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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 20, Iss. 10 — May. 7, 2012
  • pp: 10562–10571

Ultrafast mid-infrared spectroscopy by chirped pulse upconversion in 1800-1000cm−1 region

Jingyi Zhu, Tilo Mathes, Andreas D. Stahl, John T.M. Kennis, and Marie Louise Groot  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 20, Issue 10, pp. 10562-10571 (2012)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.20.010562


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Abstract

Broadband femtosecond mid-infrared pulses can be converted into the visible spectral region by chirped pulse upconversion. We report here the upconversion of pump probe transient signals in the frequency region below 1800cm−1, using the nonlinear optical crystal AgGaGeS4, realizing an important expansion of the application range of this method. Experiments were demonstrated with a slab of GaAs, in which the upconverted signals cover a window of 120cm−1, with 1.5cm−1 resolution. In experiments on the BLUF photoreceptor Slr1694, signals below 1 milliOD were well resolved after baseline correction. Possibilities for further optimization of the method are discussed. We conclude that this method is an attractive alternative for the traditional MCT arrays used in most mid-infrared pump probe experiments.

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OCIS Codes
(040.1880) Detectors : Detection
(040.3060) Detectors : Infrared
(190.7220) Nonlinear optics : Upconversion
(320.7100) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast measurements
(320.7150) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast spectroscopy

ToC Category:
Ultrafast Optics

History
Original Manuscript: March 8, 2012
Revised Manuscript: April 6, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: April 10, 2012
Published: April 23, 2012

Citation
Jingyi Zhu, Tilo Mathes, Andreas D. Stahl, John T.M. Kennis, and Marie Louise Groot, "Ultrafast mid-infrared spectroscopy by chirped pulse upconversion in 1800-1000cm−1 region," Opt. Express 20, 10562-10571 (2012)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-20-10-10562


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