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Hybrid high power femtosecond laser system
Author(s): V. I. Trunov; V. V. Petrov; E. V. Pestryakov; A. V. Kirpichnikov
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Design of a high-power femtosecond laser system based on hybrid chirped pulse amplification (CPA) technique developed by us is presented. The goal of the hybrid principle is the use of the parametric and laser amplification methods in chirped pulse amplifiers. It makes it possible to amplify the low-cycle pulses with a duration of ≤ fs to terawatt power with a high contrast and high conversion efficiency of the pump radiation. In a created system the Ti:Sapphire laser with 10 fs pulses at 810 nm and output energy about 1-3 nJ will be used like seed source. The oscillator pulses were stretched to duration of about 500 ps by an all-reflective grating stretcher. Then the stretched pulses are injected into a nondegenerate noncollinear optical parametric amplifier (NOPA) on the two BBO crystals. After amplification in NOPA the residual pump was used in a bow-tie four pass amplifier with hybrid active medium (based on Al203:Ti3+ and BeAl2O4:Ti3+ crystals). The final stage of the amplification system consists of two channels, namely NIR (820 nm) and short-VIS (410 nm). Numerical simulation has shown that the terawatt level of output power can be achieved also in a short-VIS channel at the pumping of the double-crystal BBO NOPA by the radiation of the fourth harmonic of the Nd:YAG laser at 266 nm. Experimentally parametric amplification in BBO crystals of 30-50 fs pulses were investigated and optimized using SPIDER technique and single-shot autocomelator for the realization of shortest duration 40 fs.

Paper Details

Date Published: 9 June 2006
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 6054, International Conference on Lasers, Applications, and Technologies 2005: Advanced Lasers and Systems, 60540S (9 June 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.660813
Show Author Affiliations
V. I. Trunov, Institute of Laser Physics (Russia)
V. V. Petrov, Institute of Laser Physics (Russia)
E. V. Pestryakov, Institute of Laser Physics (Russia)
A. V. Kirpichnikov, Institute of Laser Physics (Russia)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6054:
International Conference on Lasers, Applications, and Technologies 2005: Advanced Lasers and Systems
Guenter Huber; Vladislav Ya. Panchenko; Ivan A. Scherbakov, Editor(s)

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