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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 15, Iss. 23 — Nov. 12, 2007
  • pp: 15035–15040

Generation of broadband mid-infrared pulses from an optical parametric amplifier

D. Brida, C. Manzoni, G. Cirmi, M. Marangoni, S. De Silvestri, and G. Cerullo  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 15, Issue 23, pp. 15035-15040 (2007)

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We report on the direct generation of broadband mid-IR pulses from an optical parametric amplifier. Several crystals with extended IR transparency, when pumped at 800 nm, display a broad phase-matching bandwidth around 1 μm, allowing for the generation of idler pulses spanning the 3–5 μm wavelength range. Using LiIO3, we produce 2-μJ pulses tunable in the 3–4 μm range with bandwidth supporting 30-fs transform-limited duration.

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OCIS Codes
(190.2620) Nonlinear optics : Harmonic generation and mixing
(190.4970) Nonlinear optics : Parametric oscillators and amplifiers
(320.7110) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast nonlinear optics

ToC Category:
Nonlinear Optics

Original Manuscript: September 17, 2007
Revised Manuscript: October 29, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: October 29, 2007
Published: October 30, 2007

D. Brida, C. Manzoni, G. Cirmi, M. Marangoni, S. De Silvestri, and G. Cerullo, "Generation of broadband mid-infrared pulses from an optical parametric amplifier," Opt. Express 15, 15035-15040 (2007)

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