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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 16, Iss. 24 — Nov. 24, 2008
  • pp: 19812–19820

Degenerate optical parametric amplifier delivering sub 30 fs pulses with 2GW peak power

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


Optics Express, Vol. 16, Issue 24, pp. 19812-19820 (2008)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.16.019812


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Abstract

Degenerated optical parametric amplification (OPA) is a well known technique to achieve broadband amplification necessary to generate ultrashort pulses. Here we present a parametric amplifier pumped by the frequency doubled output of a state-of-the-art fiber chirped pulse amplification system (FCPA) delivering mJ pulse energy at 30 kHz repetition rate and 650 fs pulse duration. The parametric amplifier and the FCPA system are both seeded by the same Yb:KGW oscillator. Additional spectral broadening of the OPA seed provides enough bandwidth for the generation of ultrashort pulses. After amplification in two 1mm BBO crystals a pulse energy of 90µJ is yielded at 30 kHz. Subsequent compression with a sequence of chirped mirrors shortens the pulses to 29 fs while the pulse energy is as high as 81µJ resulting in 2GW of peak power.

© 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: August 25, 2008
Revised Manuscript: September 29, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: September 29, 2008
Published: November 14, 2008

Citation
S. Hädrich, J. Rothhardt, F. Röser, T. Gottschall, J. Limpert, and A. Tünnermann, "Degenerate optical parametric amplifier delivering sub 30 fs pulses with 2GW peak power," Opt. Express 16, 19812-19820 (2008)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-16-24-19812


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