Abstract

A method for generation of a chirped, ultrawideband infrared source by use of optical parametric generation in periodically poled crystals and pumped by a chirped Ti:sapphire laser is described. A ∼35% bandwidth in the idler branch was demonstrated in a periodically poled LiTaO3 crystal pumped by a chirped Ti:sapphire laser with 2.1% bandwidth. Optical parametric generation and optical parametric amplification configuration allowed us to generate up to a ∼250-µJ chirped pulse from 2.1 to 3 µm.

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2004 (2)

G. Marcus, L. Friedland, and A. Zigler, "From quantum ladder climbing to classical autoresonance," Phys. Rev. A 69, 013407 (2004).
[CrossRef]

R. R. Lindberg, A. E. Charman, J. S. Wurtele, and L. Friedland, "Robust autoresonant excitation in the plasma beat-wave accelerator," Phys. Rev. Lett. 93, 055001 (2004).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

2003 (3)

T. Witte, T. Hornung, L. Windhorn, D. Proch, R. de Vivie-Riedle, M. Motzkus, and K. L. Kompa, "Controlling molecular ground-state dissociation by optimizing vibrational ladder climbing," J. Chem. Phys. 118, 2021-2024 (2003).
[CrossRef]

G. Marcus, A. Zigler, A. Englander, M. Katz, and Y. Ehrlich, "Generation of ultrawide-band chirped sources in the infrared through parametric interactions in periodically poled crystals," Appl. Phys. Lett. 82, 164-166 (2003).
[CrossRef]

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[CrossRef] [PubMed]

2001 (1)

J. Fajans and L. Friedland, "Autoresonant (nonstationary) excitation of pendulums, Plutinos, plasmas, and other nonlinear oscillators," Am. J. Phys. 69, 1096-1102 (2001).
[CrossRef]

1998 (2)

S. Backus, C. G. Durfee, M. M. Murnane, and H. C. Kapteyn, "High power ultrafast lasers," Rev. Sci. Instrum. 69, 1207-1223 (1998).
[CrossRef]

D. J. Maas, D. I. Duncan, R. B. Vrijen, W. J. van der Zande, and L. D. Noordam, "Vibrational ladder climbing in NO by (sub)picosecond frequency-chirped infrared laser pulses," Chem. Phys. Lett. 290, 75-80 (1998).
[CrossRef]

1993 (1)

D. J. Kane and R. Trebino, "Characterization of arbitrary femtosecond pulses using frequency-resolved optical gating," IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 29, 571-579 (1993).
[CrossRef]

1990 (1)

G. A. Magel, M. M. Fejer, and R. L. Byer, "Quasi phase matched second-harmonic generation of blue light in periodically poled LiNbO3," Appl. Phys. Lett. 56, 108-110 (1990).
[CrossRef]

1985 (1)

D. Strickland and G. Mourou, "Compression of amplified chirped optical pulses," Opt. Commun. 56, 219-221 (1985).
[CrossRef]

1962 (1)

J. A. Armstrong, N. Bloembergen, J. Ducuing, and P. S. Pershan, "Interactions between light waves in a nonlinear dielectric," Phys. Rev. 127, 1918-1939 (1962).
[CrossRef]

Armstrong, J. A.

J. A. Armstrong, N. Bloembergen, J. Ducuing, and P. S. Pershan, "Interactions between light waves in a nonlinear dielectric," Phys. Rev. 127, 1918-1939 (1962).
[CrossRef]

Backus, S.

S. Backus, C. G. Durfee, M. M. Murnane, and H. C. Kapteyn, "High power ultrafast lasers," Rev. Sci. Instrum. 69, 1207-1223 (1998).
[CrossRef]

Blau, P.

Bloembergen, N.

J. A. Armstrong, N. Bloembergen, J. Ducuing, and P. S. Pershan, "Interactions between light waves in a nonlinear dielectric," Phys. Rev. 127, 1918-1939 (1962).
[CrossRef]

Bruner, A.

Byer, R. L.

G. A. Magel, M. M. Fejer, and R. L. Byer, "Quasi phase matched second-harmonic generation of blue light in periodically poled LiNbO3," Appl. Phys. Lett. 56, 108-110 (1990).
[CrossRef]

Charman, A. E.

R. R. Lindberg, A. E. Charman, J. S. Wurtele, and L. Friedland, "Robust autoresonant excitation in the plasma beat-wave accelerator," Phys. Rev. Lett. 93, 055001 (2004).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

de Vivie-Riedle, R.

T. Witte, T. Hornung, L. Windhorn, D. Proch, R. de Vivie-Riedle, M. Motzkus, and K. L. Kompa, "Controlling molecular ground-state dissociation by optimizing vibrational ladder climbing," J. Chem. Phys. 118, 2021-2024 (2003).
[CrossRef]

Ducuing, J.

J. A. Armstrong, N. Bloembergen, J. Ducuing, and P. S. Pershan, "Interactions between light waves in a nonlinear dielectric," Phys. Rev. 127, 1918-1939 (1962).
[CrossRef]

Duncan, D. I.

D. J. Maas, D. I. Duncan, R. B. Vrijen, W. J. van der Zande, and L. D. Noordam, "Vibrational ladder climbing in NO by (sub)picosecond frequency-chirped infrared laser pulses," Chem. Phys. Lett. 290, 75-80 (1998).
[CrossRef]

Durfee, C. G.

S. Backus, C. G. Durfee, M. M. Murnane, and H. C. Kapteyn, "High power ultrafast lasers," Rev. Sci. Instrum. 69, 1207-1223 (1998).
[CrossRef]

Eger, D.

Ehrlich, Y.

G. Marcus, A. Zigler, A. Englander, M. Katz, and Y. Ehrlich, "Generation of ultrawide-band chirped sources in the infrared through parametric interactions in periodically poled crystals," Appl. Phys. Lett. 82, 164-166 (2003).
[CrossRef]

Englander, A.

G. Marcus, A. Zigler, A. Englander, M. Katz, and Y. Ehrlich, "Generation of ultrawide-band chirped sources in the infrared through parametric interactions in periodically poled crystals," Appl. Phys. Lett. 82, 164-166 (2003).
[CrossRef]

Fajans , J.

J. Fajans and L. Friedland, "Autoresonant (nonstationary) excitation of pendulums, Plutinos, plasmas, and other nonlinear oscillators," Am. J. Phys. 69, 1096-1102 (2001).
[CrossRef]

Fejer, M. M.

G. A. Magel, M. M. Fejer, and R. L. Byer, "Quasi phase matched second-harmonic generation of blue light in periodically poled LiNbO3," Appl. Phys. Lett. 56, 108-110 (1990).
[CrossRef]

Friedland, L.

R. R. Lindberg, A. E. Charman, J. S. Wurtele, and L. Friedland, "Robust autoresonant excitation in the plasma beat-wave accelerator," Phys. Rev. Lett. 93, 055001 (2004).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

G. Marcus, L. Friedland, and A. Zigler, "From quantum ladder climbing to classical autoresonance," Phys. Rev. A 69, 013407 (2004).
[CrossRef]

J. Fajans and L. Friedland, "Autoresonant (nonstationary) excitation of pendulums, Plutinos, plasmas, and other nonlinear oscillators," Am. J. Phys. 69, 1096-1102 (2001).
[CrossRef]

Hornung, T.

T. Witte, T. Hornung, L. Windhorn, D. Proch, R. de Vivie-Riedle, M. Motzkus, and K. L. Kompa, "Controlling molecular ground-state dissociation by optimizing vibrational ladder climbing," J. Chem. Phys. 118, 2021-2024 (2003).
[CrossRef]

Kane , D. J.

D. J. Kane and R. Trebino, "Characterization of arbitrary femtosecond pulses using frequency-resolved optical gating," IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 29, 571-579 (1993).
[CrossRef]

Kapteyn, H. C.

S. Backus, C. G. Durfee, M. M. Murnane, and H. C. Kapteyn, "High power ultrafast lasers," Rev. Sci. Instrum. 69, 1207-1223 (1998).
[CrossRef]

Katz, M.

G. Marcus, A. Zigler, A. Englander, M. Katz, and Y. Ehrlich, "Generation of ultrawide-band chirped sources in the infrared through parametric interactions in periodically poled crystals," Appl. Phys. Lett. 82, 164-166 (2003).
[CrossRef]

A. Bruner, D. Eger, M. B. Oron, P. Blau, M. Katz, and S. Ruschin, "Temperature-dependent Sellmeier equation for the refractive index of stoichiometric lithium tantalate," Opt. Lett. 28, 194-196 (2003).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Kompa, K. L.

T. Witte, T. Hornung, L. Windhorn, D. Proch, R. de Vivie-Riedle, M. Motzkus, and K. L. Kompa, "Controlling molecular ground-state dissociation by optimizing vibrational ladder climbing," J. Chem. Phys. 118, 2021-2024 (2003).
[CrossRef]

Lindberg, R. R.

R. R. Lindberg, A. E. Charman, J. S. Wurtele, and L. Friedland, "Robust autoresonant excitation in the plasma beat-wave accelerator," Phys. Rev. Lett. 93, 055001 (2004).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Maas, D. J.

D. J. Maas, D. I. Duncan, R. B. Vrijen, W. J. van der Zande, and L. D. Noordam, "Vibrational ladder climbing in NO by (sub)picosecond frequency-chirped infrared laser pulses," Chem. Phys. Lett. 290, 75-80 (1998).
[CrossRef]

Magel, G. A.

G. A. Magel, M. M. Fejer, and R. L. Byer, "Quasi phase matched second-harmonic generation of blue light in periodically poled LiNbO3," Appl. Phys. Lett. 56, 108-110 (1990).
[CrossRef]

Marcus, G.

G. Marcus, L. Friedland, and A. Zigler, "From quantum ladder climbing to classical autoresonance," Phys. Rev. A 69, 013407 (2004).
[CrossRef]

G. Marcus, A. Zigler, A. Englander, M. Katz, and Y. Ehrlich, "Generation of ultrawide-band chirped sources in the infrared through parametric interactions in periodically poled crystals," Appl. Phys. Lett. 82, 164-166 (2003).
[CrossRef]

Motzkus, M.

T. Witte, T. Hornung, L. Windhorn, D. Proch, R. de Vivie-Riedle, M. Motzkus, and K. L. Kompa, "Controlling molecular ground-state dissociation by optimizing vibrational ladder climbing," J. Chem. Phys. 118, 2021-2024 (2003).
[CrossRef]

Mourou, G.

D. Strickland and G. Mourou, "Compression of amplified chirped optical pulses," Opt. Commun. 56, 219-221 (1985).
[CrossRef]

Murnane, M. M.

S. Backus, C. G. Durfee, M. M. Murnane, and H. C. Kapteyn, "High power ultrafast lasers," Rev. Sci. Instrum. 69, 1207-1223 (1998).
[CrossRef]

Noordam, L. D.

D. J. Maas, D. I. Duncan, R. B. Vrijen, W. J. van der Zande, and L. D. Noordam, "Vibrational ladder climbing in NO by (sub)picosecond frequency-chirped infrared laser pulses," Chem. Phys. Lett. 290, 75-80 (1998).
[CrossRef]

Oron, M. B.

Pershan, P. S.

J. A. Armstrong, N. Bloembergen, J. Ducuing, and P. S. Pershan, "Interactions between light waves in a nonlinear dielectric," Phys. Rev. 127, 1918-1939 (1962).
[CrossRef]

Proch, D.

T. Witte, T. Hornung, L. Windhorn, D. Proch, R. de Vivie-Riedle, M. Motzkus, and K. L. Kompa, "Controlling molecular ground-state dissociation by optimizing vibrational ladder climbing," J. Chem. Phys. 118, 2021-2024 (2003).
[CrossRef]

Ruschin, S.

Strickland , D.

D. Strickland and G. Mourou, "Compression of amplified chirped optical pulses," Opt. Commun. 56, 219-221 (1985).
[CrossRef]

Trebino, R.

D. J. Kane and R. Trebino, "Characterization of arbitrary femtosecond pulses using frequency-resolved optical gating," IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 29, 571-579 (1993).
[CrossRef]

van der Zande, W. J.

D. J. Maas, D. I. Duncan, R. B. Vrijen, W. J. van der Zande, and L. D. Noordam, "Vibrational ladder climbing in NO by (sub)picosecond frequency-chirped infrared laser pulses," Chem. Phys. Lett. 290, 75-80 (1998).
[CrossRef]

Vrijen, R. B.

D. J. Maas, D. I. Duncan, R. B. Vrijen, W. J. van der Zande, and L. D. Noordam, "Vibrational ladder climbing in NO by (sub)picosecond frequency-chirped infrared laser pulses," Chem. Phys. Lett. 290, 75-80 (1998).
[CrossRef]

Windhorn, L.

T. Witte, T. Hornung, L. Windhorn, D. Proch, R. de Vivie-Riedle, M. Motzkus, and K. L. Kompa, "Controlling molecular ground-state dissociation by optimizing vibrational ladder climbing," J. Chem. Phys. 118, 2021-2024 (2003).
[CrossRef]

Witte, T.

T. Witte, T. Hornung, L. Windhorn, D. Proch, R. de Vivie-Riedle, M. Motzkus, and K. L. Kompa, "Controlling molecular ground-state dissociation by optimizing vibrational ladder climbing," J. Chem. Phys. 118, 2021-2024 (2003).
[CrossRef]

Wurtele, J. S.

R. R. Lindberg, A. E. Charman, J. S. Wurtele, and L. Friedland, "Robust autoresonant excitation in the plasma beat-wave accelerator," Phys. Rev. Lett. 93, 055001 (2004).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Zigler, A.

G. Marcus, L. Friedland, and A. Zigler, "From quantum ladder climbing to classical autoresonance," Phys. Rev. A 69, 013407 (2004).
[CrossRef]

G. Marcus, A. Zigler, A. Englander, M. Katz, and Y. Ehrlich, "Generation of ultrawide-band chirped sources in the infrared through parametric interactions in periodically poled crystals," Appl. Phys. Lett. 82, 164-166 (2003).
[CrossRef]

Am. J. Phys. (1)

J. Fajans and L. Friedland, "Autoresonant (nonstationary) excitation of pendulums, Plutinos, plasmas, and other nonlinear oscillators," Am. J. Phys. 69, 1096-1102 (2001).
[CrossRef]

Appl. Phys. Lett. (2)

G. A. Magel, M. M. Fejer, and R. L. Byer, "Quasi phase matched second-harmonic generation of blue light in periodically poled LiNbO3," Appl. Phys. Lett. 56, 108-110 (1990).
[CrossRef]

G. Marcus, A. Zigler, A. Englander, M. Katz, and Y. Ehrlich, "Generation of ultrawide-band chirped sources in the infrared through parametric interactions in periodically poled crystals," Appl. Phys. Lett. 82, 164-166 (2003).
[CrossRef]

Chem. Phys. Lett. (1)

D. J. Maas, D. I. Duncan, R. B. Vrijen, W. J. van der Zande, and L. D. Noordam, "Vibrational ladder climbing in NO by (sub)picosecond frequency-chirped infrared laser pulses," Chem. Phys. Lett. 290, 75-80 (1998).
[CrossRef]

IEEE J. Quantum Electron. (1)

D. J. Kane and R. Trebino, "Characterization of arbitrary femtosecond pulses using frequency-resolved optical gating," IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 29, 571-579 (1993).
[CrossRef]

J. Chem. Phys. (1)

T. Witte, T. Hornung, L. Windhorn, D. Proch, R. de Vivie-Riedle, M. Motzkus, and K. L. Kompa, "Controlling molecular ground-state dissociation by optimizing vibrational ladder climbing," J. Chem. Phys. 118, 2021-2024 (2003).
[CrossRef]

Opt. Commun. (1)

D. Strickland and G. Mourou, "Compression of amplified chirped optical pulses," Opt. Commun. 56, 219-221 (1985).
[CrossRef]

Opt. Lett. (1)

Phys. Rev. (1)

J. A. Armstrong, N. Bloembergen, J. Ducuing, and P. S. Pershan, "Interactions between light waves in a nonlinear dielectric," Phys. Rev. 127, 1918-1939 (1962).
[CrossRef]

Phys. Rev. A (1)

G. Marcus, L. Friedland, and A. Zigler, "From quantum ladder climbing to classical autoresonance," Phys. Rev. A 69, 013407 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Phys. Rev. Lett. (1)

R. R. Lindberg, A. E. Charman, J. S. Wurtele, and L. Friedland, "Robust autoresonant excitation in the plasma beat-wave accelerator," Phys. Rev. Lett. 93, 055001 (2004).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Rev. Sci. Instrum. (1)

S. Backus, C. G. Durfee, M. M. Murnane, and H. C. Kapteyn, "High power ultrafast lasers," Rev. Sci. Instrum. 69, 1207-1223 (1998).
[CrossRef]

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Figures (4)

Fig. 1
Fig. 1

Phase-matching curve of PP-SLT with a period of 22.8 µm, pumped around 810 nm. The bars on the graph represent cutoff wavelengths measured by the gated spectroscopy experiment (see below).

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

Experiment setup. BS, Beam splitter; M, mirror; G1, G2, grating.

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

Idler spectra purged with argon (black) and without purging (gray).

Fig. 4
Fig. 4

Gated spectra (gray curve) versus ungated spectra at various delays.

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