SYLOS 2A Laser System

Highest Average Power Produced by a Multi‑TW Few‑cycle OPCPA System
  • > 5 TW peak power
  • sub-7 fs pulse duration
  • 1 kHz repetition rate
  • > 35 mJ pulse energy
  • > 5 TW peak power
  • sub-7 fs pulse duration
  • 1 kHz repetition rate
  • > 35 mJ pulse energy

Features & Applications


  • Driven by low maintenance cost diode-pumped and industry-tested Yb:KGW and Nd:YAG lasers running at 1 kHz repetition rate
  • >35 W average power combined with >5 TW peak power, along with sub-220 mrad carrier-envelope phase stability (CEP) and sub-7 fs pulse duration at a center wavelength of 880 nm
  • Amplified Spontaneous Emission (ASE) – free, passively CEP stabilized pulses have excellent stability of output parameters over 24 hours of continuous operation
  • Despite its unique set of specifications, it is still a table-top system
  • A sophisticated self-diagnostic system allows hands-free operation and output specification stability all day long without operator intervention


  • Fundamental frontier particle physics reseach
  • Defense/Security
  • Energy
  • Environmental Protection
  • Life Sciences Research
  • Medical Devices (surgical devices, therapeutics)
  • Medical Diagnostics (in-vivo, in-vitro, wearable)
  • Medical Imaging (MRI, CT, fluorescence, microscopy)
  • Metrology/Inspection
  • Semiconductor Fabrication


Since their invention, lasers have been extremely effective to improve our understanding of the molecular and atomic structure of matter and the associated dynamical events. However, laser pulse energy was not enough to probe deeper – into nucleons and their components the quarks or to dissociate the vacuum. A new type of large-scale laser infrastructure specifically designed to produce the highest peak power and focused intensity was established by the European Community: the Extreme Light Infrastructure (ELI). ELI was designed to be the first exawatt class laser facility, equivalent to 1000 times the National Ignition Facility (NIF) power. Producing kJ of power over 10 fs, ELI will afford wide benefits to society ranging from improvement of oncology treatment, medical and biomedical imaging, fast electronics and our understanding of aging nuclear reactor materials to development of new methods of nuclear waste processing.

The facility will be based on four sites. Three of them are implemented in the Czech Republic, Hungary and Romania.

ELI-ALPS based in Szeged (Hungary), one of the three pillars of the Extreme Light Infrastructure, will further deepen knowledge in fundamental physics by providing high repetition rate intense light pulses on the attosecond timescale. Current technological limitations will be overcome by use of novel concepts. The main technological backbone of ELI-ALPS will be optical parametric chirped-pulse amplification (OPCPA) of few-cycle to sub-cycle laser pulses.

Pumped by dedicated all-solid-state short-pulse (ps-scale) sources and their (low-order) harmonics, this approach will be competitive with conventional (Ti:sapphire-laser-based) femtosecond technology in terms of pumping efficiency and will dramatically outperform previous technologies in terms of average power, contrast, bandwidth, and – as a consequence – degree of control of the generated radiation. The ELI-ALPS laser architecture will consist of three main laser beamlines, operating at different regimes of repetition rates and peak powers: High Repetition Rate (HR): 100 kHz,>5 mJ, <6 fs, Single Cycle (SYLOS): 1 kHz, >100 mJ, < 5 fs, High Field (HF): 10 Hz, 34 J, <17 fs.

The Single Cycle Laser SYLOS1 (the first stage of the SYLOS project), which employs OPCPA technology developed at Vilnius University, has been designed and manufactured by a consortium of two Lithuanian companies – Ekspla and Light Conversion.

The consortium won SYLOS1 procurement tender in 2014. The system was installed in 15 May 2019  and produces Carrier Envelope Phase (CEP) stabilized, 6.6 fs laser pulses with a peak power of >5 TW and an average power of 35 W at 1 kHz repetition rate. To the best of our knowledge, this is currently the highest average power produced by a multi-TW few-cycle OPCPA system.

Despite of its uniqueness and extremely high power, the current state of SYLOS laser system already sets a new standard of reliability in ultrafast laser technology.


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Attosecond Physics
High Intensity Sources – laser produced plasma, x-ray source, extreme UV
OPCPA Systems – optical parametric chirped pulse amplification system

The ELI-ALPS facility: the next generation of attosecond sources

Related applications:  Attosecond Physics High Intensity Sources

Authors:  S. Kühn, M. Dumergue, S. Kahaly, S. Mondal, M. Füle, T. Csizmadia, B. Farkas, B. Major, Z. Várallyay, E. Cormier, M. Kalashnikov, F. Calegari, M. Devetta, F. Frassetto, E. Månsson, L. Poletto, S. Stagira, C. Vozzi, M. Nisoli, P. Rudawski, S. Maclot, F. Campi, H. Wikmark and etc.

This review presents the technological infrastructure that will be available at the Extreme Light Infrastructure Attosecond Light Pulse Source (ELI-ALPS) international facility. ELI-ALPS will offer to the international scientific community ultrashort pulses in the femtosecond and attosecond domain for time-resolved investigations with unprecedented levels of high quality characteristics. The laser sources and the attosecond beamlines available at the facility will make attosecond technology accessible for scientists lacking access to these novel tools. Time-resolved investigation of systems of increasing complexity is envisaged using the end stations that will be provided at the facility.

Published: 2017.   Source: J. Phys. B: At. Mol. Opt. Phys. 50 132002

53 W average power CEP-stabilized OPCPA system delivering 5.5 TW few cycle pulses at 1 kHz repetition rate

Related applications:  High Intensity Sources OPCPA Systems

Authors:  R. Budriūnas, T. Stanislauskas, J. Adamonis, A. Aleknavičius, G. Veitas, D. Gadonas, S. Balickas, A. Michailovas, A. Varanavičius

We present a high peak and average power optical parametric chirped pulse amplification system driven by diode-pumped Yb:KGW and Nd:YAG lasers running at 1 kHz repetition rate. The advanced architecture of the system allows us to achieve >53 W average power combined with 5.5 TW peak power, along with sub-220 mrad CEP stability and sub-9 fs pulse duration at a center wavelength around 880 nm. Broadband, background-free, passively CEP stabilized seed pulses are produced in a series of cascaded optical parametric amplifiers pumped by the Yb:KGW laser, while a diode-pumped Nd:YAG laser system provides multi-mJ pump pulses for power amplification stages. Excellent stability of output parameters over 16 hours of continuous operation is demonstrated.

Published: 2017.   Source: Optical Society of America | Vol. 25, No. 5 | 6 Mar 2017 | OPTICS EXPRESS 5799

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