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Journal of the Optical Society of America B


  • Editor: Henry M. Van Driel
  • Vol. 25, Iss. 9 — Sep. 1, 2008
  • pp: 1402–1413

Competing collinear and noncollinear interactions in chirped quasi-phase-matched optical parametric amplifiers

Mathieu Charbonneau-Lefort, Bedros Afeyan, and M. M. Fejer  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA B, Vol. 25, Issue 9, pp. 1402-1413 (2008)

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Chirped quasi-phase-matched optical parametric amplifiers (chirped QPM OPAs) are investigated experimentally. The measured collinear gain is constant over a broad bandwidth, which makes these devices attractive candidates for use in femtosecond amplifier systems. The experiment also shows that chirped QPM OPAs support noncollinear gain-guided modes. These modes can dominate the desired collinear gain and generate intense parametric fluorescence. Design guidelines to mitigate these parasitic processes are discussed.

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OCIS Codes
(140.4480) Lasers and laser optics : Optical amplifiers
(190.4410) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, parametric processes
(190.4970) Nonlinear optics : Parametric oscillators and amplifiers
(190.7110) Nonlinear optics : Ultrafast nonlinear optics
(320.1590) Ultrafast optics : Chirping
(320.5540) Ultrafast optics : Pulse shaping

ToC Category:
Ultrafast Optics

Original Manuscript: April 2, 2008
Revised Manuscript: June 24, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: July 1, 2008
Published: August 5, 2008

Mathieu Charbonneau-Lefort, Bedros Afeyan, and M. M. Fejer, "Competing collinear and noncollinear interactions in chirped quasi-phase-matched optical parametric amplifiers," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 25, 1402-1413 (2008)

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