Applied Physics B

, Volume 109, Issue 2, pp 351–357

High-energy Ho:LLF MOPA laser system using a top-hat pump profile for the amplifier stage

Article

DOI: 10.1007/s00340-012-5155-x

Cite this article as:
Schellhorn, M. & Eichhorn, M. Appl. Phys. B (2012) 109: 351. doi:10.1007/s00340-012-5155-x

Abstract

Numerical simulations show the advantage of using a top-hat intensity profile pumping the amplifier stage in an Ho:LuLiF4 (Ho:LLF) master oscillator power amplifier (MOPA) configuration over a Gaussian pump profile: higher pulse energies could be generated simultaneously with reduced peak fluence in Q-switched operation. In the experimental implementation, the top-hat beam was realized with a coherent beam transformation of the non-absorbed pump beam transmitted by the oscillator to pump the amplifier stage. The Ho:LLF MOPA produced 103.6 mJ at a repetition rate of 100 Hz with a pulse duration of 30 ns at a wavelength of 2053 nm, which corresponds to an optical-to-optical efficiency of 12.9 %. The beam quality was nearly diffraction limited (M2 = 1.03).

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.French–German Research Institute of Saint Louis ISLSaint-LouisFrance