Generation of ultrashort pulses with high average power and moderately high pulse energy generally requires a modelocked laser followed by several fiber amplifiers in a master-oscillator power-amplifier configuration. Recently, gainswitched diode lasers have emerged as a viable replacement to mode-locked oscillators as sources of sub-100 ps pulses in these systems, but the low output power available from the diodes necessitates the use of multiple costly amplifier stages. Here, we demonstrate the generation of 1.7 μJ pulses at 1030 nm, and 11.7 μJ pulses at 1064 nm from a gain-switched diode seeded compact MOPA with only two amplification stages. The final stage is a tapered fiber amplifier, whose geometry efficiently suppresses amplified spontaneous emission and allows reaching a gain of ~40 dB. This research work is still in progress, and further increase in pulse energy should be possible by optimizing the setup.
Andrei Fedotov, Teppo Noronen, Joona Rissanen, Regina Gumenyuk, Andrey Petrov, Yuri Chamorovskii, Konstantin Golant, Maxim Odnoblyudov, and Valery Filippov, "High power picosecond MOPA with anisotropic ytterbium-doped tapered double clad fiber ," Proc. SPIE 10683, Fiber Lasers and Glass Photonics: Materials through Applications, 106831O (Presented at SPIE Photonics Europe: April 25, 2018; Published: 17 May 2018); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2307693.
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