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Optimization of high performance ultrafast fiber laser systems to > 10 GW peak power

: Schimpf, D.N.; Limpert, J.; Tünnermann, A.


Journal of the Optical Society of America. B, Optical physics 27 (2010), No.10, pp.2051-2060
ISSN: 0740-3224
ISSN: 1520-8540
Journal Article
Fraunhofer IOF ()

We show that the peak powers of ytterbium-doped fiber chirped pulse amplification (CPA) can be scaled by at least 1 order of magnitude (in the transform limit) as compared to current systems by using a different spectral region of operation. A simple and fast model for saturated broadband fiber CPA systems is developed and applied to study the impact of the interplay between the spectrally dependent small signal gain and the saturation on the output bandwidth. The influence of self-phase modulation on the recompression of the pulse is discussed. It can be shown that the novel operation regime exhibits superior performance even if nonlinear effects are considered. The numerical results are significant for the design of the next generation of ultrafast high power fiber lasers.