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  • Editor: Michael Duncan
  • Vol. 12, Iss. 10 — May. 17, 2004
  • pp: 2070–2080

Carrier-envelope-phase stabilized chirped-pulse amplification system scalable to higher pulse energies

Masayuki Kakehata, Hideyuki Takada, Yohei Kobayashi, Kenji Torizuka, Hiroaki Takamiya, Kazuki Nishijima, Tetsuya Homma, Hideo Takahashi, Katsuaki Okubo, Shinki Nakamura, and Yahei Koyamada  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 12, Issue 10, pp. 2070-2080 (2004)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OPEX.12.002070


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Abstract

We have demonstrated a carrier-envelope phase (CEP) stabilized chirped-pulse amplification (CPA) system employing a grating-based pulse stretcher and compressor and a regenerative amplifier for the first time. In addition to stabilizing the carrier-envelope offset phase of a laser oscillator, a new pulse selection method referenced to the carrier-envelope offset beat signal was introduced. The pulse-selection method is more robust against the carrier-envelope offset phase fluctuations than a simple pulse-clock dividing method. We observed a stable fringe in a self-referencing spectrum interferometry of the amplified pulse, which implies that the CEP of amplified pulse is stabilized. We also measured the effect of the beam angle change on the CEP of amplified pulses. The result demonstrates that the CEP stabilized CPA is scalable to higher-pulse energies.

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OCIS Codes
(120.5050) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Phase measurement
(140.3280) Lasers and laser optics : Laser amplifiers
(140.7090) Lasers and laser optics : Ultrafast lasers
(320.5550) Ultrafast optics : Pulses
(320.7110) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast nonlinear optics
(320.7160) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast technology

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History
Original Manuscript: April 5, 2004
Revised Manuscript: April 28, 2004
Published: May 17, 2004

Citation
Masayuki Kakehata, Hideyuki Takada, Yohei Kobayashi, Kenji Torizuka, Hiroaki Takamiya, Kazuki Nishijima, Tetsuya Homma, Hideo Takahashi, Katsuaki Okubo, Shinki Nakamura, and Yahei Koyamada, "Carrier-envelope-phase stabilized chirped-pulse amplification system scalable to higher pulse energies," Opt. Express 12, 2070-2080 (2004)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-12-10-2070


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