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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 15, Iss. 2 — Jan. 22, 2007
  • pp: 556–563

High-power Femtosecond Optical Parametric Amplification at 1 kHz in BiB3O6 pumped at 800 nm

Valentin Petrov, Frank Noack, Pancho Tzankov, Masood Ghotbi, Majid Ebrahim-Zadeh, Ivailo Nikolov, and Ivan Buchvarov  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 15, Issue 2, pp. 556-563 (2007)

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Substantial power scaling of a travelling-wave femtosecond optical parametric amplifier, pumped near 800 nm by a 1 kHz Ti:sapphire laser amplifier, is demonstrated using monoclinic BiB3O6 in a two stage scheme with continuum seeding. Total energy output (signal plus idler) exceeding 1 mJ is achieved, corresponding to an intrinsic conversion efficiency of ≈32% for the second stage. The tunability extends from 1.1 to 2.9 μm. The high parametric gain and broad amplification bandwidth of this crystal allowed the maintenance of the pump pulse duration, leading to pulse lengths less than 140 fs, both for the signal and idler pulses, even at such high output levels.

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OCIS Codes
(190.4400) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, materials
(190.4970) Nonlinear optics : Parametric oscillators and amplifiers
(190.7110) Nonlinear optics : Ultrafast nonlinear optics

ToC Category:
Nonlinear Optics

Original Manuscript: November 7, 2006
Manuscript Accepted: January 3, 2007
Published: January 22, 2007

Valentin Petrov, Frank Noack, Pancho Tzankov, Masood Ghotbi, Majid Ebrahim-Zadeh, Ivailo Nikolov, and Ivan Buchvarov, "High-power Femtosecond Optical Parametric Amplification at 1 kHz in BiB3O6 pumped at 800 nm," Opt. Express 15, 556-563 (2007)

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