A direct diode-pumped all-fiber-integrated fiber laser based on backward pumping master oscillator power amplifier configuration at 1080 nm, producing maximum output power of 4.115 kW based on 25/400 μm fiber with corresponding linear fitting optical to optical efficiency of 78.39% was demonstrated. The suppression ratio of stimulated Raman scattering is better than 35dB and it can be further optimized by decreasing the seed input power. Near diffractionlimited beam quality (M<sup>2</sup> are 1.7and 1.6 in the x and y directions based on 4-sigma method) is also achieved at the maximum output power. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first report for 4 kW near-diffraction-limited fiber lasers based on 25/400 μm fiber directly pumped by laser diodes.
In this manuscript, a 3.53kW average output power all-fiber laser system at 1064nm with 3dB linewidth as narrow as 0.16nm and near single-mode beam quality (M<sup>2</sup> ≈1.7) is demonstrated. There is no obvious stimulated Brillouin scattering, stimulated Raman scattering or amplified spontaneous emission observed. To the best of our knowledge, this is the highest output power of all-fiber laser system with narrow-linewidth and near single-mode beam quality ever reported.
A spectral shaping method during the optical parametric chirped pulse amplification is presented. The relationship between the temporal shape of the signal pulse and the pump pulse is analyzed theoretically, which shows that the temporal shape of the signal pulse can be modulated through modulation of the pump pulse. This is proven by our verification experiment. And we have successfully used this method in the pre-amplifier of the XG-III laser facility to modulate the signal spectrum to match the requirements of the main amplifier.
XG-III laser facility is a petawatt laser which has a unique feature of three synchronized pulses output for various pump-probe experiments. To realize the synchronization with zero timing jitter, we have designed and implemented a novel front-end system based on super-continuum injected femtosecond optical parametric amplification (fs:OPA). Critical parameters of fs:OPA were optimized for the best conversion efficiency. Experimental results verified that major design specifications such as pulse energy, central wavelength and spectral width were fully accomplished and a high pulse contrast ratio was also achieved by the fs:OPA process.
The paper presents the technical design and progress on a special high-power laser facility, i.e. XG-III, which is being used for high-field physics research and fast ignition research. The laser facility outputs synchronized nanosecond, picosecond and femtosecond beams with three wavelengths, i.e. 527 nm, 1053 nm and 800 nm respectively, and multiple combinations of the beams can be used for physics experiments. The commissioning of the laser facility was completed by the end of 2013. The measurement results show that the main parameters of the three beams are equal to or greater than the designed ones.
Chirp pulse amplification (CPA) has been promoted as an effective way to explore the intensity frontier. High order dispersion induced by the stretcher and materials in the CPA system, which deteriorates both the pulse duration and temporal contrast, however, can not be absolutely compensated by the compressor. Placed at the Fourier plane of a 4f zero-dispersion stretcher consisting of a grating, the deformable mirror (DM) has been demonstrated as the modulator to compensate high order dispersion. Using the method of ray tracing, the relation between spectrum and position on DM has been obtained. It shows that the resolution of the deformable mirror can be controlled by adjusting the focal length and incident angle. We have simulated a typical Ti:sappire CPA system to revise the spectral phase by the DM. The result illustrates that if the spectral phase can be compensated, the temporal contrast will be improved by 2 order of magnitude.