Abstract

To obtain shorter pulses in chirped-pulse-amplification lasers, researchers have recently proposed several designs for aberration-free pulse stretchers. We examine the limitations of two aberration-free chirped-pulse-amplification systems and show that comparable results can be obtained with simpler, conventional pulse stretchers. In addition, we present a simple, quintic-phase-limited, aberration-free chirped-pulse-amplification system that can support ultrashort, high-contrast pulses.

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    [CrossRef]
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    [CrossRef]
  3. C. P. J. Barty, C. L. Gordon III, B. E. Lemoff, C. Rose-Petruck, F. Raski, Ch. Spielmann, K. R. Wilson, V. V. Yakovlev, and K. Yamakawa, “Methods for generation of 10-Hz, 100-TW optical pulses,” in Generation, Amplification, and Measurement of Ultrashort Laser Pulses II, F. W. Wise and C. P. Barty, eds., Proc. SPIE 2377, 311–322 (1995).
    [CrossRef]
  4. B. E. Lemoff and C. P. J. Barty, “Quintic-phase-limited, spatially uniform expansion and recompression of ultrashort optical pulses,” Opt. Lett. 18, 1651–1653 (1993).
    [CrossRef] [PubMed]
  5. O. E. Martinez, “3000 times grating compressor with positive group velocity dispersion: application to fiber compensation in 1.3–1.6 μm region,” IEEE J. Quantum Electron. QE-23, 59–64 (1987).
    [CrossRef]
  6. W. E. White, F. G. Patterson, R. L. Combs, D. F. Price, and R. L. Shepherd, “Compensation of higher-order frequency-dependent phase terms in chirped-pulse amplification systems,” Opt. Lett. 18, 1343–1346 (1993).
    [CrossRef] [PubMed]
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    [CrossRef]
  10. R. S. Duncan and M. R. Parker, “The perpendicular diffraction delay line: a new kind of ultrasonic dispersive device,” Proc. IEEE 53, 413–415 (1965).
    [CrossRef]
  11. P. Tournois, “New diffraction grating pair with very lineardispersion for laser pulse compression,” Electron. Lett. 29, 1414–1415 (1993).
    [CrossRef]
  12. P. Tournois, Thomson, Laboratorie Central de Recherches, Domaine de Corbeville, 91404 Orsay cedex, France (personal communication, 1995).
  13. S. Kane and J. Squier, “Towards a turn-key femtosecond laser: elimination of grating-pair stretchers from chirped-pulse amplification systems,” in Generation, Amplification, and Measurement of Ultrashort Laser Pulses II, F. W. Wise and C. P. Barty, eds., Proc. SPIE 2377, 330–339 (1995).
    [CrossRef]
  14. M. Pessot, J. Squier, P. Bado, G. Mourou, and D. Harter, “Chirped pulse amplification of 300 fs pulses in an alexandrite regenerative amplifier,” IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 25, 61–66 (1989).
    [CrossRef]
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    [CrossRef]
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    [CrossRef] [PubMed]
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    [CrossRef]
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    [CrossRef]
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    [CrossRef]
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  22. J. V. Rudd, G. Korn, S. Kane, J. Squier, G. Mourou, and P. Bado, “Chirped-pulse amplification of 55-fs pulses at a 1-kHz repetition rate in a Ti:Al2O3 regenerative amplifier,” Opt. Lett. 18, 2044–2046 (1993).
    [CrossRef]
  23. W. H. Press, B. P. Flannery, S. A. Teukolsky, and W. T. Vetterling, Numerical Recipes in C (Cambridge U. Press, New York, 1988), pp. 305–309.
  24. P. Tournois, B. Loiseaux, A. Deloulbe, J.-P. Huignard, G. Cheriaux, and F. Salin, “A new pair of perpendicular chirped gratings for laser pulse stretching,” in Conference on Lasers and Electro-optics, Vol. 15 of 1995 OSA Technical Digest Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1995), paper CPD43.

1995 (3)

C. P. J. Barty, C. L. Gordon III, B. E. Lemoff, C. Rose-Petruck, F. Raski, Ch. Spielmann, K. R. Wilson, V. V. Yakovlev, and K. Yamakawa, “Methods for generation of 10-Hz, 100-TW optical pulses,” in Generation, Amplification, and Measurement of Ultrashort Laser Pulses II, F. W. Wise and C. P. Barty, eds., Proc. SPIE 2377, 311–322 (1995).
[CrossRef]

S. Kane and J. Squier, “Towards a turn-key femtosecond laser: elimination of grating-pair stretchers from chirped-pulse amplification systems,” in Generation, Amplification, and Measurement of Ultrashort Laser Pulses II, F. W. Wise and C. P. Barty, eds., Proc. SPIE 2377, 330–339 (1995).
[CrossRef]

C. P. Huang, J. Zhou, H. C. Kapteyn, and M. M. Murnane, “Amplification of 26 fs, 2 TW pulses in Ti:sapphire,” in Generation, Amplification, and Measurement of Ultrashort Laser Pulses II, F. W. Wise and C. P. Barty, eds., Proc. SPIE 2377, 323–329 (1995).
[CrossRef]

1994 (1)

P. Tournois, “Nonuniform optical diffraction gratings for laser pulse compression,” Opt. Commun. 6, 253–257 (1994).
[CrossRef]

1993 (4)

1992 (1)

M. Stern, J. P. Heritage, and E. W. Chase, “Grating compensation of third-order fiber dispersion,” IEEE J. Quantum Electron. QE-28, 2742–2748 (1992).
[CrossRef]

1989 (2)

M. Pessot, J. Squier, G. Mourou, and D. Harter, “Chirped-pulse amplification of 100-fs pulses,” Opt. Lett. 14, 797–799 (1989).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

M. Pessot, J. Squier, P. Bado, G. Mourou, and D. Harter, “Chirped pulse amplification of 300 fs pulses in an alexandrite regenerative amplifier,” IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 25, 61–66 (1989).
[CrossRef]

1988 (1)

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

1987 (1)

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

1984 (1)

1969 (1)

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

1965 (1)

R. S. Duncan and M. R. Parker, “The perpendicular diffraction delay line: a new kind of ultrasonic dispersive device,” Proc. IEEE 53, 413–415 (1965).
[CrossRef]

1963 (1)

L. M. Frantz and J. S. Nodvic, “Theory of pulse propagation in a laser amplifier,” J. Appl. Phys. 34, 2346–2349 (1963).
[CrossRef]

Bado, P.

J. V. Rudd, G. Korn, S. Kane, J. Squier, G. Mourou, and P. Bado, “Chirped-pulse amplification of 55-fs pulses at a 1-kHz repetition rate in a Ti:Al2O3 regenerative amplifier,” Opt. Lett. 18, 2044–2046 (1993).
[CrossRef]

M. Pessot, J. Squier, P. Bado, G. Mourou, and D. Harter, “Chirped pulse amplification of 300 fs pulses in an alexandrite regenerative amplifier,” IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 25, 61–66 (1989).
[CrossRef]

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

Barty, C. P. J.

C. P. J. Barty, C. L. Gordon III, B. E. Lemoff, C. Rose-Petruck, F. Raski, Ch. Spielmann, K. R. Wilson, V. V. Yakovlev, and K. Yamakawa, “Methods for generation of 10-Hz, 100-TW optical pulses,” in Generation, Amplification, and Measurement of Ultrashort Laser Pulses II, F. W. Wise and C. P. Barty, eds., Proc. SPIE 2377, 311–322 (1995).
[CrossRef]

B. E. Lemoff and C. P. J. Barty, “Quintic-phase-limited, spatially uniform expansion and recompression of ultrashort optical pulses,” Opt. Lett. 18, 1651–1653 (1993).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Chase, E. W.

M. Stern, J. P. Heritage, and E. W. Chase, “Grating compensation of third-order fiber dispersion,” IEEE J. Quantum Electron. QE-28, 2742–2748 (1992).
[CrossRef]

Combs, R. L.

Duncan, R. S.

R. S. Duncan and M. R. Parker, “The perpendicular diffraction delay line: a new kind of ultrasonic dispersive device,” Proc. IEEE 53, 413–415 (1965).
[CrossRef]

Fork, R. L.

Frantz, L. M.

L. M. Frantz and J. S. Nodvic, “Theory of pulse propagation in a laser amplifier,” J. Appl. Phys. 34, 2346–2349 (1963).
[CrossRef]

Gordon, J. P.

Gordon III, C. L.

C. P. J. Barty, C. L. Gordon III, B. E. Lemoff, C. Rose-Petruck, F. Raski, Ch. Spielmann, K. R. Wilson, V. V. Yakovlev, and K. Yamakawa, “Methods for generation of 10-Hz, 100-TW optical pulses,” in Generation, Amplification, and Measurement of Ultrashort Laser Pulses II, F. W. Wise and C. P. Barty, eds., Proc. SPIE 2377, 311–322 (1995).
[CrossRef]

Harter, D.

M. Pessot, J. Squier, P. Bado, G. Mourou, and D. Harter, “Chirped pulse amplification of 300 fs pulses in an alexandrite regenerative amplifier,” IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 25, 61–66 (1989).
[CrossRef]

M. Pessot, J. Squier, G. Mourou, and D. Harter, “Chirped-pulse amplification of 100-fs pulses,” Opt. Lett. 14, 797–799 (1989).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Heritage, J. P.

M. Stern, J. P. Heritage, and E. W. Chase, “Grating compensation of third-order fiber dispersion,” IEEE J. Quantum Electron. QE-28, 2742–2748 (1992).
[CrossRef]

Huang, C. P.

C. P. Huang, J. Zhou, H. C. Kapteyn, and M. M. Murnane, “Amplification of 26 fs, 2 TW pulses in Ti:sapphire,” in Generation, Amplification, and Measurement of Ultrashort Laser Pulses II, F. W. Wise and C. P. Barty, eds., Proc. SPIE 2377, 323–329 (1995).
[CrossRef]

Kane, S.

S. Kane and J. Squier, “Towards a turn-key femtosecond laser: elimination of grating-pair stretchers from chirped-pulse amplification systems,” in Generation, Amplification, and Measurement of Ultrashort Laser Pulses II, F. W. Wise and C. P. Barty, eds., Proc. SPIE 2377, 330–339 (1995).
[CrossRef]

J. V. Rudd, G. Korn, S. Kane, J. Squier, G. Mourou, and P. Bado, “Chirped-pulse amplification of 55-fs pulses at a 1-kHz repetition rate in a Ti:Al2O3 regenerative amplifier,” Opt. Lett. 18, 2044–2046 (1993).
[CrossRef]

Kapteyn, H. C.

C. P. Huang, J. Zhou, H. C. Kapteyn, and M. M. Murnane, “Amplification of 26 fs, 2 TW pulses in Ti:sapphire,” in Generation, Amplification, and Measurement of Ultrashort Laser Pulses II, F. W. Wise and C. P. Barty, eds., Proc. SPIE 2377, 323–329 (1995).
[CrossRef]

Korn, G.

Lemoff, B. E.

C. P. J. Barty, C. L. Gordon III, B. E. Lemoff, C. Rose-Petruck, F. Raski, Ch. Spielmann, K. R. Wilson, V. V. Yakovlev, and K. Yamakawa, “Methods for generation of 10-Hz, 100-TW optical pulses,” in Generation, Amplification, and Measurement of Ultrashort Laser Pulses II, F. W. Wise and C. P. Barty, eds., Proc. SPIE 2377, 311–322 (1995).
[CrossRef]

B. E. Lemoff and C. P. J. Barty, “Quintic-phase-limited, spatially uniform expansion and recompression of ultrashort optical pulses,” Opt. Lett. 18, 1651–1653 (1993).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Maine, P.

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

Martinez, O. E.

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

O. E. Martinez, J. P. Gordon, and R. L. Fork, “Negative group-velocity dispersion using refraction,” J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 1, 1003–1006 (1984).
[CrossRef]

Mourou, G.

J. V. Rudd, G. Korn, S. Kane, J. Squier, G. Mourou, and P. Bado, “Chirped-pulse amplification of 55-fs pulses at a 1-kHz repetition rate in a Ti:Al2O3 regenerative amplifier,” Opt. Lett. 18, 2044–2046 (1993).
[CrossRef]

M. Pessot, J. Squier, G. Mourou, and D. Harter, “Chirped-pulse amplification of 100-fs pulses,” Opt. Lett. 14, 797–799 (1989).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

M. Pessot, J. Squier, P. Bado, G. Mourou, and D. Harter, “Chirped pulse amplification of 300 fs pulses in an alexandrite regenerative amplifier,” IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 25, 61–66 (1989).
[CrossRef]

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

Murnane, M. M.

C. P. Huang, J. Zhou, H. C. Kapteyn, and M. M. Murnane, “Amplification of 26 fs, 2 TW pulses in Ti:sapphire,” in Generation, Amplification, and Measurement of Ultrashort Laser Pulses II, F. W. Wise and C. P. Barty, eds., Proc. SPIE 2377, 323–329 (1995).
[CrossRef]

Nodvic, J. S.

L. M. Frantz and J. S. Nodvic, “Theory of pulse propagation in a laser amplifier,” J. Appl. Phys. 34, 2346–2349 (1963).
[CrossRef]

Parker, M. R.

R. S. Duncan and M. R. Parker, “The perpendicular diffraction delay line: a new kind of ultrasonic dispersive device,” Proc. IEEE 53, 413–415 (1965).
[CrossRef]

Patterson, F. G.

Pessot, M.

M. Pessot, J. Squier, G. Mourou, and D. Harter, “Chirped-pulse amplification of 100-fs pulses,” Opt. Lett. 14, 797–799 (1989).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

M. Pessot, J. Squier, P. Bado, G. Mourou, and D. Harter, “Chirped pulse amplification of 300 fs pulses in an alexandrite regenerative amplifier,” IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 25, 61–66 (1989).
[CrossRef]

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

Price, D. F.

Raski, F.

C. P. J. Barty, C. L. Gordon III, B. E. Lemoff, C. Rose-Petruck, F. Raski, Ch. Spielmann, K. R. Wilson, V. V. Yakovlev, and K. Yamakawa, “Methods for generation of 10-Hz, 100-TW optical pulses,” in Generation, Amplification, and Measurement of Ultrashort Laser Pulses II, F. W. Wise and C. P. Barty, eds., Proc. SPIE 2377, 311–322 (1995).
[CrossRef]

Rose-Petruck, C.

C. P. J. Barty, C. L. Gordon III, B. E. Lemoff, C. Rose-Petruck, F. Raski, Ch. Spielmann, K. R. Wilson, V. V. Yakovlev, and K. Yamakawa, “Methods for generation of 10-Hz, 100-TW optical pulses,” in Generation, Amplification, and Measurement of Ultrashort Laser Pulses II, F. W. Wise and C. P. Barty, eds., Proc. SPIE 2377, 311–322 (1995).
[CrossRef]

Rudd, J. V.

Shepherd, R. L.

Spielmann, Ch.

C. P. J. Barty, C. L. Gordon III, B. E. Lemoff, C. Rose-Petruck, F. Raski, Ch. Spielmann, K. R. Wilson, V. V. Yakovlev, and K. Yamakawa, “Methods for generation of 10-Hz, 100-TW optical pulses,” in Generation, Amplification, and Measurement of Ultrashort Laser Pulses II, F. W. Wise and C. P. Barty, eds., Proc. SPIE 2377, 311–322 (1995).
[CrossRef]

Squier, J.

S. Kane and J. Squier, “Towards a turn-key femtosecond laser: elimination of grating-pair stretchers from chirped-pulse amplification systems,” in Generation, Amplification, and Measurement of Ultrashort Laser Pulses II, F. W. Wise and C. P. Barty, eds., Proc. SPIE 2377, 330–339 (1995).
[CrossRef]

J. V. Rudd, G. Korn, S. Kane, J. Squier, G. Mourou, and P. Bado, “Chirped-pulse amplification of 55-fs pulses at a 1-kHz repetition rate in a Ti:Al2O3 regenerative amplifier,” Opt. Lett. 18, 2044–2046 (1993).
[CrossRef]

M. Pessot, J. Squier, P. Bado, G. Mourou, and D. Harter, “Chirped pulse amplification of 300 fs pulses in an alexandrite regenerative amplifier,” IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 25, 61–66 (1989).
[CrossRef]

M. Pessot, J. Squier, G. Mourou, and D. Harter, “Chirped-pulse amplification of 100-fs pulses,” Opt. Lett. 14, 797–799 (1989).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Stern, M.

M. Stern, J. P. Heritage, and E. W. Chase, “Grating compensation of third-order fiber dispersion,” IEEE J. Quantum Electron. QE-28, 2742–2748 (1992).
[CrossRef]

Strickland, D.

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

Tournois, P.

P. Tournois, “Nonuniform optical diffraction gratings for laser pulse compression,” Opt. Commun. 6, 253–257 (1994).
[CrossRef]

P. Tournois, “New diffraction grating pair with very lineardispersion for laser pulse compression,” Electron. Lett. 29, 1414–1415 (1993).
[CrossRef]

Treacy, E. B.

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

White, W. E.

Wilson, K. R.

C. P. J. Barty, C. L. Gordon III, B. E. Lemoff, C. Rose-Petruck, F. Raski, Ch. Spielmann, K. R. Wilson, V. V. Yakovlev, and K. Yamakawa, “Methods for generation of 10-Hz, 100-TW optical pulses,” in Generation, Amplification, and Measurement of Ultrashort Laser Pulses II, F. W. Wise and C. P. Barty, eds., Proc. SPIE 2377, 311–322 (1995).
[CrossRef]

Yakovlev, V. V.

C. P. J. Barty, C. L. Gordon III, B. E. Lemoff, C. Rose-Petruck, F. Raski, Ch. Spielmann, K. R. Wilson, V. V. Yakovlev, and K. Yamakawa, “Methods for generation of 10-Hz, 100-TW optical pulses,” in Generation, Amplification, and Measurement of Ultrashort Laser Pulses II, F. W. Wise and C. P. Barty, eds., Proc. SPIE 2377, 311–322 (1995).
[CrossRef]

Yamakawa, K.

C. P. J. Barty, C. L. Gordon III, B. E. Lemoff, C. Rose-Petruck, F. Raski, Ch. Spielmann, K. R. Wilson, V. V. Yakovlev, and K. Yamakawa, “Methods for generation of 10-Hz, 100-TW optical pulses,” in Generation, Amplification, and Measurement of Ultrashort Laser Pulses II, F. W. Wise and C. P. Barty, eds., Proc. SPIE 2377, 311–322 (1995).
[CrossRef]

Zhou, J.

C. P. Huang, J. Zhou, H. C. Kapteyn, and M. M. Murnane, “Amplification of 26 fs, 2 TW pulses in Ti:sapphire,” in Generation, Amplification, and Measurement of Ultrashort Laser Pulses II, F. W. Wise and C. P. Barty, eds., Proc. SPIE 2377, 323–329 (1995).
[CrossRef]

Electron. Lett. (1)

P. Tournois, “New diffraction grating pair with very lineardispersion for laser pulse compression,” Electron. Lett. 29, 1414–1415 (1993).
[CrossRef]

IEEE J. Quantum Electron. (5)

M. Stern, J. P. Heritage, and E. W. Chase, “Grating compensation of third-order fiber dispersion,” IEEE J. Quantum Electron. QE-28, 2742–2748 (1992).
[CrossRef]

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

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

M. Pessot, J. Squier, P. Bado, G. Mourou, and D. Harter, “Chirped pulse amplification of 300 fs pulses in an alexandrite regenerative amplifier,” IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 25, 61–66 (1989).
[CrossRef]

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

J. Appl. Phys. (1)

L. M. Frantz and J. S. Nodvic, “Theory of pulse propagation in a laser amplifier,” J. Appl. Phys. 34, 2346–2349 (1963).
[CrossRef]

J. Opt. Soc. Am. A (1)

Opt. Commun. (1)

P. Tournois, “Nonuniform optical diffraction gratings for laser pulse compression,” Opt. Commun. 6, 253–257 (1994).
[CrossRef]

Opt. Lett. (4)

Proc. IEEE (1)

R. S. Duncan and M. R. Parker, “The perpendicular diffraction delay line: a new kind of ultrasonic dispersive device,” Proc. IEEE 53, 413–415 (1965).
[CrossRef]

Proc. SPIE (3)

C. P. J. Barty, C. L. Gordon III, B. E. Lemoff, C. Rose-Petruck, F. Raski, Ch. Spielmann, K. R. Wilson, V. V. Yakovlev, and K. Yamakawa, “Methods for generation of 10-Hz, 100-TW optical pulses,” in Generation, Amplification, and Measurement of Ultrashort Laser Pulses II, F. W. Wise and C. P. Barty, eds., Proc. SPIE 2377, 311–322 (1995).
[CrossRef]

S. Kane and J. Squier, “Towards a turn-key femtosecond laser: elimination of grating-pair stretchers from chirped-pulse amplification systems,” in Generation, Amplification, and Measurement of Ultrashort Laser Pulses II, F. W. Wise and C. P. Barty, eds., Proc. SPIE 2377, 330–339 (1995).
[CrossRef]

C. P. Huang, J. Zhou, H. C. Kapteyn, and M. M. Murnane, “Amplification of 26 fs, 2 TW pulses in Ti:sapphire,” in Generation, Amplification, and Measurement of Ultrashort Laser Pulses II, F. W. Wise and C. P. Barty, eds., Proc. SPIE 2377, 323–329 (1995).
[CrossRef]

Other (7)

E. Hecht, Principles of Optics, 2nd ed. (Addison-Wesley, Reading, Mass., 1987), p. 202.

J. V. Rudd, “Advanced techniques for the amplification of sub-100-fs pulses in Ti:sapphire based laser systems,” Ph.D. dissertation (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Mich., 1994).

P. Tournois, Thomson, Laboratorie Central de Recherches, Domaine de Corbeville, 91404 Orsay cedex, France (personal communication, 1995).

J. P. Chamberet, P. Rousseau, P. Curley, G. Cheriaux, G. Grillon, and F. Salin, “Aberration-free stretcher design for ultra-short pulse amplification,” in Conference on Lasers and Electro-optics, Vol. 15 of 1995 OSA Technical Digest Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1995), paper CFD5.

C. Cotton, ASE Optics, Honeoye Falls, New York (personal communication, 1994).

W. H. Press, B. P. Flannery, S. A. Teukolsky, and W. T. Vetterling, Numerical Recipes in C (Cambridge U. Press, New York, 1988), pp. 305–309.

P. Tournois, B. Loiseaux, A. Deloulbe, J.-P. Huignard, G. Cheriaux, and F. Salin, “A new pair of perpendicular chirped gratings for laser pulse stretching,” in Conference on Lasers and Electro-optics, Vol. 15 of 1995 OSA Technical Digest Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1995), paper CPD43.

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Figures (10)

Fig. 1
Fig. 1

Schematic of a single-grating, reflective optic stretcher.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

Two-grating, aberration-free stretcher (from Ref. 7).

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

Simulation of compressed pulse intensity for 5 and 17 round trips in a regenerative amplifier. Stretcher and compressor gratings are 1200 lines/mm.

Fig. 4
Fig. 4

Schematic of a mismatched-grating QPL CPA system.

Fig. 5
Fig. 5

Simulation of compressed pulse intensity for various round trip values. Stretcher gratings are 1200 lines/mm, compressor gratings are 1500 lines/mm.

Fig. 6
Fig. 6

Simulation of a 20-fs pulse stretched to 450 ps and recompressed. Stretcher and compressor gratings are mismatched.

Fig. 7
Fig. 7

Perpendicular chirped-grating pair compressor (from Ref. 9).

Fig. 8
Fig. 8

60-fs pulse stretched with grisms and compressed with a perpendicular-grating pair. Fourth-order dispersion broadens the compressed pulse.

Fig. 9
Fig. 9

100-fs pulse stretched to 200 ps and compressed with perpendicular gratings and grisms.

Fig. 10
Fig. 10

100-fs pulse stretched to 200 ps in an optical fiber and compressed with grisms.

Equations (20)

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ϕ(ω)=ϕ(ωo)+ϕ1(ω-ωo)+ϕ2(ω-ωo)2+ϕ3(ω-ωo)3+ϕ4(ω-ωo)4+,
ϕ2stretcher+ϕ2amplifier+ϕ2compressor=0,
ϕ3stretcher+ϕ3amplifier+ϕ3compressor=0,
ϕ4stretcher+ϕ4amplifier+ϕ4compressor=0.
ϕ2=-λ32πc2d2 cos2 θb,
ϕ3=-ϕ2 λ2πc1+λdsin θcos2 θ,
ϕ4=ϕ2 3λ24π2c24+8 λdsin θcos2 θ+λ2d2[1+tan2 θ(6+5 tan2 θ)].
ϕ2=λ3L4πc2d2ndλ2,
ϕ3=-λ4L24π2c33 d2ndλ2+λ d3ndλ3,
ϕ4=λ5L192π3c412 d2ndλ2+8λ d3ndλ3+λ2 d4ndλ4,
λdsin θdcos2 θd=-2πcλϕ3s+ϕ3aϕ2s+ϕ2a-1
ϕ2=-λ32πc2dθdλ2l.
ϕ2grisms+ϕ2amplifier+ϕ2chirpedgratings=0,
ϕ3grisms+ϕ3amplifier=0,
ϕ4grisms=0,
ϕ2fiber+ϕ2amplifier+ϕ2grisms=0,
ϕ3fiber+ϕ3amplifier+ϕ3grisms=0,
ϕ4grisms=0,
Az+i2β2 2At2-16β3 3At3-i24β4 4At4
=iγ(|A|2A-τrA |A|2t).

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