Abstract

An ultrafast fiber chirped-pulse amplifier comprising eight coherently combined amplifier channels is presented. The laser delivers 1 kW average power at 1 mJ pulse energy and 260 fs pulse duration. Excellent beam quality and low-noise performance are confirmed. The laser has proven suitable for demanding scientific applications. Further power scaling is possible right away using even more amplifier channels.

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Figures (9)

Fig. 1.
Fig. 1. Schematic of the eight-channel coherently combined ultrafast fiber-laser system. Detailed description in text. (Pz: Piezo-driven mirror).
Fig. 2.
Fig. 2. Measured autocorrelation (Data) and transform-limited autocorrelation (TFL) at 1 mJ pulse energy and 1 kW average power.
Fig. 3.
Fig. 3. Optical spectrum of the output at 1 mJ pulse energy and 1 kW average power.
Fig. 4.
Fig. 4. Far-field beam profiles of the individual channels and after coherent combination of all channels at 1 kW of output power.
Fig. 5.
Fig. 5. M 2 measurement ( 4 σ method) of the 1 kW coherently combined beam parallel (blue) and vertical (red) in respect to the optical table.
Fig. 6.
Fig. 6. Measured autocorrelation (Data) and transform-limited autocorrelation (TFL) at 3.3 mJ pulse energy showing the onset of uncompensated nonlinear phase.
Fig. 7.
Fig. 7. Optical spectrum of the 3.3 mJ pulses at 870 W average power.
Fig. 8.
Fig. 8. M 2 measurement ( 4 σ method) of the combined beam at 3.3 mJ pulse energy parallel (blue) and vertical (red) to the optical table.
Fig. 9.
Fig. 9. Power spectral density (top) and relative intensity noise (bottom) at different positions in the laser system. The equivalent noise bandwidth of the Hanning window used in this analysis is 1.5 Hz.

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