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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 17, Iss. 21 — Oct. 12, 2009
  • pp: 19204–19212

Chirped-pulse amplification of laser pulses with dispersive mirrors

V. Pervak, I. Ahmad, S. A. Trushin, Zs. Major, A. Apolonski, S. Karsch, and F. Krausz  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 17, Issue 21, pp. 19204-19212 (2009)

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We report a novel implementation of chirped-pulse amplification (CPA) by dominantly using dispersive multilayer mirrors for chirp control. Our prototyp dispersive-mirror (DMC) compressor has been designed for a kHz Ti:sapphire amplifier and yielded – in a proof-of-concept study – millijoule-energy, sub-20-fs, 790-nm laser pulses with an overall throughput of ~90% and unprecedented spatio-temporal quality. Dispersive-mirror-based CPA permits a dramatic simplification of high-power lasers and affords promise for their advancement to shorter pulse durations, higher peak powers, and higher average powers with user-friendly systems.

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OCIS Codes
(310.1620) Thin films : Interference coatings
(320.5520) Ultrafast optics : Pulse compression
(320.7090) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast lasers
(310.4165) Thin films : Multilayer design

ToC Category:
Ultrafast Optics

Original Manuscript: September 28, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: October 2, 2009
Published: October 8, 2009

V. Pervak, I. Ahmad, S. A. Trushin, Zs. Major, A. Apolonski, S. Karsch, and F. Krausz, "Chirped-pulse amplification of laser pulses with dispersive mirrors," Opt. Express 17, 19204-19212 (2009)

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