Abstract

We report on a compact Gigawatt peak power OPCPA system which is pumped by the second harmonic of an Yb-doped fiber amplifier and seeded by a cavity dumped Ti:Sapphire oscillator. Picosecond pump pulses for the OPCPA are generated by spectral filtering and directly amplified to 1 mJ pulse energy in several fiber amplifiers, without the need of chirped pulse amplification. Since no stretcher and compressor is required, the pump laser is very compact and easy to operate. The two stage optical parametric amplifier delivers 35 fs pulses with 53 µJ pulse energy and 1.1 GW peak power at 40 kHz repetition rate. Additionally, the scaling potential of this approach is discussed.

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T. Eidam, S. Hädrich, F. Röser, E. Seise, T. Gottschall, J. Rothhardt, T. Schreiber, J. Limpert, and A. Tünnermann, “325W Average Power Fiber CPA System delivering sub-400fs pulses,” IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 15(1), 187–190 (2009).
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[CrossRef] [PubMed]

J. Limpert, F. Röser, D. N. Schimpf, E. Seise, T. Eidam, S. Hadrich, J. Rothhardt, C. J. Misas, and A. Tünnermann, “High Repetition Rate Gigawatt Peak Power Fiber Laser Systems: Challenges, Design, and Experiment,” IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 15(1), 159–169 (2009).
[CrossRef]

J. H. Jang, I. H. Yoon, and C. S. Yoon, “Cause and repair of optical damage in nonlinear optical crystals of BiB3O6,” Opt. Mater. 31(6), 781–783 (2009).
[CrossRef]

J. Rothhardt, S. Hädrich, T. Gottschall, J. Limpert, A. Tünnermann, M. Rothhardt, M. Becker, S. Brückner, and H. Bartelt, “Generation of flattop pump pulses for OPCPA by coherent pulse stacking with fiber Bragg gratings,” Opt. Express 17(18), 16332–16341 (2009), http://www.opticsinfobase.org/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-17-18-16332 .
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

A. V. Smith, B. T. Do, G. R. Hadley, and R. L. Farrow, “Optical Damage Limits to Pulse Energy From Fibers,” IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 15(1), 153–158 (2009).
[CrossRef]

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2005 (3)

2004 (1)

2002 (1)

2000 (1)

T. Brabec and F. Krausz, “Intense few-cycle laser fields: Frontiers of nonlinear optics,” Rev. Mod. Phys. 72 (2000).

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1988 (1)

M. Ferray, A. L’Huillier, X. F. Li, L. A. Lompre, G. Mainfray, and C. Manus, “Multiple harmonic conversion of 1064 nm radiation in rare gases,” J. Phys. B 21(3), L31 (1988).
[CrossRef]

Arisholm, G.

Backus, S.

Baltuska, A.

Baltuška, A.

Bartelt, H.

Becker, M.

Binhammer, T.

Brabec, T.

T. Brabec and F. Krausz, “Intense few-cycle laser fields: Frontiers of nonlinear optics,” Rev. Mod. Phys. 72 (2000).

Brückner, S.

Butkus, R.

Danielius, R.

Do, B. T.

A. V. Smith, B. T. Do, G. R. Hadley, and R. L. Farrow, “Optical Damage Limits to Pulse Energy From Fibers,” IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 15(1), 153–158 (2009).
[CrossRef]

Eidam, T.

J. Limpert, F. Röser, D. N. Schimpf, E. Seise, T. Eidam, S. Hadrich, J. Rothhardt, C. J. Misas, and A. Tünnermann, “High Repetition Rate Gigawatt Peak Power Fiber Laser Systems: Challenges, Design, and Experiment,” IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 15(1), 159–169 (2009).
[CrossRef]

T. Eidam, S. Hädrich, F. Röser, E. Seise, T. Gottschall, J. Rothhardt, T. Schreiber, J. Limpert, and A. Tünnermann, “325W Average Power Fiber CPA System delivering sub-400fs pulses,” IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 15(1), 187–190 (2009).
[CrossRef]

F. Röser, T. Eidam, J. Rothhardt, O. Schmidt, D. N. Schimpf, J. Limpert, and A. Tünnermann, “Millijoule pulse energy high repetition rate femtosecond fiber chirped-pulse amplification system,” Opt. Lett. 32(24), 3495–3497 (2007), http://www.opticsinfobase.org/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-32-24-3495 .
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Eikema, K.

Farrow, R. L.

A. V. Smith, B. T. Do, G. R. Hadley, and R. L. Farrow, “Optical Damage Limits to Pulse Energy From Fibers,” IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 15(1), 153–158 (2009).
[CrossRef]

Ferray, M.

M. Ferray, A. L’Huillier, X. F. Li, L. A. Lompre, G. Mainfray, and C. Manus, “Multiple harmonic conversion of 1064 nm radiation in rare gases,” J. Phys. B 21(3), L31 (1988).
[CrossRef]

Fuji, T.

Gottschall, T.

Hadley, G. R.

A. V. Smith, B. T. Do, G. R. Hadley, and R. L. Farrow, “Optical Damage Limits to Pulse Energy From Fibers,” IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 15(1), 153–158 (2009).
[CrossRef]

Hadrich, S.

J. Limpert, F. Röser, D. N. Schimpf, E. Seise, T. Eidam, S. Hadrich, J. Rothhardt, C. J. Misas, and A. Tünnermann, “High Repetition Rate Gigawatt Peak Power Fiber Laser Systems: Challenges, Design, and Experiment,” IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 15(1), 159–169 (2009).
[CrossRef]

Hädrich, S.

J. Rothhardt, S. Hädrich, T. Gottschall, J. Limpert, A. Tünnermann, M. Rothhardt, M. Becker, S. Brückner, and H. Bartelt, “Generation of flattop pump pulses for OPCPA by coherent pulse stacking with fiber Bragg gratings,” Opt. Express 17(18), 16332–16341 (2009), http://www.opticsinfobase.org/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-17-18-16332 .
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

J. Rothhardt, S. Hädrich, J. Limpert, and A. Tünnermann, “80 kHz repetition rate high power fiber amplifier flat-top pulse pumped OPCPA based on BIB3O6,” Opt. Express 17(4), 2508–2517 (2009), http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-17-4-2508 .
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

T. Eidam, S. Hädrich, F. Röser, E. Seise, T. Gottschall, J. Rothhardt, T. Schreiber, J. Limpert, and A. Tünnermann, “325W Average Power Fiber CPA System delivering sub-400fs pulses,” IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 15(1), 187–190 (2009).
[CrossRef]

J. Rothhardt, S. Hädrich, F. Röser, J. Limpert, and A. Tünnermann, “500 MW peak power degenerated optical parametric amplifier delivering 52 fs pulses at 97 kHz repetition rate,” Opt. Express 16(12), 8981–8988 (2008), http://www.opticsinfobase.org/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-16-12-8981 .
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

S. Hädrich, J. Rothhardt, F. Röser, T. Gottschall, J. Limpert, and A. Tünnermann, “Degenerate optical parametric amplifier delivering sub 30 fs pulses with 2GW peak power,” Opt. Express 16(24), 19812–19820 (2008), http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-16-24-19812 .
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

J. Rothhardt, S. Hädrich, D. N. Schimpf, J. Limpert, and A. Tünnermann, “High repetition rate fiber amplifier pumped sub-20 fs optical parametric amplifier,” Opt. Express 15(25), 16729–16736 (2007), http://www.opticsinfobase.org/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-15-25-16729 .
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Hogervorst, W.

Holzwarth, R.

Huang, C. P.

Ishii, N.

Jang, J. H.

J. H. Jang, I. H. Yoon, and C. S. Yoon, “Cause and repair of optical damage in nonlinear optical crystals of BiB3O6,” Opt. Mater. 31(6), 781–783 (2009).
[CrossRef]

Kapteyn, H. C.

Killi, A.

Kobayashi, T.

Köhler, S.

Krausz, F.

L’Huillier, A.

M. Ferray, A. L’Huillier, X. F. Li, L. A. Lompre, G. Mainfray, and C. Manus, “Multiple harmonic conversion of 1064 nm radiation in rare gases,” J. Phys. B 21(3), L31 (1988).
[CrossRef]

Li, X. F.

M. Ferray, A. L’Huillier, X. F. Li, L. A. Lompre, G. Mainfray, and C. Manus, “Multiple harmonic conversion of 1064 nm radiation in rare gases,” J. Phys. B 21(3), L31 (1988).
[CrossRef]

Limpert, J.

T. Eidam, S. Hädrich, F. Röser, E. Seise, T. Gottschall, J. Rothhardt, T. Schreiber, J. Limpert, and A. Tünnermann, “325W Average Power Fiber CPA System delivering sub-400fs pulses,” IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 15(1), 187–190 (2009).
[CrossRef]

J. Rothhardt, S. Hädrich, J. Limpert, and A. Tünnermann, “80 kHz repetition rate high power fiber amplifier flat-top pulse pumped OPCPA based on BIB3O6,” Opt. Express 17(4), 2508–2517 (2009), http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-17-4-2508 .
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

J. Rothhardt, S. Hädrich, T. Gottschall, J. Limpert, A. Tünnermann, M. Rothhardt, M. Becker, S. Brückner, and H. Bartelt, “Generation of flattop pump pulses for OPCPA by coherent pulse stacking with fiber Bragg gratings,” Opt. Express 17(18), 16332–16341 (2009), http://www.opticsinfobase.org/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-17-18-16332 .
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

J. Limpert, F. Röser, D. N. Schimpf, E. Seise, T. Eidam, S. Hadrich, J. Rothhardt, C. J. Misas, and A. Tünnermann, “High Repetition Rate Gigawatt Peak Power Fiber Laser Systems: Challenges, Design, and Experiment,” IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 15(1), 159–169 (2009).
[CrossRef]

J. Rothhardt, S. Hädrich, F. Röser, J. Limpert, and A. Tünnermann, “500 MW peak power degenerated optical parametric amplifier delivering 52 fs pulses at 97 kHz repetition rate,” Opt. Express 16(12), 8981–8988 (2008), http://www.opticsinfobase.org/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-16-12-8981 .
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

S. Hädrich, J. Rothhardt, F. Röser, T. Gottschall, J. Limpert, and A. Tünnermann, “Degenerate optical parametric amplifier delivering sub 30 fs pulses with 2GW peak power,” Opt. Express 16(24), 19812–19820 (2008), http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-16-24-19812 .
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

F. Röser, T. Eidam, J. Rothhardt, O. Schmidt, D. N. Schimpf, J. Limpert, and A. Tünnermann, “Millijoule pulse energy high repetition rate femtosecond fiber chirped-pulse amplification system,” Opt. Lett. 32(24), 3495–3497 (2007), http://www.opticsinfobase.org/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-32-24-3495 .
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

J. Rothhardt, S. Hädrich, D. N. Schimpf, J. Limpert, and A. Tünnermann, “High repetition rate fiber amplifier pumped sub-20 fs optical parametric amplifier,” Opt. Express 15(25), 16729–16736 (2007), http://www.opticsinfobase.org/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-15-25-16729 .
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Lompre, L. A.

M. Ferray, A. L’Huillier, X. F. Li, L. A. Lompre, G. Mainfray, and C. Manus, “Multiple harmonic conversion of 1064 nm radiation in rare gases,” J. Phys. B 21(3), L31 (1988).
[CrossRef]

Mainfray, G.

M. Ferray, A. L’Huillier, X. F. Li, L. A. Lompre, G. Mainfray, and C. Manus, “Multiple harmonic conversion of 1064 nm radiation in rare gases,” J. Phys. B 21(3), L31 (1988).
[CrossRef]

Manus, C.

M. Ferray, A. L’Huillier, X. F. Li, L. A. Lompre, G. Mainfray, and C. Manus, “Multiple harmonic conversion of 1064 nm radiation in rare gases,” J. Phys. B 21(3), L31 (1988).
[CrossRef]

Matsushima, I.

Metzger, T.

Misas, C. J.

J. Limpert, F. Röser, D. N. Schimpf, E. Seise, T. Eidam, S. Hadrich, J. Rothhardt, C. J. Misas, and A. Tünnermann, “High Repetition Rate Gigawatt Peak Power Fiber Laser Systems: Challenges, Design, and Experiment,” IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 15(1), 159–169 (2009).
[CrossRef]

Morgner, U.

Murnane, M. M.

Palmer, G.

Paschotta, R.

Peatross, J.

Piskarskas, A.

Röser, F.

Rothhardt, J.

T. Eidam, S. Hädrich, F. Röser, E. Seise, T. Gottschall, J. Rothhardt, T. Schreiber, J. Limpert, and A. Tünnermann, “325W Average Power Fiber CPA System delivering sub-400fs pulses,” IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 15(1), 187–190 (2009).
[CrossRef]

J. Rothhardt, S. Hädrich, J. Limpert, and A. Tünnermann, “80 kHz repetition rate high power fiber amplifier flat-top pulse pumped OPCPA based on BIB3O6,” Opt. Express 17(4), 2508–2517 (2009), http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-17-4-2508 .
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

J. Limpert, F. Röser, D. N. Schimpf, E. Seise, T. Eidam, S. Hadrich, J. Rothhardt, C. J. Misas, and A. Tünnermann, “High Repetition Rate Gigawatt Peak Power Fiber Laser Systems: Challenges, Design, and Experiment,” IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 15(1), 159–169 (2009).
[CrossRef]

J. Rothhardt, S. Hädrich, T. Gottschall, J. Limpert, A. Tünnermann, M. Rothhardt, M. Becker, S. Brückner, and H. Bartelt, “Generation of flattop pump pulses for OPCPA by coherent pulse stacking with fiber Bragg gratings,” Opt. Express 17(18), 16332–16341 (2009), http://www.opticsinfobase.org/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-17-18-16332 .
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

J. Rothhardt, S. Hädrich, F. Röser, J. Limpert, and A. Tünnermann, “500 MW peak power degenerated optical parametric amplifier delivering 52 fs pulses at 97 kHz repetition rate,” Opt. Express 16(12), 8981–8988 (2008), http://www.opticsinfobase.org/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-16-12-8981 .
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

S. Hädrich, J. Rothhardt, F. Röser, T. Gottschall, J. Limpert, and A. Tünnermann, “Degenerate optical parametric amplifier delivering sub 30 fs pulses with 2GW peak power,” Opt. Express 16(24), 19812–19820 (2008), http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-16-24-19812 .
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

F. Röser, T. Eidam, J. Rothhardt, O. Schmidt, D. N. Schimpf, J. Limpert, and A. Tünnermann, “Millijoule pulse energy high repetition rate femtosecond fiber chirped-pulse amplification system,” Opt. Lett. 32(24), 3495–3497 (2007), http://www.opticsinfobase.org/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-32-24-3495 .
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

J. Rothhardt, S. Hädrich, D. N. Schimpf, J. Limpert, and A. Tünnermann, “High repetition rate fiber amplifier pumped sub-20 fs optical parametric amplifier,” Opt. Express 15(25), 16729–16736 (2007), http://www.opticsinfobase.org/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-15-25-16729 .
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Rothhardt, M.

Schimpf, D. N.

Schmidt, O.

Schreiber, T.

T. Eidam, S. Hädrich, F. Röser, E. Seise, T. Gottschall, J. Rothhardt, T. Schreiber, J. Limpert, and A. Tünnermann, “325W Average Power Fiber CPA System delivering sub-400fs pulses,” IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 15(1), 187–190 (2009).
[CrossRef]

Seise, E.

T. Eidam, S. Hädrich, F. Röser, E. Seise, T. Gottschall, J. Rothhardt, T. Schreiber, J. Limpert, and A. Tünnermann, “325W Average Power Fiber CPA System delivering sub-400fs pulses,” IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 15(1), 187–190 (2009).
[CrossRef]

J. Limpert, F. Röser, D. N. Schimpf, E. Seise, T. Eidam, S. Hadrich, J. Rothhardt, C. J. Misas, and A. Tünnermann, “High Repetition Rate Gigawatt Peak Power Fiber Laser Systems: Challenges, Design, and Experiment,” IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 15(1), 159–169 (2009).
[CrossRef]

Smilgevicius, V.

Smith, A. V.

A. V. Smith, B. T. Do, G. R. Hadley, and R. L. Farrow, “Optical Damage Limits to Pulse Energy From Fibers,” IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 15(1), 153–158 (2009).
[CrossRef]

Steinmann, A.

Steinmeyer, G.

G. Steinmeyer and G. Stibenz, “Generation of sub-4-fs pulses via compression of a white-light continuum using only chirped mirrors,” Appl. Phys. B 82(2), 175–181 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Stibenz, G.

G. Steinmeyer and G. Stibenz, “Generation of sub-4-fs pulses via compression of a white-light continuum using only chirped mirrors,” Appl. Phys. B 82(2), 175–181 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Südmeyer, T.

Teisset, C.

Tomie, T.

Tünnermann, A.

J. Rothhardt, S. Hädrich, J. Limpert, and A. Tünnermann, “80 kHz repetition rate high power fiber amplifier flat-top pulse pumped OPCPA based on BIB3O6,” Opt. Express 17(4), 2508–2517 (2009), http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-17-4-2508 .
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

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[CrossRef]

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Figures (5)

Fig. 1
Fig. 1

Schematic overview of the experimental setup including the Ti:Sapphire oscillator, the pre- amplifier and spectral filter, the pulse shaper, the power amplifier, second harmonic generation (SHG), the optical parametric amplifier (OPA) and the grating stretcher and compressor.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

Schematic setup of the two stage birefringent pulse shaper

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

a) Infrared output power of the fiber amplifier (red, squares), generated second harmonic power (green, triangles) and second harmonic conversion efficiency (black, circles) versus pump power of the fiber amplifier. b) Temporal pulse profile of the amplified pulses at 1mJ pulse energy.

Fig. 4
Fig. 4

Schematic of the optical parametric amplifier

Fig. 5
Fig. 5

a) Measured amplified spectra with one (red) and both (black) OPAs pumped. Blue dashed: Seed spectrum, grey dashed: calculated OPA gain curve for 20 mm BBO crystal. b) Measured Autocorrelation trace (black), and 4th order Dispersion corrected Fourier transform of the measured spectrum (grey).

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