Abstract

We demonstrate the stretching of 100- fs pulses by a factor of 12,000, using standard-size optical elements. These stretched pulses are then amplified and recompressed to their initial duration.

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1991

1988

P. Maine, D. Strickland, P. Bado, M. Pessot, G. Mourou, “Generation of ultrahigh peak power pulses by chirped pulse amplification,” IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 24, 398–403 (1988).
[CrossRef]

1987

O. Martinez, “3000 times grating compressor with positive group velocity dispersion: application to fiber compensation in the 1.3–1.6 μm region,” IEEE J. Quantum Electron. QE-23, 59–64 (1987).
[CrossRef]

1985

D. Strickland, G. Mourou, “Compression of amplified chirped optical pulses,” Opt. Commun. 56, 219–221 (1985).
[CrossRef]

1984

1969

E. Treacy, “Optical pulse compression with diffraction gratings,” IEEE J. Quantum Electron. QE-5, 454–458 (1969).
[CrossRef]

1964

F. Gires, P. Tournois, “Interféromètre utilisable pour la compression d’impulsions modulées en fréquence,” C. R. Acad. Sci. (Paris) 258, 6112–6115 (1964).

Bado, P.

P. Maine, D. Strickland, P. Bado, M. Pessot, G. Mourou, “Generation of ultrahigh peak power pulses by chirped pulse amplification,” IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 24, 398–403 (1988).
[CrossRef]

Fork, R. L.

Gires, F.

F. Gires, P. Tournois, “Interféromètre utilisable pour la compression d’impulsions modulées en fréquence,” C. R. Acad. Sci. (Paris) 258, 6112–6115 (1964).

Gordon, J. P.

Harter, D.

Kean, P. N.

Maine, P.

P. Maine, D. Strickland, P. Bado, M. Pessot, G. Mourou, “Generation of ultrahigh peak power pulses by chirped pulse amplification,” IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 24, 398–403 (1988).
[CrossRef]

Martinez, O.

O. Martinez, “3000 times grating compressor with positive group velocity dispersion: application to fiber compensation in the 1.3–1.6 μm region,” IEEE J. Quantum Electron. QE-23, 59–64 (1987).
[CrossRef]

Martinez, O. E.

Mourou, G.

J. Squier, F. Salin, G. Mourou, D. Harter, “100 fs pulses generation and amplification in Ti:Al2O3” Opt. Lett. 16, 324–326 (1991).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

P. Maine, D. Strickland, P. Bado, M. Pessot, G. Mourou, “Generation of ultrahigh peak power pulses by chirped pulse amplification,” IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 24, 398–403 (1988).
[CrossRef]

D. Strickland, G. Mourou, “Compression of amplified chirped optical pulses,” Opt. Commun. 56, 219–221 (1985).
[CrossRef]

Pessot, M.

P. Maine, D. Strickland, P. Bado, M. Pessot, G. Mourou, “Generation of ultrahigh peak power pulses by chirped pulse amplification,” IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 24, 398–403 (1988).
[CrossRef]

Salin, F.

Sibbett, W.

Spence, D. E.

Squier, J.

Strickland, D.

P. Maine, D. Strickland, P. Bado, M. Pessot, G. Mourou, “Generation of ultrahigh peak power pulses by chirped pulse amplification,” IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 24, 398–403 (1988).
[CrossRef]

D. Strickland, G. Mourou, “Compression of amplified chirped optical pulses,” Opt. Commun. 56, 219–221 (1985).
[CrossRef]

Tournois, P.

F. Gires, P. Tournois, “Interféromètre utilisable pour la compression d’impulsions modulées en fréquence,” C. R. Acad. Sci. (Paris) 258, 6112–6115 (1964).

Treacy, E.

E. Treacy, “Optical pulse compression with diffraction gratings,” IEEE J. Quantum Electron. QE-5, 454–458 (1969).
[CrossRef]

C. R. Acad. Sci. (Paris)

F. Gires, P. Tournois, “Interféromètre utilisable pour la compression d’impulsions modulées en fréquence,” C. R. Acad. Sci. (Paris) 258, 6112–6115 (1964).

IEEE J. Quantum Electron.

O. Martinez, “3000 times grating compressor with positive group velocity dispersion: application to fiber compensation in the 1.3–1.6 μm region,” IEEE J. Quantum Electron. QE-23, 59–64 (1987).
[CrossRef]

P. Maine, D. Strickland, P. Bado, M. Pessot, G. Mourou, “Generation of ultrahigh peak power pulses by chirped pulse amplification,” IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 24, 398–403 (1988).
[CrossRef]

E. Treacy, “Optical pulse compression with diffraction gratings,” IEEE J. Quantum Electron. QE-5, 454–458 (1969).
[CrossRef]

Opt. Commun.

D. Strickland, G. Mourou, “Compression of amplified chirped optical pulses,” Opt. Commun. 56, 219–221 (1985).
[CrossRef]

Opt. Lett.

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Figures (3)

Fig. 1
Fig. 1

Schematic of a double-pass stretcher. M1 is a plane mirror.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

Amplifier setup. The input comes from the oscillator: P’s, thin-film polarizers; FR’s, Faraday rotators; G’s, gratings; PC, Pockels cell; RP’s, roof prisms; Ml, M2, plane mirrors; λ/2’s, half-wave plates.

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

Pulse shape after a, one and, b, two passes through the stretcher. c, The resolution of the detection system is 104 ps.

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