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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 18, Iss. 8 — Apr. 12, 2010
  • pp: 7911–7916

High gain broadband amplification of ultraviolet pulses in optical parametric chirped pulse amplifier

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

Optics Express, Vol. 18, Issue 8, pp. 7911-7916 (2010)

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We report on a high gain amplification of broadband ultraviolet femtosecond pulses in an optical parametric chirped pulse amplifier. Broadband ultraviolet seed pulses were obtained by an achromatic frequency doubling of the output from a femtosecond Ti:Sapphire oscillator. Stretched seed pulses were amplified in a multipass parametric amplifier with a single BBO crystal pumped by a ns frequency quadrupled Nd:YAG laser. A noncollinear configuration was used for a broadband amplification. The total (after compression) amplification of 2.5∙105 was achieved, with compressed pulse energy of 30 μJ and pulse duration of 24 fs. We found that the measured gain was limited by thermal effects induced by the absorption of the pump laser by color centers created in the BBO crystal.

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OCIS Codes
(140.4480) Lasers and laser optics : Optical amplifiers
(190.4410) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, parametric processes
(190.4970) Nonlinear optics : Parametric oscillators and amplifiers
(320.7090) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast lasers
(320.7110) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast nonlinear optics

ToC Category:
Ultrafast Optics

Original Manuscript: January 25, 2010
Revised Manuscript: March 8, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: March 9, 2010
Published: March 31, 2010

Paweł Wnuk, Yuriy Stepanenko, and Czesław Radzewicz, "High gain broadband amplification of ultraviolet pulses in optical parametric chirped pulse amplifier," Opt. Express 18, 7911-7916 (2010)

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