, Volume 74, Issue 2, pp 191-195

SPM-induced spectral compression of picosecond pulses in a single-mode Yb-doped fiber amplifier

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In a fiber amplifier, spectral compression due to self-phase modulation is demonstrated for ultrashort pulses. We report the generation of near-transform-limited picosecond pulses with peak powers of several kW at a repetition rate of 74 MHz and diffraction-limited beam quality in a Yb-doped fiber amplifier when seeding with a negative chirped pulse.

Received: 17 September 2001 / Revised version: 22 November 2001 / Published online: 17 January 2002