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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 20, Iss. 3 — Jan. 30, 2012
  • pp: 2136–2142

Efficient spectral shift and compression of femtosecond pulses by parametric amplification of chirped light

Michał Nejbauer and Czesław Radzewicz  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 20, Issue 3, pp. 2136-2142 (2012)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.20.002136


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Abstract

We present a method for an efficient spectral shift and compression of pulses from a femtosecond laser system. The method enables generation of broadly tunable (615 – 985 nm) narrow bandwidth (≈10 cm−1) pulses from the femtosecond pulses at 1030 nm. It employs a direct parametric amplification – without spectral filtering – of highly chirped white light by a narrow bandwidth (<5 cm−1) 515 nm pump pulse. The system, when pumped with just 200 μJ of the fundamental femtosecond pulse energy, generates pulses with energies of 3-9 μJ and an excellent beam quality in the entire tuning range.

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OCIS Codes
(300.6530) Spectroscopy : Spectroscopy, ultrafast
(320.5390) Ultrafast optics : Picosecond phenomena
(320.7090) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast lasers
(190.4975) Nonlinear optics : Parametric processes

ToC Category:
Ultrafast Optics

History
Original Manuscript: November 7, 2011
Revised Manuscript: December 24, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: December 27, 2011
Published: January 17, 2012

Citation
Michał Nejbauer and Czesław Radzewicz, "Efficient spectral shift and compression of femtosecond pulses by parametric amplification of chirped light," Opt. Express 20, 2136-2142 (2012)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-20-3-2136


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