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  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 21, Iss. 1 — Jan. 14, 2013
  • pp: 730–739

Seeding of picosecond and femtosecond optical parametric amplifiers by weak single mode continuous lasers

Christian Homann, Markus Breuer, Frank Setzpfandt, Thomas Pertsch, and Eberhard Riedle  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 21, Issue 1, pp. 730-739 (2013)

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Optical parametric amplifiers are typically seeded with either parametric superfluorescence or broadband continuum pulses. We show both with picosecond and femtosecond pump pulses, that single longitudinal mode cw lasers with mW power can be well used to generate nearly Fourier-transform-limited output pulses. The 532 nm pumped picosecond system is seeded in the near infrared and fully tunable from 1260 to 1630 nm. The femtosecond system operates stable with just hundreds of seed photons. The output spectral width matches closely to the width of individual spectral features found in single shot spectra of parametric superfluorescence. Both systems provide interesting radiation sources for nonlinear optics experiments that need highly controlled and clean excitation.

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OCIS Codes
(190.4970) Nonlinear optics : Parametric oscillators and amplifiers
(270.6630) Quantum optics : Superradiance, superfluorescence
(320.7110) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast nonlinear optics
(230.4480) Optical devices : Optical amplifiers

ToC Category:
Ultrafast Optics

Original Manuscript: October 22, 2012
Revised Manuscript: December 17, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: December 20, 2012
Published: January 7, 2013

Christian Homann, Markus Breuer, Frank Setzpfandt, Thomas Pertsch, and Eberhard Riedle, "Seeding of picosecond and femtosecond optical parametric amplifiers by weak single mode continuous lasers," Opt. Express 21, 730-739 (2013)

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