17 May 2018 Fiber-based front ends for extreme light applications
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For most extreme light applications, a reliable and stable driver laser is crucial to successful experiments. As lasers grow in energy and peak power they become increasingly complex and more failure modes are introduced to the system as a whole. For this reason it is prudent to develop a laser with simplicity, repeatability, and durability in mind. With the wide commercial availability of high quality, inexpensive fiber components, much of the required pulse conditioning for seeding high energy laser systems can take place entirely in fiber. This allows for much of the laser front end to be compact, alignment-free, and computer controlled with potentially dramatic savings in cost and space on the optical table. Here we explore some of the current trends in fiberbased front ends for high peak power laser systems. The requirements for any given high peak power laser are always quite different and fiber front ends are enormously customizable, so here we present two basic versions of fiber front ends which are used at the ELI-Beamlines facility which resemble other common fiber front end architectures.
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Jonathan T. Green, Jonathan T. Green, Jack A. Naylon, Jack A. Naylon, Lukaš Indra, Lukaš Indra, František Batysta, František Batysta, Martin Horáček, Martin Horáček, Boguslaw Tykalewicz, Boguslaw Tykalewicz, Roman Antipenkov, Roman Antipenkov, Jakub Novák, Jakub Novák, Zbyněk Hubka, Zbyněk Hubka, Robert Boge, Robert Boge, Pavel Bakule, Pavel Bakule, Bedřich Rus, Bedřich Rus, } "Fiber-based front ends for extreme light applications", Proc. SPIE 10683, Fiber Lasers and Glass Photonics: Materials through Applications, 1068312 (17 May 2018); doi: 10.1117/12.2318427; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2318427
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