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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 16, Iss. 26 — Dec. 22, 2008
  • pp: 21297–21304

Design and simulation of few-cycle optical parametric chirped pulse amplification at mid-IR wavelengths

O. Chalus, P.K. Bates, and J. Biegert  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 16, Issue 26, pp. 21297-21304 (2008)

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We present a design for a novel carrier to envelope phase stable optical parametric chirped pulse amplification source in the mid-infrared. We calculate the amplification of a 3.1µm seed pulse, generated via DFG from a two-colour fibre laser, using a fully three dimensional OPCPA code. We combine this with a ray-tracing code to model pulse compression using a grating compressor and a deformable mirror for programmable phase compensation. The simulation models the complete system based on FROG measurements of the commercially available fibre laser, ensuring the simulation is realistic. The obtained results indicate energetic pulses of 56 fs duration, corresponding to 5.2 cycles, can be produced with calculated pulse energies of up to 9.6µJ at a central wavelength of 3.3µm.

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OCIS Codes
(190.4360) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, devices
(190.4410) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, parametric processes
(190.4970) Nonlinear optics : Parametric oscillators and amplifiers
(190.7110) Nonlinear optics : Ultrafast nonlinear optics
(320.5550) Ultrafast optics : Pulses
(320.7080) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast devices

ToC Category:
Nonlinear Optics

Original Manuscript: November 7, 2008
Revised Manuscript: December 5, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: December 5, 2008
Published: December 9, 2008

O. Chalus, P. K. Bates, and J. Biegert, "Design and simulation of few-cycle optical parametric chirped pulse amplification at mid-IR wavelengths," Opt. Express 16, 21297-21304 (2008)

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