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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 17, Iss. 3 — Feb. 2, 2009
  • pp: 1340–1345

High-repetition-rate optical parametric chirped-pulse amplifier producing 1-μJ, sub-100-fs pulses in the mid-infrared

C. Erny, C. Heese, M. Haag, L. Gallmann, and U. Keller  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 17, Issue 3, pp. 1340-1345 (2009)

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We present a high-repetition-rate, femtosecond optical parametric chirped pulse amplifier (OPCPA). Its seed signal is obtained by difference frequency generation from the two-branch output of a commercially available Er: fiber laser amplifier. The optical parametric amplifier is pumped by a commercially available diode-pumped solid-state laser. In a two-stage amplification setup we have achieved a gain of 100’000, resulting in ~1 μJ femtosecond mid-infrared pulses in the wavelength range between 3 and 4 μm and an amplification bandwidth of >300 nm at a repetition rate of 100 kHz. The pulses have been compressed to 92 fs by a 4-prism compressor.

© 2009 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(140.3580) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, solid-state
(140.4050) Lasers and laser optics : Mode-locked lasers
(140.7090) Lasers and laser optics : Ultrafast lasers
(190.4970) Nonlinear optics : Parametric oscillators and amplifiers

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

Original Manuscript: December 11, 2008
Revised Manuscript: January 9, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: January 18, 2009
Published: January 22, 2009

C. Erny, C. Heese, M. Haag, L. Gallmann, and U. Keller, "High-repetition-rate optical parametric chirped-pulse amplifier producing 1-µJ, sub-100-fs pulses in the mid-infrared," Opt. Express 17, 1340-1345 (2009)

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