Abstract

We present an investigation of a versatile pulsed laser source using a low power, gain-switched diode laser with independently variable repetition rate and pulse duration to seed an ultra-high gain Nd:YVO4 bounce geometry amplifier system at 1064nm. Small-signal gain as high as 50dB was demonstrated in a bounce geometry pre-amplifier from just 24W pumping, with good preservation of TEM00 beam quality. The single amplifier is shown to be limited by amplified spontaneous emission. Study is made of further scaling with a second power amplifier, achieving average output power of ~14W for a pulsed diode seed input of 188μW. This investigation provides some guidelines for using the bounce amplifier to obtain flexible pulse amplification of low-power seed sources to reach scientifically and commercially useful power levels.

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2014 (1)

2012 (1)

J. Morgenweg and K. S. E. Eikema, “A 1.8 mJ, picosecond Nd:YVO4 bounce amplifier pump front-end system for high-accuracy XUV-frequency comb spectroscopy,” Laser Phys. Lett. 9(11), 781–785 (2012).
[Crossref]

2010 (1)

A. Agnesi, P. Dallocchio, F. Pirzio, and G. Reali, “Sub-nanosecond single-frequency 10-kHz diode-pumped MOPA laser,” Appl. Phys. B 98(4), 737–741 (2010).
[Crossref]

2009 (2)

A. V. Smith, B. T. Do, G. R. Hadley, and R. L. Farrow, “Optical damage limits to pulse energy from fibers,” IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 15(1), 153–158 (2009).
[Crossref]

A. Steinmetz, D. Nodop, J. Limpert, R. Hohmuth, W. Richter, and A. Tünnermann, “2 MHz repetition rate, 200 ps pulse duration from a monolithic, passively Q-switched microchip laser,” Appl. Phys. B 97(2), 317–320 (2009).
[Crossref]

2008 (2)

2007 (1)

2006 (2)

P. Dupriez, A. Piper, A. Malinowski, J. K. Sahu, M. Ibsen, B. C. Thomsen, Y. Jeong, L. M. B. Hickey, M. N. Zervas, J. Nilsson, and D. J. Richardson, “High average power, high repetition rate, picosecond pulsed fiber master oscillator power amplifier source seeded by a gain-switched laser diode at 1060 nm,” IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 18(9), 1013–1015 (2006).
[Crossref]

A. Agnesi, F. Pirzio, G. Reali, and G. Piccinno, “Subnanosecond diode-pumped passively Q-switched Nd:GdVO4 laser with peak power >1 MW,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 89(10), 101120 (2006).
[Crossref]

2005 (1)

A. Minassian, B. A. Thompson, G. R. Smith, and M. J. Damzen, “High-power scaling (>100 W) of a diode-pumped TEM00 Nd:GdVO4 laser system,” IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 11(3), 621–625 (2005).
[Crossref]

2004 (1)

Y. A. Tarakanov, D. Ilyushenkov, V. Chistyakov, M. Odnoblyudov, and S. Gurevich, “Picosecond pulse generation by internal gain switching in laser diodes,” J. Appl. Phys. 95(5), 2223–2229 (2004).
[Crossref]

2003 (2)

A. Minassian, B. Thompson, and M. J. Damzen, “Ultrahigh-efficiency TEM00 diode-side-pumped Nd:YVO4 laser,” Appl. Phys. B 76(4), 341–343 (2003).
[Crossref]

J. H. García-López, V. Aboites, A. V. Kir’yanov, M. J. Damzen, and A. Minassian, “High repetition rate Q-switching of high power Nd:YVO4 slab laser,” Opt. Commun. 218(1-3), 155–160 (2003).
[Crossref]

2000 (1)

1997 (3)

I. Freitag, A. Tünnermann, and H. Welling, “Passively Q-switched Nd:YAG ring lasers with high average output power in single-frequency operation,” Opt. Lett. 22(10), 706–708 (1997).
[Crossref] [PubMed]

X. Liu, D. Du, and G. Mourou, “Laser ablation and micromachining with ultrashort laser pulses,” IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 33(10), 1706–1716 (1997).
[Crossref]

N. Stelmakh, J. M. Lourtioz, G. Marquebielle, G. Volluet, and J. P. Hirtz, “Generation of high-energy (0.3 μJ) short pulses (<400 ps) from a gain-switched laser diode stack with subnanosecond electrical pump pulses,” IEEE. J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 3(2), 245–249 (1997).
[Crossref]

1996 (1)

X. Chen, W. T. Lotshaw, A. L. Ortiz, P. R. Staver, C. E. Erikson, M. H. McLaughlin, and T. J. Rockstroh, “Laser drilling of advanced materials: effects of peak power, pulse format, and wavelength,” J. Laser Appl. 8(5), 233 (1996).
[Crossref]

1994 (2)

J. J. Zayhowski and C. Dill, “Diode-pumped passively Q-switched picosecond microchip lasers,” Opt. Lett. 19(18), 1427–1429 (1994).
[Crossref] [PubMed]

J. E. Bernard, E. McCullough, and A. J. Alcock, “High gain, diode-pumped Nd:YVO4 slab amplifier,” Opt. Commun. 109(1-2), 109–114 (1994).
[Crossref]

1993 (1)

1981 (1)

Aboites, V.

J. H. García-López, V. Aboites, A. V. Kir’yanov, M. J. Damzen, and A. Minassian, “High repetition rate Q-switching of high power Nd:YVO4 slab laser,” Opt. Commun. 218(1-3), 155–160 (2003).
[Crossref]

Agnesi, A.

A. Agnesi, P. Dallocchio, F. Pirzio, and G. Reali, “Sub-nanosecond single-frequency 10-kHz diode-pumped MOPA laser,” Appl. Phys. B 98(4), 737–741 (2010).
[Crossref]

A. Agnesi, F. Pirzio, G. Reali, and G. Piccinno, “Subnanosecond diode-pumped passively Q-switched Nd:GdVO4 laser with peak power >1 MW,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 89(10), 101120 (2006).
[Crossref]

Alcock, A. J.

J. E. Bernard, E. McCullough, and A. J. Alcock, “High gain, diode-pumped Nd:YVO4 slab amplifier,” Opt. Commun. 109(1-2), 109–114 (1994).
[Crossref]

J. E. Bernard and A. J. Alcock, “High-efficiency diode-pumped Nd:YVO4 slab laser,” Opt. Lett. 18(12), 968–970 (1993).
[Crossref] [PubMed]

Balembois, F.

Bernard, J. E.

J. E. Bernard, E. McCullough, and A. J. Alcock, “High gain, diode-pumped Nd:YVO4 slab amplifier,” Opt. Commun. 109(1-2), 109–114 (1994).
[Crossref]

J. E. Bernard and A. J. Alcock, “High-efficiency diode-pumped Nd:YVO4 slab laser,” Opt. Lett. 18(12), 968–970 (1993).
[Crossref] [PubMed]

Chen, X.

X. Chen, W. T. Lotshaw, A. L. Ortiz, P. R. Staver, C. E. Erikson, M. H. McLaughlin, and T. J. Rockstroh, “Laser drilling of advanced materials: effects of peak power, pulse format, and wavelength,” J. Laser Appl. 8(5), 233 (1996).
[Crossref]

Chistyakov, V.

Y. A. Tarakanov, D. Ilyushenkov, V. Chistyakov, M. Odnoblyudov, and S. Gurevich, “Picosecond pulse generation by internal gain switching in laser diodes,” J. Appl. Phys. 95(5), 2223–2229 (2004).
[Crossref]

Dallocchio, P.

A. Agnesi, P. Dallocchio, F. Pirzio, and G. Reali, “Sub-nanosecond single-frequency 10-kHz diode-pumped MOPA laser,” Appl. Phys. B 98(4), 737–741 (2010).
[Crossref]

Damzen, M. J.

D. J. Farrell and M. J. Damzen, “High power scaling of a passively modelocked laser oscillator in a bounce geometry,” Opt. Express 15(8), 4781–4786 (2007).
[Crossref] [PubMed]

A. Minassian, B. A. Thompson, G. R. Smith, and M. J. Damzen, “High-power scaling (>100 W) of a diode-pumped TEM00 Nd:GdVO4 laser system,” IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 11(3), 621–625 (2005).
[Crossref]

J. H. García-López, V. Aboites, A. V. Kir’yanov, M. J. Damzen, and A. Minassian, “High repetition rate Q-switching of high power Nd:YVO4 slab laser,” Opt. Commun. 218(1-3), 155–160 (2003).
[Crossref]

A. Minassian, B. Thompson, and M. J. Damzen, “Ultrahigh-efficiency TEM00 diode-side-pumped Nd:YVO4 laser,” Appl. Phys. B 76(4), 341–343 (2003).
[Crossref]

Délen, X.

Dill, C.

Do, B. T.

A. V. Smith, B. T. Do, G. R. Hadley, and R. L. Farrow, “Optical damage limits to pulse energy from fibers,” IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 15(1), 153–158 (2009).
[Crossref]

Du, D.

X. Liu, D. Du, and G. Mourou, “Laser ablation and micromachining with ultrashort laser pulses,” IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 33(10), 1706–1716 (1997).
[Crossref]

Dupriez, P.

P. Dupriez, A. Piper, A. Malinowski, J. K. Sahu, M. Ibsen, B. C. Thomsen, Y. Jeong, L. M. B. Hickey, M. N. Zervas, J. Nilsson, and D. J. Richardson, “High average power, high repetition rate, picosecond pulsed fiber master oscillator power amplifier source seeded by a gain-switched laser diode at 1060 nm,” IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 18(9), 1013–1015 (2006).
[Crossref]

Eikema, K. S. E.

J. Morgenweg and K. S. E. Eikema, “A 1.8 mJ, picosecond Nd:YVO4 bounce amplifier pump front-end system for high-accuracy XUV-frequency comb spectroscopy,” Laser Phys. Lett. 9(11), 781–785 (2012).
[Crossref]

Erikson, C. E.

X. Chen, W. T. Lotshaw, A. L. Ortiz, P. R. Staver, C. E. Erikson, M. H. McLaughlin, and T. J. Rockstroh, “Laser drilling of advanced materials: effects of peak power, pulse format, and wavelength,” J. Laser Appl. 8(5), 233 (1996).
[Crossref]

Farrell, D. J.

Farrow, R. L.

A. V. Smith, B. T. Do, G. R. Hadley, and R. L. Farrow, “Optical damage limits to pulse energy from fibers,” IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 15(1), 153–158 (2009).
[Crossref]

Freitag, I.

Gao, C.

García-López, J. H.

J. H. García-López, V. Aboites, A. V. Kir’yanov, M. J. Damzen, and A. Minassian, “High repetition rate Q-switching of high power Nd:YVO4 slab laser,” Opt. Commun. 218(1-3), 155–160 (2003).
[Crossref]

Georges, P.

Gower, M. C.

Gurevich, S.

Y. A. Tarakanov, D. Ilyushenkov, V. Chistyakov, M. Odnoblyudov, and S. Gurevich, “Picosecond pulse generation by internal gain switching in laser diodes,” J. Appl. Phys. 95(5), 2223–2229 (2004).
[Crossref]

Hadley, G. R.

A. V. Smith, B. T. Do, G. R. Hadley, and R. L. Farrow, “Optical damage limits to pulse energy from fibers,” IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 15(1), 153–158 (2009).
[Crossref]

Hickey, L. M. B.

P. Dupriez, A. Piper, A. Malinowski, J. K. Sahu, M. Ibsen, B. C. Thomsen, Y. Jeong, L. M. B. Hickey, M. N. Zervas, J. Nilsson, and D. J. Richardson, “High average power, high repetition rate, picosecond pulsed fiber master oscillator power amplifier source seeded by a gain-switched laser diode at 1060 nm,” IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 18(9), 1013–1015 (2006).
[Crossref]

Hirtz, J. P.

N. Stelmakh, J. M. Lourtioz, G. Marquebielle, G. Volluet, and J. P. Hirtz, “Generation of high-energy (0.3 μJ) short pulses (<400 ps) from a gain-switched laser diode stack with subnanosecond electrical pump pulses,” IEEE. J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 3(2), 245–249 (1997).
[Crossref]

Hohmuth, R.

A. Steinmetz, D. Nodop, J. Limpert, R. Hohmuth, W. Richter, and A. Tünnermann, “2 MHz repetition rate, 200 ps pulse duration from a monolithic, passively Q-switched microchip laser,” Appl. Phys. B 97(2), 317–320 (2009).
[Crossref]

Ibsen, M.

P. Dupriez, A. Piper, A. Malinowski, J. K. Sahu, M. Ibsen, B. C. Thomsen, Y. Jeong, L. M. B. Hickey, M. N. Zervas, J. Nilsson, and D. J. Richardson, “High average power, high repetition rate, picosecond pulsed fiber master oscillator power amplifier source seeded by a gain-switched laser diode at 1060 nm,” IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 18(9), 1013–1015 (2006).
[Crossref]

Ilyushenkov, D.

Y. A. Tarakanov, D. Ilyushenkov, V. Chistyakov, M. Odnoblyudov, and S. Gurevich, “Picosecond pulse generation by internal gain switching in laser diodes,” J. Appl. Phys. 95(5), 2223–2229 (2004).
[Crossref]

Jeong, Y.

P. Dupriez, A. Piper, A. Malinowski, J. K. Sahu, M. Ibsen, B. C. Thomsen, Y. Jeong, L. M. B. Hickey, M. N. Zervas, J. Nilsson, and D. J. Richardson, “High average power, high repetition rate, picosecond pulsed fiber master oscillator power amplifier source seeded by a gain-switched laser diode at 1060 nm,” IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 18(9), 1013–1015 (2006).
[Crossref]

Kan, H.

Kir’yanov, A. V.

J. H. García-López, V. Aboites, A. V. Kir’yanov, M. J. Damzen, and A. Minassian, “High repetition rate Q-switching of high power Nd:YVO4 slab laser,” Opt. Commun. 218(1-3), 155–160 (2003).
[Crossref]

Limpert, J.

A. Steinmetz, D. Nodop, J. Limpert, R. Hohmuth, W. Richter, and A. Tünnermann, “2 MHz repetition rate, 200 ps pulse duration from a monolithic, passively Q-switched microchip laser,” Appl. Phys. B 97(2), 317–320 (2009).
[Crossref]

Littman, M. G.

Liu, H.

Liu, K.

Liu, X.

X. Liu, D. Du, and G. Mourou, “Laser ablation and micromachining with ultrashort laser pulses,” IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 33(10), 1706–1716 (1997).
[Crossref]

Lotshaw, W. T.

X. Chen, W. T. Lotshaw, A. L. Ortiz, P. R. Staver, C. E. Erikson, M. H. McLaughlin, and T. J. Rockstroh, “Laser drilling of advanced materials: effects of peak power, pulse format, and wavelength,” J. Laser Appl. 8(5), 233 (1996).
[Crossref]

Lourtioz, J. M.

N. Stelmakh, J. M. Lourtioz, G. Marquebielle, G. Volluet, and J. P. Hirtz, “Generation of high-energy (0.3 μJ) short pulses (<400 ps) from a gain-switched laser diode stack with subnanosecond electrical pump pulses,” IEEE. J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 3(2), 245–249 (1997).
[Crossref]

Malinowski, A.

P. Dupriez, A. Piper, A. Malinowski, J. K. Sahu, M. Ibsen, B. C. Thomsen, Y. Jeong, L. M. B. Hickey, M. N. Zervas, J. Nilsson, and D. J. Richardson, “High average power, high repetition rate, picosecond pulsed fiber master oscillator power amplifier source seeded by a gain-switched laser diode at 1060 nm,” IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 18(9), 1013–1015 (2006).
[Crossref]

Marquebielle, G.

N. Stelmakh, J. M. Lourtioz, G. Marquebielle, G. Volluet, and J. P. Hirtz, “Generation of high-energy (0.3 μJ) short pulses (<400 ps) from a gain-switched laser diode stack with subnanosecond electrical pump pulses,” IEEE. J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 3(2), 245–249 (1997).
[Crossref]

McCullough, E.

J. E. Bernard, E. McCullough, and A. J. Alcock, “High gain, diode-pumped Nd:YVO4 slab amplifier,” Opt. Commun. 109(1-2), 109–114 (1994).
[Crossref]

McLaughlin, M. H.

X. Chen, W. T. Lotshaw, A. L. Ortiz, P. R. Staver, C. E. Erikson, M. H. McLaughlin, and T. J. Rockstroh, “Laser drilling of advanced materials: effects of peak power, pulse format, and wavelength,” J. Laser Appl. 8(5), 233 (1996).
[Crossref]

Minassian, A.

A. Minassian, B. A. Thompson, G. R. Smith, and M. J. Damzen, “High-power scaling (>100 W) of a diode-pumped TEM00 Nd:GdVO4 laser system,” IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 11(3), 621–625 (2005).
[Crossref]

J. H. García-López, V. Aboites, A. V. Kir’yanov, M. J. Damzen, and A. Minassian, “High repetition rate Q-switching of high power Nd:YVO4 slab laser,” Opt. Commun. 218(1-3), 155–160 (2003).
[Crossref]

A. Minassian, B. Thompson, and M. J. Damzen, “Ultrahigh-efficiency TEM00 diode-side-pumped Nd:YVO4 laser,” Appl. Phys. B 76(4), 341–343 (2003).
[Crossref]

Morgenweg, J.

J. Morgenweg and K. S. E. Eikema, “A 1.8 mJ, picosecond Nd:YVO4 bounce amplifier pump front-end system for high-accuracy XUV-frequency comb spectroscopy,” Laser Phys. Lett. 9(11), 781–785 (2012).
[Crossref]

Mourou, G.

X. Liu, D. Du, and G. Mourou, “Laser ablation and micromachining with ultrashort laser pulses,” IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 33(10), 1706–1716 (1997).
[Crossref]

Nilsson, J.

P. Dupriez, A. Piper, A. Malinowski, J. K. Sahu, M. Ibsen, B. C. Thomsen, Y. Jeong, L. M. B. Hickey, M. N. Zervas, J. Nilsson, and D. J. Richardson, “High average power, high repetition rate, picosecond pulsed fiber master oscillator power amplifier source seeded by a gain-switched laser diode at 1060 nm,” IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 18(9), 1013–1015 (2006).
[Crossref]

Nodop, D.

A. Steinmetz, D. Nodop, J. Limpert, R. Hohmuth, W. Richter, and A. Tünnermann, “2 MHz repetition rate, 200 ps pulse duration from a monolithic, passively Q-switched microchip laser,” Appl. Phys. B 97(2), 317–320 (2009).
[Crossref]

Odnoblyudov, M.

Y. A. Tarakanov, D. Ilyushenkov, V. Chistyakov, M. Odnoblyudov, and S. Gurevich, “Picosecond pulse generation by internal gain switching in laser diodes,” J. Appl. Phys. 95(5), 2223–2229 (2004).
[Crossref]

Ortiz, A. L.

X. Chen, W. T. Lotshaw, A. L. Ortiz, P. R. Staver, C. E. Erikson, M. H. McLaughlin, and T. J. Rockstroh, “Laser drilling of advanced materials: effects of peak power, pulse format, and wavelength,” J. Laser Appl. 8(5), 233 (1996).
[Crossref]

Piccinno, G.

A. Agnesi, F. Pirzio, G. Reali, and G. Piccinno, “Subnanosecond diode-pumped passively Q-switched Nd:GdVO4 laser with peak power >1 MW,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 89(10), 101120 (2006).
[Crossref]

Piper, A.

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Figures (9)

Fig. 1
Fig. 1 Schematic diagram of the MOPA system with gain-switched diode laser seeding a pre-amplifier and power amplifier, both in the bounce geometry. HCL and VCL are horizontal and vertical cylindrical lenses, respectively; OI are optical isolators and HWP are half waveplates.
Fig. 2
Fig. 2 Spectrum of the wavelength-tuned diode seed laser and its matching to the ASE of the pre-amplifier gain medium.
Fig. 3
Fig. 3 Bounce amplifier geometry showing central beam path with bounce angle θ, and pumped length of crystal l, with absorption depth x0.
Fig. 4
Fig. 4 Output power versus pump power at different bounce angles of pre-amplifier
Fig. 5
Fig. 5 Gain of the amplifier in dB as a function of seed power at 5° bounce angle, for two different pump powers.
Fig. 6
Fig. 6 Output power versus pump power for different input seed pulse durations (and hence seed powers).
Fig. 7
Fig. 7 Average output power for different pulse durations, with varying pump power, at 100kHz.
Fig. 8
Fig. 8 (a) Average output power with varying repetition rate. (b) Peak pulse power with varying repetition rate for fixed seed input duration 3.5ns. Note that the input seed average power changes proportionately with repetition rate change.
Fig. 9
Fig. 9 Temporal profile of laser diode seed and amplified pulse. (a) Seed pulse duration of 3.5ns, showing negligible pulse shortening. (b) Seed pulse duration of 60ns, showing the FWHM pulse duration decrease to 21 ns due to pulse reshaping by gain saturation.

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g(θ)= 2 α 0 x 0 sin(θ) [ 1exp( ltan(θ) 2 x 0 ) ]

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