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Opt Lett. 2008 Jan 15;33(2):107-9.

Stretcher-free high energy nonlinear amplification of femtosecond pulses in rod-type fibers.

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  • 1Centre Lasers Intenses et Applications, Universit√© de Bordeaux 1, CNRS, CEA 351 cours de la Lib√©ration, 33405 Talence, France.


We report on the study of direct amplification of femtosecond pulses in an 80 mum core diameter microstructured Yb-doped rod-type fiber amplifier in the nonlinear regime. The system includes a compact single grating compressor for the compensation of the small dispersion in the amplifier. With a 1250 line/mm (l/mm) grating-based compressor, pulses as short as 49 fs with 870 nJ pulse energy and 12 MW peak power are obtained. Alternatively, the use of a 1740 l/mm grating allows the production of higher quality pulses of 70 fs, 1.25 microJ pulse energy, and 16 MW peak power.

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