Faculté des sciences

Ultrafast thin-disk laser with 80 µJ pulse energy and 242 W of average power

Saraceno, Clara J ; Emaury, Florian ; Schriber, Cinia ; Hoffmann, Martin ; Golling, Matthias ; Südmeyer, Thomas ; Keller, Ursula

In: Optics Letters, 2014, vol. 39, no. 1, p. 9-12

We present a semiconductor saturable absorber mirror (SESAM) mode-locked thin-disk laser generating 80 µJ of pulse energy without additional amplification. This laser oscillator operates at a repetition rate of 3.03 MHz and delivers up to 242 W of average output power with a pulse duration of 1.07 ps, resulting in an output peak power of 66 MW. In order to minimize the parasitic nonlinearity of... More

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    We present a semiconductor saturable absorber mirror (SESAM) mode-locked thin-disk laser generating 80 µJ of pulse energy without additional amplification. This laser oscillator operates at a repetition rate of 3.03 MHz and delivers up to 242 W of average output power with a pulse duration of 1.07 ps, resulting in an output peak power of 66 MW. In order to minimize the parasitic nonlinearity of the air inside the laser cavity, the oscillator was operated in a vacuum environment. To start and stabilize soliton mode locking, we used an optimized high-damage threshold, low-loss SESAM. With this new milestone result, we have successfully scaled the pulse energy of ultrafast laser oscillators to a new performance regime and can predict that pulse energies of several hundreds of microjoules will become possible in the near future. Such lasers are interesting for both industrial and scientific applications, for example for precise micromachining and attosecond science.