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275 W average output power from a femtosecond thin disk oscillator operated in a vacuum environment

Saraceno, Clara J ; Emaury, Florian ; Heckl, Oliver. H ; Baer, Cyrill. R. E ; Hoffmann, Martin ; Schriber, Cinia ; Golling, Matthias ; Südmeyer, Thomas ; Keller, Ursula

In: Optics Express, 2012, vol. 20, no. 21, p. 23535-23541

We present an ultrafast thin disk laser that generates an average output power of 275 W, which is higher than any other modelocked laser oscillator. It is based on the gain material Yb:YAG and operates at a pulse duration of 583 fs and a repetition rate of 16.3 MHz resulting in a pulse energy of 16.9 µJ and a peak power of 25.6 MW. A SESAM designed for high damage threshold initiated and... More

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    We present an ultrafast thin disk laser that generates an average output power of 275 W, which is higher than any other modelocked laser oscillator. It is based on the gain material Yb:YAG and operates at a pulse duration of 583 fs and a repetition rate of 16.3 MHz resulting in a pulse energy of 16.9 µJ and a peak power of 25.6 MW. A SESAM designed for high damage threshold initiated and stabilized soliton modelocking. We reduced the nonlinearity of the atmosphere inside the cavity by several orders of magnitude by operating the oscillator in a vacuum environment. Thus soliton modelocking was achieved at moderate amounts of self-phase modulation and negative group delay dispersion. Our approach opens a new avenue for power scaling femtosecond oscillators to the kW level.