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  • Vol. 37, Iss. 36 — Dec. 20, 1998
  • pp: 8504–8511

Femtosecond traveling-wave optical parametric amplification in MgO:LiNbO3

Valentin Petrov, Fabian Rotermund, and Frank Noack  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 37, Issue 36, pp. 8504-8511 (1998)

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A mid-infrared femtosecond optical parametric amplifier tunable in the chemically important spectral region between 3.1 and 3.9 μm (at >10-μJ idler pulse energy) has been constructed on the basis of MgO:LiNbO3 with 7% doping. With femtosecond pumping near 800 nm (Ti:sapphire regenerative amplifier) and narrow-band (long-pulse) seeding, this simple single-stage device provides maximum conversion efficiencies of 40% and exhibits extremely low seed threshold (<10-mW peak seed power for >1-μJ idler output). The generated idler pulses are almost transform limited with <200-fs pulse duration. The pulse-to-pulse fluctuations reproduce the stability of the pump source at 1-kHz repetition rate.

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OCIS Codes
(190.2620) Nonlinear optics : Harmonic generation and mixing
(190.4410) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, parametric processes
(190.4970) Nonlinear optics : Parametric oscillators and amplifiers
(190.7110) Nonlinear optics : Ultrafast nonlinear optics
(320.7110) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast nonlinear optics

Original Manuscript: May 13, 1998
Revised Manuscript: September 16, 1998
Published: December 20, 1998

Valentin Petrov, Fabian Rotermund, and Frank Noack, "Femtosecond traveling-wave optical parametric amplification in MgO:LiNbO3," Appl. Opt. 37, 8504-8511 (1998)

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