Abstract

Efficient optical parametric amplification of a frequency-upconverted output of a photonic-crystal fiber (PCF) is demonstrated using a double-pass parametric amplifier pumped by 65mW 150fs 100kHz second-harmonic pulses of a Ti:sapphire laser. Such an amplifier provides gain factors in excess of 103 for the blueshifted PCF output, generating wavelength-tunable light pulses within the spectral range from 420to650nm. Parametrically amplified pulses have a peak power up to 250kW and a pulse width of about 200fs at a repetition rate of 100kHz, providing an average power up to 5mW.

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