A novel monolithic fiber-optic chirped pulse amplification (CPA) system for high energy, femtosecond pulse generation is proposed and experimentally demonstrated. By employing a high gain amplifier comprising merely 20 cm of high efficiency media (HEM) gain fiber, an optimal balance of output pulse energy, optical efficiency, and B-integral is achieved. The HEM amplifier is fabricated from erbium-doped phosphate glass fiber and yields gain of 1.443 dB/cm with slope efficiency >45%. We experimentally demonstrate near diffraction-limited beam quality and near transform-limited femtosecond pulse quality at 1.55 μm wavelength. With pulse energy >100 μJ and pulse duration of 636 fs (FWHM), the peak power is estimated to be ∑160 MW. NAVAIR Public Release Distribution Statement A-"Approved for Public release; distribution is unlimited".
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics