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  • Editor: Anthony J. Campillo
  • Vol. 31, Iss. 12 — Jun. 15, 2006
  • pp: 1881–1883

Soliton compression in quadratic media: high-energy few-cycle pulses with a frequency-doubling crystal

Jeffrey Moses and Frank W. Wise  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 31, Issue 12, pp. 1881-1883 (2006)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.31.001881


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Abstract

We present a soliton effect pulse compression technique that uses self-defocusing cascaded-quadratic nonlinearities, with no fundamental limit to its scalability to high pulse energies and the capability of generating few-cycle pulses with only a frequency-doubling crystal. The conditions for which group-velocity mismatch causes an acceptable perturbation to soliton compression are analyzed and underlie optimization of the compressor. Calculations predict compression to near-single-cycle durations, with compression ratios as high as 100. Initial experiments closely agree with calculations, demonstrating compression to durations under three optical cycles ( 12 fs ) and generation of 600 nm bandwidths.

© 2006 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(190.5530) Nonlinear optics : Pulse propagation and temporal solitons
(190.5650) Nonlinear optics : Raman effect
(190.7110) Nonlinear optics : Ultrafast nonlinear optics
(320.5520) Ultrafast optics : Pulse compression

ToC Category:
Nonlinear Optics

History
Original Manuscript: February 13, 2006
Manuscript Accepted: March 28, 2006

Citation
Jeffrey Moses and Frank W. Wise, "Soliton compression in quadratic media: high-energy few-cycle pulses with a frequency-doubling crystal," Opt. Lett. 31, 1881-1883 (2006)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-31-12-1881

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