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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 16, Iss. 12 — Jun. 9, 2008
  • pp: 8904–8915

Optical parametric amplification pumped by a phase-aberrated beam

Xiaohong Wei, Liejia Qian, Peng Yuan, Heyuan Zhu, and Dianyuan Fan  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 16, Issue 12, pp. 8904-8915 (2008)

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In this paper we theoretically study the spatial characteristics of optical parametric amplification (OPA) or chirped pulse OPA (OPCPA) pumped with a phase-aberrated beam. Due to the fact that pump-to-signal phase transfer caused by walk-off effect is highly gain-dependent, in a high gain OPA system the signal beam-quality will be significantly degraded even for a weak walk-off, accompanied with beam tilting and converging or diverging. It is demonstrated that an OPA configuration with walkoff-compensated crystal pair is capable of reducing the phase transfer and hence ensuring signal beam-quality, which may be of importance for designing high-energy OPCPA systems.

© 2008 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(190.2620) Nonlinear optics : Harmonic generation and mixing
(190.7110) Nonlinear optics : Ultrafast nonlinear optics

ToC Category:
Nonlinear Optics

Original Manuscript: February 19, 2008
Revised Manuscript: May 26, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: May 26, 2008
Published: June 3, 2008

Xiaohong Wei, Liejia Qian, Peng Yuan, Heyuan Zhu, and Dianyuan Fan, "Optical parametric amplification pumped by a phase-aberrated beam," Opt. Express 16, 8904-8915 (2008)

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