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  • Vol. 23, Iss. 16 — Aug. 15, 1998
  • pp: 1292–1294

Pulse-front-matched optical parametric amplification for sub-10-fs pulse generation tunable in the visible and near infrared

Akira Shirakawa, Isao Sakane, and Takayoshi Kobayashi  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 23, Issue 16, pp. 1292-1294 (1998)

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A noncollinear optical parametric amplifier is presented that generates transform-limited sub-10-fs pulses that are tunable in both the visible and the near infrared (NIR). The pulse-front-matched pump geometry realizes tilt-free signal amplification, and pulses as short as 6.1 fs can be obtained from 550 to 700 nm. The large angular dispersion of the idler specific to the group-velocity-matching interaction is effectively eliminated by a grating–telescope compensator, and 9-fs NIR pulses are also successfully obtained from 900 to 1300 nm. This is believed to be the first tunable sub-10-fs light source.

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OCIS Codes
(320.0320) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast optics
(320.2250) Ultrafast optics : Femtosecond phenomena
(320.5520) Ultrafast optics : Pulse compression

Akira Shirakawa, Isao Sakane, and Takayoshi Kobayashi, "Pulse-front-matched optical parametric amplification for sub-10-fs pulse generation tunable in the visible and near infrared," Opt. Lett. 23, 1292-1294 (1998)

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