Second-harmonic conversion efficiencies of 80% for type I KDP crystals and 70% for type II have been demonstrated with 500-fs, 1.053-μm laser pulses at intensities as high as 400 GW/cm2. The results are generally in good agreement with simulations and indicate that self-phase modulation and cross-phase modulation may be significant. For type II conversion with a predelay between the input o and e waves, some evidence is obtained of pulse shortening to ~100 fs.
© 1995 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: August 19, 1994
Published: February 15, 1995
C. Y. Chien, R. S. Craxton, G. Korn, J. S. Coe, J. Squier, and G. Mourou, "Highly efficient second-harmonic generation of ultraintense Nd:glass laser pulses," Opt. Lett. 20, 353-355 (1995)