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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 38, Iss. 13 — Jul. 1, 2013
  • pp: 2159–2161

Generation of 120 GW mid-infrared pulses from a widely tunable noncollinear optical parametric amplifier

Kun Zhao, Haizhe Zhong, Peng Yuan, Guoqiang Xie, Jing Wang, Jingui Ma, and Liejia Qian  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 38, Issue 13, pp. 2159-2161 (2013)

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We demonstrate a noncollinear optical parametric chirped-pulse amplification scheme for generating high-peak-power tunable mid-infrared (IR) pulses. The high-gain LiNbO3-based noncollinear parametric amplifier, seeded by a tunable femtosecond optical parametric amplifier, provides a wide wavelength tuning range from 3.3 to 3.95 μm and a large saturated gain of over 4000 in a single-stage amplifier. The compressed mid-IR pulse has a pulse energy of 13.3 mJ and pulse duration of 111 fs, with a peak power as high as 120 GW. To the best of our knowledge, this is the highest peak power ever reported for 3–5 μm tunable mid-IR lasers.

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

ToC Category:
Nonlinear Optics

Original Manuscript: April 1, 2013
Revised Manuscript: May 18, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: May 22, 2013
Published: June 18, 2013

Kun Zhao, Haizhe Zhong, Peng Yuan, Guoqiang Xie, Jing Wang, Jingui Ma, and Liejia Qian, "Generation of 120 GW mid-infrared pulses from a widely tunable noncollinear optical parametric amplifier," Opt. Lett. 38, 2159-2161 (2013)

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