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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 33, Iss. 24 — Dec. 15, 2008
  • pp: 2992–2994

Compression of intense ultrashort laser pulses in a gas-filled planar waveguide

Jianfang Chen, Akira Suda, Eiji J. Takahashi, Muhammad Nurhuda, and Katsumi Midorikawa  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 33, Issue 24, pp. 2992-2994 (2008)

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We report on the compression of intense ultrashort laser pulses for the purpose of producing few-cycle optical pulses at the multimillijoule level by using a planar waveguide (PWG). The PWG is composed of two parallel glass slabs separated by a gap of 100 μ m and mounted in a gas chamber filled with a noble gas. In comparison with the conventional hollow-fiber-based pulse compression technique, the use of a PWG enables the injection of high-energy ultrashort pulses, because the input laser beam is confined only in the lateral direction perpendicular to the waveguide plane. Using this technique, we demonstrate the generation of 12 fs , 2 mJ laser pulses in an argon-filled PWG.

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OCIS Codes
(140.7090) Lasers and laser optics : Ultrafast lasers
(320.5520) Ultrafast optics : Pulse compression
(320.6629) Ultrafast optics : Supercontinuum generation

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

Original Manuscript: September 2, 2008
Revised Manuscript: November 7, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: November 7, 2008
Published: December 12, 2008

Jianfang Chen, Akira Suda, Eiji J. Takahashi, Muhammad Nurhuda, and Katsumi Midorikawa, "Compression of intense ultrashort laser pulses in a gas-filled planar waveguide," Opt. Lett. 33, 2992-2994 (2008)

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