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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 16, Iss. 12 — Jun. 9, 2008
  • pp: 8981–8988

500 MW peak power degenerated optical parametric amplifier delivering 52 fs pulses at 97 kHz repetition rate

J. Rothhardt, S. Hädrich, F. Röser, J. Limpert, and A. Tünnermann  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 16, Issue 12, pp. 8981-8988 (2008)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.16.008981


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Abstract

We present a high peak power degenerated parametric amplifier operating at 1030 nm and 97 kHz repetition rate. Pulses of a state-of-the art fiber chirped-pulse amplification (FCPA) system with 840 fs pulse duration and 410 µJ pulse energy are used as pump and seed source for a two stage optical parametric amplifier. Additional spectral broadening of the seed signal in a photonic crystal fiber creates enough bandwidth for ultrashort pulse generation. Subsequent amplification of the broadband seed signal in two 1 mm BBO crystals results in 41 µJ output pulse energy. Compression in a SF 11 prism compressor yields 37 µJ pulses as short as 52 fs. Thus, pulse shortening of more than one order of magnitude is achieved. Further scaling in terms of average power and pulse energy seems possible and will be discussed, since both concepts involved, the fiber laser and the parametric amplifier have the reputation to be immune against thermo-optical effects.

© 2008 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(140.3510) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, fiber
(140.7090) Lasers and laser optics : Ultrafast lasers
(190.4970) Nonlinear optics : Parametric oscillators and amplifiers

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

History
Original Manuscript: April 2, 2008
Revised Manuscript: May 9, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: May 9, 2008
Published: June 3, 2008

Citation
J. Rothhardt, S. Hädrich, F. Röser, J. Limpert, and A. Tünnermann, "500 MW peak power degenerated optical parametric amplifier delivering 52 fs pulses at 97 kHz repetition rate," Opt. Express 16, 8981-8988 (2008)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-16-12-8981


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