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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 35, Iss. 2 — Jan. 15, 2010
  • pp: 253–255

Post-compression of high-energy femtosecond pulses using gas ionization

C. Fourcade Dutin, A. Dubrouil, S. Petit, E. Mével, E. Constant, and D. Descamps  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 35, Issue 2, pp. 253-255 (2010)

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We present a new optical post-compression technique designed for high-energy ultrashort pulses. A large spectral broadening is achieved through rapid ionization of helium by an intense pulse ( > 10 15 W cm 2 ) propagating in a capillary filled with low-pressure helium. The blueshifted pulses are re-compressed with chirped mirrors and silica plates. From a terawatt Ti:sapphire laser chain providing pulses of 40 fs , 70 mJ , we demonstrate the compression of pulses down to 11.4 fs (FWHM) with a total output energy of 13.7 mJ .

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OCIS Codes
(140.7090) Lasers and laser optics : Ultrafast lasers
(320.5520) Ultrafast optics : Pulse compression
(320.7110) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast nonlinear optics

ToC Category:
Ultrafast Optics

Original Manuscript: September 22, 2009
Revised Manuscript: November 27, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: December 8, 2009
Published: January 15, 2010

C. Fourcade Dutin, A. Dubrouil, S. Petit, E. Mével, E. Constant, and D. Descamps, "Post-compression of high-energy femtosecond pulses using gas ionization," Opt. Lett. 35, 253-255 (2010)

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