Applied Physics B

, 103:5

High-energy picosecond Nd:YVO4 slab amplifier for OPCPA pumping

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Abstract

We demonstrate 12-ps pulses with up to 0.6-mJ pulse energy at repetition rates of 50 kHz and 100 kHz from a Nd:YVO4 slab amplifier built in a simple four-pass configuration. Excellent noise performance with pulse energy fluctuations below 0.8% rms has been achieved by using 10-μJ seed pulses from a highly stable industrial laser system and moderate gain (30–46) in the slab amplifier.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • C. Heese
    • 1
  • A. E. Oehler
    • 1
  • L. Gallmann
    • 1
  • U. Keller
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Physics, Institute of Quantum ElectronicsETH ZurichZurichSwitzerland

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