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  • Vol. 27, Iss. 5 — Mar. 1, 2002
  • pp: 306–308

Visible pulse compression to 4 fs by optical parametric amplification and programmable dispersion control

Andrius Baltuška, Takao Fuji, and Takayoshi Kobayashi  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 27, Issue 5, pp. 306-308 (2002)

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Angular dispersion of pump frequencies is shown to be an efficient mechanism for bandwidth enhancement in a noncollinear optical parametric amplifier. We demonstrate the generation of a continuous, simultaneously phase-matched 250-THz parametrically amplified spectrum. The resultant visible–near-IR signal-wave pulses were compressed to a 4-fs duration by a micromachined flexible mirror. Feedback for an iterative computer-controlled dispersion compensation algorithm is based on pulse characterization by second-harmonic generation frequency-resolved optical gating.

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OCIS Codes
(190.4410) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, parametric processes
(190.4970) Nonlinear optics : Parametric oscillators and amplifiers
(320.5520) Ultrafast optics : Pulse compression

Andrius Baltuška, Takao Fuji, and Takayoshi Kobayashi, "Visible pulse compression to 4 fs by optical parametric amplification and programmable dispersion control," Opt. Lett. 27, 306-308 (2002)

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