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26 April 2019 Monocrystalline materials for high-power ultrafast lasers
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Crytur is a company with long tradition of growing and processing crystals for technical applications, with history reaching back to 1943. Recently we have developed Crystal Improved Growth (CRIG) method for production of large core-free single crystals of YAG. The diameter currently achieved is 140 mm (in case of undoped crystal), and the crystal weight is up to 10 kg. The method was used to grow un-doped YAG crystals, YAG:Ce crystals for large scintillating screens, and Yb:YAG and Nd:YAG for high power solid-state laser systems.

Large laser slabs were manufactured from Yb:YAG doped crystals for Diode-Pumped Solid State Laser (DPSSL) system Amos, which operates within Extreme Light Infrastructure in the Czech republic (ELI Beamlines). The dimension of the largest Yb:YAG laser slab produced is 120×120×8 mm, there is no visible stress under crossed polarizers and the wavefront distortion in the clear aperture region is smaller than λ/10 (λ=633 nm) in its Peak-to-Valley value. The edges of the slab are from diffusively bonded Cr:YAG cladding in order to suppress ASE (Amplified Spontaneous Emission).

In 2018 the performance of three sets of laser slabs (ø55x5 mm) with differently realized ASE suppression was characterized at cryogenic temperatures at HiLASE Centre in terms of small signal gain measurements as well as amplification test under 30 J pumping at 1 Hz and 10 Hz repetition rates. We provide data that show that the crystal slabs have comparable properties to the ceramic slabs (produced by Konoshima company, Japan) currently in use at HiLASE.
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Jana Preclíková, Karel Bartoš, Jan Polák, Jan Kubát, Jan Pilař, Petr Navrátil, Martin Hanuš, Martin Divoký, Antonio Lucianetti, Martin Fibrich, Michal Košelja, Jonathan Tyler Green, Klaus Ertel, Jonathan Phillips, Mariastefania De Vido, Bedřich Rus, Tomáš Mocek, and Jindřich Houžvička "Monocrystalline materials for high-power ultrafast lasers ", Proc. SPIE 11033, High-Power, High-Energy, and High-Intensity Laser Technology IV, 1103306 (26 April 2019); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2524953
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