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  • Editor: Michael Duncan
  • Vol. 13, Iss. 13 — Jun. 27, 2005
  • pp: 4903–4908

Generation of few-cycle terawatt light pulses using optical parametric chirped pulse amplification

S. Witte, R.Th. Zinkstok, W. Hogervorst, and K.S.E. Eikema  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 13, Issue 13, pp. 4903-4908 (2005)

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We demonstrate the generation of 9.8±0.3 fs laser pulses with a peak power exceeding one terawatt at 30 Hz repetition rate, using optical parametric chirped pulse amplification. The amplifier is pumped by 140 mJ, 60 ps pulses at 532 nm, and amplifies seed pulses from a Ti:Sapphire oscillator to 23 mJ/pulse, resulting in 10.5 mJ/pulse after compression while amplified fluorescence is kept below 1%. We employ grating-based stretching and compression in combination with an LCD phase-shaper, allowing compression close to the Fourier limit of 9.3 fs.

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OCIS Codes
(140.3280) Lasers and laser optics : Laser amplifiers
(190.4970) Nonlinear optics : Parametric oscillators and amplifiers
(320.7090) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast lasers
(320.7160) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast technology

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Original Manuscript: May 19, 2005
Revised Manuscript: June 10, 2005
Published: June 27, 2005

S. Witte, R. Zinkstok, W. Hogervorst, and K. Eikema, "Generation of few-cycle terawatt light pulses using optical parametric chirped pulse amplification," Opt. Express 13, 4903-4908 (2005)

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