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  • Editor: Anthony J. Campillo
  • Vol. 32, Iss. 15 — Aug. 1, 2007
  • pp: 2143–2145

High-contrast optical-parametric amplifier as a front end of high-power laser systems

C. Dorrer, I. A. Begishev, A. V. Okishev, and J. D. Zuegel  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 32, Issue 15, pp. 2143-2145 (2007)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.32.002143


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Abstract

A high-contrast preamplifier based on optical-parametric amplification with a short pump pulse is demonstrated. A gain larger than 10 5 and measurement-limited contrast higher than 10 11 are obtained over a large temporal range extending within less than 10 ps of the peak of the pulse, because of the high instantaneous parametric gain provided by a short pump pulse in a nonlinear crystal. The energy gain and high contrast of this preamplifier make it a good seed source for high-power laser systems.

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OCIS Codes
(140.4480) Lasers and laser optics : Optical amplifiers
(320.7160) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast technology

ToC Category:
Ultrafast Optics

History
Original Manuscript: April 30, 2007
Revised Manuscript: June 8, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: June 8, 2007
Published: July 23, 2007

Citation
C. Dorrer, I. A. Begishev, A. V. Okishev, and J. D. Zuegel, "High-contrast optical-parametric amplifier as a front end of high-power laser systems," Opt. Lett. 32, 2143-2145 (2007)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-32-15-2143


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