Development of a Joule-class Yb:YAG amplifier and its implementation in a CPA system generating 1 TW pulses
Christoph Wandt, Sandro Klingebiel, Sebastian Keppler, Marco Hornung, Markus Loeser, Mathias Siebold, Christoph Skrobol, Alexander Kessel, Sergei A. Trushin, Zsuzsanna Major, Joachim Hein, Malte C. Kaluza, Ferenc Krausz and Stefan Karsch
Article first published online: 25 JUN 2014 | DOI: 10.1002/lpor.201400040
In this paper the development and implementation of a novel amplifier setup as an additional stage for the CPA pump laser of the Petawatt Field Synthesizer, currently developed at the Max-Planck-Institute of Quantum Optics, is presented. This amplifier design comprises 20 relay-imaged passes through the active medium which are arranged in rotational symmetry. As the gain material, an in-house-developed Yb:YAG active-mirror is used. With this setup, stretched 4 ns seed pulses are amplified to output energies exceeding 1 J with repetition rates of up to 2 Hz. Furthermore, a spectral bandwidth of 3.5 nm (FWHM) is maintained during amplification and the compression of the pulses down to their Fourier-limit of 740 fs is achieved. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first demonstration of 1 TW pulses generated via CPA in diode-pumped Yb:YAG.