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  • Vol. 17, Iss. 7 — Mar. 30, 2009
  • pp: 5540–5555

Temporal optimization of ultrabroadband high-energy OPCPA

Jeffrey Moses, Cristian Manzoni, Shu-Wei Huang, Giulio Cerullo, and Franz X. Kärtner  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 17, Issue 7, pp. 5540-5555 (2009)

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We present general guidelines for the design of ultrabroadband, high-energy optical parametric chirped-pulse amplifiers, where maximization of both conversion efficiency and bandwidth and simultaneous suppression of superfluorescence is required. Using a semi-analytical approach together with numerical simulations, we find that the ratio of pump and seed pulse durations is a critical parameter in temporal optimization, and its optimum depends on the amplifier gain. Multi-stage amplifier design thus requires independent optimization of seed chirp at each amplification stage. We find that a small compromise in amplifier bandwidth relative to the full phase-matching bandwidth, through use of the appropriate seed chirp, both maximizes the efficiency-bandwidth product and optimizes the signal-to-noise ratio. On the other hand, maximization of signal bandwidth is found to significantly degrade both the signal-to-noise ratio and the conversion efficiency.

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OCIS Codes
(190.4970) Nonlinear optics : Parametric oscillators and amplifiers
(320.7110) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast nonlinear optics
(230.4480) Optical devices : Optical amplifiers

ToC Category:
Ultrafast Optics

Original Manuscript: December 23, 2008
Revised Manuscript: March 4, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: March 18, 2009
Published: March 24, 2009

Jeffrey Moses, Cristian Manzoni, Shu-Wei Huang, Giulio Cerullo, and Franz X. Kaertner, "Temporal optimization of ultrabroadband high-energy OPCPA," Opt. Express 17, 5540-5555 (2009)

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