Université de Neuchâtel

Sub-100-fs Kerr lens mode-locked Yb:Lu2O3 thin-disk laser oscillator operating at 21 W average power

Modsching, Norbert ; Drs, Jakub ; Fischer, Julien ; Paradis, Clément ; Labaye, François ; Gaponenko, Maxim ; Kränkel, Christian ; Wittwer, Valentin J ; Südmeyer, Thomas

In: Optics Express, 2019, vol. 27, no. 11, p. 16111-16120

We investigate power-scaling of a Kerr lens mode-locked (KLM) Yb:Lu2O3 thin-disk laser (TDL) oscillator operating in the sub-100-fs pulse duration regime. Employing a scheme with higher round-trip gain by increasing the number of passes through the thin-disk gain element, we increase the average power by a factor of two and the optical-to-optical efficiency by a factor of...

Université de Neuchâtel

Kerr lens mode-locked Yb:CALGO thin-disk laser

Modsching, Norbert ; Paradis, Clément ; Labaye, François ; Gaponenko, Maxim ; Graumann, Ivan J ; Diebold, Andreas ; Emaury, Florian ; Wittwer, Valentin J ; Südmeyer, Thomas

In: Optics Letters, 2018, vol. 43, no. 4, p. 879-882

We demonstrate the first Kerr lens mode-locked Yb:CaGdAlO4 (Yb:CALGO) thin-disk laser oscillator. It generates pulses with a duration of 30 fs at a central wavelength of 1048 nm and a repetition rate of 124 MHz. The laser emits the shortest pulses generated by a thin-disk laser oscillator, equal to the shortest pulse duration obtained by Yb-doped bulk oscillators. The average output...

Université de Neuchâtel

Extreme ultraviolet light source at a megahertz repetition rate based on high-harmonic generation inside a mode-locked thin-disk laser oscillator

Labaye, François ; Gaponenko, Maxim ; Wittwer, Valentin J ; Diebold, A ; Paradis, Clément ; Modsching, Norbert Paul ; Merceron, Loïc ; Emaury, F ; Graumann, I.J ; Phillips, C.R ; Saraceno, C.J ; Kränkel, C ; Keller, Ursula ; Südmeyer, Thomas

In: Optics Letters, 2017, vol. 42, no. 24, p. 5170-5173

We demonstrate a compact extreme ultraviolet (XUV) source based on high-harmonic generation (HHG) driven directly inside the cavity of a mode-locked thin-disk laser oscillator. The laser is directly diode-pumped at a power of only 51 W and operates at a wavelength of 1034 nm and a 17.35 MHz repetition rate. We drive HHG in a high-pressure xenon gas jet with an intracavity peak intensity of...