We studied stimulated Raman scattering in pressurized methane in the highly transient regime pumped by 140-fs 0.7-mJ pulses from a Ti:sapphire (Ti:S) laser tuned at 750 nm. Energy-conversion efficiency of the first Stokes of more than 15% was achieved, with no strong sign of saturation with as much as 40 atm (1atm=760Torr) of Raman gas pressure. To our knowledge, this is the highest conversion efficiency of transient stimulated Raman scattering generated directly from the fundamental of a Ti:S laser.
© 1999 Optical Society of America
(190.2640) Nonlinear optics : Stimulated scattering, modulation, etc.
(190.7110) Nonlinear optics : Ultrafast nonlinear optics
(290.5910) Scattering : Scattering, stimulated Raman
(320.2250) Ultrafast optics : Femtosecond phenomena
I. G. Koprinkov, Akira Suda, Pengqian Wang, and Katsumi Midorikawa, "High-energy conversion efficiency of transient stimulated Raman scattering in methane pumped by the fundamental of a femtosecond Ti:sapphire laser," Opt. Lett. 24, 1308-1310 (1999)