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7 March 2014 High-peak power, flexible-pulse parameter, chirally coupled core (3C) fiber-based picosecond MOPA systems
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We demonstrate flexible performance in a fiber MOPA system based on nLIGHT’s PFL seed laser platform and chirally coupled core (3C®) fiber. The 33μm core, 27μm MFD 3C fiber used in these demonstrations is fabricated in volume at nLIGHT’s Finland facility. A variety of pulse formats are amplified to nonlinearity-limited peak power <300kW, including single pulses in the 50ps to 1ns regime at a variety of repetition rates from 10’s of kHz to MHz. Beam quality in these 3C based MOPAs is exceptional with M2<1.15 and circularity <95% at all power levels. Beam pointing often evident in other LMA fiber technologies due to higher order mode content is minimal in these fiber MOPAs. Burst mode operation of the seed laser system using flexible burst packet repetition rates (10’s of kHz to several MHz) and adjustable pulse-to-pulse spacing within bursts (<10ns to 100ns) is demonstrated and amplified in the same 3C fibers. Bursts of up to ten 50ps pulses amplified to total energies exceeding 160μJ are demonstrated at 200kHz burst repetition rate and 32W average power at high efficiency (74% slope). Bursts of up to five 500ps pulses are also amplified to up to 360μJ total energy. In both cases, the varying degree of pulse saturation win a burst and mitigation paths are reviewed.
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Timothy S. McComb, Dennis McCal, Roger Farrow, Tyson L. Lowder, David Logan, Jared Green, Timpthy N. Kutscha, Changgeng Ye, Ville Aallos, Joona J. Koponen, and Geoff Fanning "High-peak power, flexible-pulse parameter, chirally coupled core (3C) fiber-based picosecond MOPA systems", Proc. SPIE 8961, Fiber Lasers XI: Technology, Systems, and Applications, 896112 (7 March 2014);

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