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Advantage of circularly polarized light in nonlinear fiber-amplifiers

: Schimpf, D.N.; Seise, E.; Eidam, T.; Hädrich, S.; Limpert, J.; Tünnermann, A.


Tankala, K. ; Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers -SPIE-, Bellingham/Wash.:
Fiber lasers VII. Technology, systems, and applications : 25 - 28 January 2010, San Francisco, California, United States; at SPIE Photonics West
Bellingham, WA: SPIE, 2010 (Proceedings of SPIE 7580)
ISBN: 978-0-8194-7976-1
Paper 75802E
Conference "Fiber Lasers - Technology, Systems, and Applications" <7, 2010, San Francisco/Calif.>
Photonics West Conference <2010, San Franciso/Calif.>
Conference Paper
Fraunhofer IOF ()
ultrafast laser; fiber laser and amplifier; Ytterbium; nonlinear fiber optic; photonic crystal fiber

We experimentally demonstrate that circular polarization state is beneficial if the Kerr-nonlinearity has to be lowered during the amplification of laser pulses. It can be shown that in a fiber-based chirped pulse amplification (CPA) system, the use of circularly and linearly polarized light result in different B-integrals, which are measured using phase-only pulse-shaping. The theoretical value of 2/3 for the ratio of the B-integrals of circularly and linearly polarized light is experimentally confirmed. Circularly polarized light facilitates peak-power scaling, moreover, the self-focussing threshold can be enhanced.