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  • Vol. 16, Iss. 11 — Nov. 1, 1999
  • pp: 1874–1879

Effect of self-phase modulation in chirped-pulse-amplification-like schemes

Federica Cattani, Dan Anderson, Anders Berntson, and Mietek Lisak  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA B, Vol. 16, Issue 11, pp. 1874-1879 (1999)

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A detailed analytical investigation is made of the effect of nonlinear self-phase modulation in chirped-pulse-amplification-like schemes. It is demonstrated that self-phase modulation in the amplifier between the stretcher and the compressor breaks the dispersive sign symmetry of the configuration. This implies that, although self-phase modulation is usually considered a deleterious effect, different situations are possible, depending on the parameter regimes considered. In particular, the influence of self-phase modulation on the low-intensity wings of the compressed pulse may be more or less deleterious, depending on the dispersive sign combination of the stretcher and the compressor; in certain parameter regimes, it may in fact even enhance the pulse compression.

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(140.3280) Lasers and laser optics : Laser amplifiers
(190.3270) Nonlinear optics : Kerr effect

Federica Cattani, Dan Anderson, Anders Berntson, and Mietek Lisak, "Effect of self-phase modulation in chirped-pulse-amplification-like schemes," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 16, 1874-1879 (1999)

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