Del Mar Photonics

Pismo pulse picker
The Pismo pulse picker systems is as a pulse gating system that lets single pulses or group of subsequent pulses from a femtosecond or picosecond pulse train pass through the system, and stops other radiation. The system is perfectly suitable for most commercial femtosecond oscillators and amplifiers. The system can pick either single pulses, shoot bursts (patterns of single pulses) or pick group of subsequent pulses (wider square-shaped HV pulse modification). HV pulse duration (i.e. gate open time) is 10 ns in the default Pismo 8/1 model, but can be customized from 3 to 1250 ns upon request or made variable. The frequency of the picked pulses starts with single shot to 1 kHz for the basic model, and goes up to 100 kHz for the most advanced one.
The Pockels cell is supplied with a control unit that is capable of synching to the optical pulse train via a built-in photodetector unit, while electric trigger signal is also accepted. Two additional delay channels are available for synching of other equipment to the pulse picker operation. Moreover, USB connectivity and LabView-compatible drivers save a great deal of your time on storing and recalling presets, and setting up some automated experimental setups. One control unit is capable of driving of up to 3 Pockels cells, and this comes handy in complex setups or contrast-improving schemes. The system can also be modified to supply two HV pulses to one Pockels cell unit, making it a 2-channel pulse picker system. This may be essential for injection/ejection purposes when building a regenerative or multipass amplifier system.
 

Pismo pulse picker systems - request a quote
Possible wavelength: 250 - 2100 nm
Adjustable amplitude up to 12 kV
HV pulse adjustable delay
HV pulse duration from 3 to 1250 ns
Fast rise time down to 1 ns or less
Single-shot up to 100 kHz picking rate
USB control and LabView drivers
Low jitter <200 ps
Built-in optical trigger
Two additional sync channels

When sending us your request for quotation please indicate the following parameters:

Define the wavelength range that you need the system to operate in. The wavelength defines the voltage that you need for your application. See the FAQ section for further explanation on this subject or just send us the desired wavelength and we will offer the right voltage and ARC.

Check if you need the default 10 ns HV pulse duration (gate open state). E.g. 10 ns duration suits femtosecond pulse train around 80 MHz or 1-5 kHz Ti:Sapphire amplifier control. Other custom durations and variable modification are available.

Let us know if you require a 2-channel system or a second Pockels cell.
 

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Del Mar Photonics offers new Trestles fs/CW laser system which can be easily switched from femtosecond mode to CW and back. Having both modes of operation in one system dramatically increase a number of applications that the laser can be used for, and makes it an ideal tool for scientific lab involved in multiple research projects.
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The Pismo pulse picker systems is as a pulse gating system that lets single pulses or group of subsequent pulses from a femtosecond or picosecond pulse train pass through the system, and stops other radiation. The system is perfectly suitable for most commercial Ti:Sapphire femtosecond oscillators and amplifiers as well as for many other popular laser systems if you require quick and versatile control over pulse repetition rate.

The system can pick either single pulses, shoot bursts (patterns of single pulses) or pick group of subsequent pulses (wider square-shaped HV pulse modification). HV pulse duration (i.e. gate open time) is 10 ns in the default Pismo 8/1 model, but can be customized from 3 to 1250 ns upon request or made variable. The frequency of the picked pulses starts with single shot to 1 kHz for the basic model, and goes up to 100 kHz for the most advanced one.

The Pockels cell is supplied with a control unit that is capable of synching to the optical pulse train via a built-in photodetector unit, while electric trigger signal is also accepted. Two additional delay channels are available for synching of other equipment to the pulse picker operation. Moreover, USB connectivity and LabView-compatible drivers save a great deal of your time on storing and recalling presets, and setting up some automated experimental setups. One control unit is capable of driving of up to 3 Pockels cells, and this comes handy in complex setups or contrast-improving schemes. The system can also be modified to supply two HV pulses to one Pockels cell unit, making it a 2-channel pulse picker system. This may be essential for injection/ejection purposes when building a solid-state Ti:Sapphire or Cr:Forsterite regenerative or multipass amplifier system.

The system comes with everything you need to set up a half-wave voltage scheme of pulse picking and synching it to your laser source. Please refer to our FAQ section for more details.

Possible wavelengths 250-2100 nm
Output voltage up to 12 kV
Output frequency  single-shot...100 kHz
Rise time from 700 ps
Gate open time (HV pulse duration) up to 1250 ns 
Jitter < 200 ps
Input sync signal optical or electric
Input optical pulse train repetition rate up to 150 MHz
Adjustable delay up to 800

 

-Cxxxx custom fixed HV pulse duration (gate open time) where xxxx is chosen from 10 to 1250 ns.
-V variable HV pulse duration (gate open time) from 10 to 1000 ns. HV pulse is flat-top square-shaped.
-F- fast rise time modification. Rise times down to 700 ps upon request.
-2 2-channel system for driving one Pockels cell with two HV pulses. Perfect for injection/ejection in solid-state fs amplifiers.

What is the connection between the amplitude of the HV pulse and the operational wavelength of the pulse picker system?

The high-voltage driver supplies high voltage to the crystal in the Pockels cell and the crystal becomes transparent to a certain wavelength depending on the amplitude supplied and the scheme of the setup (known as half-wave or quarter-wave voltage schemes). Thus in a half-wave scheme the voltage amplitude in kV roughly corresponds to wavelength in hundreds of nm, i.e. if you require the system for 800 nm you are looking for ~8 kV unit, 1064 nm 10 kV etc. The quarter-wave scheme reduces the necessary voltage by half opening up possibilities of wavelengths up to 2100 nm with only ~5-6 kV, but in this case the overall transmission of the system will also be reduced, as the beam will have to pass 4 times through the system vs. 2 times in the half-wave scheme.

 

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