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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 33, Iss. 24 — Dec. 15, 2008
  • pp: 2901–2903

Two-optical-cycle pulses in the mid-infrared from an optical parametric amplifier

D. Brida, M. Marangoni, C. Manzoni, S. De Silvestri, and G. Cerullo  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 33, Issue 24, pp. 2901-2903 (2008)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.33.002901


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Abstract

Ultrabroadband mid IR pulses with energy as high as 2 μ J and tunability from 2 to 5 μ m are generated as the idler beam of an 800 nm pumped optical parametric amplifier in periodically poled stoichiometric lithium tantalate. After bulk compression in a Ge plate and frequency-resolved-opticle-gating characterization, a pulse duration as low as 25 fs was measured, corresponding to two optical cycles of the 3.6 μ m carrier wavelength.

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OCIS Codes
(190.2620) Nonlinear optics : Harmonic generation and mixing
(190.4970) Nonlinear optics : Parametric oscillators and amplifiers
(320.7110) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast nonlinear optics

ToC Category:
Ultrafast Optics

History
Original Manuscript: September 17, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: October 13, 2008
Published: December 4, 2008

Citation
D. Brida, M. Marangoni, C. Manzoni, S. De Silvestri, and G. Cerullo, "Two-optical-cycle pulses in the mid-infrared from an optical parametric amplifier," Opt. Lett. 33, 2901-2903 (2008)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-33-24-2901


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