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  • Vol. 27, Iss. 18 — Sep. 15, 2002
  • pp: 1646–1648

Pulse contrast enhancement of high-energy pulses by use of a gas-filled hollow waveguide

D. Homoelle, Alexander L. Gaeta, V. Yanovsky, and G. Mourou  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 27, Issue 18, pp. 1646-1648 (2002)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.27.001646


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Abstract

Using nonlinear ellipse rotation in a gas-filled hollow waveguide, we have increased the pulse contrast of a microjoule femtosecond laser pulse by several orders of magnitude. This scheme offers a number of advantages over competing techniques, including a high degree of tunability that allows for a broad range of input pulse parameters, higher throughput, greater stability, and an output pulse with high spatial quality that is compressible to a quarter of the original temporal width.

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OCIS Codes
(190.7110) Nonlinear optics : Ultrafast nonlinear optics
(320.2250) Ultrafast optics : Femtosecond phenomena
(320.5520) Ultrafast optics : Pulse compression
(320.5540) Ultrafast optics : Pulse shaping

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D. Homoelle, Alexander L. Gaeta, V. Yanovsky, and G. Mourou, "Pulse contrast enhancement of high-energy pulses by use of a gas-filled hollow waveguide," Opt. Lett. 27, 1646-1648 (2002)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-27-18-1646

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