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Journal of the Optical Society of America B

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  • Editor: Henry van Driel
  • Vol. 28, Iss. 4 — Apr. 1, 2011
  • pp: 812–831

Conformal profile theory for performance scaling of ultrabroadband optical parametric chirped pulse amplification

Jeffrey Moses and Shu-Wei Huang  »View Author Affiliations


JOSA B, Vol. 28, Issue 4, pp. 812-831 (2011)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/JOSAB.28.000812


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Abstract

We developed a theory of optimization of amplifier bandwidth and conversion efficiency in ultrabroadband optical parametric chirped pulse amplification based on the principle of making the optimal conversion length uniform in time through pulse shaping. Conformal profiles, ideal combinations of pump intensity, seed intensity, and wave-vector mismatch temporal profiles can be found analytically by use of the exact Jacobi elliptic function solutions for signal gain and pump depletion in optical parametric amplification. We derive and investigate these gain equations for the general purpose of aiding the design of optical parametric amplifiers. Using these analytics, through an extensive analysis of conformal profile methods, we find conformal profile pulse shaping can significantly boost amplifier bandwidth as well as conversion efficiency, allowing in some amplifiers a severalfold increase in obtainable peak power. Pump pulse shaping is found to be particularly effective and flexible.

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OCIS Codes
(140.7090) Lasers and laser optics : Ultrafast lasers
(190.4410) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, parametric processes
(190.4420) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, transverse effects in
(190.4970) Nonlinear optics : Parametric oscillators and amplifiers
(320.5540) Ultrafast optics : Pulse shaping
(320.7110) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast nonlinear optics

ToC Category:
Nonlinear Optics

History
Original Manuscript: October 25, 2010
Revised Manuscript: January 14, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: January 19, 2011
Published: March 22, 2011

Citation
Jeffrey Moses and Shu-Wei Huang, "Conformal profile theory for performance scaling of ultrabroadband optical parametric chirped pulse amplification," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 28, 812-831 (2011)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/josab/abstract.cfm?URI=josab-28-4-812

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