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  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 22, Iss. 12 — Jun. 16, 2014
  • pp: 14964–14974

Two MHz tunable non collinear optical parametric amplifiers with pulse durations down to 6 fs

Julien Nillon, Olivier Crégut, Christian Bressler, and Stefan Haacke  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 22, Issue 12, pp. 14964-14974 (2014)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.22.014964


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Abstract

We report on the development of a 2 MHz non collinear optical parametric amplifier (NOPA) for high repetition rate time resolved X-ray or optical spectroscopy. Our modular and very flexible device is pumped by the second and third harmonics of a commercial femtosecond Ytterbium-doped fiber laser. The amplified pulses are tunable from 520 nm to 1000 nm with pulse durations between 15 and 30 fs over the full tuning range. The same setup is also suitable for broadband amplification and we demonstrate the generation of 6 fs pulses at a central wavelength of 850 nm as well as the generation of a broadband spectrum supporting 4.2 fs transform limited pulse duration at a central wavelength of 570 nm. Very high stability and compactness is achieved thanks to an optimized mechanical design.

© 2014 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(060.2320) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics amplifiers and oscillators
(190.4970) Nonlinear optics : Parametric oscillators and amplifiers
(190.7110) Nonlinear optics : Ultrafast nonlinear optics
(320.5520) Ultrafast optics : Pulse compression
(320.7080) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast devices

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

History
Original Manuscript: March 31, 2014
Revised Manuscript: May 30, 2014
Manuscript Accepted: May 30, 2014
Published: June 11, 2014

Citation
Julien Nillon, Olivier Crégut, Christian Bressler, and Stefan Haacke, "Two MHz tunable non collinear optical parametric amplifiers with pulse durations down to 6 fs," Opt. Express 22, 14964-14974 (2014)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-22-12-14964


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