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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 16, Iss. 19 — Sep. 15, 2008
  • pp: 14448–14455

Generation of 0.5 mJ, few-cycle laser pulses by an adaptive phase modulator

He Wang, Yi Wu, Chengquan Li, Hiroki Mashiko, Steve Gilbertson, and Zenghu Chang  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 16, Issue 19, pp. 14448-14455 (2008)

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Previously, pulses shorter than 4 fs were generated by compressing white light from gas-filled hollow-core fibers with adaptive phase modulators; however, the energy of the few-cycle pulses was limited to 15 µJ. Here, we report the generation of 550 µJ, 5 fs pulses by using a liquid crystal spatial light modulator in a grating-based 4f system. The high pulse energy was obtained by improving the throughput of the phase modulator and by increasing the input laser energy. When the pulses were used in high harmonic generation, it was found that the harmonic spectra depend strongly on the high order spectral phases of the driving laser fields.

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OCIS Codes
(320.5540) Ultrafast optics : Pulse shaping
(320.7100) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast measurements
(320.7110) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast nonlinear optics

ToC Category:
Ultrafast Optics

Original Manuscript: May 28, 2008
Revised Manuscript: August 4, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: August 24, 2008
Published: September 2, 2008

He Wang, Yi Wu, Chengquan Li, Hiroki Mashiko, Steve Gilbertson, and Zenghu Chang, "Generation of 0.5 mJ, few-cycle laser pulses by an adaptive phase modulator," Opt. Express 16, 14448-14455 (2008)

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