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Towards sub-100 fs multi-GW pulses directly emitted from a Thulium-doped fiber CPA system
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Paper Abstract

Experimental demonstrations of Tm-doped fiber amplifiers (typically in CW- or narrow-band pulsed operation) span a wavelength range going from about 1700 nm to well beyond 2000 nm. Thus, it should be possible to obtain a bandwidth of more than 100 nm, which would enable sub-100 fs pulse duration in an efficient, linear amplification scheme. In fact, this would allow the emission of pulses with less than 20 optical cycles directly from a Tm-doped fiber system, something that seems to be extremely challenging for other dopants in a fused silica fiber. In this contribution, we summarize the current development of our Thulium-doped fiber CPA system, demonstrate preliminary experiments for further scaling and discuss important design factors for the next steps. The current single-channel laser system presented herein delivers a pulse-peak power of 2 GW and a nearly transform-limited pulse duration of 200 fs in combination with 28.7 W of average power. Special care has been taken to reduce the detrimental impact of water vapor absorption by placing the whole system in a dry atmosphere housing (<0.1% rel. humidity) and by using a sufficiently long wavelength (1920-1980 nm). The utilization of a low-pressure chamber in the future will allow for the extension of the amplification bandwidth. Preliminary experiments demonstrating a broader amplification bandwidth that supports almost 100 fs pulse duration and average power scaling to < 100W have already been performed. Based on these results, a Tm-doped fiber CPA with sub-100 fs pulse duration, multi-GW pulse peak power and >100 W average power can be expected in the near future.

Paper Details

Date Published: 22 February 2017
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 10083, Fiber Lasers XIV: Technology and Systems, 100830C (22 February 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2252390
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C. Gaida, Friedrich-Schiller-Univ. Jena (Germany)
M. Gebhardt, Friedrich-Schiller-Univ. Jena (Germany)
Helmholtz-Institute Jena (Germany)
F. Stutzki, Friedrich-Schiller-Univ. Jena (Germany)
C. Jauregui, Friedrich-Schiller-Univ. Jena (Germany)
J. Limpert, Friedrich-Schiller-Univ. Jena (Germany)
Helmholtz-Institute Jena (Germany)
Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering (Germany)
A. Tünnermann, Friedrich-Schiller-Univ. Jena (Germany)
Helmholtz-Institute Jena (Germany)
Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering (Germany)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10083:
Fiber Lasers XIV: Technology and Systems
Craig A. Robin; Ingmar Hartl, Editor(s)

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