20 February 2015 Single grating mirror intracavity stretcher design for chirped pulse regenerative amplification
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We demonstrated for the first time, to the best of our knowledge a new intracavity pulse stretching design, employing a single grating-mirror based on a leaky-mode grating-waveguide design. The extremely compact and flexible layout allows for femtosecond pulses to be easily stretched up to nanosecond durations. The stretcher was implemented in a diode-pumped Yb:CALGO regenerative amplifier followed by a standard transmission grating compressor. We demonstrated sub-200 fs long pulses (stretched pulses ≈ 110 ps) with a maximum energy of 205 μJ at 20 kHz repetition rate. As a proof of the robustness and potential energy scaling of leaky-mode grating-waveguide intracavity stretcher, energies up to 700 μJ and 400 ps long pulses before compression at a lower repetition rate of 10 kHz, have been achieved. A simple model is proposed to investigate the cavity behavior in presence of induced spatial chirp.
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E. Caracciolo, E. Caracciolo, M. Kemnitzer, M. Kemnitzer, M. Rumpel, M. Rumpel, A. Guandalini, A. Guandalini, F. Kienle, F. Kienle, F. Pirzio, F. Pirzio, T. Graf, T. Graf, M. Abdou Ahmed, M. Abdou Ahmed, A. Agnesi, A. Agnesi, Juerg Aus-der-Au, Juerg Aus-der-Au, } "Single grating mirror intracavity stretcher design for chirped pulse regenerative amplification", Proc. SPIE 9342, Solid State Lasers XXIV: Technology and Devices, 93421G (20 February 2015); doi: 10.1117/12.2078916; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2078916
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