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Analysis and performance of a picosecond dye laser amplifier chain

Koch, T. L. and Chiu, L. C. and Yariv, A. (1982) Analysis and performance of a picosecond dye laser amplifier chain. Journal of Applied Physics, 53 (9). pp. 6047-6059. ISSN 0021-8979. http://resolver.caltech.edu/CaltechAUTHORS:KOCjap82

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Abstract

A mathematical analysis is presented for dye laser amplifier chains used to amplify cw mode-locked dye laser pulses up to the gigawatt regime. The model permits a discussion of the important aspects of the problem such as gain saturation, pulse shaping, and the optimization of pumping efficiencies. Experimentally, an amplifier chain has been demonstrated which is simple in design and operation without sacrificing high performance. A frequency doubled Q-switched Nd:YAG oscillator alone is used to longitudinally pump three identical Brewster cells with the same flowing dye solution in each. The amplifier boosts the output of a synchronously mode-locked dye laser to obtain ~0.5 mJ ≾ 1 psec pulses over a ~400 Å bandwidth. These pulses are suitable for efficient Raman shifting, frequency mixing, and continuum generation to vastly extend the spectral range of the system. Some experimental results are presented to support the mathematical model.


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Additional Information:© 1982 American Institute of Physics. Received 5 February 1982; accepted for publication 20 April 1982. The authors would like to express their gratitude to Desmond Armstrong for his technical assistance in the synchronizing electronics and to Larry Begay for assistance in the construction of the experimental apparatus. We are also indebted to Ti Rong Chen for his assistance in taking experimental data. This work was supported by an N.S.F. grant and by N.S.F. Graduate Fellowship (T.L.K.).
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Subject Keywords:DYE LASERS, AMPLIFIERS, MATHEMATICAL MODELS, PERFORMANCE, MODE LOCKING, PULSES, GAIN, SATURATION, PULSE SHAPERS, OPTIMIZATION, OPTICAL PUMPING, FREQUENCY CONVERTERS, Q−SWITCHING, NEODYMIUM LASERS, SYNCHRONIZATION, RAMAN EFFECT, EXPERIMENTAL DATA
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