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  • Editor: Michael Duncan
  • Vol. 14, Iss. 23 — Nov. 13, 2006
  • pp: 11468–11476

Precision control of carrier-envelope phase in grating based chirped pulse amplifiers

Chengquan Li, Eric Moon, Hiroki Mashiko, Christopher M. Nakamura, Predrag Ranitovic, Chakra M. Maharjan, C. Lewis Cocke, Zenghu Chang, and Gerhard G. Paulus  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 14, Issue 23, pp. 11468-11476 (2006)

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It is demonstrated that the carrier-envelope (CE) phase of pulses from a high power ultrafast laser system with a grating-based stretcher and compressor can be stabilized to a root mean square (rms) value of 180 mrad over almost 2 hours, excluding a brief re-locking period. The stabilization was accomplished via feedback control of the stretcher grating separation in the stretcher. It shows that the long term CE phase stability of a grating based chirped pulse amplification system can be as good as that of lasers using a glass-block stretcher and a prism pair compressor. Moreover, by adjusting the grating separation to preset values, the relative CE phase could be locked to an arbitrary value in the range of 2π. This method is better than using a pair of wedge plates to adjust the phase after a hollow-core fiber compressor. The CE phase stabilization after a hollow-core fiber compressor was confirmed by a CE-phase meter based on the measurement of the left-to-right asymmetry of electrons produced by above-threshold ionization.

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OCIS Codes
(120.5050) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Phase measurement
(140.7090) Lasers and laser optics : Ultrafast lasers
(320.7100) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast measurements

ToC Category:
Ultrafast Optics

Original Manuscript: September 1, 2006
Revised Manuscript: October 15, 2006
Manuscript Accepted: October 20, 2006
Published: November 13, 2006

Chengquan Li, Eric Moon, Hiroki Mashiko, Christopher M. Nakamura, Predrag Ranitovic, Chakra M. Maharjan, C. Lewis Cocke, Zenghu Chang, and Gerhard G. Paulus, "Precision control of carrier-envelope phase in grating based chirped pulse amplifiers," Opt. Express 14, 11468-11476 (2006)

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