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Active spectral pre-shaping with polarization encoded amplifiers (Conference Presentation)
Author(s): Huabao Cao; Mikhail P. Kalashnikov; Károly Osvay; Nikita Khodakovskiy; Roland Sándor Nagymihály; Vladimir V. Chvykov
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Paper Abstract

Polarization encoded (PE) Ti:sapphire amplifier can easily pre-shape the spectrum of amplified pulses. This property can be used to compensate for the spectral red-shifting and gain narrowing that are typically observed in Ti:Sapphire lasers. We demonstrate experimentally that active pre-shaping of the pulse spectrum in a PE amplifier combined with saturated amplification in the following conventional amplifier can conserve and even broaden the overall amplification bandwidth. A combined amplifier that includes PE- amplification (during the first passes) and a conventional one in the following saturation phase is also proposed and studied by computer modelling. This allows to achieve both the broad bandwidth and high efficiency in a single amplifier. A 5 passes combined PE amplifier was simulated. The seed was firstly amplified by 3 passes with the PE amplification scheme, then the seed was decoded and directed back to the crystal for 2 additional passes of a saturated conventional amplification. Because the seed was already decoded before the last saturation passes in the amplifier, the energy extraction efficiency reached 44% which is similar to that of a conventional Ti:sapphire amplifier. The amplified bandwidth of 125 nm was obtained with a Gaussian seed spectrum of 100nm. We show experimentally that the decoding efficiency of PE amplifier can be optimized by changing the thickness of the decoding quartz. At gain of ~30, the decoding efficiency of ~75% was achieved with the thickness of the decoding quartz of 35.1mm (thickness of the encoding quartz was 17.4mm), while the decoding efficiency of 80% was reached at gain of ~10. It shows that smaller gain guaranties better efficiency and also a smoother spectral profile. The compressibility of the PE amplified pulses close to the transform limit is verified experimentally.

Paper Details

Date Published: 9 June 2017
PDF: 1 pages
Proc. SPIE 10238, High-Power, High-Energy, and High-Intensity Laser Technology III, 1023809 (9 June 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2264702
Show Author Affiliations
Huabao Cao, ELI-ALPS Research Institute (Hungary)
Mikhail P. Kalashnikov, ELI-ALPS Research Institute (Hungary)
Max-Born-Institut für Nichtlineare Optik und Kurzzeitspektroskopie (Germany)
Károly Osvay, ELI-ALPS Research Institute (Hungary)
Nikita Khodakovskiy, Max-Born-Institut für Nichtlineare Optik und Kurzzeitspektroskopie (Germany)
Roland Sándor Nagymihály, ELI-ALPS Research Institute (Hungary)
Vladimir V. Chvykov, ELI-ALPS (Hungary)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10238:
High-Power, High-Energy, and High-Intensity Laser Technology III
Joachim Hein, Editor(s)

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