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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 19, Iss. 18 — Aug. 29, 2011
  • pp: 16797–16808

Analysis and suppression of parasitic processes in noncollinear optical parametric amplifiers

J. Bromage, J. Rothhardt, S. Hädrich, C. Dorrer, C. Jocher, S. Demmler, J. Limpert, A. Tünnermann, and J. D. Zuegel  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 19, Issue 18, pp. 16797-16808 (2011)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.19.016797


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Abstract

The influence of parasitic processes on the performance of ultra-broadband noncollinear optical parametric amplifiers (NOPA’s) is investigated for walk-off and non-walk-off compensating configurations. Experimental results with a white-light–seeded NOPA agree well with numerical simulations. The same model shows that 10% of the output energy of an amplified signal can be transferred into a parasitic second harmonic of the signal. These findings are supported by quantitative measurements on a few-cycle NOPA, where a few percent of the signal energy is converted to its second harmonic in the walk-off compensating case. This effect is reduced by an order of magnitude in the non-walk-off compensating configuration. A detailed study of the phase-matching conditions of the most common nonlinear crystals provides guidelines for designing NOPA systems.

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OCIS Codes
(190.4970) Nonlinear optics : Parametric oscillators and amplifiers
(320.7100) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast measurements

ToC Category:
Nonlinear Optics

History
Original Manuscript: May 12, 2011
Revised Manuscript: July 15, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: July 15, 2011
Published: August 15, 2011

Citation
J. Bromage, J. Rothhardt, S. Hädrich, C. Dorrer, C. Jocher, S. Demmler, J. Limpert, A. Tünnermann, and J. D. Zuegel, "Analysis and suppression of parasitic processes in noncollinear optical parametric amplifiers," Opt. Express 19, 16797-16808 (2011)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-19-18-16797


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