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15 February 2012 Ultrafast disk lasers and amplifiers
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Disk lasers with multi-kW continuous wave (CW) output power are widely used in manufacturing, primarily for cutting and welding applications, notably in the automotive industry. The ytterbium disk technology combines high power (average and/or peak power), excellent beam quality, high efficiency, and high reliability with low investment and operating costs. Fundamental mode picosecond disk lasers are well established in micro machining at high throughput and perfect precision. Following the world's first market introduction of industrial grade 50 W picosecond lasers (TruMicro 5050) at the Photonics West 2008, the second generation of the TruMicro series 5000 now provides twice the average power (100 W at 1030 nm, or 60 W frequency doubled, green output) at a significantly reduced footprint. Mode-locked disk oscillators achieve by far the highest average power of any unamplified lasers, significantly exceeding the 100 W level in laboratory set-ups. With robust long resonators their multi-microjoule pulse energies begin to compete with typical ultrafast amplifiers. In addition, significant interest in disk technology has recently come from the extreme light laser community, aiming for ultra-high peak powers of petawatts and beyond.
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Dirk H. Sutter, Jochen Kleinbauer, Dominik Bauer, Martin Wolf, Chuong Tan, Raphael Gebs, Aleksander Budnicki, Philipp Wagenblast, and Sascha Weiler "Ultrafast disk lasers and amplifiers", Proc. SPIE 8235, Solid State Lasers XXI: Technology and Devices, 82350X (15 February 2012); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.906905
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