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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 15, Iss. 14 — Jul. 9, 2007
  • pp: 8884–8891

Narrow-bandwidth picosecond pulses by spectral compression of femtosecond pulses in a second-order nonlinear crystal

M. Marangoni, D. Brida, M. Quintavalle, G. Cirmi, F. M. Pigozzo, C. Manzoni, F. Baronio, A.D. Capobianco, and G. Cerullo  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 15, Issue 14, pp. 8884-8891 (2007)

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We introduce a simple approach for the efficient generation of tunable narrow-bandwidth picosecond pulses synchronized to broadband femtosecond ones. Second harmonic generation in the presence of large group velocity mismatch between the interacting pulses transfers a large fraction of the energy of a broadband fundamental frequency pulse into a narrowband second harmonic one. Using a periodically poled stoichiometric lithium tantalate crystal coupled to an infrared optical parametric amplifier, we generated 200-nJ pulses with spectral width lower than 8.5 cm-1 and tunability from 720 to 890 nm. Energy scaling and extension of the tuning range are straightforward.

© 2007 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(190.4410) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, parametric processes
(190.7110) Nonlinear optics : Ultrafast nonlinear optics
(320.5390) Ultrafast optics : Picosecond phenomena

ToC Category:
Ultrafast Optics

Original Manuscript: May 2, 2007
Revised Manuscript: May 30, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: May 31, 2007
Published: July 3, 2007

M. A. Marangoni, D. Brida, M Quintavalle, G. Cirmi, F. M. Pigozzo, C. Manzoni, F Baronio, A. D. Capobianco, and G. Cerullo, "Narrow-bandwidth picosecond pulses by spectral compression of femtosecond pulses in second-order nonlinear crystals," Opt. Express 15, 8884-8891 (2007)

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