P. Matousek, M. Towrie, A. J. Langley, and J. L. Collier, Opt. Commun. 144, 125 (1997).
[Crossref]

Opt. Express (7)

Opt. Lett. (4)

Proc. SPIE (1)

T. Mans, J. Dolkemeyer, P. Russbueldt, and C. Schnitzler, Proc. SPIE 7912, 79120M (2011).

Other (1)

B. Gronloh, T. Mans, P. Rußbüldt, B. Jungbluth, R. Wester, and D. Hoffmann, in Lasers, Sources and Related Photonic Devices (Optical Society of America, 2010), paper ATuA13.

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Fig. 1.
Fig. 1.

OPCPA pump amplifier properties and setup. (a) Caustic measurement of beam radius wx,y at different spatial positions along the propagation axis. The black boxes show selected spatial profiles of beam and focus. Inset: autocorrelation measurement (black) and Gaussian fit (red) of 1030 nm pump pulses from a 140 W Yb:YAG InnoSlab amplifier with 1.1 ps pulse duration. (b) Schematic diagram of the system, pumped with a 140 W Yb:YAG InnoSlab amplifier. After the beam-splitter (BS), 130W are used for second harmonic generation (SHG) to achieve 60W for pumping optical parametric amplification (OPA). A fraction of the InnoSlab output (8 W) is focussed into a yttrium aluminum garnet (YAG) crystal with an f=178mm lens (L1) to drive the white-light continuum (WLG). After a f=100mm refocussing lens (L2) and a high-pass filter (F, λ<1000nm), the broadband WLG beam stretched in an SF11 prism pair, amplified (OPA) and compressed in 55 mm fused silica.

Fig. 2.
Fig. 2.

Operation modes of a single high-power OPCPA stage. (a) Broadband amplified signal (OPA, red) with Δλ=238nm at 5% intensity maximum; white-light generation spectrum (WLG, grey line). Inset: side view of the filament within the YAG crystal for WLG. (b) Selected tunable narrow-band spectra between 700 and 900 nm, with Δλ=54nm bandwidth at 10% intensity maximum. (c) Autocorrelation (black line) at 800 nm [orange spectrum in (b)], corresponding 29.1 fs FWHM pulse duration; calculated autocorrelation (gray line) for 26 fs Fourier-limited pulse (gray dotted line). Inset, amplified signal beam profile.

Fig. 3.
Fig. 3.

Absorption in BBO crystal. (a) Measured absorption at 515 nm within the volume of a 6×6×6mm2 BBO crystal (common-path interferometry). (b) Calculated maximum temperature Tcenter and gradient ΔT (center-boundary) in dependence on absorbed pump-beam power. OPCPA stage was operated in the shaded area. Inset, temperature distribution (z. beam propagation axis), calculated with finite element analysis of the experimental configuration.

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