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Title: Power limitations and pulse distortions in an Yb : KGW chirped-pulse amplification laser system

We have studied self-action effects (self-focusing and self-phase modulation) and stimulated Raman scattering in an Yb : KGW chirped-pulse amplification laser system. The results demonstrate that self-focusing in combination with thermal lensing may significantly limit the chirped pulse energy in this system (down to 200 μJ) even at a relatively long pulse duration (50 ps). Nonlinear lenses in the laser crystals in combination with thermal lenses bring the regenerative amplifier cavity in the laser system to the instability zone and limit the average output power at pulse repetition rates under 50 kHz. Self-phase modulation, a manifestation of self-action, may significantly distort a recompressed femtosecond pulse at energies near the self-focusing threshold. Stimulated Raman scattering in such a laser has a weaker effect on output parameters than do self-focusing and thermal lensing, and Raman spectra are only observed in the case of pulse energy instability. (nonlinear optical phenomena)
Authors:
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  1. KERI, Russia Science Seuol, 612, DMC, Hi-Tech Industry Center, 1580 Sangam-dong, Mapo-gu, 121-835 Seoul (Korea, Republic of)
  2. Federal State Unitary Enterprise ' Scientific and Industrial Corporation 'Vavilov State Optical Institute', St. Petersburg (Russian Federation)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22303385
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Quantum Electronics (Woodbury, N.Y.); Journal Volume: 43; Journal Issue: 8; Other Information: Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
71 CLASSICAL AND QUANTUM MECHANICS, GENERAL PHYSICS; AMPLIFICATION; AMPLIFIERS; FOCUSING; INSTABILITY; LASERS; LENSES; MODULATION; NONLINEAR PROBLEMS; PULSES; RAMAN EFFECT; RAMAN SPECTRA