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  • Editor: Michael Duncan
  • Vol. 14, Iss. 7 — Apr. 3, 2006
  • pp: 2783–2790

Fiber optical parametric chirped-pulse amplification in the femtosecond regime

Marc Hanna, Frédéric Druon, and Patrick Georges  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 14, Issue 7, pp. 2783-2790 (2006)

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We study parametric amplification in optical fibers for chirped-pulse femtosecond laser systems. Compared to conventional OPCPA operating in bulk crystals, the fiber geometry offers a greater interaction length and spatial confinement, an increased flexibility in the choice of wavelengths for signal and pump beams, and the robustness of fiber setups. As opposed to rare-earth doped fibers, parametric amplifiers potentially provide wideband amplification in arbitrary regions of the spectrum. Numerical simulations are undertaken as a proof of principle for a picosecond 1064 nm pump and femtosecond 1025 nm signal. Guidelines for phase matching engineering are given, and limitations in spectral bandwidth and achievable pulse energy are discussed.

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OCIS Codes
(060.4370) Fiber optics and optical communications : Nonlinear optics, fibers
(190.4970) Nonlinear optics : Parametric oscillators and amplifiers
(320.7140) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast processes in fibers

ToC Category:
Nonlinear Optics

Original Manuscript: January 27, 2006
Revised Manuscript: March 22, 2006
Manuscript Accepted: March 25, 2006
Published: April 3, 2006

Marc Hanna, Frédéric Druon, and Patrick Georges, "Fiber optical parametric chirped-pulse amplification in the femtosecond regime," Opt. Express 14, 2783-2790 (2006)

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