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88 W 0.5 mJ femtosecond laser pulses from two coherently combined fiber amplifiers

 
: Seise, E.; Klenke, A.; Breitkopf, S.; Limpert, J.; Tünnermann, A.

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Optics Letters 36 (2011), No.19, pp.3858-3860
ISSN: 0146-9592
English
Journal Article
Fraunhofer IOF ()

Abstract
The generation of 0.5 mJ femtosecond laser pulses by coherent combining of two high power high energy fiber chirped-pulse amplifiers is reported. The system is running at a repetition frequency of 175 kHz producing 88 W of average power after the compressor unit. Polarizing beam splitters have been used to realize an amplifying Mach-Zehnder interferometer, which has been stabilized with a Hänsch-Couillaud measurement system. The stabilized system possesses a measured residual rms phase difference fluctuation between the two branches as low as ?/70 rad at the maximum power level. The experiment proves that coherent addition of femtosecond fiber lasers can be efficiently and reliably performed at high B-integral and considerable thermal load in the individual amplifiers.

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