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Fiber-based front ends for extreme light applications
Author(s): Jonathan T. Green; Jack A. Naylon; Lukaš Indra; František Batysta; Martin Horáček; Boguslaw Tykalewicz; Roman Antipenkov; Jakub Novák; Zbyněk Hubka; Robert Boge; Pavel Bakule; Bedřich Rus
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Paper Abstract

For most extreme light applications, a reliable and stable driver laser is crucial to successful experiments. As lasers grow in energy and peak power they become increasingly complex and more failure modes are introduced to the system as a whole. For this reason it is prudent to develop a laser with simplicity, repeatability, and durability in mind. With the wide commercial availability of high quality, inexpensive fiber components, much of the required pulse conditioning for seeding high energy laser systems can take place entirely in fiber. This allows for much of the laser front end to be compact, alignment-free, and computer controlled with potentially dramatic savings in cost and space on the optical table. Here we explore some of the current trends in fiberbased front ends for high peak power laser systems. The requirements for any given high peak power laser are always quite different and fiber front ends are enormously customizable, so here we present two basic versions of fiber front ends which are used at the ELI-Beamlines facility which resemble other common fiber front end architectures.

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 May 2018
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 10683, Fiber Lasers and Glass Photonics: Materials through Applications, 1068312 (17 May 2018); doi: 10.1117/12.2318427
Show Author Affiliations
Jonathan T. Green, ELI Beamlines (Czech Republic)
Jack A. Naylon, ELI Beamlines (Czech Republic)
Lukaš Indra, ELI Beamlines (Czech Republic)
Czech Technical Univ. in Prague (Czech Republic)
František Batysta, ELI Beamlines (Czech Republic)
Czech Technical Univ. in Prague (Czech Republic)
Martin Horáček, ELI Beamlines (Czech Republic)
Boguslaw Tykalewicz, ELI Beamlines (Czech Republic)
Roman Antipenkov, ELI Beamlines (Czech Republic)
Jakub Novák, ELI Beamlines (Czech Republic)
Zbyněk Hubka, ELI Beamlines (Czech Republic)
Czech Technical Univ. in Prague (Czech Republic)
Robert Boge, ELI Beamlines (Czech Republic)
Pavel Bakule, ELI Beamlines (Czech Republic)
Bedřich Rus, ELI Beamlines (Czech Republic)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10683:
Fiber Lasers and Glass Photonics: Materials through Applications
Stefano Taccheo; Jacob I. Mackenzie; Maurizio Ferrari, Editor(s)

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