M. Hinkelmann
D. Wandt
U. Morgner
J. Neumann
D. Kracht

High repetition rate, µJ-level, CPA-free ultrashort pulse multipass amplifier based on Ho:YLF

Opt. Express
Type: Zeitschriftenaufsatz (reviewed)
We report on CPA-free multipass amplification of ps-pulses in Holmium-doped yttrium lithium fluoride (Ho:YLF) crystals up to μJ pulse energy covering repetition rates from 10 kHz up to 500 kHz. The seed pulses at a wavelength of 2.05 μm are provided by a Ho-based all-fiber system consisting of a soliton oscillator and a subsequent pre-amplifier followed by a free-space AOM as pulse-picker. Considering the achieved pulse peak power at MW-level, this system is a powerful tool for efficient pumping of parametric conversion stages addressing the highly demanded mid-IR spectral region.