We present CPA-free linear amplification of 6:3 ps pulses in Ho:YLF crystals up to 100 μJ pulse energy at 10 kHz repetition rate. The seed pulses at a wavelength of 2:05 μm are provided by a Ho-based all-fiber system consisting of a soliton oscillator and a subsequent pre-amplifier followed by a free-space AOM as pulse-picker. Considering the achieved pulse peak power at MW-level, this system is a powerful tool for efficient pumping of parametric amplifiers addressing the highly demanded mid-IR spectral region. In detailed numerical simulations we verified our experimental results and discuss scaling options for pulse duration and energy.
Moritz Hinkelmann, Dieter Wandt, Uwe Morgner, Jörg Neumann, and Dietmar Kracht, "Ultrashort pulse CPA-free Ho:YLF linear amplifier," Proc. SPIE 10511, Solid State Lasers XXVII: Technology and Devices, 1051109 (Presented at SPIE LASE: January 29, 2018; Published: 15 February 2018); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2287387.
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