Abstract

We report on a high gain amplification of broadband ultraviolet femtosecond pulses in an optical parametric chirped pulse amplifier. Broadband ultraviolet seed pulses were obtained by an achromatic frequency doubling of the output from a femtosecond Ti:Sapphire oscillator. Stretched seed pulses were amplified in a multipass parametric amplifier with a single BBO crystal pumped by a ns frequency quadrupled Nd:YAG laser. A noncollinear configuration was used for a broadband amplification. The total (after compression) amplification of 2.5∙105 was achieved, with compressed pulse energy of 30 μJ and pulse duration of 24 fs. We found that the measured gain was limited by thermal effects induced by the absorption of the pump laser by color centers created in the BBO crystal.

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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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[CrossRef]

K. Osvay, G. Kurdi, J. Klebniczki, M. Csatari, I. N. Ross, E. J. Divall, C. J. Hooker, and A. J. Langley, “Broadband amplification of ultraviolet laser pulses,” Appl. Phys. B 74(9), 163–169 (2002).
[CrossRef]

2001

2000

1999

1997

1994

1992

A. Dubietis, G. Jonusauskas, and A. Piskarskas, “Powerful femtosecond pulse generation by chirped and stretched pulse parametric amplification in BBO crystal,” Opt. Commun. 88(4-6), 437–440 (1992).
[CrossRef]

1985

D. Strickland and G. Mourou, “Compression of amplified chirped optical pulses,” Opt. Commun. 56(3), 219–221 (1985).
[CrossRef]

1984

Anstett, G.

G. Anstett, M. Nittmann, A. Borsutzky, and R. Wallenstein, “Experimental investigation and numerical simulation of the spatio-temporal dynamics of nanosecond pulses in Q-switched Nd:YAG lasers,” Appl. Phys. B 76(8), 833–838 (2003).
[CrossRef]

Bagnoud, V.

Baltuška, A.

Baum, P.

Begishev, I. A.

Bekesi, J.

P. Simon, J. Bekesi, C. Dölle, J.-H. Klein-Wiele, G. Marowsky, S. Szatmari, and B. Wellegehausen, “Ultraviolet femtosecond pulses: Key technology for sub-micron machining and efficient XUV pulse generation,” Appl. Phys. B 74, 189–192 (2002).
[CrossRef]

Beutler, M.

Bonner, R. A.

Borsutzky, A.

G. Anstett, M. Nittmann, A. Borsutzky, and R. Wallenstein, “Experimental investigation and numerical simulation of the spatio-temporal dynamics of nanosecond pulses in Q-switched Nd:YAG lasers,” Appl. Phys. B 76(8), 833–838 (2003).
[CrossRef]

Bradforth, S. E.

A. E. Jailaubekov and S. E. Bradforth, “Tunable 30-femtosecond pulses across the deep ultraviolet,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 87(2), 021107 (2005).
[CrossRef]

Brida, D.

Buchvarov, I.

P. Tzankov, T. Fiebig, and I. Buchvarov, “Tunable femtosecond pulses in the near-ultraviolet from ultrabroadband parametric amplification,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 82(4), 517 (2003).
[CrossRef]

Cerullo, G.

Comaskey, B. J.

Csatari, M.

K. Osvay, G. Kurdi, J. Klebniczki, M. Csatari, I. N. Ross, E. J. Divall, C. J. Hooker, and A. J. Langley, “Broadband amplification of ultraviolet laser pulses,” Appl. Phys. B 74(9), 163–169 (2002).
[CrossRef]

De Silversti, S.

G. Cerullo and S. De Silversti, “Ultrafast optical parametric amplifiers,” Rev. Sci. Instrum. 74(1), 1–18 (2003).
[CrossRef]

Divall, E. J.

K. Osvay, G. Kurdi, J. Klebniczki, M. Csatari, I. N. Ross, E. J. Divall, C. J. Hooker, and A. J. Langley, “Broadband amplification of ultraviolet laser pulses,” Appl. Phys. B 74(9), 163–169 (2002).
[CrossRef]

Dölle, C.

P. Simon, J. Bekesi, C. Dölle, J.-H. Klein-Wiele, G. Marowsky, S. Szatmari, and B. Wellegehausen, “Ultraviolet femtosecond pulses: Key technology for sub-micron machining and efficient XUV pulse generation,” Appl. Phys. B 74, 189–192 (2002).
[CrossRef]

Dubietis, A.

A. Dubietis, G. Tamošauskas, A. Varanavi Ius, and G. Valiulis, “Two-Photon Absorbing Properties of Ultraviolet Phase-Matchable Crystals at 264 and 211 nm,” Appl. Opt. 39(15), 2437–2440 (2000).
[CrossRef]

A. Dubietis, G. Jonusauskas, and A. Piskarskas, “Powerful femtosecond pulse generation by chirped and stretched pulse parametric amplification in BBO crystal,” Opt. Commun. 88(4-6), 437–440 (1992).
[CrossRef]

Ebbers, C. A.

Fiebig, T.

P. Tzankov, T. Fiebig, and I. Buchvarov, “Tunable femtosecond pulses in the near-ultraviolet from ultrabroadband parametric amplification,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 82(4), 517 (2003).
[CrossRef]

Fork, R. L.

Freidman, G. I.

V. V. Lozhkarev, G. I. Freidman, V. N. Ginzburg, E. V. Katin, E. A. Khazanov, A. V. Kirsanov, G. A. Luchinin, A. N. Mal'shakov, M. A. Martyanov, O. V. Palashov, A. K. Poteomkin, A. M. Sergeev, A. A. Shaykin, and I. V. Yakovlev, “Compact 0.56 Petawatt laser system based on optical parametric chirped pulse amplification in KD*P crystals,” Laser Phys. Lett. 4(6), 421–427 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Fuji, T.

Fukuda, T.

Gerstner, E.

E. Gerstner, “Laser physics: extreme light,” Nature 446(7131), 16–18 (2007).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Ghotbi, M.

Ginzburg, V. N.

V. V. Lozhkarev, G. I. Freidman, V. N. Ginzburg, E. V. Katin, E. A. Khazanov, A. V. Kirsanov, G. A. Luchinin, A. N. Mal'shakov, M. A. Martyanov, O. V. Palashov, A. K. Poteomkin, A. M. Sergeev, A. A. Shaykin, and I. V. Yakovlev, “Compact 0.56 Petawatt laser system based on optical parametric chirped pulse amplification in KD*P crystals,” Laser Phys. Lett. 4(6), 421–427 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Gordon, J. P.

Guardalben, M. J.

Henesian, M. A.

Hertel, I. V.

I. V. Hertel and W. Radloff, “Ultrafast dynamics in isolated molecules and molecular clusters,” Rep. Prog. Phys. 69(6), 1897–2003 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Hirano, M.

Hooker, C. J.

K. Osvay, G. Kurdi, J. Klebniczki, M. Csatari, I. N. Ross, E. J. Divall, C. J. Hooker, and A. J. Langley, “Broadband amplification of ultraviolet laser pulses,” Appl. Phys. B 74(9), 163–169 (2002).
[CrossRef]

Hosono, H.

Jailaubekov, A. E.

A. E. Jailaubekov and S. E. Bradforth, “Tunable 30-femtosecond pulses across the deep ultraviolet,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 87(2), 021107 (2005).
[CrossRef]

Jonusauskas, G.

A. Dubietis, G. Jonusauskas, and A. Piskarskas, “Powerful femtosecond pulse generation by chirped and stretched pulse parametric amplification in BBO crystal,” Opt. Commun. 88(4-6), 437–440 (1992).
[CrossRef]

Jovanovic, I.

Kanai, T.

Katin, E. V.

V. V. Lozhkarev, G. I. Freidman, V. N. Ginzburg, E. V. Katin, E. A. Khazanov, A. V. Kirsanov, G. A. Luchinin, A. N. Mal'shakov, M. A. Martyanov, O. V. Palashov, A. K. Poteomkin, A. M. Sergeev, A. A. Shaykin, and I. V. Yakovlev, “Compact 0.56 Petawatt laser system based on optical parametric chirped pulse amplification in KD*P crystals,” Laser Phys. Lett. 4(6), 421–427 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Khazanov, E. A.

V. V. Lozhkarev, G. I. Freidman, V. N. Ginzburg, E. V. Katin, E. A. Khazanov, A. V. Kirsanov, G. A. Luchinin, A. N. Mal'shakov, M. A. Martyanov, O. V. Palashov, A. K. Poteomkin, A. M. Sergeev, A. A. Shaykin, and I. V. Yakovlev, “Compact 0.56 Petawatt laser system based on optical parametric chirped pulse amplification in KD*P crystals,” Laser Phys. Lett. 4(6), 421–427 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Kirsanov, A. V.

V. V. Lozhkarev, G. I. Freidman, V. N. Ginzburg, E. V. Katin, E. A. Khazanov, A. V. Kirsanov, G. A. Luchinin, A. N. Mal'shakov, M. A. Martyanov, O. V. Palashov, A. K. Poteomkin, A. M. Sergeev, A. A. Shaykin, and I. V. Yakovlev, “Compact 0.56 Petawatt laser system based on optical parametric chirped pulse amplification in KD*P crystals,” Laser Phys. Lett. 4(6), 421–427 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Klebniczki, J.

K. Osvay, G. Kurdi, J. Klebniczki, M. Csatari, I. N. Ross, E. J. Divall, C. J. Hooker, and A. J. Langley, “Broadband amplification of ultraviolet laser pulses,” Appl. Phys. B 74(9), 163–169 (2002).
[CrossRef]

Klein-Wiele, J.-H.

P. Simon, J. Bekesi, C. Dölle, J.-H. Klein-Wiele, G. Marowsky, S. Szatmari, and B. Wellegehausen, “Ultraviolet femtosecond pulses: Key technology for sub-micron machining and efficient XUV pulse generation,” Appl. Phys. B 74, 189–192 (2002).
[CrossRef]

Kobayashi, T.

Kosuge, A.

Kouta, H.

Kozeki, T.

Kozma, I. Z.

Kurdi, G.

K. Osvay, G. Kurdi, J. Klebniczki, M. Csatari, I. N. Ross, E. J. Divall, C. J. Hooker, and A. J. Langley, “Broadband amplification of ultraviolet laser pulses,” Appl. Phys. B 74(9), 163–169 (2002).
[CrossRef]

Langley, A. J.

K. Osvay, G. Kurdi, J. Klebniczki, M. Csatari, I. N. Ross, E. J. Divall, C. J. Hooker, and A. J. Langley, “Broadband amplification of ultraviolet laser pulses,” Appl. Phys. B 74(9), 163–169 (2002).
[CrossRef]

Liu, T.

Liu, Z.

Lochbrunner, S.

Lozhkarev, V. V.

V. V. Lozhkarev, G. I. Freidman, V. N. Ginzburg, E. V. Katin, E. A. Khazanov, A. V. Kirsanov, G. A. Luchinin, A. N. Mal'shakov, M. A. Martyanov, O. V. Palashov, A. K. Poteomkin, A. M. Sergeev, A. A. Shaykin, and I. V. Yakovlev, “Compact 0.56 Petawatt laser system based on optical parametric chirped pulse amplification in KD*P crystals,” Laser Phys. Lett. 4(6), 421–427 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Luchinin, G. A.

V. V. Lozhkarev, G. I. Freidman, V. N. Ginzburg, E. V. Katin, E. A. Khazanov, A. V. Kirsanov, G. A. Luchinin, A. N. Mal'shakov, M. A. Martyanov, O. V. Palashov, A. K. Poteomkin, A. M. Sergeev, A. A. Shaykin, and I. V. Yakovlev, “Compact 0.56 Petawatt laser system based on optical parametric chirped pulse amplification in KD*P crystals,” Laser Phys. Lett. 4(6), 421–427 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Mal'shakov, A. N.

V. V. Lozhkarev, G. I. Freidman, V. N. Ginzburg, E. V. Katin, E. A. Khazanov, A. V. Kirsanov, G. A. Luchinin, A. N. Mal'shakov, M. A. Martyanov, O. V. Palashov, A. K. Poteomkin, A. M. Sergeev, A. A. Shaykin, and I. V. Yakovlev, “Compact 0.56 Petawatt laser system based on optical parametric chirped pulse amplification in KD*P crystals,” Laser Phys. Lett. 4(6), 421–427 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Manzoni, C.

Marowsky, G.

P. Simon, J. Bekesi, C. Dölle, J.-H. Klein-Wiele, G. Marowsky, S. Szatmari, and B. Wellegehausen, “Ultraviolet femtosecond pulses: Key technology for sub-micron machining and efficient XUV pulse generation,” Appl. Phys. B 74, 189–192 (2002).
[CrossRef]

Marshall, C. D.

Martinez, O. E.

Martyanov, M. A.

V. V. Lozhkarev, G. I. Freidman, V. N. Ginzburg, E. V. Katin, E. A. Khazanov, A. V. Kirsanov, G. A. Luchinin, A. N. Mal'shakov, M. A. Martyanov, O. V. Palashov, A. K. Poteomkin, A. M. Sergeev, A. A. Shaykin, and I. V. Yakovlev, “Compact 0.56 Petawatt laser system based on optical parametric chirped pulse amplification in KD*P crystals,” Laser Phys. Lett. 4(6), 421–427 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Morse, E. C.

Mourou, G.

D. Strickland and G. Mourou, “Compression of amplified chirped optical pulses,” Opt. Commun. 56(3), 219–221 (1985).
[CrossRef]

Nittmann, M.

G. Anstett, M. Nittmann, A. Borsutzky, and R. Wallenstein, “Experimental investigation and numerical simulation of the spatio-temporal dynamics of nanosecond pulses in Q-switched Nd:YAG lasers,” Appl. Phys. B 76(8), 833–838 (2003).
[CrossRef]

Noack, F.

Osvay, K.

K. Osvay, G. Kurdi, J. Klebniczki, M. Csatari, I. N. Ross, E. J. Divall, C. J. Hooker, and A. J. Langley, “Broadband amplification of ultraviolet laser pulses,” Appl. Phys. B 74(9), 163–169 (2002).
[CrossRef]

Palashov, O. V.

V. V. Lozhkarev, G. I. Freidman, V. N. Ginzburg, E. V. Katin, E. A. Khazanov, A. V. Kirsanov, G. A. Luchinin, A. N. Mal'shakov, M. A. Martyanov, O. V. Palashov, A. K. Poteomkin, A. M. Sergeev, A. A. Shaykin, and I. V. Yakovlev, “Compact 0.56 Petawatt laser system based on optical parametric chirped pulse amplification in KD*P crystals,” Laser Phys. Lett. 4(6), 421–427 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Payne, S. A.

Pennington, D. M.

Piskarskas, A.

A. Dubietis, G. Jonusauskas, and A. Piskarskas, “Powerful femtosecond pulse generation by chirped and stretched pulse parametric amplification in BBO crystal,” Opt. Commun. 88(4-6), 437–440 (1992).
[CrossRef]

Poteomkin, A. K.

V. V. Lozhkarev, G. I. Freidman, V. N. Ginzburg, E. V. Katin, E. A. Khazanov, A. V. Kirsanov, G. A. Luchinin, A. N. Mal'shakov, M. A. Martyanov, O. V. Palashov, A. K. Poteomkin, A. M. Sergeev, A. A. Shaykin, and I. V. Yakovlev, “Compact 0.56 Petawatt laser system based on optical parametric chirped pulse amplification in KD*P crystals,” Laser Phys. Lett. 4(6), 421–427 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Powell, H. T.

Puth, J.

Radloff, W.

I. V. Hertel and W. Radloff, “Ultrafast dynamics in isolated molecules and molecular clusters,” Rep. Prog. Phys. 69(6), 1897–2003 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Radzewicz, C.

P. Wnuk, Y. Stepanenko, and C. Radzewicz, “Multi-terawatt chirped pulse optical parametric amplifier with a time-shear power amplification stage,” Opt. Express 17(17), 15264–15273 (2009), http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-17-17-15264 .
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

P. Wnuk and C. Radzewicz, “Coherent control and dark pulses in second harmonic generation,” Opt. Commun. 272(2), 496–502 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Y. Stepanenko and C. Radzewicz, “High-gain multipass noncollinear optical parametric chirped pulse amplifier,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 86(21), 211120 (2005).
[CrossRef]

Riedle, E.

Ross, I. N.

K. Osvay, G. Kurdi, J. Klebniczki, M. Csatari, I. N. Ross, E. J. Divall, C. J. Hooker, and A. J. Langley, “Broadband amplification of ultraviolet laser pulses,” Appl. Phys. B 74(9), 163–169 (2002).
[CrossRef]

Sarukura, N.

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Figures (3)

Fig. 1
Fig. 1

Schematic representation of the UV OPCPA experimental setup. SF10 – Brewster-cut SF10 prism, FS – Brewster-cut fused silica prism, HWP – broadband half-wave plate, BBO1 – SHG BBO crystal, BBO2 – BBO crystal in the multipass parametric amplifier.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

Broadband SHG: Measured SH spectrum generated using achromatic configuration in a 2 mm long BBO crystal (blue) in comparison to the SH spectrum generated using the same crystal without achromatic configuration (black). Red – calculated SH conversion efficiency.

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

OPCPA results: (a) Output pulse spectrum (black) together with seed pulse spectrum (blue), red line - calculated gain profile of the UV OPCPA, (b) Pulse autocorrelation trace (black) measured together with 34 fs FWHM Gaussian fit (red) and the autocorrelation trace calculated from the amplified spectrum assuming flat spectral phase (blue).

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