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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 20, Iss. 4 — Feb. 13, 2012
  • pp: 4619–4629

Broadband amplification by picosecond OPCPA in DKDP pumped at 515 nm

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


Optics Express, Vol. 20, Issue 4, pp. 4619-4629 (2012)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.20.004619


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Abstract

On the quest towards reaching petawatt-scale peak power light pulses with few-cycle duration, optical parametric chirped pulse amplification (OPCPA) pumped on a time scale of a few picoseconds represents a very promising route. Here we present an experimental demonstration of few-ps OPCPA in DKDP, in order to experimentally verify the feasibility of the scheme. Broadband amplification was observed in the wavelength range of 830-1310 nm. The amplified spectrum supports two optical cycle pulses, at a central wavelength of ~920 nm, with a pulse duration of 6.1 fs (FWHM). The comparison of the experimental results with our numerical calculations of the OPCPA process showed good agreement. These findings confirm the reliability of our theoretical modelling, in particular with respect to the design for further amplification stages, scaling the output peak powers to the petawatt scale.

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OCIS Codes
(190.4410) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, parametric processes
(190.4970) Nonlinear optics : Parametric oscillators and amplifiers
(190.4223) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear wave mixing
(190.4975) Nonlinear optics : Parametric processes

ToC Category:
Nonlinear Optics

History
Original Manuscript: December 2, 2011
Revised Manuscript: January 14, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: January 20, 2012
Published: February 9, 2012

Citation
Christoph Skrobol, Izhar Ahmad, Sandro Klingebiel, Christoph Wandt, Sergei A. Trushin, Zsuzsanna Major, Ferenc Krausz, and Stefan Karsch, "Broadband amplification by picosecond OPCPA in DKDP pumped at 515 nm," Opt. Express 20, 4619-4629 (2012)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-20-4-4619


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