Development of a high power chirped pulse amplification laser for driving secondary sources
Laser applications which require high energy ultrashort laser pulses have been limited in repetition rate. This dissertation describes the development of high repetition rate, high energy, all diode pumped ultrashort pulse Yb:YAG lasers and their use in two selected applications. Yb:YAG is an attractive gain medium for high average power, ultrashort pulse laser operation. This material, with long upper level lifetime, is well suited for direct pumping by high power, narrow bandwidth laser diodes, and combined with a small quantum defect, minimal heating of the material is produced. Additionally, ...
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