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  • Editor: Xi-Cheng Zhang
  • Vol. 39, Iss. 13 — Jul. 1, 2014
  • pp: 3849–3852

Microjoule-level, tunable sub-10  fs UV pulses by broadband sum-frequency generation

Rocio Borrego Varillas, Alessia Candeo, Daniele Viola, Marco Garavelli, Sandro De Silvestri, Giulio Cerullo, and Cristian Manzoni  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 39, Issue 13, pp. 3849-3852 (2014)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.39.003849


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Abstract

We introduce a scheme for the generation of tunable few-optical-cycle UV pulses based on sum-frequency generation between a broadband visible pulse and a narrowband pulse ranging from the visible to the near-IR. This configuration generates broadband UV pulses tunable from 0.3 to 0.4 μm, with energy up to 1.5 μJ. By exploiting nonlinear phase transfer, transform-limited pulse durations are achieved. Full characterization of the UV pulse spectral phase is obtained by two-dimensional spectral shearing interferometry, which is here extended to the UV spectral range. We demonstrate clean 8.4 fs UV pulses.

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OCIS Codes
(140.3610) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, ultraviolet
(320.0320) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast optics
(320.7100) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast measurements

ToC Category:
Ultrafast Optics

History
Original Manuscript: May 7, 2014
Revised Manuscript: May 22, 2014
Manuscript Accepted: May 22, 2014
Published: June 23, 2014

Citation
Rocio Borrego Varillas, Alessia Candeo, Daniele Viola, Marco Garavelli, Sandro De Silvestri, Giulio Cerullo, and Cristian Manzoni, "Microjoule-level, tunable sub-10  fs UV pulses by broadband sum-frequency generation," Opt. Lett. 39, 3849-3852 (2014)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-39-13-3849


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