Kilowatt-level narrow-linewidth SM ytterbium fiber laser operating in high-repetition-rate QCW regime was used to obtain 700 W average power at 532 nm with single-mode beam quality and wall-plug efficiency of over 23 %. To the best of our knowledge, this is ~60 % higher power than previously reported for single-mode green lasers based on other platforms, and also is ~30 % increase comparing to the previous result obtained by our group on the base of similar fiber laser platform. We have also experimentally proved that the same type of fiber laser can be used for generating of world-record levels of power at other wavelengths of visible and UV spectral ranges by employing cascaded non-linear frequency conversion. Thus, utilizing frequency tripling in 2 LBO crystals, we achieved over 160 W average power of nearly single-mode UV light at 355 nm with THG efficiency of more than 25 %. As far as we know, this is the highest output power ever reported for UV laser with nearly diffraction limited beam quality. We also conducted some preliminary experiments to demonstrate suitability of our approach for generating longer wavelengths of the visible spectrum. By pre-shifting fundamental emission wavelength in fiber Raman converter, followed by frequency doubling in NCPM LBO, we obtained average powers of 36 W at 589 nm and 27 W at 615 nm. These proof-of-concept experiments were performed with low-power pump laser and were not fully optimized with respect to frequency conversion. Our analysis indicates that employing kW-level QCW ytterbium laser with optimized SRS and SHG converters we can achieve hundreds of Watts of average power in red and orange color with single-mode beam quality.
We present the design and challenges of a diode-pumped solid-state (DPSS) system to amplify picosecond pulses to high pulse energies and high average powers. We discuss our implemented solutions to mitigate thermal effects and present the obtained performance of the picosecond pulse amplification at the multi-10-MW level. Our here presented picosecond DPSS laser is well suited for pumping an optical parametric chirped-pulse amplification (OPCPA) system. Several laser technologies have been employed to pump OPCPA systems and we show how our DPSS system compares in performance to the other approaches.
More than 20 years after the first presentation of optical parametric chirped-pulse amplification (OPCPA), the technology has matured as a powerful technique to produce high-intensity, few-cycle, and ultrashort laser pulses. The output characteristics of these systems cover a wide range of center wavelengths, pulse energies, and average powers. The current record performance of table-top, few-cycle OPCPA systems are 16 TW peak power and 22 W average power, which show that OPCPA is able to directly compete with Ti:sapphire chirped-pulse amplification-based systems as source for intense optical pulses. Here, we review the concepts of OPCPA and present the current state-of-the art performance level for several systems reported in the literature. To date, the performance of these systems is most generally limited by the employed pump laser. Thus, we present a comprehensive review on the recent progress in high-energy, high-average-power, picosecond laser systems, which provide improved performance relative to OPCPA pump lasers employed to date. From here, the impact of these novel pump lasers on table-top, few-cycle OPCPA is detailed and the prospects for next-generation OPCPA systems are discussed.
A Joule-class, narrow-linewidth amplifier line delivering 20 ns pulses with a TEM00 spatial profile is presented. A Q-switched
Nd:YAG oscillator with an intra-cavity volume Bragg grating (VBG) is used to seed the amplifier line. A series
of flashlamp-pumped Nd:YAG amplifiers consisting of a double-pass and two single-pass amplifiers boost the energy of
the 21 ns pulses to 480 mJ. The presented amplifier line will be used for fundamental studies including remote Raman
spectroscopy and ns filamentation.
The pump beam generation line of an optical parametric chirped pulse amplifier (OPCPA) system providing few-cycle
pulses with energy in the millijoule range at repetition rates up to 10 kHz is presented. The overall design of the system
is briefly discussed including stretching-compressing and parametric amplification. The main emphasis is on the
requirements on the pump beam for successful pumping of a parametric amplifier. Aspects of the design of the multistage
hybrid amplifier line are detailed and performances of each stage are presented.
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Ultrafast Optics 2017
8 October 2017 | Jackson Hole, Wyoming, United States