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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 17, Iss. 17 — Aug. 17, 2009
  • pp: 15264–15273

Multi-terawatt chirped pulse optical parametric amplifier with a time-shear power amplification stage

Paweł Wnuk, Yuriy Stepanenko, and Czesław Radzewicz  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 17, Issue 17, pp. 15264-15273 (2009)

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We report on a compact and simple, broadband optical parametric chirped pulse amplifier system that amplifies femtosecond pulses directly from a titanium sapphire oscillator up to 2 TW power. Our system relies on a new technique - time shear - that improves the time overlap between the seed and pump pulses and, thus, improves the efficiency of the power amplification stage pumped with a ns laser. Parametric amplification was achieved in two stages: a multipass, noncollinear geometry preamplifier with a single β-barium borate crystal, and a power booster stage incorporating three β-barium borate crystals in the new time-shear design. Both stages were pumped with pulses from a commercial 10 Hz frequency doubled ns Nd:YAG laser. The system delivers 49 mJ pulses with a temporal width of 23 fs and its overall conversion efficiency after pulse compression is 10%.

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OCIS Codes
(140.4480) Lasers and laser optics : Optical amplifiers
(190.4410) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, parametric processes
(320.7090) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast lasers

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

Original Manuscript: April 28, 2009
Revised Manuscript: June 10, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: July 4, 2009
Published: August 14, 2009

Paweł Wnuk, Yuriy Stepanenko, and Czesław Radzewicz, "Multi-terawatt chirped pulse optical parametric amplifier with a time-shear power amplification stage," Opt. Express 17, 15264-15273 (2009)

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