Constant laser pulse amplification by means of a special master oscillator power amplifier - MOPA
Current amplifier systems reach their limits if they have to switch or modulate the pulses quickly at high power and high repetition rates (multi-MHz). Even external, modulators exhibit limitation in speed or power handling and can be rather expensive. Therefore, they are used at an earlier stage (where the power is low) in the amplifiers chain. However, typical problems are the modulation of the pulse on the workpiece including excessively high energy of the first pulse, which might damage the system, or a strong fluctuation of the pulse energy over a series of pulses, which then leads to inconsistent processing results.
Thanks to the novel amplifier system it is now possible to ensure steady conditions within the amplifier chain at high power and repetition rates of the pulses during the switching operations and/or pulse modulation. Therefore, uniform pulse characteristics are created throughout the process.
In order to ensure maximum consistency, a second beam is added to the main beam, which passes through the amplifier, complimentary to the main beam. After passing through the amplifier, the second beam is separated by its polarization orthogonal to the main beam. Depending on the configuration, the system can be adapted to various polarization states (including radial or azimuthal polarization).
- ultrafast beam modulation at very high power and repetition rates
- constant pulse characteristics, in particular pulse energy
- stable beam on the workpiece
- suitable for pulse-on-demand applications
- suitable for linear as well as radial/ azimuthal polarization