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  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 21, Iss. 23 — Nov. 18, 2013
  • pp: 28095–28102

Self-compression to sub-3-cycle duration of mid-infrared optical pulses in dielectrics

Michaël Hemmer, Matthias Baudisch, Alexandre Thai, Arnaud Couairon, and Jens Biegert  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 21, Issue 23, pp. 28095-28102 (2013)

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We present the first demonstration of sub-3 cycle optical pulses at 3.1 μm central wavelength generated through self-compression in the anomalous dispersion regime in a dielectric. The pulses emerging from this compact and efficient self-compression setup could be focused to intensities exceeding 1014 W/cm2, a suitable range for high field physics experiments. Numerical simulations performed with a 3D nonlinear propagation code, provide theoretical insight on the processes involved and support our experimental findings.

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OCIS Codes
(190.5940) Nonlinear optics : Self-action effects
(320.7110) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast nonlinear optics
(320.6629) Ultrafast optics : Supercontinuum generation

ToC Category:
Ultrafast Optics

Original Manuscript: July 24, 2013
Revised Manuscript: October 25, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: October 28, 2013
Published: November 8, 2013

Michaël Hemmer, Matthias Baudisch, Alexandre Thai, Arnaud Couairon, and Jens Biegert, "Self-compression to sub-3-cycle duration of mid-infrared optical pulses in dielectrics," Opt. Express 21, 28095-28102 (2013)

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