Abstract

We demonstrated a high-pulse energy, femtosecond-pulse source based on optical parametric chirped-pulse amplification. We successfully amplified 1-µm broadband oscillator pulses to 31 mJ and recompressed them to 310-fs pulse duration, at a 10-Hz repetition rate. The gain in our system is 6 × 107, achieved by the single passing of only 40 mm of gain material pumped by a commercial Q-switched Nd:YAG laser. This relatively simple system replaces a more complex Ti:sapphire regenerative-amplifier-based chirped-pulse amplification system. Numerous features in design and performance of optical parametric chirped-pulse amplifiers make them a preferred alternative to regenerative amplifiers based on Ti:sapphire in the front end of high-peak-power lasers.

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2001

D. Riedel, J. L. Hernandez-Pozos, R. E. Palmer, S. Baggott, K. W. Kolasinski, J. S. Foord, “Tunable pulsed vacuum ultraviolet light source for surface science and materials spectroscopy based on high order harmonic generation,” Rev. Sci. Instrum. 72, 1977–1983 (2001).
[CrossRef]

2000

D. M. Pennington, C. G. Brown, T. E. Cowan, S. P. Hatchett, E. Henry, S. Herman, M. Kartz, M. Key, J. Koch, A. J. MacKinnon, M. D. Perry, T. W. Phillips, M. Roth, T. C. Sangster, M. Singh, R. A. Snavely, M. Stoyer, B. C. Stuart, S. C. Wilks, “Petawatt laser system and experiments,” IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 6, 676–688 (2000).
[CrossRef]

S. K. Zhang, M. Fujita, M. Yamanaka, M. Nakatsuka, Y. Izawa, C. Yamanaka, “Study of the stability of optical parametric amplification,” Opt. Commun. 184, 451–455 (2000).
[CrossRef]

I. N. Ross, J. L. Collier, P. Matousek, C. N. Danson, D. Neely, R. M. Allott, D. A. Pepler, C. Hernandez-Gomez, K. Osvay, “Generation of terawatt pulses by use of optical parametric chirped pulse amplification,” Appl. Opt. 39, 2422–2427 (2000).
[CrossRef]

1999

J. Collier, C. Hernandez-Gomez, I. N. Ross, P. Matousek, C. N. Danson, J. Walczak, “Evaluation of an ultrabroadband high-gain amplification technique for chirped pulse amplification facilities,” Appl. Opt. 38, 7486–7493 (1999).
[CrossRef]

M. D. Perry, B. C. Stuart, P. S. Banks, M. D. Feit, V. Yanovsky, A. M. Rubenchik, “Ultrashort-pulse laser machining of dielectric materials,” J. Appl. Phys. 85, 6803–6810 (1999).
[CrossRef]

1997

I. N. Ross, P. Matousek, M. Towrie, A. J. Langley, J. L. Collier, “The prospects for ultrashort pulse duration and ultrahigh intensity using optical parametric chirped pulse amplifiers,” Opt. Commun. 144, 125–133 (1997).
[CrossRef]

D. J. Armstrong, W. J. Alford, T. D. Raymond, A. V. Smith, “Parametric amplification and oscillation with walkoff-compensating crystals,” J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 14, 460–474 (1997).
[CrossRef]

1994

M. Tabak, J. Hammer, M. E. Glinsky, W. L. Kruer, S. C. Wilks, J. Woodworth, E. M. Campbell, M. D. Perry, R. J. Mason, “Ignition and high gain with ultrapowerful lasers,” Phys. Plasmas 1, 1626–1634 (1994).
[CrossRef]

1992

A. Dubietis, G. Jonušauskas, A. Piskarskas, “Powerful femtosecond pulse generation by chirped and stretched pulse parametric amplification in BBO crystal,” Opt. Commun. 88, 437–440 (1992).
[CrossRef]

1985

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

1979

R. A. Baumgartner, R. Byer, “Optical parametric amplification,” IEEE J. Quantum Electron. QE-15, 432–444 (1979).
[CrossRef]

1975

A. A. Isaev, M. A. Kazaryan, G. G. Petrash, S. G. Rautian, A. M. Shalagin, “Evolution of Gaussian beams and pulse stimulated emission from lasers with unstable resonators,” Sov. J. Quantum Electron. 5, 607–614 (1975).
[CrossRef]

1968

D. A. Kleinman, “Theory of optical parametric noise,” Phys. Rev. 174, 1027–1040 (1968).
[CrossRef]

Alford, W. J.

Allott, R. M.

Armstrong, D. J.

Baggott, S.

D. Riedel, J. L. Hernandez-Pozos, R. E. Palmer, S. Baggott, K. W. Kolasinski, J. S. Foord, “Tunable pulsed vacuum ultraviolet light source for surface science and materials spectroscopy based on high order harmonic generation,” Rev. Sci. Instrum. 72, 1977–1983 (2001).
[CrossRef]

Banks, P. S.

M. D. Perry, B. C. Stuart, P. S. Banks, M. D. Feit, V. Yanovsky, A. M. Rubenchik, “Ultrashort-pulse laser machining of dielectric materials,” J. Appl. Phys. 85, 6803–6810 (1999).
[CrossRef]

Baumgartner, R. A.

R. A. Baumgartner, R. Byer, “Optical parametric amplification,” IEEE J. Quantum Electron. QE-15, 432–444 (1979).
[CrossRef]

Brown, C. G.

D. M. Pennington, C. G. Brown, T. E. Cowan, S. P. Hatchett, E. Henry, S. Herman, M. Kartz, M. Key, J. Koch, A. J. MacKinnon, M. D. Perry, T. W. Phillips, M. Roth, T. C. Sangster, M. Singh, R. A. Snavely, M. Stoyer, B. C. Stuart, S. C. Wilks, “Petawatt laser system and experiments,” IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 6, 676–688 (2000).
[CrossRef]

Byer, R.

R. A. Baumgartner, R. Byer, “Optical parametric amplification,” IEEE J. Quantum Electron. QE-15, 432–444 (1979).
[CrossRef]

Campbell, E. M.

M. Tabak, J. Hammer, M. E. Glinsky, W. L. Kruer, S. C. Wilks, J. Woodworth, E. M. Campbell, M. D. Perry, R. J. Mason, “Ignition and high gain with ultrapowerful lasers,” Phys. Plasmas 1, 1626–1634 (1994).
[CrossRef]

Collier, J.

Collier, J. L.

I. N. Ross, J. L. Collier, P. Matousek, C. N. Danson, D. Neely, R. M. Allott, D. A. Pepler, C. Hernandez-Gomez, K. Osvay, “Generation of terawatt pulses by use of optical parametric chirped pulse amplification,” Appl. Opt. 39, 2422–2427 (2000).
[CrossRef]

I. N. Ross, P. Matousek, M. Towrie, A. J. Langley, J. L. Collier, “The prospects for ultrashort pulse duration and ultrahigh intensity using optical parametric chirped pulse amplifiers,” Opt. Commun. 144, 125–133 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Cowan, T. E.

D. M. Pennington, C. G. Brown, T. E. Cowan, S. P. Hatchett, E. Henry, S. Herman, M. Kartz, M. Key, J. Koch, A. J. MacKinnon, M. D. Perry, T. W. Phillips, M. Roth, T. C. Sangster, M. Singh, R. A. Snavely, M. Stoyer, B. C. Stuart, S. C. Wilks, “Petawatt laser system and experiments,” IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 6, 676–688 (2000).
[CrossRef]

Danson, C. N.

Dubietis, A.

A. Dubietis, G. Jonušauskas, A. Piskarskas, “Powerful femtosecond pulse generation by chirped and stretched pulse parametric amplification in BBO crystal,” Opt. Commun. 88, 437–440 (1992).
[CrossRef]

Feit, M. D.

M. D. Perry, B. C. Stuart, P. S. Banks, M. D. Feit, V. Yanovsky, A. M. Rubenchik, “Ultrashort-pulse laser machining of dielectric materials,” J. Appl. Phys. 85, 6803–6810 (1999).
[CrossRef]

Foord, J. S.

D. Riedel, J. L. Hernandez-Pozos, R. E. Palmer, S. Baggott, K. W. Kolasinski, J. S. Foord, “Tunable pulsed vacuum ultraviolet light source for surface science and materials spectroscopy based on high order harmonic generation,” Rev. Sci. Instrum. 72, 1977–1983 (2001).
[CrossRef]

Fujita, H.

S. K. Zhang, M. Fujita, H. Yoshida, R. Kodama, H. Fujita, M. Nakatsuka, Y. Izawa, C. Yamanaka, “Study on high gain broadband optical parametric chirped pulse amplification,” in High-Power Lasers in Energy Engineering, K. Mima, G. L. Kulcinski, W. Hogan, eds., Proc. SPIE3886, 588–595 (2000).
[CrossRef]

Fujita, M.

S. K. Zhang, M. Fujita, M. Yamanaka, M. Nakatsuka, Y. Izawa, C. Yamanaka, “Study of the stability of optical parametric amplification,” Opt. Commun. 184, 451–455 (2000).
[CrossRef]

S. K. Zhang, M. Fujita, H. Yoshida, R. Kodama, H. Fujita, M. Nakatsuka, Y. Izawa, C. Yamanaka, “Study on high gain broadband optical parametric chirped pulse amplification,” in High-Power Lasers in Energy Engineering, K. Mima, G. L. Kulcinski, W. Hogan, eds., Proc. SPIE3886, 588–595 (2000).
[CrossRef]

Glinsky, M. E.

M. Tabak, J. Hammer, M. E. Glinsky, W. L. Kruer, S. C. Wilks, J. Woodworth, E. M. Campbell, M. D. Perry, R. J. Mason, “Ignition and high gain with ultrapowerful lasers,” Phys. Plasmas 1, 1626–1634 (1994).
[CrossRef]

Hammer, J.

M. Tabak, J. Hammer, M. E. Glinsky, W. L. Kruer, S. C. Wilks, J. Woodworth, E. M. Campbell, M. D. Perry, R. J. Mason, “Ignition and high gain with ultrapowerful lasers,” Phys. Plasmas 1, 1626–1634 (1994).
[CrossRef]

Hatchett, S. P.

D. M. Pennington, C. G. Brown, T. E. Cowan, S. P. Hatchett, E. Henry, S. Herman, M. Kartz, M. Key, J. Koch, A. J. MacKinnon, M. D. Perry, T. W. Phillips, M. Roth, T. C. Sangster, M. Singh, R. A. Snavely, M. Stoyer, B. C. Stuart, S. C. Wilks, “Petawatt laser system and experiments,” IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 6, 676–688 (2000).
[CrossRef]

Henry, E.

D. M. Pennington, C. G. Brown, T. E. Cowan, S. P. Hatchett, E. Henry, S. Herman, M. Kartz, M. Key, J. Koch, A. J. MacKinnon, M. D. Perry, T. W. Phillips, M. Roth, T. C. Sangster, M. Singh, R. A. Snavely, M. Stoyer, B. C. Stuart, S. C. Wilks, “Petawatt laser system and experiments,” IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 6, 676–688 (2000).
[CrossRef]

Herman, S.

D. M. Pennington, C. G. Brown, T. E. Cowan, S. P. Hatchett, E. Henry, S. Herman, M. Kartz, M. Key, J. Koch, A. J. MacKinnon, M. D. Perry, T. W. Phillips, M. Roth, T. C. Sangster, M. Singh, R. A. Snavely, M. Stoyer, B. C. Stuart, S. C. Wilks, “Petawatt laser system and experiments,” IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 6, 676–688 (2000).
[CrossRef]

Hernandez-Gomez, C.

Hernandez-Pozos, J. L.

D. Riedel, J. L. Hernandez-Pozos, R. E. Palmer, S. Baggott, K. W. Kolasinski, J. S. Foord, “Tunable pulsed vacuum ultraviolet light source for surface science and materials spectroscopy based on high order harmonic generation,” Rev. Sci. Instrum. 72, 1977–1983 (2001).
[CrossRef]

Isaev, A. A.

A. A. Isaev, M. A. Kazaryan, G. G. Petrash, S. G. Rautian, A. M. Shalagin, “Evolution of Gaussian beams and pulse stimulated emission from lasers with unstable resonators,” Sov. J. Quantum Electron. 5, 607–614 (1975).
[CrossRef]

Izawa, Y.

S. K. Zhang, M. Fujita, M. Yamanaka, M. Nakatsuka, Y. Izawa, C. Yamanaka, “Study of the stability of optical parametric amplification,” Opt. Commun. 184, 451–455 (2000).
[CrossRef]

S. K. Zhang, M. Fujita, H. Yoshida, R. Kodama, H. Fujita, M. Nakatsuka, Y. Izawa, C. Yamanaka, “Study on high gain broadband optical parametric chirped pulse amplification,” in High-Power Lasers in Energy Engineering, K. Mima, G. L. Kulcinski, W. Hogan, eds., Proc. SPIE3886, 588–595 (2000).
[CrossRef]

Jonušauskas, G.

A. Dubietis, G. Jonušauskas, A. Piskarskas, “Powerful femtosecond pulse generation by chirped and stretched pulse parametric amplification in BBO crystal,” Opt. Commun. 88, 437–440 (1992).
[CrossRef]

Kartz, M.

D. M. Pennington, C. G. Brown, T. E. Cowan, S. P. Hatchett, E. Henry, S. Herman, M. Kartz, M. Key, J. Koch, A. J. MacKinnon, M. D. Perry, T. W. Phillips, M. Roth, T. C. Sangster, M. Singh, R. A. Snavely, M. Stoyer, B. C. Stuart, S. C. Wilks, “Petawatt laser system and experiments,” IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 6, 676–688 (2000).
[CrossRef]

Kazaryan, M. A.

A. A. Isaev, M. A. Kazaryan, G. G. Petrash, S. G. Rautian, A. M. Shalagin, “Evolution of Gaussian beams and pulse stimulated emission from lasers with unstable resonators,” Sov. J. Quantum Electron. 5, 607–614 (1975).
[CrossRef]

Key, M.

D. M. Pennington, C. G. Brown, T. E. Cowan, S. P. Hatchett, E. Henry, S. Herman, M. Kartz, M. Key, J. Koch, A. J. MacKinnon, M. D. Perry, T. W. Phillips, M. Roth, T. C. Sangster, M. Singh, R. A. Snavely, M. Stoyer, B. C. Stuart, S. C. Wilks, “Petawatt laser system and experiments,” IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 6, 676–688 (2000).
[CrossRef]

Kleinman, D. A.

D. A. Kleinman, “Theory of optical parametric noise,” Phys. Rev. 174, 1027–1040 (1968).
[CrossRef]

Koch, J.

D. M. Pennington, C. G. Brown, T. E. Cowan, S. P. Hatchett, E. Henry, S. Herman, M. Kartz, M. Key, J. Koch, A. J. MacKinnon, M. D. Perry, T. W. Phillips, M. Roth, T. C. Sangster, M. Singh, R. A. Snavely, M. Stoyer, B. C. Stuart, S. C. Wilks, “Petawatt laser system and experiments,” IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 6, 676–688 (2000).
[CrossRef]

Kodama, R.

S. K. Zhang, M. Fujita, H. Yoshida, R. Kodama, H. Fujita, M. Nakatsuka, Y. Izawa, C. Yamanaka, “Study on high gain broadband optical parametric chirped pulse amplification,” in High-Power Lasers in Energy Engineering, K. Mima, G. L. Kulcinski, W. Hogan, eds., Proc. SPIE3886, 588–595 (2000).
[CrossRef]

Kolasinski, K. W.

D. Riedel, J. L. Hernandez-Pozos, R. E. Palmer, S. Baggott, K. W. Kolasinski, J. S. Foord, “Tunable pulsed vacuum ultraviolet light source for surface science and materials spectroscopy based on high order harmonic generation,” Rev. Sci. Instrum. 72, 1977–1983 (2001).
[CrossRef]

Kruer, W. L.

M. Tabak, J. Hammer, M. E. Glinsky, W. L. Kruer, S. C. Wilks, J. Woodworth, E. M. Campbell, M. D. Perry, R. J. Mason, “Ignition and high gain with ultrapowerful lasers,” Phys. Plasmas 1, 1626–1634 (1994).
[CrossRef]

Krupke, W. F.

S. P. Velsko, W. F. Krupke, “Applications of high-average power nonlinear optics,” in Nonlinear Frequency Generation and Conversion, M. C. Gupta, W. J. Kozlowski, D. C. MacPherson, eds., Proc. SPIE2700, 6–17 (1996).
[CrossRef]

Langley, A. J.

I. N. Ross, P. Matousek, M. Towrie, A. J. Langley, J. L. Collier, “The prospects for ultrashort pulse duration and ultrahigh intensity using optical parametric chirped pulse amplifiers,” Opt. Commun. 144, 125–133 (1997).
[CrossRef]

MacKinnon, A. J.

D. M. Pennington, C. G. Brown, T. E. Cowan, S. P. Hatchett, E. Henry, S. Herman, M. Kartz, M. Key, J. Koch, A. J. MacKinnon, M. D. Perry, T. W. Phillips, M. Roth, T. C. Sangster, M. Singh, R. A. Snavely, M. Stoyer, B. C. Stuart, S. C. Wilks, “Petawatt laser system and experiments,” IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 6, 676–688 (2000).
[CrossRef]

Mason, R. J.

M. Tabak, J. Hammer, M. E. Glinsky, W. L. Kruer, S. C. Wilks, J. Woodworth, E. M. Campbell, M. D. Perry, R. J. Mason, “Ignition and high gain with ultrapowerful lasers,” Phys. Plasmas 1, 1626–1634 (1994).
[CrossRef]

Matousek, P.

Mourou, G.

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

Nakatsuka, M.

S. K. Zhang, M. Fujita, M. Yamanaka, M. Nakatsuka, Y. Izawa, C. Yamanaka, “Study of the stability of optical parametric amplification,” Opt. Commun. 184, 451–455 (2000).
[CrossRef]

S. K. Zhang, M. Fujita, H. Yoshida, R. Kodama, H. Fujita, M. Nakatsuka, Y. Izawa, C. Yamanaka, “Study on high gain broadband optical parametric chirped pulse amplification,” in High-Power Lasers in Energy Engineering, K. Mima, G. L. Kulcinski, W. Hogan, eds., Proc. SPIE3886, 588–595 (2000).
[CrossRef]

Neely, D.

Osvay, K.

Palmer, R. E.

D. Riedel, J. L. Hernandez-Pozos, R. E. Palmer, S. Baggott, K. W. Kolasinski, J. S. Foord, “Tunable pulsed vacuum ultraviolet light source for surface science and materials spectroscopy based on high order harmonic generation,” Rev. Sci. Instrum. 72, 1977–1983 (2001).
[CrossRef]

Pennington, D. M.

D. M. Pennington, C. G. Brown, T. E. Cowan, S. P. Hatchett, E. Henry, S. Herman, M. Kartz, M. Key, J. Koch, A. J. MacKinnon, M. D. Perry, T. W. Phillips, M. Roth, T. C. Sangster, M. Singh, R. A. Snavely, M. Stoyer, B. C. Stuart, S. C. Wilks, “Petawatt laser system and experiments,” IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 6, 676–688 (2000).
[CrossRef]

Pepler, D. A.

Perry, M. D.

D. M. Pennington, C. G. Brown, T. E. Cowan, S. P. Hatchett, E. Henry, S. Herman, M. Kartz, M. Key, J. Koch, A. J. MacKinnon, M. D. Perry, T. W. Phillips, M. Roth, T. C. Sangster, M. Singh, R. A. Snavely, M. Stoyer, B. C. Stuart, S. C. Wilks, “Petawatt laser system and experiments,” IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 6, 676–688 (2000).
[CrossRef]

M. D. Perry, B. C. Stuart, P. S. Banks, M. D. Feit, V. Yanovsky, A. M. Rubenchik, “Ultrashort-pulse laser machining of dielectric materials,” J. Appl. Phys. 85, 6803–6810 (1999).
[CrossRef]

M. Tabak, J. Hammer, M. E. Glinsky, W. L. Kruer, S. C. Wilks, J. Woodworth, E. M. Campbell, M. D. Perry, R. J. Mason, “Ignition and high gain with ultrapowerful lasers,” Phys. Plasmas 1, 1626–1634 (1994).
[CrossRef]

Petrash, G. G.

A. A. Isaev, M. A. Kazaryan, G. G. Petrash, S. G. Rautian, A. M. Shalagin, “Evolution of Gaussian beams and pulse stimulated emission from lasers with unstable resonators,” Sov. J. Quantum Electron. 5, 607–614 (1975).
[CrossRef]

Phillips, T. W.

D. M. Pennington, C. G. Brown, T. E. Cowan, S. P. Hatchett, E. Henry, S. Herman, M. Kartz, M. Key, J. Koch, A. J. MacKinnon, M. D. Perry, T. W. Phillips, M. Roth, T. C. Sangster, M. Singh, R. A. Snavely, M. Stoyer, B. C. Stuart, S. C. Wilks, “Petawatt laser system and experiments,” IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 6, 676–688 (2000).
[CrossRef]

Piskarskas, A.

A. Dubietis, G. Jonušauskas, A. Piskarskas, “Powerful femtosecond pulse generation by chirped and stretched pulse parametric amplification in BBO crystal,” Opt. Commun. 88, 437–440 (1992).
[CrossRef]

Rautian, S. G.

A. A. Isaev, M. A. Kazaryan, G. G. Petrash, S. G. Rautian, A. M. Shalagin, “Evolution of Gaussian beams and pulse stimulated emission from lasers with unstable resonators,” Sov. J. Quantum Electron. 5, 607–614 (1975).
[CrossRef]

Raymond, T. D.

Riedel, D.

D. Riedel, J. L. Hernandez-Pozos, R. E. Palmer, S. Baggott, K. W. Kolasinski, J. S. Foord, “Tunable pulsed vacuum ultraviolet light source for surface science and materials spectroscopy based on high order harmonic generation,” Rev. Sci. Instrum. 72, 1977–1983 (2001).
[CrossRef]

Ross, I. N.

Roth, M.

D. M. Pennington, C. G. Brown, T. E. Cowan, S. P. Hatchett, E. Henry, S. Herman, M. Kartz, M. Key, J. Koch, A. J. MacKinnon, M. D. Perry, T. W. Phillips, M. Roth, T. C. Sangster, M. Singh, R. A. Snavely, M. Stoyer, B. C. Stuart, S. C. Wilks, “Petawatt laser system and experiments,” IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 6, 676–688 (2000).
[CrossRef]

Rubenchik, A. M.

M. D. Perry, B. C. Stuart, P. S. Banks, M. D. Feit, V. Yanovsky, A. M. Rubenchik, “Ultrashort-pulse laser machining of dielectric materials,” J. Appl. Phys. 85, 6803–6810 (1999).
[CrossRef]

Sangster, T. C.

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Figures (6)

Fig. 1
Fig. 1

Experimental OPCPA setup. BS, beam splitter; TFP, thin-film polarizer; WP, wave plate; BD, beam dump; FI, Faraday isolator; PC, Pockels cell; RM, roof mirror.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

Spatiotemporal evolution of the pump pulse originating in an unstable laser resonator. Shown is the normalized intensity as a function of the radial position r and time t, in a 4-ns time window.

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

Seed and amplified signal spectra from the preamplifier and the power amplifier. A spectral modification occurs in both preamplifier and power amplifier.

Fig. 4
Fig. 4

Experimental extraction data from the final BBO amplifier. The lines are obtained from the numerical model.

Fig. 5
Fig. 5

Intensity profiles in the near field for (a) pump, (b) seed, and (c) amplified signals.

Fig. 6
Fig. 6

Recompressed pulse intensity autocorrelation for (a) seed pulses and (b) amplified pulses. Indicated is the FWHM of the autocorrelation trace. The deconvolved pulse width is (a) 280 fs and (b) 310 fs.

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dA1dz=i 2ω1n1c deffA2*A3 expiΔkz, dA2dz=i 2ω2n2c deffA1*A3 expiΔkz, dA3dz=i 2ω3n3c deffA1A2 exp-iΔkz,
Iix, y, t=2ni0μ01/2|Aix, y, t|2, i=1, 2, 3,
---Iix, y, tdxdydt=Ei, i=1, 2, 3,
x1=x1+Ω1xz, y1=y1+Ω1yz,
x2=x2+Ω2xz, y2=y2+Ω2yz,
x3=x3+ρz,
Δkt=k3-k1t-k2t,
Δkzt2πn3λ3- n1tλ1t- n2tλ2t.
dA1x1, y1, tdz=i 2ω1tn1tc deffA2*x2, y2, t×A3x3, y, texpiΔktz, dA2x2, y2, tdz=i 2ω2tn2tc deffA1*x1, y1, t×A3x3, y, texpiΔktz, dA3x3, y, tdz=i 2ω3tn3tc deffA1x1, y1, t×A2x2, y2, texp-iΔktz.
2ni0μ01/2WXDXWYDYWTDTj=1DXk=1DYl=1DT | Aij, k, l|2=Ei,i=1, 2, 3.

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