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  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 21, Iss. 8 — Apr. 22, 2013
  • pp: 9491–9504

Compact dual-crystal optical parametric amplification for broadband IR pulse generation using a collinear geometry

Zuofei Hong, Qingbin Zhang, and Peixiang Lu  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 21, Issue 8, pp. 9491-9504 (2013)

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A novel compact dual-crystal optical parametric amplification (DOPA) scheme, collinearly pumped by a Ti:sapphire laser (0.8 μm), is theoretically investigated for efficiently generating broadband IR pulses at non-degenerate wavelengths (1.2 μm∼1.4 μm and 1.8 μm∼2.1 μm). By inserting a pair of barium fluoride (BaF2) wedges between two thin β-barium borate (BBO) crystals, the group velocity mismatch (GVM) between the three interacting pulses can be compensated simultaneously. In this case, the obtained signal spectrum centered at 1.3 μm is nearly 20% broader and the conversion efficiency is increased, but also the pulse contrast and beam quality are improved due to the better temporal overlap. Furthermore, sub-two-cycle idler pulses with carrier-envelope phase (CEP) fluctuation of sub-100-mrad root mean square (RMS) can be generated. Because a tunable few-cycle IR pulse with millijoule energy is attainable in this scheme, it will contribute to ultrafast community and be particularly useful as a driving or controlling field for the generation of ultrafast coherent x-ray supercontinuum.

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OCIS Codes
(140.7090) Lasers and laser optics : Ultrafast lasers
(190.4970) Nonlinear optics : Parametric oscillators and amplifiers
(190.7110) Nonlinear optics : Ultrafast nonlinear optics

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

Original Manuscript: February 5, 2013
Revised Manuscript: March 23, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: March 31, 2013
Published: April 10, 2013

Zuofei Hong, Qingbin Zhang, and Peixiang Lu, "Compact dual-crystal optical parametric amplification for broadband IR pulse generation using a collinear geometry," Opt. Express 21, 9491-9504 (2013)

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