Cryogenic-cooled Yb:YAG amplifier for ns-pulses obtaining high optical efficiencies


Cryogenic-cooled Yb:YAG amplifier for ns-pulses obtaining high optical efficiencies

Koerner, J.; Liebetrau, H.; Hein, J.; Kahle, M.; Loeser, M.; Siebold, M.

Since typically low temperatures turn the quasi three level system of Yb:YAG into a four level system much higher efficiencies are expected by cryogenic cooling. Former experiments achieved efficiencies up to 30 % [3], which is below theoretical expectations [1,2]. To increase the efficiency through a better overlap between the pumped area and the seed beam profile, a novel all-reflective relay imaging amplifier has been built. Astigmatism compensation of the setup was achieved by folding the beam pass out of plane. The Yb:YAG crystal was placed in a liqiud nitrogen cooled mount inside a vaccum chamber.
The amplifier design allows to switch between different numbers of passes easily. In a six pass configuration a maximum optical-to-optical efficiency of 46% with a output energy of more than 600 mJ was achieved (s. Figure 1). With a slightly modified setup the output energy was increased to 1.1 J in a eight-pass scheme at a reduced efficiency of 36 %.

Keywords: diode-pumped lasers; ytterbium doped materials

  • Contribution to proceedings
    Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (CLEO) Europe, 22.-26.05.2011, M├╝nchen, Deutschland
    Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, CA10.3

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