Project Coordinator 4.1: Implementation of Lasers and Measuring Techniques
Development of advanced ultrashort pulse lasers, amplifiers, and parametric devices operating in the near- and mid-IR wavelength ranges including components and complete systems for direct implementation within other projects at MBI.
An example is the development of novel CPA laser sources emitting around 2 µm wavelength. This laser system operating at kilohertz repetition rate will serve as driver for OPCPA in the mid-IR. Figure (a) shows the simulated bifurcation diagram of a Ho:YLF regenerative amplifier (RA) at a 1 kHz repetition rate and 24 round trips indicating the most interesting operation regimes, i.e., stable double-pulsing (yellow coded bar) and the single-energy regime (green coded bar) beyond the final bifurcation point (BP final). Based on our model the RA is designed for operation in the single-energy regime beyond BPfinal. The measured complete RA bifurcation diagram of the re-designed RA at 1 kHz and 24 round trips is presented in Fig. (b). It agrees well with our numerical simulations [Fig. (a)]. Only the predicted multi-pulsing between 20 and 30 W pump power is less pronounced in the experiment. The highest pulse energy of 12 mJ can be extracted in the stable double-pulsing regime in the upper bifurcation branch (yellow coded bar), however at 0.5 kHz, the half of the repetition rate. BPfinal appears at a pump power of 47 W and denotes the transition to the single-energy regime where any multi-stabilities and chaotic behavior have been overcome. The extracted RA pulse energy of 9.7 mJ is the by far highest reported for 2-µm RAs operating in the single-energy regime. Taking into account the applied pump power of 50 W, the extraction efficiency is as high as 19.5%. Performing the transition from the stable double-pulsing to the single-energy regime, the RA’s pulse-to-pulse stability is further improved with a rms value <0.5%. Figure (c) shows the corresponding pulse stability measurement in the vicinity of BPfinal and beyond in the single-energy regime (green coded bar).
since 1992 Max Born Institute for Nonlinear Optics and Short Pulse Spectroscopy, Berlin, Germany, staff scientist and project coordinator.
1993 - 1996 Ph.D. thesis at the Optical Institute, Technical University Berlin, Germany, with Prof. Horst Weber,
Title of thesis: Fiber bundle lasers with high average power,
1989 - 1992 Institute of Nonlinear Optics and Short Pulse Spectroscopy, Berlin, Germany, staff scientist,
1986 - 1989 Institute of Mechanics, Chemnitz, Germany, staff scientist,
1981 - 1986 Diploma degree in Physics; Physics Department, University of Jena, Germany,
Title of thesis: Characterization of lattice distorsions in LiF crystals,
- 10-µJ few-cycle 12-µm source based on difference-frequency generation driven by a 1-kHz mid-wave infrared OPCPA Optics Letters 47 (2022) 2891-2894
- Tm,Ho:Ca(Gd,Lu)AlO4 crystals: Crystal growth, structure refinement and Judd-Ofelt analysis Journal of Luminescence 246 (2022) 118828/1-10
- Diode-pumped and tunable laser operation of Tm,Ho-codoped modified CNGG-type disordered crystals Proceedings of SPIE 11980 (2022) 198003/1-6
- Power-scalable sub-100-fs Tm laser at 2.08 μm High Power Laser Science and Engineering 9 (2021) e50/1-5
- SWCNT-SA mode-locked Tm,Ho:LCLNGG laser Optics Express 29 (2021) 40323-40332
- Sub-100 fs mode-locked Tm:CLTGG laser Optics Express 29 (2021) 31137-31144
- Spectroscopy and efficient laser operation around 2.8 μm of Er:(Lu,Sc)2O3 sesquioxide ceramics Journal of Luminescence 240 (2021) 118373/1-11
- Kerr-lens mode-locked Tm-doped sesquioxide ceramic laser Optics Letters 46 (2021) 3428-3431
- Spectroscopy and laser operation of highly-doped 10 at.% Yb:(Lu,Sc)2O3 ceramics Optical Materials 117 (2021) 111128/1-7
- Femtosecond multi-10-mJ pulses at 2 µm wavelength by compression in a hollow-core fiber Optics Letters 42 (2021) 3033-3036