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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 38, Iss. 20 — Oct. 15, 2013
  • pp: 4216–4219

Efficient, octave-spanning difference-frequency generation using few-cycle pulses in simple collinear geometry

Hanieh Fattahi, Alexander Schwarz, Sabine Keiber, and Nicholas Karpowicz  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 38, Issue 20, pp. 4216-4219 (2013)

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We present experimental observations and corresponding numerical simulations illustrating the difference-frequency generation of mid-infrared radiation using few-cycle near-infrared-to-visible pulses, which yields conversion efficiencies above 12% in beta-barium borate crystal. Type I and type II phase-matching are shown to yield qualitatively different intensity-scaling behavior, with the former showing higher overall efficiency, especially with the addition of a zero-order wave plate for modifying the polarization state of the pulse, and the latter having a better stability of the spectrum versus input intensity.

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OCIS Codes
(190.4410) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, parametric processes
(190.7110) Nonlinear optics : Ultrafast nonlinear optics
(190.4223) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear wave mixing

ToC Category:
Nonlinear Optics

Original Manuscript: August 21, 2013
Revised Manuscript: September 17, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: September 18, 2013
Published: October 14, 2013

Hanieh Fattahi, Alexander Schwarz, Sabine Keiber, and Nicholas Karpowicz, "Efficient, octave-spanning difference-frequency generation using few-cycle pulses in simple collinear geometry," Opt. Lett. 38, 4216-4219 (2013)

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