OSA's Digital Library

Optics Express

Optics Express

  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 22, Iss. 15 — Jul. 28, 2014
  • pp: 17968–17978

Measurement of energy contrast of amplified ultrashort pulses using cross-polarized wave generation and spectral interferometry

Marin Iliev, Amanda K. Meier, Benjamin Galloway, Daniel E. Adams, Jeff A. Squier, and Charles G. Durfee  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 22, Issue 15, pp. 17968-17978 (2014)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.22.017968


View Full Text Article

Enhanced HTML    Acrobat PDF (1209 KB)





Browse Journals / Lookup Meetings

Browse by Journal and Year


   


Lookup Conference Papers

Close Browse Journals / Lookup Meetings

Article Tools

Share
Citations

Abstract

We present a method using spectral interferometry (SI) to characterize a pulse in the presence of an incoherent background such as amplified spontaneous emission (ASE). The output of a regenerative amplifier is interfered with a copy of the pulse that has been converted using third-order cross-polarized wave generation (XPW). The ASE shows as a pedestal background in the interference pattern. The energy contrast between the short-pulse component and the ASE is retrieved. The spectra of the interacting beams are obtained through an improvement to the self-referenced spectral interferometry (SRSI) analysis.

© 2014 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(190.1900) Nonlinear optics : Diagnostic applications of nonlinear optics
(190.7110) Nonlinear optics : Ultrafast nonlinear optics
(320.5520) Ultrafast optics : Pulse compression
(320.7100) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast measurements

ToC Category:
Ultrafast Optics

History
Original Manuscript: May 12, 2014
Revised Manuscript: July 4, 2014
Manuscript Accepted: July 7, 2014
Published: July 17, 2014

Citation
Marin Iliev, Amanda K. Meier, Benjamin Galloway, Daniel E. Adams, Jeff A. Squier, and Charles G. Durfee, "Measurement of energy contrast of amplified ultrashort pulses using cross-polarized wave generation and spectral interferometry," Opt. Express 22, 17968-17978 (2014)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-22-15-17968


Sort:  Author  |  Year  |  Journal  |  Reset  

References

  1. D. Strickland and G. Mourou, “Compression of amplified chirped optical pulses,” Opt. Commun.55, 447–449 (1985). [CrossRef]
  2. M. Pessot, J. Squier, and G. Mourou, “Chirped-pulse amplification of 100-fs pulses,” Opt. Lett.14, 797–799 (1989). [CrossRef] [PubMed]
  3. J. Squier, F. Salin, and G. Mourou, “100-fs pulse generation and amplification in Ti:Al2O3,” Opt. Lett.16, 324–326 (1991). [CrossRef] [PubMed]
  4. Y. Beaudoin, C. Y. Chien, J. S. Coe, J. L. Tapié, and G. Mourou, “Ultrahigh-contrast Ti:sapphire/Nd:glass terawatt laser system,” Opt. Lett.17, 865–867 (1992). [CrossRef] [PubMed]
  5. L. Veisz, “Contrast improvement of relativistic few-cycle light pulses,” in “Coherence and Ultrashort Pulse Laser Emission,”, F. J. Duarte, ed. (Coherence and Ultrashort Pulse Laser Emission, 2010), pp. 305–330.
  6. M. M. Murnane, H. C. Kapteyn, and R. W. Falcone, “High-density plasmas produced by ultrafast laser pulses,” Phys. Rev. Lett.62, 155–158 (1989). [CrossRef] [PubMed]
  7. B. C. Stuart, M. D. Feit, S. Herman, A. M. Rubenchik, B. W. Shore, and M. D. Perry, “Nanosecond-to-femtosecond laser-induced breakdown in dielectrics,” Phys. Rev. B53, 1749 (1996). [CrossRef]
  8. D. E. Adams, T. A. Planchon, A. Hrin, J. A. Squier, and C. G. Durfee, “Characterization of coupled nonlinear spatio-spectral phase following an ultrafast self-focusing interaction,” Opt. Lett.34, 1294–1296 (2009). [CrossRef] [PubMed]
  9. C. Rödel, M. Heyer, M. Behmke, M. Kübel, O. Jäckel, W. Ziegler, D. Ehrt, M. Kaluza, and G. Paulus, “High repetition rate plasma mirror for temporal contrast enhancement of terawatt femtosecond laser pulses by three orders of magnitude,” Appl. Phys. B (2010).
  10. H. J. Liu, Q. B. Sun, J. W. N. Huang, and Z. L. Wang, “Highly efficient pulse cleaner via nonlinear ellipse rotation in liquid CS2 for ultrashort pulses,” Opt. Lett.38, 1838–1840 (2013). [CrossRef] [PubMed]
  11. A. Jullien, O. Albert, G. Chériaux, J. Etchepare, S. Kourtev, N. Minkovski, and S. Saltiel, “Nonlinear polarization rotation of elliptical light in cubic crystals, with application to cross-polarized wave generation,” J. Opt. Soc. Am. B22, 2635–2641 (2005). [CrossRef]
  12. A. Ricci, A. Jullien, J.-P. Rousseau, Y. Liu, A. Houard, P. Ramirez, D. Papadopoulos, A. Pellegrina, P. Georges, F. Druon, N. Forget, and R. Lopez-Martens, “Energy-scalable temporal cleaning device for femtosecond laser pulses based on cross-polarized wave generation,” Rev. Sci. Instrum.84, 043106 (2013). [CrossRef] [PubMed]
  13. A. Jullien, X. Chen, A. Ricci, J. P. Rousseau, R. Lopez-Martens, L.P. Ramirez, D. Papadopoulos, A. Pellegrina, F. Druon, and P. Georges, “High-fidelity front-end for high-power, high temporal quality few-cycle lasers,” Appl. Phys. B102, 769–774 (2010). [CrossRef]
  14. V. Chvykov, P. Rousseau, S. Reed, G. Kalinchenko, and V. Yanovsky, “Generation of 1011 contrast 50 TW laser pulses,” Opt. Lett.31, 1456–1458 (2006). [CrossRef] [PubMed]
  15. D. Homoelle, A. L. Gaeta, V. Yanovsky, and G. Mourou, “Pulse contrast enhancement of high-energy pulses by use of a gas-filled hollow waveguide,” Opt. Lett.27, 1646–1648 (2002). [CrossRef]
  16. C. Dorrer, I. A. Begishev, A. V. Okishev, and J. Zuegel, “High-contrast optical-parametric amplifier as a front end of high-power laser systems,” Opt. Lett.32, 2143–2145 (2007). [CrossRef] [PubMed]
  17. S. Luan, M. Hutchinson, R. A. Smith, and F. Zhou, “High dynamic range third-order correlation measurement of picosecond laser pulse shapes,” Meas. Sci. Tech.4, 1426–1429 (1993). [CrossRef]
  18. T. Oksenhendler, S. Coudreau, N. Forget, V. Crozatier, S. Grabielle, R. Herzog, O. Gobert, and D. Kaplan, “Self-referenced spectral interferometry,” Appl. Phys. B99, 7–12 (2010). [CrossRef]
  19. D. Adams, T. Planchon, J. Squier, and C. G. Durfee, “Spatio-temporal dynamics of cross-polarized wave generation,” Opt. Lett.35, 1115–1117 (2010). [CrossRef] [PubMed]
  20. A. W. Albrecht, J. D. Hybl, S. M. G. Faeder, and D. M. Jonas, “Experimental distinction between phase shifts and time delays: Implications for femtosecond spectroscopy and coherent control of chemical reactions,” J. Chem. Phys.111, 10934–10956 (1999). [CrossRef]
  21. C. Dorrer, N. Belabas, J.-P. Likforman, and M. Joffre, “Spectral resolution and sampling issues in Fourier-transform spectral interferometry,” J. Opt. Soc. Am. B17, 1795–1802 (2000). [CrossRef]
  22. M. K. Yetzbacher, T. L. Courtney, W. K. Peters, K. A. Kitney, E. R. Smith, and D. M. Jonas, “Spectral restoration for femtosecond spectral interferometry with attosecond accuracy,” J. Opt. Soc. Am. B27, 1104–1117 (2010). [CrossRef]
  23. J. Ratner, G. Steinmeyer, T. C. Wong, R. Bartels, and R. Trebino, “Coherent artifact in modern pulse measurements,” Opt. Lett.37, 2874–2876 (2012). [CrossRef] [PubMed]

Cited By

Alert me when this paper is cited

OSA is able to provide readers links to articles that cite this paper by participating in CrossRef's Cited-By Linking service. CrossRef includes content from more than 3000 publishers and societies. In addition to listing OSA journal articles that cite this paper, citing articles from other participating publishers will also be listed.

Figures

Fig. 1 Fig. 2 Fig. 3
 
Fig. 4
 

« Previous Article  |  Next Article »

OSA is a member of CrossRef.

CrossCheck Deposited