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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 19, Iss. 8 — Apr. 11, 2011
  • pp: 7546–7552

Multi-gigawatt ultrashort pulses at high repetition rate and average power from two-stage nonlinear compression

S. Hädrich, H. Carstens, J. Rothhardt, J. Limpert, and A. Tünnermann  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 19, Issue 8, pp. 7546-7552 (2011)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.19.007546


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Abstract

We present simple and compact (1.5m x 0.5m footprint) post-compression of a state-of-the-art fiber chirped pulse amplification system. By using two stage nonlinear compression in noble gas filled hollow core fibers we shorten 1 mJ, 480 fs, 50 kHz pulses. The first stage is a 53 cm long, 200 µm inner diameter fiber filled with xenon with subsequent compression in a chirped mirror compressor. A 20 cm, 200 µm inner diameter fiber filled with argon further broadens the spectrum in a second stage and compression is achieved with another set of chirped mirrors. The average power is 24.5 W / 19 W after the first / second stage, respectively. Compression to 35 fs is achieved. Numerical simulations, agreeing well with experimental data, yield a peak power of 5.7 GW at a pulse energy of 380 µJ making this an interesting source for high harmonic generation at high repetition rate and average power.

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OCIS Codes
(140.3510) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, fiber
(190.7110) Nonlinear optics : Ultrafast nonlinear optics

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

History
Original Manuscript: November 29, 2010
Revised Manuscript: January 12, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: January 18, 2011
Published: April 5, 2011

Citation
S. Hädrich, H. Carstens, J. Rothhardt, J. Limpert, and A. Tünnermann, "Multi-gigawatt ultrashort pulses at high repetition rate and average power from two-stage nonlinear compression," Opt. Express 19, 7546-7552 (2011)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-19-8-7546


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