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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 17, Iss. 5 — Mar. 2, 2009
  • pp: 3587–3594

Mid-IR short-pulse OPCPA with micro-Joule energy at 100kHz

Olivier Chalus, Philip K. Bates, Mathias Smolarski, and Jens Biegert  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 17, Issue 5, pp. 3587-3594 (2009)

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We present a novel mid-IR source based on optical parametric chirped pulse amplification (OPCPA) generating 96 fs pulses (9.0 cycles) at 3.2 μm with an energy of 1.2 μJ, at a repetition rate of 100 kHz. The amplified spectrum supports a minimum Fourier transform limited pulse duration of 45 fs, or 4.2 cycles. Our use of OPCPA allows the direct amplification of few-cycle pulses at this mid-IR wavelength, and is inherently scalable to higher energies. The seed source for the system is based on difference frequency generation (DFG) between two outputs of the same fibre laser: this source is expected to be intrinsically CEP stable.

© 2009 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(190.4360) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, devices
(190.4970) Nonlinear optics : Parametric oscillators and amplifiers
(190.7110) Nonlinear optics : Ultrafast nonlinear optics
(320.7080) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast devices

ToC Category:
Nonlinear Optics

Original Manuscript: January 9, 2009
Revised Manuscript: February 18, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: February 19, 2009
Published: February 23, 2009

Olivier Chalus, Philip K. Bates, Mathias Smolarski, and Jens Biegert, "Mid-IR short-pulse OPCPA with micro-Joule energy at 100kHz," Opt. Express 17, 3587-3594 (2009)

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