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Optics Express

  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 21, Iss. 8 — Apr. 22, 2013
  • pp: 9711–9721

Generation of high-fidelity few-cycle pulses at 2.1 μm via cross-polarized wave generation

Aurélien Ricci, Francisco Silva, Aurélie Jullien, Seth L. Cousin, Dane R. Austin, Jens Biegert, and Rodrigo Lopez-Martens  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 21, Issue 8, pp. 9711-9721 (2013)

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We demonstrate the generation of temporally clean few-cycle pulses at 2.1 μm by shortening of 6-optical-cycle pulses via cross-polarized wave (XPW) generation in BaF2, CaF2 and CVD-Diamond crystals. By combining spectra and single-shot third-order intensity cross-correlation traces in a novel Bayesian pulse retrieval technique, we measured pulse durations of 20 fs, corresponding to 2.8 optical cycles. Our results show that XPW generation in the infrared could provide a high-fidelity source of few-cycle pulses for strong-field physics applications. It could also serve as an injector for high-peak power ultrafast mid-IR wavelength parametric amplifiers.

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OCIS Codes
(140.3070) Lasers and laser optics : Infrared and far-infrared lasers
(190.3270) Nonlinear optics : Kerr effect
(190.7110) Nonlinear optics : Ultrafast nonlinear optics
(320.5520) Ultrafast optics : Pulse compression
(320.5540) Ultrafast optics : Pulse shaping
(320.7160) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast technology

ToC Category:
Ultrafast Optics

Original Manuscript: January 30, 2013
Revised Manuscript: March 22, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: March 22, 2013
Published: April 12, 2013

Aurélien Ricci, Francisco Silva, Aurélie Jullien, Seth L. Cousin, Dane R. Austin, Jens Biegert, and Rodrigo Lopez-Martens, "Generation of high-fidelity few-cycle pulses at 2.1 μm via cross-polarized wave generation," Opt. Express 21, 9711-9721 (2013)

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