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  • Editor: Xi-Cheng Zhang
  • Vol. 39, Iss. 11 — Jun. 1, 2014
  • pp: 3145–3148

Multi-mJ, kHz, 2.1  μm optical parametric chirped-pulse amplifier and high-flux soft x-ray high-harmonic generation

Kyung-Han Hong, Chien-Jen Lai, Jonathas P. Siqueira, Peter Krogen, Jeffrey Moses, Chun-Lin Chang, Gregory J. Stein, Luis E. Zapata, and Franz X. Kärtner  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 39, Issue 11, pp. 3145-3148 (2014)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.39.003145


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Abstract

We report on a multi-mJ 2.1 μm optical parametric chirped-pulse amplification (OPCPA) system operating at 1 kHz repetition rate, pumped by a picosecond cryogenic Yb:YAG laser, and the demonstration of soft x-ray high-harmonic generation (HHG) with a flux of 2 × 10 8 photon / s / 1 % bandwidth at 160 eV in Ar. The 1 kHz cryogenic Yb:YAG pump laser amplifies pulses up to 56 mJ and delivers compressed 42 mJ, 17 ps pulses to the 2.1 μm OPCPA system. In the three-stage OPCPA chain, we have obtained up to 2.6 mJ of output energies at 2.1 μm and pulses compressed to 40 fs with good beam quality. Finally, we show cut-off extension of HHG driven by this 2.1 μm source in Ar and N2 gas cells to 190 eV with high photon flux. Our 3D propagation simulation confirms the generation of soft x-ray attosecond pulses from the experiment with Ar.

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OCIS Codes
(190.4970) Nonlinear optics : Parametric oscillators and amplifiers
(320.7090) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast lasers
(340.7480) X-ray optics : X-rays, soft x-rays, extreme ultraviolet (EUV)

ToC Category:
X-ray Optics

History
Original Manuscript: March 13, 2014
Revised Manuscript: April 15, 2014
Manuscript Accepted: April 16, 2014
Published: May 20, 2014

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Citation
Kyung-Han Hong, Chien-Jen Lai, Jonathas P. Siqueira, Peter Krogen, Jeffrey Moses, Chun-Lin Chang, Gregory J. Stein, Luis E. Zapata, and Franz X. Kärtner, "Multi-mJ, kHz, 2.1  μm optical parametric chirped-pulse amplifier and high-flux soft x-ray high-harmonic generation," Opt. Lett. 39, 3145-3148 (2014)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-39-11-3145


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