Advancing the capability of high energy Yb:YAG lasers: multilayer coatings, pulse shaping and post compression
Recently, cryogenically cooled Yb-doped amplifiers have been successfully scaled both in output energy and in repetition rate. The performance of such laser systems and their applications can be expanded by advancements in the development of optical coatings, that allow for scaling to higher pulse energies; as well as improvements in pulse shaping that include shorter pulse durations and the generation of programmable sequences of ultrashort pulses. This dissertation focuses on realizing the improvements mentioned above for cryogenic Yb:YAG amplifiers. First it reports the evaluation of ion beam ...
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