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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 19, Iss. 9 — Apr. 25, 2011
  • pp: 8357–8366

Excess quantum noise in optical parametric chirped-pulse amplification

Cristian Manzoni, Jeffrey Moses, Franz X. Kärtner, and Giulio Cerullo  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 19, Issue 9, pp. 8357-8366 (2011)

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Noise evolution in an optical parametric chirped-pulse amplifier (OPCPA) differs essentially from that of an optical parametric or a conventional laser amplifier, in that an incoherent pedestal is produced by superfluorescence that can overwhelm the signal under strong saturation. Using a model for the nonlinear dynamics consistent with quantum mechanics, we numerically study the evolution of excess noise in an OPCPA. The observed dynamics explain the macroscopic characteristics seen previously in experiments in the practically important saturation regime.

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OCIS Codes
(030.6600) Coherence and statistical optics : Statistical optics
(190.4970) Nonlinear optics : Parametric oscillators and amplifiers
(320.7110) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast nonlinear optics
(230.4480) Optical devices : Optical amplifiers

ToC Category:
Nonlinear Optics

Original Manuscript: February 8, 2011
Revised Manuscript: March 30, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: March 30, 2011
Published: April 15, 2011

Cristian Manzoni, Jeffrey Moses, Franz X. Kärtner, and Giulio Cerullo, "Excess quantum noise in optical parametric chirped-pulse amplification," Opt. Express 19, 8357-8366 (2011)

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