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  • Vol. 36, Iss. 15 — Aug. 1, 2011
  • pp: 2991–2993

Intracavity ionization and pulse formation in femtosecond enhancement cavities

D. R. Carlson, Jane Lee, John Mongelli, E. M. Wright, and R. J. Jones  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 36, Issue 15, pp. 2991-2993 (2011)

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We experimentally and numerically investigate the intracavity ionization of a dilute gas target by an ultrashort pulse inside a femtosecond enhancement cavity. Numerical simulations detail how the dynamic ionization of the gas target limits the achievable peak intensity of the evolving intracavity pulse beyond that of linear cavity losses, setting a constraint on the strength of the nonlinear interaction that can be sustained in such optical cavities. Experimental measurements combined with numerical simulations predict ionization levels in a femtosecond enhancement cavity for the first time. We demonstrate how the resonant response of the femtosecond enhancement cavity can itself be used as a sensitive probe of optical nonlinearities at high intensities.

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OCIS Codes
(140.4480) Lasers and laser optics : Optical amplifiers
(320.0320) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast optics
(320.7110) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast nonlinear optics
(350.5400) Other areas of optics : Plasmas

ToC Category:
Ultrafast Optics

Original Manuscript: May 2, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: June 28, 2011
Published: August 1, 2011

D. R. Carlson, Jane Lee, John Mongelli, E. M. Wright, and R. J. Jones, "Intracavity ionization and pulse formation in femtosecond enhancement cavities," Opt. Lett. 36, 2991-2993 (2011)

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