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  • CLEO/Europe and EQEC 2011 Conference Digest
  • OSA Technical Digest (CD) (Optica Publishing Group, 2011),
  • paper CJ6_1

High Power Ultrafast Fiber Lasers and Amplifiers: Design, Performance and Potential

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Abstract

The recent demonstration of rare earth doped fiber lasers with a continuous wave output power approaching the 10 kW level with diffraction limited beam quality has proven that fiber lasers constitute a power scalable solid state laser concept. To generate intense pulses from a fiber several fundamental limitations have to be overcome. Nevertheless, novel experimental strategies and fiber designs offer an enormous potential towards ultrafast laser systems with high average powers (>kW) and high peak power (>GW). The challenges, achievements and perspectives of ultrashort pulse generation and amplification in fibers will be reviewed.

© 2011 Optical Society of America

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