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  • Editor: C. Martijin de Sterke
  • Vol. 15, Iss. 9 — Apr. 30, 2007
  • pp: 5775–5781

Ultrabroadband 50-130 THz pulses generated via phase-matched difference frequency mixing in LiIO3

Thomas Zentgraf, Rupert Huber, Nils C. Nielsen, Daniel S. Chemla, and Robert A. Kaindl  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 15, Issue 9, pp. 5775-5781 (2007)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.15.005775


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Abstract

We report the generation of ultrabroadband pulses spanning the 50-130 THz frequency range via phase-matched difference frequency mixing within the broad spectrum of sub-10 fs pulses in LiIO3. Model calculations reproduce the octave-spanning spectra and predict few-cycle THz pulse durations less than 20 fs. The broad applicability of this scheme is demonstrated with 9-fs pulses from a Ti:sapphire oscillator and with 7-fs amplified pulses from a hollow fiber compressor as pump sources.

© 2007 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(160.4330) Materials : Nonlinear optical materials
(190.2620) Nonlinear optics : Harmonic generation and mixing
(320.7110) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast nonlinear optics

ToC Category:
Ultrafast Optics

History
Original Manuscript: February 9, 2007
Revised Manuscript: April 14, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: April 15, 2007
Published: April 26, 2007

Citation
Thomas Zentgraf, Rupert Huber, Nils C. Nielsen, Daniel S. Chemla, and Robert A. Kaindl, "Ultrabroadband 50-130 THz pulses generated via phase-matched difference frequency mixing in LiIO3," Opt. Express 15, 5775-5781 (2007)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-15-9-5775


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