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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 38, Iss. 21 — Nov. 1, 2013
  • pp: 4265–4268

Sub-four-cycle laser pulses directly from a high-repetition-rate optical parametric chirped-pulse amplifier at 3.4 μm

B. W. Mayer, C. R. Phillips, L. Gallmann, M. M. Fejer, and U. Keller  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 38, Issue 21, pp. 4265-4268 (2013)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.38.004265


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Abstract

We generate sub-four-cycle pulses (41.6 fs) with 12 μJ of pulse energy in the mid-infrared spectral range (center wavelength 3.4 μm) from a high-repetition-rate, collinear three-stage optical parametric chirped-pulse amplifier (OPCPA) operating at 50 kHz. Apodized aperiodically poled MgO:LiNbO3 crystals with a negative chirp rate are employed as gain media to achieve ultrabroadband phase-matching while minimizing optical parametric generation. The seed pulses are obtained via a 1.56 μm femtosecond fiber laser, which is spectrally broadened in a dispersion-shifted telecom fiber to support 1000 nm bandwidth idler pulses in the mid-infrared.

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OCIS Codes
(140.0140) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers and laser optics
(190.4970) Nonlinear optics : Parametric oscillators and amplifiers
(190.7110) Nonlinear optics : Ultrafast nonlinear optics

ToC Category:
Nonlinear Optics

History
Original Manuscript: August 15, 2013
Revised Manuscript: September 18, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: September 18, 2013
Published: October 16, 2013

Citation
B. W. Mayer, C. R. Phillips, L. Gallmann, M. M. Fejer, and U. Keller, "Sub-four-cycle laser pulses directly from a high-repetition-rate optical parametric chirped-pulse amplifier at 3.4 μm," Opt. Lett. 38, 4265-4268 (2013)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-38-21-4265


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