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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 34, Iss. 16 — Aug. 15, 2009
  • pp: 2459–2461

Generation of sub-three-cycle, 16 TW light pulses by using noncollinear optical parametric chirped-pulse amplification

Daniel Herrmann, Laszlo Veisz, Raphael Tautz, Franz Tavella, Karl Schmid, Vladimir Pervak, and Ferenc Krausz  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 34, Issue 16, pp. 2459-2461 (2009)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.34.002459


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Abstract

We present a two-stage noncollinear optical parametric chirped-pulse amplification system that generates 7.9 fs pulses containing 130 mJ of energy at an 805 nm central wavelength and 10 Hz repetition rate. These 16 TW light pulses are compressed to within 5% of their Fourier limit and are carefully characterized by the use of home-built pulse diagnostics. The contrast ratio before the main pulse has been measured as 10 4 , 10 8 , and 10 11 at t = 3.3 ps , t = 5 ps , and t = 30 ps , respectively. This source allows for experiments in a regime of relativistic light–matter interactions and attosecond science.

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OCIS Codes
(140.3280) Lasers and laser optics : Laser amplifiers
(140.4480) Lasers and laser optics : Optical amplifiers
(190.4410) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, parametric processes
(190.4970) Nonlinear optics : Parametric oscillators and amplifiers
(190.7110) Nonlinear optics : Ultrafast nonlinear optics
(320.7090) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast lasers

ToC Category:
Nonlinear Optics

History
Original Manuscript: May 1, 2009
Revised Manuscript: July 16, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: July 17, 2009
Published: August 11, 2009

Citation
Daniel Herrmann, Laszlo Veisz, Raphael Tautz, Franz Tavella, Karl Schmid, Vladimir Pervak, and Ferenc Krausz, "Generation of sub-three-cycle, 16 TW light pulses by using noncollinear optical parametric chirped-pulse amplification," Opt. Lett. 34, 2459-2461 (2009)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-34-16-2459


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