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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 20, Iss. 9 — Apr. 23, 2012
  • pp: 9833–9840

Pump-seed synchronization for MHz repetition rate, high-power optical parametric chirped pulse amplification

Hanieh Fattahi, Catherine Yuriko Teisset, Oleg Pronin, Atsushi Sugita, Roswitha Graf, Vladimir Pervak, Xun Gu, Thomas Metzger, Zsuzsanna Major, Ferenc Krausz, and Alexander Apolonski  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 20, Issue 9, pp. 9833-9840 (2012)

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We report on an active synchronization between two independent mode-locked lasers using a combined electronic-optical feedback. With this scheme, seed pulses at MHz repetition rate were amplified in a non-collinear optical parametric chirped pulse amplifier (OPCPA). The amplifier was seeded with stretched 1.5 nJ pulses from a femtosecond Ti:Sapphire oscillator, while pumped with the 1 ps, 2.9 µJ frequency-doubled output of an Yb:YAG thin-disk oscillator. The residual timing jitter between the two oscillators was suppressed to 120 fs (RMS), allowing for an efficient and broadband amplification at 11.5 MHz to a pulse energy of 700 nJ and an average power of 8 W. First compression experiment with 240 nJ amplified pulse energy resulted in a pulse duration of ~10 fs.

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OCIS Codes
(140.7090) Lasers and laser optics : Ultrafast lasers
(190.4410) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, parametric processes
(190.4970) Nonlinear optics : Parametric oscillators and amplifiers
(320.7110) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast nonlinear optics

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

Original Manuscript: January 12, 2012
Revised Manuscript: March 11, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: March 22, 2012
Published: April 16, 2012

Hanieh Fattahi, Catherine Yuriko Teisset, Oleg Pronin, Atsushi Sugita, Roswitha Graf, Vladimir Pervak, Xun Gu, Thomas Metzger, Zsuzsanna Major, Ferenc Krausz, and Alexander Apolonski, "Pump-seed synchronization for MHz repetition rate, high-power optical parametric chirped pulse amplification," Opt. Express 20, 9833-9840 (2012)

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