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Optics Express

  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 21, Iss. 23 — Nov. 18, 2013
  • pp: 28987–28999

Long-term stabilization of high power optical parametric chirped-pulse amplifiers

R. Riedel, M. Schulz, M. J. Prandolini, A. Hage, H. Höppner, T. Gottschall, J. Limpert, M. Drescher, and F. Tavella  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 21, Issue 23, pp. 28987-28999 (2013)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.21.028987


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Abstract

The long-term stability of optical parametric chirped-pulse amplifiers is hindered by thermal path length drifts affecting the temporal pump-to-signal overlap. A kilowatt-pumped burst amplifier is presented delivering broadband 1.4 mJ pulses with a spectral bandwidth supporting sub-7 fs pulse duration. Active temporal overlap control can be achieved by feedback of optical timing signals from cross-correlation or spectral measurements. Using a balanced optical cross-correlator, we achieve a pump-to-signal synchronization with a residual jitter of only (46 ± 2)fs rms. Additionally, we propose passive pump-to-signal stabilization with an intrinsic jitter of (7.0 ± 0.5)fs rms using white-light continuum generation.

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OCIS Codes
(140.0140) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers and laser optics
(190.4410) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, parametric processes
(140.3425) Lasers and laser optics : Laser stabilization

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

History
Original Manuscript: July 17, 2013
Revised Manuscript: September 17, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: October 2, 2013
Published: November 15, 2013

Citation
R. Riedel, M. Schulz, M. J. Prandolini, A. Hage, H. Höppner, T. Gottschall, J. Limpert, M. Drescher, and F. Tavella, "Long-term stabilization of high power optical parametric chirped-pulse amplifiers," Opt. Express 21, 28987-28999 (2013)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-21-23-28987


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