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Optics Express

  • Editor: Michael Duncan
  • Vol. 12, Iss. 15 — Jul. 26, 2004
  • pp: 3493–3499

Investigation of a grating-based stretcher/compressor for carrier-envelope phase stabilized fs pulses

Isabell Thomann, Etienne Gagnon, R. Jason Jones, Arvinder S. Sandhu, Amy Lytle, Ryan Anderson, Jun Ye, Margaret Murnane, and Henry Kapteyn  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 12, Issue 15, pp. 3493-3499 (2004)

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In this work, we experimentally investigate the effect of a grating based pulse stretcher/compressor on the carrier-envelope phase stability of femtosecond pulses. Grating based stretcher-compressor (SC) setups have been avoided in past demonstrations of chirped pulse amplification (CPA) of carrier envelope phase (CEP) stabilized femtosecond pulses, because they were expected to introduce significantly stronger CEP fluctuations than material-based SC systems. Using a microstructure fiber-based detection setup, we measure CEP fluctuations of ΔΦCE,SC=340 milliradians rms for a frequency range from 63 mHz to 102 kHz for pulses propagating through the SC setup. When bypassing the beam path through the SC, we find CEP fluctuations of ΔΦCE,bypass=250 milliradians rms. These values contain significant contributions from amplitude-to-phase conversion in our microstructure fiber-based detection setup for ΔΦCE. Hence, we do not unambiguously measure any added CEP noise intrinsic to the SC setup. To distinguish between intrinsic SC effects and amplitude-to-phase conversion, we introduce controlled beam pointing fluctuations Δα and again compare the phase noise introduced when passing through/bypassing the SC. Our measurements do not reveal any intrinsic effects of the SC system, but allow us to place an upper limit on the sensitivity of our SC system of ΔΦCEintrinsic,SCα<13000 rad/rad. Our results demonstrate experimentally that there is not a strong coupling mechanism between CEP and beam pointing through a stretcher/compressor, as well as measuring significantly smaller CEP fluctuations than experimental results reported previously.

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OCIS Codes
(120.3180) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Interferometry
(120.5050) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Phase measurement
(140.3280) Lasers and laser optics : Laser amplifiers
(190.7110) Nonlinear optics : Ultrafast nonlinear optics
(320.7100) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast measurements

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Original Manuscript: June 24, 2004
Revised Manuscript: July 12, 2004
Published: July 26, 2004

Isabell Thomann, Etienne Gagnon, R. Jones, Arvinder Sandhu, Amy Lytle, Ryan Anderson, Jun Ye, Margaret Murnane, and Henry Kapteyn, "Investigation of a grating-based stretcher/compressor for carrier-envelope phase stabilized fs pulses," Opt. Express 12, 3493-3499 (2004)

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