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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 34, Iss. 15 — Aug. 1, 2009
  • pp: 2273–2275

High-temporal contrast using low-gain optical parametric amplification

Rahul C. Shah, Randall P. Johnson, Tsutomu Shimada, Kirk A. Flippo, Juan C. Fernandez, and B. M. Hegelich  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 34, Issue 15, pp. 2273-2275 (2009)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.34.002273


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Abstract

We demonstrate the use of low-gain optical parametric amplification (OPA) as a means of improving temporal contrast to a detection-limited level 10 10 . 250 μ J , 500 fs pulses of 1053 nm are frequency doubled and subsequently restored to the original wavelength by OPA with > 10 % efficiency.

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OCIS Codes
(170.7160) Medical optics and biotechnology : Ultrafast technology
(190.4970) Nonlinear optics : Parametric oscillators and amplifiers
(140.3538) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, pulsed
(230.4480) Optical devices : Optical amplifiers

ToC Category:
Nonlinear Optics

History
Original Manuscript: March 4, 2009
Revised Manuscript: June 15, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: June 22, 2009
Published: July 21, 2009

Citation
Rahul C. Shah, Randall P. Johnson, Tsutomu Shimada, Kirk A. Flippo, Juan C. Fernandez, and B. M. Hegelich, "High-temporal contrast using low-gain optical parametric amplification," Opt. Lett. 34, 2273-2275 (2009)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-34-15-2273


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