Abstract

Optical parametric amplifiers are typically seeded with either parametric superfluorescence or broadband continuum pulses. We show both with picosecond and femtosecond pump pulses, that single longitudinal mode cw lasers with mW power can be well used to generate nearly Fourier-transform-limited output pulses. The 532 nm pumped picosecond system is seeded in the near infrared and fully tunable from 1260 to 1630 nm. The femtosecond system operates stable with just hundreds of seed photons. The output spectral width matches closely to the width of individual spectral features found in single shot spectra of parametric superfluorescence. Both systems provide interesting radiation sources for nonlinear optics experiments that need highly controlled and clean excitation.

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[CrossRef] [PubMed]

2009

2008

C. Schriever, S. Lochbrunner, E. Riedle, and D. J. Nesbitt, “Ultrasensitive ultraviolet-visible 20 fs absorption spectroscopy of low vapor pressure molecules in the gas phase,” Rev. Sci. Instrum.79(1), 013107 (2008).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

2005

A. Volkmer, “Vibrational imaging and microspectroscopies based on coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering microscopy,” J. Phys. D Appl. Phys.38(5), R59–R81 (2005).
[CrossRef]

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[CrossRef] [PubMed]

W. D. Kulatilaka, T. N. Anderson, T. L. Bougher, and R. P. Lucht, “Development of injection-seeded, pulsed optical parametric generator/oscillator systems for high-resolution spectroscopy,” Appl. Phys. B80(6), 669–680 (2005).
[CrossRef]

R. Seiler, T. Paul, M. Andrist, and F. Merkt, “Generation of programmable near-Fourier-transform-limited pulses of narrow-band laser radiation from the near infrared to the vacuum ultraviolet,” Rev. Sci. Instrum.76(10), 103103 (2005).
[CrossRef]

2004

R. Iwanow, R. Schiek, G. I. Stegeman, T. Pertsch, F. Lederer, Y. Min, and W. Sohler, “Observation of discrete quadratic solitons,” Phys. Rev. Lett.93(11), 113902 (2004).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

2003

K. Watanabe, K. Hattori, J. Kawarabayashi, and T. Iguchi, “Improvement of resonant laser ablation mass spectrometry using high-repetition-rate and short-pulse tunable laser system,” Spectrochim. Acta, B At. Spectrosc.58(6), 1163–1169 (2003).
[CrossRef]

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

2000

E. Riedle, M. Beutter, S. Lochbrunner, J. Piel, S. Schenkl, S. Spörlein, and W. Zinth, “Generation of 10 to 50 fs pulses tunable through all of the visible and the NIR,” Appl. Phys. B71(3), 457–465 (2000).
[CrossRef]

1999

S. Wu, V. A. Kapinus, and G. A. Blake, “A nanosecond optical parametric generator/amplifier seeded by an external cavity diode laser,” Opt. Commun.159(1-3), 74–79 (1999).
[CrossRef]

1998

1997

1995

B. C. Stuart, M. D. Feit, A. M. Rubenchik, B. W. Shore, and M. D. Perry, “Laser-induced damage in dielectrics with nanosecond to subpicosecond pulses,” Phys. Rev. Lett.74(12), 2248–2251 (1995).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

V. Krylov, A. Kalintsev, A. Rebane, D. Erni, and U. P. Wild, “Noncollinear parametric generation in LiIO3 and β-barium borate by frequency-doubled femtosecond Ti:sapphire laser pulses,” Opt. Lett.20(2), 151–153 (1995).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

1994

1982

E. Riedle, R. Moder, and H. J. Neusser, “Pulsed Doppler-free two-photon spectroscopy of polyatomic molecules,” Opt. Commun.43(6), 388–394 (1982).
[CrossRef]

1977

M. M. Salour, “Powerful dye laser oscillator-amplifier system for high resolution and coherent pulse spectroscopy,” Opt. Commun.22(2), 202–206 (1977).
[CrossRef]

Anderson, T. N.

W. D. Kulatilaka, T. N. Anderson, T. L. Bougher, and R. P. Lucht, “Development of injection-seeded, pulsed optical parametric generator/oscillator systems for high-resolution spectroscopy,” Appl. Phys. B80(6), 669–680 (2005).
[CrossRef]

Andrist, M.

R. Seiler, T. Paul, M. Andrist, and F. Merkt, “Generation of programmable near-Fourier-transform-limited pulses of narrow-band laser radiation from the near infrared to the vacuum ultraviolet,” Rev. Sci. Instrum.76(10), 103103 (2005).
[CrossRef]

Beutter, M.

E. Riedle, M. Beutter, S. Lochbrunner, J. Piel, S. Schenkl, S. Spörlein, and W. Zinth, “Generation of 10 to 50 fs pulses tunable through all of the visible and the NIR,” Appl. Phys. B71(3), 457–465 (2000).
[CrossRef]

Blake, G. A.

S. Wu, V. A. Kapinus, and G. A. Blake, “A nanosecond optical parametric generator/amplifier seeded by an external cavity diode laser,” Opt. Commun.159(1-3), 74–79 (1999).
[CrossRef]

Bougher, T. L.

W. D. Kulatilaka, T. N. Anderson, T. L. Bougher, and R. P. Lucht, “Development of injection-seeded, pulsed optical parametric generator/oscillator systems for high-resolution spectroscopy,” Appl. Phys. B80(6), 669–680 (2005).
[CrossRef]

Bradler, M.

Britton, P. E.

Broderick, N. G. R.

Cerullo, G.

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

Chourdakis, G.

De Silvestri, S.

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

Erni, D.

Eyler, E. E.

Fair, J. R.

O. Votava, J. R. Fair, D. F. Plusquellic, E. Riedle, and D. J. Nesbitt, “High resolution vibrational overtone studies of HOD and H2O with single mode, injection seeded ring optical parametric oscillators,” J. Chem. Phys.107(21), 8854–8865 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Feit, M. D.

B. C. Stuart, M. D. Feit, A. M. Rubenchik, B. W. Shore, and M. D. Perry, “Laser-induced damage in dielectrics with nanosecond to subpicosecond pulses,” Phys. Rev. Lett.74(12), 2248–2251 (1995).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Ferreiro, T. I.

D. T. Reid, J. Sun, T. P. Lamour, and T. I. Ferreiro, “Advances in ultrafast optical parametric oscillators,” Laser Phys. Lett.8(1), 8–15 (2011).
[CrossRef]

Gangopadhyay, S.

Gardiner, T. D.

Gottschall, T.

Hädrich, S.

Haloui, H.

A. Wolynski, T. Herrmann, P. Mucha, H. Haloui, and J. L’huillier, “Laser ablation of CFRP using picosecond laser pulses at different wavelengths from UV to IR,” Phys. Procedia12, 292–301 (2011).
[CrossRef]

Hanna, D. C.

Hattori, K.

K. Watanabe, K. Hattori, J. Kawarabayashi, and T. Iguchi, “Improvement of resonant laser ablation mass spectrometry using high-repetition-rate and short-pulse tunable laser system,” Spectrochim. Acta, B At. Spectrosc.58(6), 1163–1169 (2003).
[CrossRef]

Herrmann, T.

A. Wolynski, T. Herrmann, P. Mucha, H. Haloui, and J. L’huillier, “Laser ablation of CFRP using picosecond laser pulses at different wavelengths from UV to IR,” Phys. Procedia12, 292–301 (2011).
[CrossRef]

Homann, C.

C. Homann, N. Krebs, and E. Riedle, “Convenient pulse length measurement of sub-20-fs pulses down to the deep UV via two-photon absorption in bulk material,” Appl. Phys. B104(4), 783–791 (2011).
[CrossRef]

M. Bradler, C. Homann, and E. Riedle, “Mid-IR femtosecond pulse generation on the microjoule level up to 5 μm at high repetition rates,” Opt. Lett.36(21), 4212–4214 (2011).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Iguchi, T.

K. Watanabe, K. Hattori, J. Kawarabayashi, and T. Iguchi, “Improvement of resonant laser ablation mass spectrometry using high-repetition-rate and short-pulse tunable laser system,” Spectrochim. Acta, B At. Spectrosc.58(6), 1163–1169 (2003).
[CrossRef]

Iwanow, R.

R. Iwanow, R. Schiek, G. I. Stegeman, T. Pertsch, F. Lederer, Y. Min, and W. Sohler, “Observation of discrete quadratic solitons,” Phys. Rev. Lett.93(11), 113902 (2004).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Kalintsev, A.

Kapinus, V. A.

S. Wu, V. A. Kapinus, and G. A. Blake, “A nanosecond optical parametric generator/amplifier seeded by an external cavity diode laser,” Opt. Commun.159(1-3), 74–79 (1999).
[CrossRef]

Kawarabayashi, J.

K. Watanabe, K. Hattori, J. Kawarabayashi, and T. Iguchi, “Improvement of resonant laser ablation mass spectrometry using high-repetition-rate and short-pulse tunable laser system,” Spectrochim. Acta, B At. Spectrosc.58(6), 1163–1169 (2003).
[CrossRef]

Kivshar, Y. S.

F. Setzpfandt, D. N. Neshev, A. A. Sukhorukov, R. Schiek, R. Ricken, Y. Min, Y. S. Kivshar, W. Sohler, F. Lederer, A. Tünnermann, and T. Pertsch, “Nonlinear dynamics with higher-order modes in lithium niobate waveguide arrays,” Appl. Phys. B104(3), 487–493 (2011).
[CrossRef]

F. Setzpfandt, A. A. Sukhorukov, D. N. Neshev, R. Schiek, Y. S. Kivshar, and T. Pertsch, “Phase transitions of nonlinear waves in quadratic waveguide arrays,” Phys. Rev. Lett.105(23), 233905 (2010).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Krebs, N.

C. Homann, N. Krebs, and E. Riedle, “Convenient pulse length measurement of sub-20-fs pulses down to the deep UV via two-photon absorption in bulk material,” Appl. Phys. B104(4), 783–791 (2011).
[CrossRef]

Krylov, V.

Kulatilaka, W. D.

W. D. Kulatilaka, T. N. Anderson, T. L. Bougher, and R. P. Lucht, “Development of injection-seeded, pulsed optical parametric generator/oscillator systems for high-resolution spectroscopy,” Appl. Phys. B80(6), 669–680 (2005).
[CrossRef]

L’huillier, J.

A. Wolynski, T. Herrmann, P. Mucha, H. Haloui, and J. L’huillier, “Laser ablation of CFRP using picosecond laser pulses at different wavelengths from UV to IR,” Phys. Procedia12, 292–301 (2011).
[CrossRef]

Lamour, T. P.

D. T. Reid, J. Sun, T. P. Lamour, and T. I. Ferreiro, “Advances in ultrafast optical parametric oscillators,” Laser Phys. Lett.8(1), 8–15 (2011).
[CrossRef]

Lederer, F.

F. Setzpfandt, D. N. Neshev, A. A. Sukhorukov, R. Schiek, R. Ricken, Y. Min, Y. S. Kivshar, W. Sohler, F. Lederer, A. Tünnermann, and T. Pertsch, “Nonlinear dynamics with higher-order modes in lithium niobate waveguide arrays,” Appl. Phys. B104(3), 487–493 (2011).
[CrossRef]

F. Setzpfandt, D. N. Neshev, R. Schiek, F. Lederer, A. Tünnermann, and T. Pertsch, “Competing nonlinearities in quadratic nonlinear waveguide arrays,” Opt. Lett.34(22), 3589–3591 (2009).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

R. Iwanow, R. Schiek, G. I. Stegeman, T. Pertsch, F. Lederer, Y. Min, and W. Sohler, “Observation of discrete quadratic solitons,” Phys. Rev. Lett.93(11), 113902 (2004).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Limpert, J.

Lochbrunner, S.

C. Schriever, S. Lochbrunner, E. Riedle, and D. J. Nesbitt, “Ultrasensitive ultraviolet-visible 20 fs absorption spectroscopy of low vapor pressure molecules in the gas phase,” Rev. Sci. Instrum.79(1), 013107 (2008).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

E. Riedle, M. Beutter, S. Lochbrunner, J. Piel, S. Schenkl, S. Spörlein, and W. Zinth, “Generation of 10 to 50 fs pulses tunable through all of the visible and the NIR,” Appl. Phys. B71(3), 457–465 (2000).
[CrossRef]

Lucht, R. P.

W. D. Kulatilaka, T. N. Anderson, T. L. Bougher, and R. P. Lucht, “Development of injection-seeded, pulsed optical parametric generator/oscillator systems for high-resolution spectroscopy,” Appl. Phys. B80(6), 669–680 (2005).
[CrossRef]

Luo, H.

Melikechi, N.

Merkt, F.

R. Seiler, T. Paul, M. Andrist, and F. Merkt, “Generation of programmable near-Fourier-transform-limited pulses of narrow-band laser radiation from the near infrared to the vacuum ultraviolet,” Rev. Sci. Instrum.76(10), 103103 (2005).
[CrossRef]

Milton, M. J. T.

Min, Y.

F. Setzpfandt, D. N. Neshev, A. A. Sukhorukov, R. Schiek, R. Ricken, Y. Min, Y. S. Kivshar, W. Sohler, F. Lederer, A. Tünnermann, and T. Pertsch, “Nonlinear dynamics with higher-order modes in lithium niobate waveguide arrays,” Appl. Phys. B104(3), 487–493 (2011).
[CrossRef]

R. Iwanow, R. Schiek, G. I. Stegeman, T. Pertsch, F. Lederer, Y. Min, and W. Sohler, “Observation of discrete quadratic solitons,” Phys. Rev. Lett.93(11), 113902 (2004).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Moder, R.

E. Riedle, R. Moder, and H. J. Neusser, “Pulsed Doppler-free two-photon spectroscopy of polyatomic molecules,” Opt. Commun.43(6), 388–394 (1982).
[CrossRef]

Mucha, P.

A. Wolynski, T. Herrmann, P. Mucha, H. Haloui, and J. L’huillier, “Laser ablation of CFRP using picosecond laser pulses at different wavelengths from UV to IR,” Phys. Procedia12, 292–301 (2011).
[CrossRef]

Nesbitt, D. J.

C. Schriever, S. Lochbrunner, E. Riedle, and D. J. Nesbitt, “Ultrasensitive ultraviolet-visible 20 fs absorption spectroscopy of low vapor pressure molecules in the gas phase,” Rev. Sci. Instrum.79(1), 013107 (2008).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

O. Votava, J. R. Fair, D. F. Plusquellic, E. Riedle, and D. J. Nesbitt, “High resolution vibrational overtone studies of HOD and H2O with single mode, injection seeded ring optical parametric oscillators,” J. Chem. Phys.107(21), 8854–8865 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Neshev, D. N.

F. Setzpfandt, D. N. Neshev, A. A. Sukhorukov, R. Schiek, R. Ricken, Y. Min, Y. S. Kivshar, W. Sohler, F. Lederer, A. Tünnermann, and T. Pertsch, “Nonlinear dynamics with higher-order modes in lithium niobate waveguide arrays,” Appl. Phys. B104(3), 487–493 (2011).
[CrossRef]

F. Setzpfandt, A. A. Sukhorukov, D. N. Neshev, R. Schiek, Y. S. Kivshar, and T. Pertsch, “Phase transitions of nonlinear waves in quadratic waveguide arrays,” Phys. Rev. Lett.105(23), 233905 (2010).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

F. Setzpfandt, D. N. Neshev, R. Schiek, F. Lederer, A. Tünnermann, and T. Pertsch, “Competing nonlinearities in quadratic nonlinear waveguide arrays,” Opt. Lett.34(22), 3589–3591 (2009).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Neusser, H. J.

E. Riedle, R. Moder, and H. J. Neusser, “Pulsed Doppler-free two-photon spectroscopy of polyatomic molecules,” Opt. Commun.43(6), 388–394 (1982).
[CrossRef]

Paul, T.

R. Seiler, T. Paul, M. Andrist, and F. Merkt, “Generation of programmable near-Fourier-transform-limited pulses of narrow-band laser radiation from the near infrared to the vacuum ultraviolet,” Rev. Sci. Instrum.76(10), 103103 (2005).
[CrossRef]

Perry, M. D.

B. C. Stuart, M. D. Feit, A. M. Rubenchik, B. W. Shore, and M. D. Perry, “Laser-induced damage in dielectrics with nanosecond to subpicosecond pulses,” Phys. Rev. Lett.74(12), 2248–2251 (1995).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Pertsch, T.

F. Setzpfandt, D. N. Neshev, A. A. Sukhorukov, R. Schiek, R. Ricken, Y. Min, Y. S. Kivshar, W. Sohler, F. Lederer, A. Tünnermann, and T. Pertsch, “Nonlinear dynamics with higher-order modes in lithium niobate waveguide arrays,” Appl. Phys. B104(3), 487–493 (2011).
[CrossRef]

F. Setzpfandt, A. A. Sukhorukov, D. N. Neshev, R. Schiek, Y. S. Kivshar, and T. Pertsch, “Phase transitions of nonlinear waves in quadratic waveguide arrays,” Phys. Rev. Lett.105(23), 233905 (2010).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

F. Setzpfandt, D. N. Neshev, R. Schiek, F. Lederer, A. Tünnermann, and T. Pertsch, “Competing nonlinearities in quadratic nonlinear waveguide arrays,” Opt. Lett.34(22), 3589–3591 (2009).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

R. Iwanow, R. Schiek, G. I. Stegeman, T. Pertsch, F. Lederer, Y. Min, and W. Sohler, “Observation of discrete quadratic solitons,” Phys. Rev. Lett.93(11), 113902 (2004).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Piel, J.

E. Riedle, M. Beutter, S. Lochbrunner, J. Piel, S. Schenkl, S. Spörlein, and W. Zinth, “Generation of 10 to 50 fs pulses tunable through all of the visible and the NIR,” Appl. Phys. B71(3), 457–465 (2000).
[CrossRef]

T. Wilhelm, J. Piel, and E. Riedle, “Sub-20-fs pulses tunable across the visible from a blue-pumped single-pass noncollinear parametric converter,” Opt. Lett.22(19), 1494–1496 (1997).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Plusquellic, D. F.

O. Votava, J. R. Fair, D. F. Plusquellic, E. Riedle, and D. J. Nesbitt, “High resolution vibrational overtone studies of HOD and H2O with single mode, injection seeded ring optical parametric oscillators,” J. Chem. Phys.107(21), 8854–8865 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Qian, L.

Rebane, A.

Reid, D. T.

D. T. Reid, J. Sun, T. P. Lamour, and T. I. Ferreiro, “Advances in ultrafast optical parametric oscillators,” Laser Phys. Lett.8(1), 8–15 (2011).
[CrossRef]

Richardson, D. J.

Ricken, R.

F. Setzpfandt, D. N. Neshev, A. A. Sukhorukov, R. Schiek, R. Ricken, Y. Min, Y. S. Kivshar, W. Sohler, F. Lederer, A. Tünnermann, and T. Pertsch, “Nonlinear dynamics with higher-order modes in lithium niobate waveguide arrays,” Appl. Phys. B104(3), 487–493 (2011).
[CrossRef]

Riedle, E.

C. Homann, N. Krebs, and E. Riedle, “Convenient pulse length measurement of sub-20-fs pulses down to the deep UV via two-photon absorption in bulk material,” Appl. Phys. B104(4), 783–791 (2011).
[CrossRef]

M. Bradler, C. Homann, and E. Riedle, “Mid-IR femtosecond pulse generation on the microjoule level up to 5 μm at high repetition rates,” Opt. Lett.36(21), 4212–4214 (2011).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

C. Schriever, S. Lochbrunner, E. Riedle, and D. J. Nesbitt, “Ultrasensitive ultraviolet-visible 20 fs absorption spectroscopy of low vapor pressure molecules in the gas phase,” Rev. Sci. Instrum.79(1), 013107 (2008).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

E. Riedle, M. Beutter, S. Lochbrunner, J. Piel, S. Schenkl, S. Spörlein, and W. Zinth, “Generation of 10 to 50 fs pulses tunable through all of the visible and the NIR,” Appl. Phys. B71(3), 457–465 (2000).
[CrossRef]

T. Wilhelm, J. Piel, and E. Riedle, “Sub-20-fs pulses tunable across the visible from a blue-pumped single-pass noncollinear parametric converter,” Opt. Lett.22(19), 1494–1496 (1997).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

O. Votava, J. R. Fair, D. F. Plusquellic, E. Riedle, and D. J. Nesbitt, “High resolution vibrational overtone studies of HOD and H2O with single mode, injection seeded ring optical parametric oscillators,” J. Chem. Phys.107(21), 8854–8865 (1997).
[CrossRef]

E. Riedle, R. Moder, and H. J. Neusser, “Pulsed Doppler-free two-photon spectroscopy of polyatomic molecules,” Opt. Commun.43(6), 388–394 (1982).
[CrossRef]

Ross, G. W.

Rothhardt, J.

Rubenchik, A. M.

B. C. Stuart, M. D. Feit, A. M. Rubenchik, B. W. Shore, and M. D. Perry, “Laser-induced damage in dielectrics with nanosecond to subpicosecond pulses,” Phys. Rev. Lett.74(12), 2248–2251 (1995).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Salour, M. M.

M. M. Salour, “Powerful dye laser oscillator-amplifier system for high resolution and coherent pulse spectroscopy,” Opt. Commun.22(2), 202–206 (1977).
[CrossRef]

Schenkl, S.

E. Riedle, M. Beutter, S. Lochbrunner, J. Piel, S. Schenkl, S. Spörlein, and W. Zinth, “Generation of 10 to 50 fs pulses tunable through all of the visible and the NIR,” Appl. Phys. B71(3), 457–465 (2000).
[CrossRef]

Schiek, R.

F. Setzpfandt, D. N. Neshev, A. A. Sukhorukov, R. Schiek, R. Ricken, Y. Min, Y. S. Kivshar, W. Sohler, F. Lederer, A. Tünnermann, and T. Pertsch, “Nonlinear dynamics with higher-order modes in lithium niobate waveguide arrays,” Appl. Phys. B104(3), 487–493 (2011).
[CrossRef]

F. Setzpfandt, A. A. Sukhorukov, D. N. Neshev, R. Schiek, Y. S. Kivshar, and T. Pertsch, “Phase transitions of nonlinear waves in quadratic waveguide arrays,” Phys. Rev. Lett.105(23), 233905 (2010).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

F. Setzpfandt, D. N. Neshev, R. Schiek, F. Lederer, A. Tünnermann, and T. Pertsch, “Competing nonlinearities in quadratic nonlinear waveguide arrays,” Opt. Lett.34(22), 3589–3591 (2009).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

R. Iwanow, R. Schiek, G. I. Stegeman, T. Pertsch, F. Lederer, Y. Min, and W. Sohler, “Observation of discrete quadratic solitons,” Phys. Rev. Lett.93(11), 113902 (2004).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Schriever, C.

C. Schriever, S. Lochbrunner, E. Riedle, and D. J. Nesbitt, “Ultrasensitive ultraviolet-visible 20 fs absorption spectroscopy of low vapor pressure molecules in the gas phase,” Rev. Sci. Instrum.79(1), 013107 (2008).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Seiler, R.

R. Seiler, T. Paul, M. Andrist, and F. Merkt, “Generation of programmable near-Fourier-transform-limited pulses of narrow-band laser radiation from the near infrared to the vacuum ultraviolet,” Rev. Sci. Instrum.76(10), 103103 (2005).
[CrossRef]

Setzpfandt, F.

F. Setzpfandt, D. N. Neshev, A. A. Sukhorukov, R. Schiek, R. Ricken, Y. Min, Y. S. Kivshar, W. Sohler, F. Lederer, A. Tünnermann, and T. Pertsch, “Nonlinear dynamics with higher-order modes in lithium niobate waveguide arrays,” Appl. Phys. B104(3), 487–493 (2011).
[CrossRef]

F. Setzpfandt, A. A. Sukhorukov, D. N. Neshev, R. Schiek, Y. S. Kivshar, and T. Pertsch, “Phase transitions of nonlinear waves in quadratic waveguide arrays,” Phys. Rev. Lett.105(23), 233905 (2010).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

F. Setzpfandt, D. N. Neshev, R. Schiek, F. Lederer, A. Tünnermann, and T. Pertsch, “Competing nonlinearities in quadratic nonlinear waveguide arrays,” Opt. Lett.34(22), 3589–3591 (2009).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Shore, B. W.

B. C. Stuart, M. D. Feit, A. M. Rubenchik, B. W. Shore, and M. D. Perry, “Laser-induced damage in dielectrics with nanosecond to subpicosecond pulses,” Phys. Rev. Lett.74(12), 2248–2251 (1995).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Smith, P. G. R.

Sohler, W.

F. Setzpfandt, D. N. Neshev, A. A. Sukhorukov, R. Schiek, R. Ricken, Y. Min, Y. S. Kivshar, W. Sohler, F. Lederer, A. Tünnermann, and T. Pertsch, “Nonlinear dynamics with higher-order modes in lithium niobate waveguide arrays,” Appl. Phys. B104(3), 487–493 (2011).
[CrossRef]

R. Iwanow, R. Schiek, G. I. Stegeman, T. Pertsch, F. Lederer, Y. Min, and W. Sohler, “Observation of discrete quadratic solitons,” Phys. Rev. Lett.93(11), 113902 (2004).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Spörlein, S.

E. Riedle, M. Beutter, S. Lochbrunner, J. Piel, S. Schenkl, S. Spörlein, and W. Zinth, “Generation of 10 to 50 fs pulses tunable through all of the visible and the NIR,” Appl. Phys. B71(3), 457–465 (2000).
[CrossRef]

Stegeman, G. I.

R. Iwanow, R. Schiek, G. I. Stegeman, T. Pertsch, F. Lederer, Y. Min, and W. Sohler, “Observation of discrete quadratic solitons,” Phys. Rev. Lett.93(11), 113902 (2004).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Stuart, B. C.

B. C. Stuart, M. D. Feit, A. M. Rubenchik, B. W. Shore, and M. D. Perry, “Laser-induced damage in dielectrics with nanosecond to subpicosecond pulses,” Phys. Rev. Lett.74(12), 2248–2251 (1995).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Sukhorukov, A. A.

F. Setzpfandt, D. N. Neshev, A. A. Sukhorukov, R. Schiek, R. Ricken, Y. Min, Y. S. Kivshar, W. Sohler, F. Lederer, A. Tünnermann, and T. Pertsch, “Nonlinear dynamics with higher-order modes in lithium niobate waveguide arrays,” Appl. Phys. B104(3), 487–493 (2011).
[CrossRef]

F. Setzpfandt, A. A. Sukhorukov, D. N. Neshev, R. Schiek, Y. S. Kivshar, and T. Pertsch, “Phase transitions of nonlinear waves in quadratic waveguide arrays,” Phys. Rev. Lett.105(23), 233905 (2010).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Sun, J.

D. T. Reid, J. Sun, T. P. Lamour, and T. I. Ferreiro, “Advances in ultrafast optical parametric oscillators,” Laser Phys. Lett.8(1), 8–15 (2011).
[CrossRef]

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Volkmer, A.

A. Volkmer, “Vibrational imaging and microspectroscopies based on coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering microscopy,” J. Phys. D Appl. Phys.38(5), R59–R81 (2005).
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O. Votava, J. R. Fair, D. F. Plusquellic, E. Riedle, and D. J. Nesbitt, “High resolution vibrational overtone studies of HOD and H2O with single mode, injection seeded ring optical parametric oscillators,” J. Chem. Phys.107(21), 8854–8865 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Watanabe, K.

K. Watanabe, K. Hattori, J. Kawarabayashi, and T. Iguchi, “Improvement of resonant laser ablation mass spectrometry using high-repetition-rate and short-pulse tunable laser system,” Spectrochim. Acta, B At. Spectrosc.58(6), 1163–1169 (2003).
[CrossRef]

Wen, S.

Wild, U. P.

Wilhelm, T.

Wolynski, A.

A. Wolynski, T. Herrmann, P. Mucha, H. Haloui, and J. L’huillier, “Laser ablation of CFRP using picosecond laser pulses at different wavelengths from UV to IR,” Phys. Procedia12, 292–301 (2011).
[CrossRef]

Woods, P. T.

Wu, S.

S. Wu, V. A. Kapinus, and G. A. Blake, “A nanosecond optical parametric generator/amplifier seeded by an external cavity diode laser,” Opt. Commun.159(1-3), 74–79 (1999).
[CrossRef]

Yiannopoulou, A.

Yuan, P.

Zhu, H.

Zinth, W.

E. Riedle, M. Beutter, S. Lochbrunner, J. Piel, S. Schenkl, S. Spörlein, and W. Zinth, “Generation of 10 to 50 fs pulses tunable through all of the visible and the NIR,” Appl. Phys. B71(3), 457–465 (2000).
[CrossRef]

Appl. Phys. B

W. D. Kulatilaka, T. N. Anderson, T. L. Bougher, and R. P. Lucht, “Development of injection-seeded, pulsed optical parametric generator/oscillator systems for high-resolution spectroscopy,” Appl. Phys. B80(6), 669–680 (2005).
[CrossRef]

E. Riedle, M. Beutter, S. Lochbrunner, J. Piel, S. Schenkl, S. Spörlein, and W. Zinth, “Generation of 10 to 50 fs pulses tunable through all of the visible and the NIR,” Appl. Phys. B71(3), 457–465 (2000).
[CrossRef]

F. Setzpfandt, D. N. Neshev, A. A. Sukhorukov, R. Schiek, R. Ricken, Y. Min, Y. S. Kivshar, W. Sohler, F. Lederer, A. Tünnermann, and T. Pertsch, “Nonlinear dynamics with higher-order modes in lithium niobate waveguide arrays,” Appl. Phys. B104(3), 487–493 (2011).
[CrossRef]

C. Homann, N. Krebs, and E. Riedle, “Convenient pulse length measurement of sub-20-fs pulses down to the deep UV via two-photon absorption in bulk material,” Appl. Phys. B104(4), 783–791 (2011).
[CrossRef]

J. Chem. Phys.

O. Votava, J. R. Fair, D. F. Plusquellic, E. Riedle, and D. J. Nesbitt, “High resolution vibrational overtone studies of HOD and H2O with single mode, injection seeded ring optical parametric oscillators,” J. Chem. Phys.107(21), 8854–8865 (1997).
[CrossRef]

J. Phys. D Appl. Phys.

A. Volkmer, “Vibrational imaging and microspectroscopies based on coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering microscopy,” J. Phys. D Appl. Phys.38(5), R59–R81 (2005).
[CrossRef]

Laser Phys. Lett.

D. T. Reid, J. Sun, T. P. Lamour, and T. I. Ferreiro, “Advances in ultrafast optical parametric oscillators,” Laser Phys. Lett.8(1), 8–15 (2011).
[CrossRef]

Opt. Commun.

S. Wu, V. A. Kapinus, and G. A. Blake, “A nanosecond optical parametric generator/amplifier seeded by an external cavity diode laser,” Opt. Commun.159(1-3), 74–79 (1999).
[CrossRef]

M. M. Salour, “Powerful dye laser oscillator-amplifier system for high resolution and coherent pulse spectroscopy,” Opt. Commun.22(2), 202–206 (1977).
[CrossRef]

E. Riedle, R. Moder, and H. J. Neusser, “Pulsed Doppler-free two-photon spectroscopy of polyatomic molecules,” Opt. Commun.43(6), 388–394 (1982).
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Opt. Express

Opt. Lett.

P. E. Britton, N. G. R. Broderick, D. J. Richardson, P. G. R. Smith, G. W. Ross, and D. C. Hanna, “Wavelength-tunable high-power picosecond pulses from a fiber-pumped diode-seeded high-gain parametric amplifier,” Opt. Lett.23(20), 1588–1590 (1998).
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M. Bradler, C. Homann, and E. Riedle, “Mid-IR femtosecond pulse generation on the microjoule level up to 5 μm at high repetition rates,” Opt. Lett.36(21), 4212–4214 (2011).
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[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Phys. Procedia

A. Wolynski, T. Herrmann, P. Mucha, H. Haloui, and J. L’huillier, “Laser ablation of CFRP using picosecond laser pulses at different wavelengths from UV to IR,” Phys. Procedia12, 292–301 (2011).
[CrossRef]

Phys. Rev. Lett.

F. Setzpfandt, A. A. Sukhorukov, D. N. Neshev, R. Schiek, Y. S. Kivshar, and T. Pertsch, “Phase transitions of nonlinear waves in quadratic waveguide arrays,” Phys. Rev. Lett.105(23), 233905 (2010).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

R. Iwanow, R. Schiek, G. I. Stegeman, T. Pertsch, F. Lederer, Y. Min, and W. Sohler, “Observation of discrete quadratic solitons,” Phys. Rev. Lett.93(11), 113902 (2004).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

B. C. Stuart, M. D. Feit, A. M. Rubenchik, B. W. Shore, and M. D. Perry, “Laser-induced damage in dielectrics with nanosecond to subpicosecond pulses,” Phys. Rev. Lett.74(12), 2248–2251 (1995).
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R. Seiler, T. Paul, M. Andrist, and F. Merkt, “Generation of programmable near-Fourier-transform-limited pulses of narrow-band laser radiation from the near infrared to the vacuum ultraviolet,” Rev. Sci. Instrum.76(10), 103103 (2005).
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[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Spectrochim. Acta, B At. Spectrosc.

K. Watanabe, K. Hattori, J. Kawarabayashi, and T. Iguchi, “Improvement of resonant laser ablation mass spectrometry using high-repetition-rate and short-pulse tunable laser system,” Spectrochim. Acta, B At. Spectrosc.58(6), 1163–1169 (2003).
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Figures (6)

Fig. 1
Fig. 1

Schematic of the two-stage noncollinear optical parametric amplifier pumped by a ps laser. BS: beam splitter; FPC: fiber polarization controller.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

Sample spectra of the ps-pumped NOPA output showing (a) the large tuning range from 1260 nm to 1630 nm, (b) the fine tuning capability exemplarily from 1490 nm to 1510 nm (the spikes are due to an imperfect subtraction of the cw background).

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

Spectrum (a), autocorrelation trace (b), and far field beam profile (c) of the ps-pumped NOPA output at 1300 nm. The violet and red line in (a) and (b) are Gaussian fits to the data.

Fig. 4
Fig. 4

a,b) Normalized SH output power in dependence on the FW input wavelength. The insets show measured mode profiles of the excited SH modes at the wavelengths of maximum conversion efficiency. (c,d,e) Normalized FW output intensity profiles of a WGA for linear propagation (blue line) and nonlinear propagation (red line) at the wavelengths marked by the dotted lines in (a,b). We find nonlinear competition and soliton formation (c) with higher order (d) and the first order SH component (e).

Fig. 5
Fig. 5

Schematic of the NOPA with femtosecond pump pulses and cw seed. Optionally a whitelight (WL) supercontinuum was used as seed. λ/2: half-wave plate; PBS: polarizing beam splitter; PD: photodiode.

Fig. 6
Fig. 6

Autocorrelation (a) and spectrum (b) of the fs-pumped cw seeded NOPA. The red line in (a) shows a Gaussian fit to the data. The red line in (b) indicates the spectral position of the cw seed and the resolution of the spectrometer. (c) Single shot output spectrum of an OPG seeded NOPA. The green lines show Gaussian fits to the individual peaks.

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