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High temporal contrast, diode pumped, femtosecond laser providing 200fs, 1053nm pulses for seeding large scale Nd:glass laser systems
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We report on a passively mode-locked, diode-pumped femtosecond laser that provides ~200fs, 1053nm optical solitonlike pulses with < 8 orders of magnitude (OM) temporal contrast. The average output power of the compact, air-cooled laser is ~450mW at 77MHz pulse repetition rate. The spectral bandwidth (FWHM) is around 5-6nm, corresponding to transform limited pulses. For synchronization purposes the pulse repetition rate can be fine tuned to and continuously kept at a desired value employing a controller circuit, a motorized translation stage and a piezo actuator. The center wavelength of the pulses is tunable and can be precisely set to 1053nm by adjusting the laser pump power. The selfstarting laser is mode-locked using a semiconductor saturable absorber mirror (SESAM). The SESAM parameters are optimized for producing fs pulses with high temporal contrast. The effects of an intra-cavity fused silica plate inserted near Brewster angle and used for fine wavelength tuning and for polarization selection on the temporal contrast of the emitted pulses are discussed. The high temporal contrast pulses from this laser oscillator are well suited for seeding very high gain, multiple Joule type, Nd:glass, chirped pulse amplification systems routinely used in high intensity laser interaction experiments. The automated high dynamic range autocorrelator (HDR-AC) capable of recording the autocorrelation trace over 8 OM is described. The HDR-AC is based on a BBO crystal for second harmonic generation and a PMT for high sensitivity detection. A lock-in amplifier increases the detectable signal range by ~2 OM.

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 February 2020
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 11259, Solid State Lasers XXIX: Technology and Devices, 112591K (21 February 2020); doi: 10.1117/12.2545724
Show Author Affiliations
Gabor Kulcsar, MONTFORT Laser GmbH (Austria)
Erdal Schranz, MONTFORT Laser GmbH (Austria)
Daniel Kopf, MONTFORT Laser GmbH (Austria)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 11259:
Solid State Lasers XXIX: Technology and Devices
W. Andrew Clarkson; Ramesh K. Shori, Editor(s)

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