Abstract

By combining a low-gain single-pass collinear amplifier with a high-gain noncollinear seeder, in which the group velocities are self-matched, we demonstrate highly efficient parametric conversion of frequency-doubled Ti:sapphire pulses of hundreds-microjoule energy. With β-barium borate in both seeder and amplifier, bandwidth-limited signal pulses tunable between 0.46 and 0.66 µm are obtained at a 1-kHz-repetition rate, with duration as short as 78 fs and energy as much as 17 µJ in the visible.

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1996 (1)

1995 (4)

P. Di Trapani, A. Andreoni, C. Solcia, P. Foggi, R. Danielius, A. Dubietis, and A. Piskarskas, “Matching of group velocities in three-wave parametric interaction with femtosecond pulses and application to traveling-wave generators,” J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 12, 2237 (1995).
[CrossRef]

S. R. Greenfield and M. R. Wasielewsky, “Near-transform-limited visible and near-IR femtosecond pulses from optical parametric amplification using type-II β-barium borate,” Opt. Lett. 20, 1394 (1995).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

P. Di Trapani, A. Andreoni, G. P. Banfi, C. Solcia, R. Danielius, P. Foggi, M. Monguzzi, A. Piskarskas, and C. Sozzi, “Group-velocity matching in noncollinear parametric generation with fs pulses,” Phys. Rev. A 51, 3164 (1995).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

P. Di Trapani, A. Andreoni, P. Foggi, C. Solcia, R. Danielius, and A. Piskarskas, “Efficient conversion of femtosecond blue pulses by traveling-wave parametric generation in non-collinear phase matching,” Opt. Commun. 119, 327 (1995).
[CrossRef]

1994 (6)

1993 (1)

1991 (1)

Andreoni, A.

R. Danielius, A. Piskarskas, P. Di Trapani, A. Andreoni, C. Solcia, and P. Foggi, “Visible pulses of 100 fs and 100 μJ from an upconverted parametric generator,” Appl. Opt. 35, 5336 (1996).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

P. Di Trapani, A. Andreoni, P. Foggi, C. Solcia, R. Danielius, and A. Piskarskas, “Efficient conversion of femtosecond blue pulses by traveling-wave parametric generation in non-collinear phase matching,” Opt. Commun. 119, 327 (1995).
[CrossRef]

P. Di Trapani, A. Andreoni, G. P. Banfi, C. Solcia, R. Danielius, P. Foggi, M. Monguzzi, A. Piskarskas, and C. Sozzi, “Group-velocity matching in noncollinear parametric generation with fs pulses,” Phys. Rev. A 51, 3164 (1995).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

P. Di Trapani, A. Andreoni, C. Solcia, P. Foggi, R. Danielius, A. Dubietis, and A. Piskarskas, “Matching of group velocities in three-wave parametric interaction with femtosecond pulses and application to traveling-wave generators,” J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 12, 2237 (1995).
[CrossRef]

Bakker, H. J.

Banfi, G. P.

P. Di Trapani, A. Andreoni, G. P. Banfi, C. Solcia, R. Danielius, P. Foggi, M. Monguzzi, A. Piskarskas, and C. Sozzi, “Group-velocity matching in noncollinear parametric generation with fs pulses,” Phys. Rev. A 51, 3164 (1995).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

R. Danielius, A. Piskarskas, A. Stabinis, G. P. Banfi, P. Di Trapani, and R. Righini, “Traveling-wave parametric generation of widely tunable highly coherent femtosecond pulses,” J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 10, 2222 (1993).
[CrossRef]

Danielius, R.

De Silvestri, S.

Di Trapani, P.

Dubietis, A.

Foggi, P.

R. Danielius, A. Piskarskas, P. Di Trapani, A. Andreoni, C. Solcia, and P. Foggi, “Visible pulses of 100 fs and 100 μJ from an upconverted parametric generator,” Appl. Opt. 35, 5336 (1996).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

P. Di Trapani, A. Andreoni, G. P. Banfi, C. Solcia, R. Danielius, P. Foggi, M. Monguzzi, A. Piskarskas, and C. Sozzi, “Group-velocity matching in noncollinear parametric generation with fs pulses,” Phys. Rev. A 51, 3164 (1995).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

P. Di Trapani, A. Andreoni, P. Foggi, C. Solcia, R. Danielius, and A. Piskarskas, “Efficient conversion of femtosecond blue pulses by traveling-wave parametric generation in non-collinear phase matching,” Opt. Commun. 119, 327 (1995).
[CrossRef]

P. Di Trapani, A. Andreoni, C. Solcia, P. Foggi, R. Danielius, A. Dubietis, and A. Piskarskas, “Matching of group velocities in three-wave parametric interaction with femtosecond pulses and application to traveling-wave generators,” J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 12, 2237 (1995).
[CrossRef]

Greenfield, S. R.

Joosen, W.

Kohler, B.

Magni, V.

Monguzzi, M.

P. Di Trapani, A. Andreoni, G. P. Banfi, C. Solcia, R. Danielius, P. Foggi, M. Monguzzi, A. Piskarskas, and C. Sozzi, “Group-velocity matching in noncollinear parametric generation with fs pulses,” Phys. Rev. A 51, 3164 (1995).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Muller, H. G.

Negus, D. K.

Nisoli, M.

Noack, F.

Noak, F.

V. Petrov, F. Seifert, and F. Noak, “High repetition rate traveling wave optical parametric generator producing nearly bandwidth limited 50 fs infrared light pulses,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 65, 268 (1994).
[CrossRef]

V. Petrov, F. Seifert, and F. Noak, “Visible optical parametric generator producing nearly transform-limited femtosecond light pulses at 1 kHz repetition rate,” Appl. Opt. 33, 6988 (1994).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Noordman, L. D.

Petrov, V.

Piskarskas, A.

Reed, M. K.

Righini, R.

Seifert, F.

Solcia, C.

R. Danielius, A. Piskarskas, P. Di Trapani, A. Andreoni, C. Solcia, and P. Foggi, “Visible pulses of 100 fs and 100 μJ from an upconverted parametric generator,” Appl. Opt. 35, 5336 (1996).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

P. Di Trapani, A. Andreoni, G. P. Banfi, C. Solcia, R. Danielius, P. Foggi, M. Monguzzi, A. Piskarskas, and C. Sozzi, “Group-velocity matching in noncollinear parametric generation with fs pulses,” Phys. Rev. A 51, 3164 (1995).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

P. Di Trapani, A. Andreoni, P. Foggi, C. Solcia, R. Danielius, and A. Piskarskas, “Efficient conversion of femtosecond blue pulses by traveling-wave parametric generation in non-collinear phase matching,” Opt. Commun. 119, 327 (1995).
[CrossRef]

P. Di Trapani, A. Andreoni, C. Solcia, P. Foggi, R. Danielius, A. Dubietis, and A. Piskarskas, “Matching of group velocities in three-wave parametric interaction with femtosecond pulses and application to traveling-wave generators,” J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 12, 2237 (1995).
[CrossRef]

Sozzi, C.

P. Di Trapani, A. Andreoni, G. P. Banfi, C. Solcia, R. Danielius, P. Foggi, M. Monguzzi, A. Piskarskas, and C. Sozzi, “Group-velocity matching in noncollinear parametric generation with fs pulses,” Phys. Rev. A 51, 3164 (1995).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Stabinis, A.

Steiner-Shepard, M. K.

Svelto, O.

Valulis, G.

van Linden van den Heuvell, H. B.

Varanavicius, A.

Wasielewsky, M. R.

Wilson, K. R.

Yakovlev, V. V.

Appl. Opt. (2)

Appl. Phys. Lett. (1)

V. Petrov, F. Seifert, and F. Noak, “High repetition rate traveling wave optical parametric generator producing nearly bandwidth limited 50 fs infrared light pulses,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 65, 268 (1994).
[CrossRef]

J. Opt. Soc. Am. B (3)

Opt. Commun. (1)

P. Di Trapani, A. Andreoni, P. Foggi, C. Solcia, R. Danielius, and A. Piskarskas, “Efficient conversion of femtosecond blue pulses by traveling-wave parametric generation in non-collinear phase matching,” Opt. Commun. 119, 327 (1995).
[CrossRef]

Opt. Lett. (5)

Phys. Rev. A (1)

P. Di Trapani, A. Andreoni, G. P. Banfi, C. Solcia, R. Danielius, P. Foggi, M. Monguzzi, A. Piskarskas, and C. Sozzi, “Group-velocity matching in noncollinear parametric generation with fs pulses,” Phys. Rev. A 51, 3164 (1995).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Other (3)

P. Di Trapani, G. P. Banfi, R. Danielius, P. Foggi, M. Monguzzi, A. Piskarskas, R. Righini, I. Sánta, and C. Sozzi, “Off-axis parametric generation in the femtosecond regime,” in Proceedings of UPS’93, Lith. J. Phys. 33, 324 (1993).

G. Valiulis, Three Light Pulse Interaction Software, Version 4.0 (Vilnius University, Vilnius, Lithuania, 1995).

R. Danielius, A. Piskarskas, A. Persson, and S. Svanberg, “Widely tunable β-BaB2O4 parametric laser pumped by femtosecond Ti:sapphire laser-amplifier system,” in Proceedings of UPS’93, Lith. J. Phys. 33, 305 (1993).

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Figures (4)

Fig. 1
Fig. 1

Schematic layout of the double-pass noncollinear seeder and of the single-pass collinear amplifier.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

Output pulse energy after collinear amplification as a function of the signal wavelength.

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

SH autocorrelation of signal pulses at 570 nm. Calculated FWHM duration is τ.

Fig. 4
Fig. 4

Spectra of amplified signal pulses.

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