In the laboratories of the Max-Planck-Institute of Quantum Optics the LAP-team around Prof. Matthias Kling and Dr. Thomas Nubbemeyer has made the first steps towards a new high-power light source for few-cycle femtosecond pulses. Based on Optical Parametric Chirped Pulse Amplification (OPCPA) and on the well-established and highly reliable Thin-Disk Laser technology, the new laser system will provide CEP-stable light pulses in the visible as well as the mid-infrared spectral range with several millijoules of pulse energy.
Upon completion this laser system will be used for operating the Attosecond beamlines ATTO-1 and ATTO-2 with a significantly higher pulse repetition rate of 10.000 shots per second. Currently the main high-power laser amplifier is being set up by our scientists. This amplifier, as it builds upon the Thin-Disk laser principle, will be able to provide more than 1 Kilowatt of average output power which in turn is going to be be used for pumping the two OPCPA channels in the visible and mid-IR range.