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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 18, Iss. 12 — Jun. 7, 2010
  • pp: 12948–12959

Pulse-contrast degradation due to pump phase-modulation in optical parametric chirped-pulse amplification system

Hongyan Ren, Liejia Qian, Heyuan Zhu, Dianyuan Fan, and Peng Yuan  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 18, Issue 12, pp. 12948-12959 (2010)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.18.012948


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Abstract

We theoretically study the pulse-contrast degradation of optical parametric chirped pulse amplification (OPCPA) system pumped by a temporally phase-modulated laser. We reveal two physical mechanisms that reduce the contrast in such a parametric process: the effect of phase transfer caused by group-velocity mismatch (GVM) and the effect of FM-to-AM conversion caused by group-velocity dispersion (GVD). Degradation of the contrast is quantified via numerical simulations. To reduce the effect of phase transfer, a pair of OPCPAs seeded by the signal and idler respectively, is studied for effectively improving the contrast in such a case with pump phase modulation. The results presented in this paper are of particular importance for extremely intense laser applications requiring high contrast.

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OCIS Codes
(190.4410) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, parametric processes
(190.4970) Nonlinear optics : Parametric oscillators and amplifiers
(320.7090) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast lasers

ToC Category:
Ultrafast Optics

History
Original Manuscript: March 8, 2010
Revised Manuscript: May 12, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: May 20, 2010
Published: June 2, 2010

Citation
Hongyan Ren, Liejia Qian, Heyuan Zhu, Dianyuan Fan, and Peng Yuan, "Pulse-contrast degradation due to pump phase-modulation in optical parametric chirped-pulse amplification system," Opt. Express 18, 12948-12959 (2010)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-18-12-12948


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