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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 20, Iss. 4 — Feb. 13, 2012
  • pp: 3443–3455

Experimental and theoretical investigation of timing jitter inside a stretcher-compressor setup

Sandro Klingebiel, Izhar Ahmad, Christoph Wandt, Christoph Skrobol, Sergei A. Trushin, Zsuzsanna Major, Ferenc Krausz, and Stefan Karsch  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 20, Issue 4, pp. 3443-3455 (2012)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.20.003443


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Abstract

In an optically synchronized short-pulse optical-parametric chirped-pulse amplification (OPCPA) system, we observe a few-100 fs-scale timing jitter. With an active timing stabilization system slow fluctuations are removed and the timing jitter can be reduced to 100 fs standard deviation (Std). As the main source for the timing fluctuations we could identify air turbulence in the stretcher-compressor setup inside the chirped pulse amplification (CPA) pump chain. This observation is supported by theoretical investigation of group delay changes for angular deviations occurring between the parallel gratings of a compressor or stretcher, as they can be introduced by air turbulence.

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OCIS Codes
(190.4970) Nonlinear optics : Parametric oscillators and amplifiers
(320.5520) Ultrafast optics : Pulse compression
(320.7120) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast phenomena
(140.3615) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, ytterbium

ToC Category:
Ultrafast Optics

History
Original Manuscript: November 3, 2011
Revised Manuscript: December 2, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: December 3, 2011
Published: January 30, 2012

Citation
Sandro Klingebiel, Izhar Ahmad, Christoph Wandt, Christoph Skrobol, Sergei A. Trushin, Zsuzsanna Major, Ferenc Krausz, and Stefan Karsch, "Experimental and theoretical investigation of timing jitter inside a stretcher-compressor setup," Opt. Express 20, 3443-3455 (2012)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-20-4-3443


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