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Applied Physics B

, Volume 118, Issue 3, pp 401–407 | Cite as

A 10-mJ-level compact CPA system based on Yb:KGW for ultrafast optical parametric amplifier pumping

  • Celso P. JoãoEmail author
  • Florian Wagner
  • Jörg Körner
  • Joachim Hein
  • Thomas Gottschall
  • Jens Limpert
  • Vincent Bagnoud
Article

Abstract

A compact diode-pumped Yb:KGW regenerative amplifier producing 10 Hz, 10-mJ-level picosecond pulses at 1,040 nm is demonstrated. The system is used at the new front end of the PHELIX petawatt laser system to pump an ultrafast optical parametric amplifier for temporal contrast enhancement. Before frequency doubling, a pulse length of ∼1 ps is obtained by using a stretcher/compressor system based on a single large-aperture chirped volume Bragg grating.

Keywords

Pump Pulse Gain Medium Amplify Spontaneous Emission Small Signal Gain Pockels Cell 
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Acknowledgments

This work is partially supported by Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (Grant SFRH/BD/68865/2010), LASERLAB-Europe (EC’s FP7, Grant Agreement No. 228334), Association EURATOM/IST, BMBF 06DA90441 and the Helmholtz-Institute Jena.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Celso P. João
    • 1
    Email author
  • Florian Wagner
    • 2
  • Jörg Körner
    • 3
  • Joachim Hein
    • 3
    • 4
  • Thomas Gottschall
    • 5
  • Jens Limpert
    • 4
    • 5
  • Vincent Bagnoud
    • 4
    • 6
  1. 1.GoLP/Instituto de Plasmas e Fusão Nuclear, Instituto Superior TécnicoUniversidade de LisboaLisbonPortugal
  2. 2.Inst. für KernphysikTechnische Universität DarmstadtDarmstadtGermany
  3. 3.Institute for Optics and Quantum ElectronicsFriedrich-Schiller University JenaJenaGermany
  4. 4.Helmholtz Institute JenaJenaGermany
  5. 5.Institute of Applied PhysicsFriedrich Schiller University JenaJenaGermany
  6. 6.GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung GmbHDarmstadtGermany

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