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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 19, Iss. 13 — Jun. 20, 2011
  • pp: 12305–12311

Dynamic parabolic pulse generation using temporal shaping of wavelength to time mapped pulses

Dat Nguyen, Mohammad Umar Piracha, Dimitrios Mandridis, and Peter J. Delfyett  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 19, Issue 13, pp. 12305-12311 (2011)

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Self-phase modulation in fiber amplifiers can significantly degrade the quality of compressed pulses in chirped pulse amplification systems. Parabolic pulses with linear frequency chirp are suitable for suppressing nonlinearities, and to achieve high peak power pulses after compression. In this paper, we present an active time domain technique to generate parabolic pulses for chirped pulse amplification applications. Pulses from a mode-locked laser are temporally stretched and launched into an amplitude modulator, where the drive voltage is designed using the spectral shape of the input pulse and the transfer function of the modulator, resulting in the generation of parabolic pulses. Experimental results of pulse shaping with a pulse train from a mode-locked laser are presented, with a residual error of less than 5%. Moreover, an extinction ratio of 27 dB is achieved, which is ideal for chirped pulse amplification applications.

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OCIS Codes
(060.2320) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics amplifiers and oscillators
(140.4050) Lasers and laser optics : Mode-locked lasers
(320.5540) Ultrafast optics : Pulse shaping
(320.7090) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast lasers

ToC Category:
Ultrafast Optics

Original Manuscript: April 7, 2011
Revised Manuscript: May 28, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: June 2, 2011
Published: June 9, 2011

Dat Nguyen, Mohammad Umar Piracha, Dimitrios Mandridis, and Peter J. Delfyett, "Dynamic parabolic pulse generation using temporal shaping of wavelength to time mapped pulses," Opt. Express 19, 12305-12311 (2011)

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