OSA's Digital Library

Applied Optics

Applied Optics

APPLICATIONS-CENTERED RESEARCH IN OPTICS

  • Vol. 38, Iss. 36 — Dec. 20, 1999
  • pp: 7486–7493

Evaluation of an ultrabroadband high-gain amplification technique for chirped pulse amplification facilities

John Collier, Cristina Hernandez-Gomez, Ian N. Ross, Pavel Matousek, Colin N. Danson, and John Walczak  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 38, Issue 36, pp. 7486-7493 (1999)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.38.007486


View Full Text Article

Enhanced HTML    Acrobat PDF (400 KB)





Browse Journals / Lookup Meetings

Browse by Journal and Year


   


Lookup Conference Papers

Close Browse Journals / Lookup Meetings

Article Tools

Share
Citations

Abstract

Recently, an amplification technique for ultrashort pulses was explored in detail in a theoretical paper by Ross et al. [Opt. Commun. 144, 125 (1997)]. The technique, based on nonlinear optics, is called optical parametric chirped pulse amplification. It has a number of features that, in principle, make it highly attractive. It primarily offers extremely large gains simultaneously with extremely large bandwidths. Additional attractions are virtually no spatial and temporal phase distortion of the amplified pulse, high efficiencies and a low thermal loading, reduced amplified spontaneous emission levels, small optical material lengths, and an inherent simplicity of implementation. We present an evaluation of the technique as a front end amplifier for the ultrashort pulse amplification chain of the Vulcan laser system. Such a device could replace some of the existing amplification in Nd:glass and additionally have a wider effect as a direct replacement of Ti:sapphire regenerative amplifiers on large-scale chirped pulse amplification scale facilities.

© 1999 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(190.4970) Nonlinear optics : Parametric oscillators and amplifiers
(320.0320) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast optics
(320.1590) Ultrafast optics : Chirping
(320.7090) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast lasers

History
Original Manuscript: April 8, 1999
Revised Manuscript: September 9, 1999
Published: December 20, 1999

Citation
John Collier, Cristina Hernandez-Gomez, Ian N. Ross, Pavel Matousek, Colin N. Danson, and John Walczak, "Evaluation of an ultrabroadband high-gain amplification technique for chirped pulse amplification facilities," Appl. Opt. 38, 7486-7493 (1999)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-38-36-7486


Sort:  Author  |  Year  |  Journal  |  Reset  

References

  1. D. Strickland, G. Mourou, “Compression of amplified chirped optical pulses,” Opt. Commun. 56, 219–221 (1985). [CrossRef]
  2. W. Koechner, Solid State Laser Engineering, 4th ed. (Springer-Verlag, New York, 1996). [CrossRef]
  3. C. Danson, L. J. Barzanti, A. E. Dammerell, C. B. Edwards, S. Hancock, M. H. R. Hutchinson, M. H. Key, S. Luan, I. P. Mercer, P. Norreys, D. A. Pepler, D. A. Rodkiss, I. N. Ross, M. A. Smith, R. A. Smith, P. Taday, W. T. Toner, K. W. M. Wigmore, T. B. Winstone, R. W. Wyatt, F. Zhou, “High-contrast multiterawatt pulse generation using chirped pulse amplification on the Vulcan laser facility,” Opt. Commun. 103, 392–397 (1993). [CrossRef]
  4. B. C. Stuart, M. D. Perry, J. Miller, G. Tietbohl, S. Herman, J. A. Britten, C. Brown, D. Pennington, V. Yanovsky, K. Wharton, “125-TW Ti:sapphire/Nd:glass laser system,” Opt. Lett. 22, 242–244 (1997). [CrossRef] [PubMed]
  5. K. Yamakawa, H. Shiraga, Y. Kato, C. P. J. Barty, “Prepulse-free 30-TW, 1-ps Nd:glass laser,” Opt. Lett. 16, 1593–1595 (1991). [CrossRef] [PubMed]
  6. K. Yamakawa, H. Sugio, H. Daido, M. Nakatsuka, Y. Kato, S. Nakai, “1-Hz, 1-ps, terawatt Nd-glass laser,” Opt. Commun. 112, 37–42 (1994). [CrossRef]
  7. C. Rouyer, E. Mazataud, I. Allias, A. Pierre, S. Seznec, C. Sauteret, G. Mourou, A. Migus, “Generation of 50-TW femtosecond pulses in a Ti:sapphire/Nd:glass chain,” Opt. Lett. 18, 214–216 (1993). [CrossRef] [PubMed]
  8. M. Nakatuska, H. Azechi, T. Jitsuno, T. Kanabe, S. Matsuoka, M. Miyanaga, M. Tada, S. Nakai, “Glass-laser system, GEKKO-XII upgrade for ICF ignitron,” Fusion Technol. 26, 738–744 (1994).
  9. I. N. Ross, A. R. Damerell, E. J. Dival, J. Evans, G. J. Hirst, C. J. Hooker, J. R. Houliston, M. H. Key, J. M. D. Lister, K. Osvay, M. J. Shaw, “A1 TW KrF laser using chirped pulse amplification,” Opt. Commun. 109, 288–295 (1994). [CrossRef]
  10. M. D. Perry, D. Pennington, B. C. Stuart, G. Tietbohl, A. Britten, C. Brown, S. Herman, B. Golick, M. Kartz, J. Miller, H. T. Powell, M. Veringo, V. Yanovsky, “Petawatt laser pulses,” Opt. Lett. 24, 160–162 (1999). [CrossRef]
  11. I. N. Ross, M. Trentelman, C. N. Danson, “Optimization of a chirped-pulse amplification Nd:glass laser,” Appl. Opt. 36, 9348–9358 (1997). [CrossRef]
  12. C. Barty, G. Korn, F. Raksi, C. Rose-Petruck, J. Squier, A. Tien, K. Wilson, V. Yakovlev, K. Yamakawa, “Regenerative pulse shaping and amplification of ultrabroadband optical pulses,” Opt. Lett. 21, 219–221 (1996). [CrossRef] [PubMed]
  13. I. N. Ross, P. Matousek, M. Towrie, A. J. Langley, J. L. Collier, “The prospects for ultrashort pulse duration and ultrahigh intensity using optical parametric chirped pulse amplifiers,” Opt. Commun. 144, 125–133 (1997). [CrossRef]
  14. A. Dubietis, G. Jonusauskas, A. Piskarskas, “Powerful femtosecond pulse generation by chirped and stretched pulse parametric amplification in BBO crystal,” Opt. Commun. 88, 437–440 (1992). [CrossRef]
  15. R. Boyd, Nonlinear Optics (Academic, New York, 1992).
  16. Spectra-Physics Tsunami, Spectra-Physics Lasers, 1335 Terra Bella Ave. P. O. Box 7013, Mountain View, Calif. 94039-7013.
  17. Spectra-Physics Model GCR-150, Spectra-Physics Lasers, 1335 Terra Bella Ave. P. O. Box 7013, Mountain View, Calif. 94039-7013.

Cited By

Alert me when this paper is cited

OSA is able to provide readers links to articles that cite this paper by participating in CrossRef's Cited-By Linking service. CrossRef includes content from more than 3000 publishers and societies. In addition to listing OSA journal articles that cite this paper, citing articles from other participating publishers will also be listed.


« Previous Article  |  Next Article »

OSA is a member of CrossRef.

CrossCheck Deposited