Diode-pumped lasers for ultra-high peak power
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- Siebold, M., Hein, J., Hornung, M. et al. Appl. Phys. B (2008) 90: 431. doi:10.1007/s00340-007-2907-0
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The generation of the highest laser peak intensities at a high degree of system compactness can be achieved by combining modern diode-pump technologies with the chirped pulse amplification technique. In principle, the spectroscopic properties of the gain medium determine the scaling laws of both high output pulse energy and short pulse duration. Here we introduce a novel criterion classifying laser materials with respect to their ability to generate pulses of highest peak power in a diode-pumped solid state laser system. Furthermore, amplified spontaneous emission as well as laser damage issues affecting the efficiency and compactness of a laser amplifier system are discussed.