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Optics Express

  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 22, Iss. 2 — Jan. 27, 2014
  • pp: 1594–1607

Design considerations for a high power, ultrabroadband optical parametric chirped-pulse amplifier

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


Optics Express, Vol. 22, Issue 2, pp. 1594-1607 (2014)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.22.001594


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Abstract

A conceptual design of a high power, ultrabroadband optical parametric chirped-pulse amplifier (OPCPA) was carried out comparing nonlinear crystals (LBO and BBO) for 810 nm centered, sub-7.0 fs pulses with energies above 1 mJ. These amplifiers are only possible with a parallel development of kilowatt-level OPCPA-pump amplifiers. It is therefore important to know good strategies to use the available OPCPA-pump energy efficiently. Numerical simulations, including self- and cross-phase modulation, were used to investigate the critical parameters to achieve sufficient spectral and spatial quality. At high output powers, thermal absorption in the nonlinear crystals starts to degrade the output beam quality. Strategies to minimize thermal effects and limits to the maximum average power are discussed.

© 2014 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(190.4400) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, materials
(190.4410) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, parametric processes

ToC Category:
Nonlinear Optics

History
Original Manuscript: September 30, 2013
Revised Manuscript: November 27, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: November 27, 2013
Published: January 16, 2014

Citation
M. J. Prandolini, R. Riedel, M. Schulz, A. Hage, H. Höppner, and F. Tavella, "Design considerations for a high power, ultrabroadband optical parametric chirped-pulse amplifier," Opt. Express 22, 1594-1607 (2014)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-22-2-1594


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