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Chirped and divided-pulse Sagnac fiber amplifier
Author(s): Florent Guichard; Yoann Zaouter; Marc Hanna; Khanh-Lin Mai; Franck Morin; Clemens Hönninger; Eric Mottay; Patrick Georges
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Paper Abstract

Femtosecond fiber chirped pulse amplifiers have numerous advantages, but are limited in energy because of the small interaction area with the fiber core. In this contribution, we create two orthogonally-polarized stretched pulse replicas in the time domain, following the divided-pulse amplification (DPA) principle. This beam is subsequently separated into two counter-propagating beams in a Sagnac interferometer to finally generate four pulse replicas. These pulses are amplified in two state-of-the-art large mode area rod-type fiber amplifiers in series, before final coherent combination and compression.

Because the stretched-pulse duration is of the order of hundreds of picoseconds, the DPA delay is induced using a freespace interferometer with reasonable arm lengths of few tens of centimeters. The use of a common interferometer to divide and recombine temporal pulse replicas, together with the Sagnac geometry, results in an identical optical path for all four replicas. Therefore, the whole spatio-temporal combining architecture is passive, avoiding the need for active electronic stabilization systems. Because we only use two temporal replicas, the system is immune to differential saturation levels or B-integrals between successive pulses: this is compensated by controlling the amplitude of both pulses at the input of the amplifying setup.

This setup allows the generation of 1 mJ, 300 fs compressed pulses at 50 kHz repetition rate, corresponding to 50 W output average power, with a combining efficiency above 90% at all power levels.

Paper Details

Date Published: 4 March 2015
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 9344, Fiber Lasers XII: Technology, Systems, and Applications, 93441C (4 March 2015); doi: 10.1117/12.2077850
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Florent Guichard, Amplitude Systèmes (France)
Lab. Charles Fabry, Institut d'Optique, CNRS (France)
Yoann Zaouter, Amplitude Systèmes (France)
Marc Hanna, Lab. Charles Fabry, Institut d'Optique, CNRS (France)
Khanh-Lin Mai, Lab. Charles Fabry, Institut d'Optique, CNRS (France)
Franck Morin, Amplitude Systèmes (France)
Clemens Hönninger, Amplitude Systèmes (France)
Eric Mottay, Amplitude Systèmes (France)
Patrick Georges, Lab. Charles Fabry, Insitut d'Optique, CNRS (France)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9344:
Fiber Lasers XII: Technology, Systems, and Applications
L. Brandon Shaw, Editor(s)

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