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Applied Physics B

, Volume 101, Issue 1, pp 93-102

Temporal pulse control of a multi-10 TW diode-pumped Yb:Glass laser

  • M. HornungAffiliated withInstitute of Optics and Quantum Electronics, FSU Jena Email author 
  • , R. BödefeldAffiliated withInstitute of Optics and Quantum Electronics, FSU JenaHelmholtz-Institute Jena
  • , M. SieboldAffiliated withForschungszentrum Dresden-Rossendorf
  • , A. KesslerAffiliated withInstitute of Optics and Quantum Electronics, FSU Jena
  • , M. SchneppAffiliated withInstitute of Optics and Quantum Electronics, FSU Jena
  • , R. WachsAffiliated withInstitute of Optics and Quantum Electronics, FSU Jena
  • , A. SävertAffiliated withInstitute of Optics and Quantum Electronics, FSU Jena
  • , S. PodleskaAffiliated withInstitute of Optics and Quantum Electronics, FSU Jena
  • , S. KepplerAffiliated withInstitute of Optics and Quantum Electronics, FSU Jena
    • , J. HeinAffiliated withInstitute of Optics and Quantum Electronics, FSU Jena
    • , M. C. KaluzaAffiliated withInstitute of Optics and Quantum Electronics, FSU JenaHelmholtz-Institute Jena

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Abstract

At the Institute of Optics and Quantum Electronics in Jena, Germany, the currently most powerful diode-pumped solid-state laser system with 25-TW peak power Polaris is in operation. In this paper we give an overview about the dispersion management of the chirped pulse amplification in order to minimize the pulse duration and thus to maximize the intensity available for experiments. A detailed description of the stretcher and compressor design with a novel alignment routine is given as well as measurements for the pulse duration and the temporal contrast. The far field measurement of the beam focussed by an off-axis parabola yields a nearly diffraction limited focal spot.