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Development of high average power picosecond laser systems

Burns, D. and Valentine, G.J. and Bente, E.A.J.M. and Ferguson, A.I. (2003) Development of high average power picosecond laser systems. In: Laser resonators and beam control V: Proceedings SPIE 2002. SPIE, p. 129. ISBN 0819443689

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Abstract

The use of semiconductor saturable absorbers has emerged as an enabling technology in modern passively modelocked laser systems. Their application to high power picosecond lasers, most notably Nd-doped lasers, has produced systems with average power levels of a few tens of watts. In this paper, the development of these laser systems to the 100W level and above will be outlined.