Dynamic model of multipass ultrashort-pulse laser amplifiers and its application

Yi Yuh Hwang, Chau Hwang Lee, Jyhpyng Wang

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Abstract

We developed a dynamic model for evaluating the gain and amplified spontaneous emission of multipass ultrashort-pulse laser amplifiers. This model takes into account the time dependence of the population inversion that is due to the time-varying pump power and the evolution of the amplified spontaneous emission. For gain media of a short upper-state lifetime, a time-dependent analysis is essential for the model to extend beyond order-of-magnitude estimation. We verified the model with a femtosecond dye laser amplifier. The calculated output energy is accurate to within ±5% of the experimental data. We utilized this model to optimize the conversion efficiency of the dye laser amplifier under low-energy pumping. An efficiency of 2.3% is achieved with an optimal pump energy of only 4 ॖJ.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7802-7808
Number of pages7
JournalApplied Optics
Volume36
Issue number30
DOIs
StatePublished - 20 Oct 1997

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