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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 20, Iss. 27 — Dec. 17, 2012
  • pp: 28455–28464

Generation of single-cycle mid-infrared pulses via coherent synthesis

Fen Ma, Hongjun Liu, Nan Huang, and Qibing Sun  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 20, Issue 27, pp. 28455-28464 (2012)

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A new approach for the generation of single-cycle mid-infrared pulses without complicated control systems is proposed, which is based on direct coherent synthesis of two idlers generated by difference frequency generation (DFG) processes. It is found that the waveform of synthesized pulses is mainly determined by the spectra superposition, the carrier-envelope phase (CEP) difference, the relative timing and the chirp ratio between the idlers. The influences of these parameters on the synthesized waveform are also numerically calculated and analyzed via second-order autocorrelation, which offers general guidelines for the waveform optimization. The single-cycle synthesized mid-infrared pulses, which are centered at 4233 nm with the spectrum spanning from 3000 nm to 7000 nm, are achieved by carefully optimizing these parameters. The single-cycle mid-infrared laser source presents the possibility of investigating and controlling the strong field light-matter interaction.

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OCIS Codes
(190.4410) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, parametric processes
(140.3298) Lasers and laser optics : Laser beam combining
(320.6629) Ultrafast optics : Supercontinuum generation

ToC Category:
Ultrafast Optics

Original Manuscript: October 1, 2012
Revised Manuscript: November 13, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: November 21, 2012
Published: December 7, 2012

Fen Ma, Hongjun Liu, Nan Huang, and Qibing Sun, "Generation of single-cycle mid-infrared pulses via coherent synthesis," Opt. Express 20, 28455-28464 (2012)

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