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A New Generation of High-Power, Waveform Controlled, Few-Cycle Light Sources


  • Nominated as an outstanding Ph.D. thesis by the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics, Garching, Germany

  • Readily understable introduction to the field

  • Fully illustrated with extensive reference list


Part of the Springer Theses book series (Springer Theses)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Marcus Seidel
    Pages 1-35
  3. Marcus Seidel
    Pages 75-152
  4. Marcus Seidel
    Pages 153-200
  5. Marcus Seidel
    Pages 201-211
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 213-227

About this book


This thesis presents first successful experiments to carrier-envelope-phase stabilize a high-power mode-locked thin-disk oscillator and to compress the pulses emitted from this laser to durations of only a few-optical cycles. Moreover, the monograph introduces several methods to achieve power-scalability of compression and stabilization techniques. All experimental approaches are compared in detail and may serve as a guideline for developing high-power waveform controlled, few-cycle light sources which offer tremendous potential to exploit extreme nonlinear optical effects at unprecedentedly high repetition rates and to establish table-top infrared light sources with a unique combination of brilliance and bandwidth. As an example, the realization of a multi-Watt, multi-octave spanning, mid-infrared femtosecond source is described. The thesis starts with a basic introduction to the field of ultrafast laser oscillators. It subsequently presents additional details of previously published research results and establishes a connection between them. It therefore addresses both newcomers to, and experts in the field of high-power ultrafast laser development.


Femtosecond Lasers Thin-Disk Oscillators Spectral Broadening in Bulk and Fiber Pulse Compression Carrier-Envelope-Phase Stabilization Coherent Mid-Infrared Sources Optical Parametric Amplification Few-Cycle Pulses Ultrafast Laser Technology High Power Lasers

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Institut de Science et d’Ingénierie SupramoléculairesStrasbourgFrance

About the authors

Marcus Seidel was born in Marienberg, Germany, in 1986. He studied physics at the Free University of Berlin, Germany, and the University of Rostock, Germany, from where he received his Diploma in Physics in 2012. Additionally, he obtained an M.Sc. degree in optics and photonics from the University of Central Florida in 2011. From 2012 to 2017, he conducted his PhD work at the Max-Planck Institute of Quantum Optics (MPQ) in Garching, Germany. Since mid-2017, he has been working as a postdoc in the Nanostructures Laboratory at the Institut de Science et d'Ingénierie Supramoléculaires (I.S.I.S.) in Strasbourg, France.

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