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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 20, Iss. 24 — Nov. 19, 2012
  • pp: 26888–26894

75 MW few-cycle mid-infrared pulses from a collinear apodized APPLN-based OPCPA

C. Heese, C. R. Phillips, B. W. Mayer, L. Gallmann, M. M. Fejer, and U. Keller  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 20, Issue 24, pp. 26888-26894 (2012)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.20.026888


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Abstract

We present an ultra-broadband optical parametric chirped-pulse amplification (OPCPA) system operating at 3.4 µm center wavelength with a peak power of 75 MW. The OPCPA system is split into a pre- and a power-amplifier stage. Both stages are based on apodized aperiodically poled MgO:LiNbO3 (APPLN). The collinear mixing configuration allows us to manipulate the spectral phase of the output mid-infrared pulses by sending the near-infrared seed pulses through a pulse shaper. The system delivers clean 75-fs pulses with record-high 700 mW average power, corresponding to 7 µJ of pulse energy at a repetition rate of 100 kHz.

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OCIS Codes
(140.3580) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, solid-state
(140.7090) Lasers and laser optics : Ultrafast lasers
(190.4970) Nonlinear optics : Parametric oscillators and amplifiers

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

History
Original Manuscript: September 18, 2012
Revised Manuscript: November 2, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: November 8, 2012
Published: November 14, 2012

Citation
C. Heese, C. R. Phillips, B. W. Mayer, L. Gallmann, M. M. Fejer, and U. Keller, "75 MW few-cycle mid-infrared pulses from a collinear apodized APPLN-based OPCPA," Opt. Express 20, 26888-26894 (2012)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-20-24-26888


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