A two-stage blue-pumped noncollinearly phase matched optical parametric amplifier was used to generate near-infrared pulses that were continuously tunable from 865 to 1600 nm. The pulse lengths scaled from 20 fs at the shorter wavelengths to below 50 fs at 1600 nm, with a nearly Fourier-transform-limited bandwidth. From 200 <i>μ</i>J of 775-nm pump light at a 1-kHz repetition rate and a 130-fs duration, 7–2.5-<i>μ</i>J pulse energies were generated, corresponding to a typical quantum efficiency of 25% from blue to near-infrared light.
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(190.0190) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics
(190.4970) Nonlinear optics : Parametric oscillators and amplifiers
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J. Piel, M. Beutter, and E. Riedle, "20–50-fs pulses tunable across the near infrared from a blue-pumped noncollinear parametric amplifier," Opt. Lett. 25, 180-182 (2000)