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Thermal properties of borate crystals for high power optical parametric chirped-pulse amplification

: Riedel, R.; Rothardt, J.; Beil, K.; Gronloh, B.; Klenke, A.; Höppner, H.; Schulz, M.; Teubner, U.; Kränkel, C.; Limpert, J.; Tünnermann, A.; Prandolini, M.J.; Tavella, F.

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Optics Express 22 (2014), No.15, pp.17607-17619
ISSN: 1094-4087
Journal Article, Electronic Publication
Fraunhofer ILT ()

The potential of borate crystals, BBO, LBO and BiBO, for high average power scaling of optical parametric chirped-pulse amplifiers is investigated. Up-to-date measurements of the absorption coefficients at 515 nm and the thermal conductivities are presented. The measured absorption coefficients are a factor of 10–100 lower than reported by the literature for BBO and LBO. For BBO, a large variation of the absorption coefficients was found between crystals from different manufacturers. The linear and nonlinear absorption coefficients at 515 nm as well as thermal conductivities were determined for the first time for BiBO. Further, different crystal cooling methods are presented. In addition, the limits to power scaling of OPCPAs are discussed.