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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 38, Iss. 23 — Dec. 1, 2013
  • pp: 5008–5011

Generation of sub-30-fs microjoule mid-infrared pulses for ultrafast vibrational dynamics at solid/liquid interfaces

Abdelaziz Boulesbaa, Oleksandr Isaienko, Aashish Tuladhar, and Eric Borguet  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 38, Issue 23, pp. 5008-5011 (2013)

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We describe temporal compression of ultrabroadband, few microjoule mid-infrared (mid-IR) pulses from a noncollinear optical parametric amplifier (NOPA) employed in a sum-frequency generation (SFG) vibrational spectroscopic system, operating in total-internal-reflection geometry. The propagation of the mid-IR beam through optical materials results in a significant temporal chirp at the probed interface, which is analyzed and corrected by properly managing the total dispersion of materials introduced into the mid-IR beam path. By employing the simultaneous spatial and temporal focusing of the broadband infrared pulses at the probed interface, we achieve a sub-50-fs full width at half-maximum (FWHM) for the instrument response function, measured via SFG cross correlation of the ultrashort mid-IR pulses with an ultrashort (30fs) near-IR pulse from a synchronized, independently tunable NOPA. From the SFG cross-correlation FWHM, we extract a sub-30-fs mid-IR pulse duration, making it a suitable SFG spectroscopic system to investigate vibrational dynamics in hydrogen-bonded systems at interfaces.

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OCIS Codes
(190.7110) Nonlinear optics : Ultrafast nonlinear optics
(320.2250) Ultrafast optics : Femtosecond phenomena
(320.5520) Ultrafast optics : Pulse compression

ToC Category:
Ultrafast Optics

Original Manuscript: May 3, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: June 6, 2013
Published: November 21, 2013

Abdelaziz Boulesbaa, Oleksandr Isaienko, Aashish Tuladhar, and Eric Borguet, "Generation of sub-30-fs microjoule mid-infrared pulses for ultrafast vibrational dynamics at solid/liquid interfaces," Opt. Lett. 38, 5008-5011 (2013)

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