Thomas Metzger, Trumpf Scientific Lasers, Germany
Clara Saraceno, Ruhr Universität Bochum, Germany
Thomas Spinka, LLNL, USA
Ultrafast laser systems combining high peak power and high repetition rate are desired in an extremely large variety of applications, both in scientific and industrial environments. Driven by these applications, the last several years have seen a tremendous increase in research related to high average power ultrafast laser systems and corresponding technologies, which has resulted in exponential progress in achievable performance. Several technologies, mostly based on Yb-doped slabs, fibers and disks, have surpassed the kilowatt average power milestone and continue to push the limits.
This symposium aims to, in a single forum, review the latest progress, trends, and current challenges in the area of high average power ultrafast lasers of all architectures (fiber, disk, and slab lasers), and discuss application needs that will shape the development of these lasers over the next several years