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  • Vol. 27, Iss. 18 — Sep. 15, 2002
  • pp: 1622–1624

Hybrid chirped-pulse amplification

Igor Jovanovic, Christopher A. Ebbers, and C. P. J. Barty  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 27, Issue 18, pp. 1622-1624 (2002)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.27.001622


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Abstract

Conversion efficiency in optical parametric chirped-pulse amplification is limited by spatiotemporal characteristics of the pump pulse. We have demonstrated a novel hybrid chirped-pulse amplification scheme that uses a single pump pulse and combines optical parametric amplification and laser amplification to achieve high gain, high conversion efficiency, and high prepulse contrast without utilization of electro-optic modulators. We achieved an overall conversion efficiency of 37% from the hybrid amplification system at a center wavelength of 820nm. Generation of multiterawatt pulses is possible by use of this simple method and commercial Q -switched pump lasers.

© 2002 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(190.4970) Nonlinear optics : Parametric oscillators and amplifiers
(320.7090) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast lasers

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Igor Jovanovic, Christopher A. Ebbers, and C. P. J. Barty, "Hybrid chirped-pulse amplification," Opt. Lett. 27, 1622-1624 (2002)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-27-18-1622

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