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  • Editor: Anthony J. Campillo
  • Vol. 31, Iss. 5 — Mar. 1, 2006
  • pp: 637–639

Cavity-enhanced optical parametric chirped-pulse amplification

F. Ö. Ilday and F. X. Kärtner  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 31, Issue 5, pp. 637-639 (2006)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.31.000637


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Abstract

A novel method for the generation of high-energy ultrashort optical pulses is described and studied theoretically and numerically. Through the combination of parametric amplification and enhancement cavities, this method opens a route to generate few-cycle pulses at unprecedented average power levels through the use of a low-energy, high average-power pump source and energy storage in the enhancement cavity. Dispersion in the enhancement cavity ceases to be a concern with the use of long pump pulses. Limitations set by the Kerr nonlinearity of the amplifier crystal are analyzed, and ways to overcome them using self-defocusing nonlinearities are discussed.

© 2006 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(140.3510) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, fiber
(320.7090) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast lasers

ToC Category:
Ultrafast Optics

History
Original Manuscript: August 22, 2005
Revised Manuscript: October 18, 2005
Manuscript Accepted: October 25, 2005

Citation
F. Ö. Ilday and F. X. Kärtner, "Cavity-enhanced optical parametric chirped-pulse amplification," Opt. Lett. 31, 637-639 (2006)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-31-5-637


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