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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 34, Iss. 16 — Aug. 15, 2009
  • pp: 2498–2500

Self-compression of millijoule 1.5 μ m pulses

Oliver D. Mücke, Skirmantas Ališauskas, Aart J. Verhoef, Audrius Pugžlys, Andrius Baltuška, Valerijus Smilgevičius, Jonas Pocius, Linas Giniūnas, Romualdas Danielius, and Nicolas Forget  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 34, Issue 16, pp. 2498-2500 (2009)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.34.002498


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Abstract

We demonstrate a four-stage optical parametric chirped-pulse amplification system that delivers carrier-envelope phase-stable 1.5 μ m pulses with energies up to 12.5 mJ before recompression. The system is based on a fusion of femtosecond diode-pumped solid-state Yb technology and a picosecond 100 mJ Nd:YAG pump laser. Pulses with 62 nm bandwidth are recompressed to a 74.4 fs duration close to the transform limit. To show the way toward a terawatt-peak-power single-cycle IR source, we demonstrate self-compression of 2.2 mJ pulses down to 19.8 fs duration in a single filament in argon with a 1.5 mJ output energy and 66% energy throughput.

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OCIS Codes
(190.4970) Nonlinear optics : Parametric oscillators and amplifiers
(320.7110) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast nonlinear optics

ToC Category:
Ultrafast Optics

History
Original Manuscript: May 15, 2009
Revised Manuscript: July 11, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: July 13, 2009
Published: August 13, 2009

Citation
Oliver D. Mücke, Skirmantas Ališauskas, Aart J. Verhoef, Audrius Pugžlys, Andrius Baltuška, Valerijus Smilgevičius, Jonas Pocius, Linas Giniūnas, Romualdas Danielius, and Nicolas Forget, "Self-compression of millijoule 1.5 μm pulses," Opt. Lett. 34, 2498-2500 (2009)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-34-16-2498


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