Abstract

We report on the direct generation of broadband mid-IR pulses from an optical parametric amplifier. Several crystals with extended IR transparency, when pumped at 800 nm, display a broad phase-matching bandwidth around 1 μm, allowing for the generation of idler pulses spanning the 3–5 μm wavelength range. Using LiIO3, we produce 2-μJ pulses tunable in the 3–4 μm range with bandwidth supporting 30-fs transform-limited duration.

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2007 (5)

2005 (1)

M. L. Cowan, B. D. Bruner, N. Huse, J. R. Dwyer, B. Chugh, E. T. J. Nibbering, T. Elsaesser, and R. J. D. Miller, "Ultrafast memory loss and energy redistribution in the hydrogen bond network of liquid H2O," Nature 434, 199-202 (2005).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

2004 (1)

C. W. Luo, K. Reimann, M. Woerner, T. Elsaesser, R. Hey, and K. H. Ploog, "Phase-Resolved Nonlinear Response of a Two-Dimensional Electron Gas under Femtosecond Intersubband Excitation," Phys. Rev. Lett. 92, 047402 (2004).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

2003 (2)

A. W. Omta, M. F. Kropman, S. Woutersen, and H. J. Bakker, "Negligible Effect of Ions on the Hydrogen-Bond Structure in Liquid Water," Science 301, 347-349 (2003).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

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

2002 (2)

A. Baltuška, T. Fuji, and T. Kobayashi, "Controlling the Carrier-Envelope Phase of Ultrashort Light Pulses with Optical Parametric Amplifiers," Phys. Rev. Lett. 88, 133901 (2002).
[CrossRef]

N. Demirdöven, M. Khalil, O. Golonzka, and A. Tokmakoff, "Dispersion compensation with optical materials for compression of intense sub-100-fs mid-infrared pulses," Opt. Lett. 27, 433-435 (2002).
[CrossRef]

2000 (3)

1999 (3)

1998 (2)

R. A. Kaindl, D. C. Smith, M. Joschko, M. P. Hasselbeck, M. Woerner, and T. Elsaesser, "Femtosecond infrared pulses tunable from 9 to 18 μm at an 88-MHz repetition rate," Opt. Lett. 23, 861-863 (1998).
[CrossRef]

S. Ehret and H. Schneider, "Generation of subpicosecond infrared pulses tunable between 5.2 μm and 18 μm at a repetition rate of 76 MHz," Appl. Phys. B 66, 27-30 (1998).
[CrossRef]

1997 (5)

1996 (1)

1995 (2)

A. Bonvalet, M. Joffre, J.-L. Martin, and A. Migus, "Generation of ultrabroadband femtosecond pulses in the mid-infrared by optical rectification of 15 fs pulses at 100 MHz repetition rate," Appl. Phys. Lett. 67, 2907-2909 (1995).
[CrossRef]

M. R. X. de Barros, R. S. Miranda, T. M. Jedju, and P. C. Becker, "High-repetition-rate femtosecond mid-infrared pulse generation," Opt. Lett. 20, 480-482 (1995).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

1994 (1)

1993 (1)

1991 (1)

1987 (1)

Adler, F.

Agostini, P.

J. Tate, T. Auguste, H. G. Muller, P. Salières, P. Agostini, and L. F. DiMauro, "Scaling of Wave-Packet Dynamics in an Intense Midinfrared Field," Phys. Rev. Lett. 98, 013901 (2007).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Allan, G. R.

Auguste, T.

J. Tate, T. Auguste, H. G. Muller, P. Salières, P. Agostini, and L. F. DiMauro, "Scaling of Wave-Packet Dynamics in an Intense Midinfrared Field," Phys. Rev. Lett. 98, 013901 (2007).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Bakker, H. J.

A. W. Omta, M. F. Kropman, S. Woutersen, and H. J. Bakker, "Negligible Effect of Ions on the Hydrogen-Bond Structure in Liquid Water," Science 301, 347-349 (2003).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

S. Woutersen, U. Emmerichs, and H. J. Bakker, "Femtosecond mid-IR pump-probe spectroscopy of liquid water: Evidence for a two-component structure," Science 278, 658-660 (1997).
[CrossRef]

U. Emmerichs, S. Woutersen, and H. J. Bakker, "Generation of intense femtosecond optical pulses near 3 μm with a kilohertz repetition rate," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 14, 1480-1483 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Baltuška, A.

A. Baltuška, T. Fuji, and T. Kobayashi, "Controlling the Carrier-Envelope Phase of Ultrashort Light Pulses with Optical Parametric Amplifiers," Phys. Rev. Lett. 88, 133901 (2002).
[CrossRef]

Becker, P. C.

Beutter, M.

Biegert, J.

Bonvalet, A.

A. Bonvalet, M. Joffre, J.-L. Martin, and A. Migus, "Generation of ultrabroadband femtosecond pulses in the mid-infrared by optical rectification of 15 fs pulses at 100 MHz repetition rate," Appl. Phys. Lett. 67, 2907-2909 (1995).
[CrossRef]

Brida, D.

C. Manzoni, D. Polli, G. Cirmi, D. Brida, S. De Silvestri, and G. Cerullo, "Tunable few-optical-cycle pulses with passive carrier-envelope phase stabilization from an optical parametric amplifier," Appl. Phys. Lett. 90, 171111 (2007).
[CrossRef]

G. Cirmi, D. Brida, C. Manzoni, M. Marangoni, S. De Silvestri, and G. Cerullo, "Few-optical-cycle pulses in the near-infrared from a non-collinear optical parametric amplifier," Opt. Lett. 32, 2396-2398 (2007).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Bruner, B. D.

M. L. Cowan, B. D. Bruner, N. Huse, J. R. Dwyer, B. Chugh, E. T. J. Nibbering, T. Elsaesser, and R. J. D. Miller, "Ultrafast memory loss and energy redistribution in the hydrogen bond network of liquid H2O," Nature 434, 199-202 (2005).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Cerullo, G.

C. Manzoni, D. Polli, G. Cirmi, D. Brida, S. De Silvestri, and G. Cerullo, "Tunable few-optical-cycle pulses with passive carrier-envelope phase stabilization from an optical parametric amplifier," Appl. Phys. Lett. 90, 171111 (2007).
[CrossRef]

G. Cirmi, D. Brida, C. Manzoni, M. Marangoni, S. De Silvestri, and G. Cerullo, "Few-optical-cycle pulses in the near-infrared from a non-collinear optical parametric amplifier," Opt. Lett. 32, 2396-2398 (2007).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

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

Chemla, D. S.

Chugh, B.

M. L. Cowan, B. D. Bruner, N. Huse, J. R. Dwyer, B. Chugh, E. T. J. Nibbering, T. Elsaesser, and R. J. D. Miller, "Ultrafast memory loss and energy redistribution in the hydrogen bond network of liquid H2O," Nature 434, 199-202 (2005).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Cirmi, G.

C. Manzoni, D. Polli, G. Cirmi, D. Brida, S. De Silvestri, and G. Cerullo, "Tunable few-optical-cycle pulses with passive carrier-envelope phase stabilization from an optical parametric amplifier," Appl. Phys. Lett. 90, 171111 (2007).
[CrossRef]

G. Cirmi, D. Brida, C. Manzoni, M. Marangoni, S. De Silvestri, and G. Cerullo, "Few-optical-cycle pulses in the near-infrared from a non-collinear optical parametric amplifier," Opt. Lett. 32, 2396-2398 (2007).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Cowan, M. L.

M. L. Cowan, B. D. Bruner, N. Huse, J. R. Dwyer, B. Chugh, E. T. J. Nibbering, T. Elsaesser, and R. J. D. Miller, "Ultrafast memory loss and energy redistribution in the hydrogen bond network of liquid H2O," Nature 434, 199-202 (2005).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

de Barros, M. R. X.

De Silvestri, S.

C. Manzoni, D. Polli, G. Cirmi, D. Brida, S. De Silvestri, and G. Cerullo, "Tunable few-optical-cycle pulses with passive carrier-envelope phase stabilization from an optical parametric amplifier," Appl. Phys. Lett. 90, 171111 (2007).
[CrossRef]

G. Cirmi, D. Brida, C. Manzoni, M. Marangoni, S. De Silvestri, and G. Cerullo, "Few-optical-cycle pulses in the near-infrared from a non-collinear optical parametric amplifier," Opt. Lett. 32, 2396-2398 (2007).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

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

Demirdöven, N.

DiMauro, L. F.

J. Tate, T. Auguste, H. G. Muller, P. Salières, P. Agostini, and L. F. DiMauro, "Scaling of Wave-Packet Dynamics in an Intense Midinfrared Field," Phys. Rev. Lett. 98, 013901 (2007).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Dwyer, J. R.

M. L. Cowan, B. D. Bruner, N. Huse, J. R. Dwyer, B. Chugh, E. T. J. Nibbering, T. Elsaesser, and R. J. D. Miller, "Ultrafast memory loss and energy redistribution in the hydrogen bond network of liquid H2O," Nature 434, 199-202 (2005).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Ehret, S.

S. Ehret and H. Schneider, "Generation of subpicosecond infrared pulses tunable between 5.2 μm and 18 μm at a repetition rate of 76 MHz," Appl. Phys. B 66, 27-30 (1998).
[CrossRef]

Eickemeyer, F.

R. A. Kaindl, F. Eickemeyer, M. Woerner, and T. Elsaesser, "Broadband phase-matched difference frequency mixing of femtosecond pulses in GaSe: Experiment and theory," Appl. Phys. Lett. 75, 1060-1062 (1999).
[CrossRef]

Elsaesser, T.

M. L. Cowan, B. D. Bruner, N. Huse, J. R. Dwyer, B. Chugh, E. T. J. Nibbering, T. Elsaesser, and R. J. D. Miller, "Ultrafast memory loss and energy redistribution in the hydrogen bond network of liquid H2O," Nature 434, 199-202 (2005).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

C. W. Luo, K. Reimann, M. Woerner, T. Elsaesser, R. Hey, and K. H. Ploog, "Phase-Resolved Nonlinear Response of a Two-Dimensional Electron Gas under Femtosecond Intersubband Excitation," Phys. Rev. Lett. 92, 047402 (2004).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

R. A. Kaindl, M. Woerner, T. Elsaesser, D. C. Smith, J. F. Ryan, G. A. Farnan, M. P. McCurry, and D. G. Walmsley, "Ultrafast mid-infrared response of YBa2Cu3O7−δ," Science 287, 470-473 (2000).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

R. A. Kaindl, F. Eickemeyer, M. Woerner, and T. Elsaesser, "Broadband phase-matched difference frequency mixing of femtosecond pulses in GaSe: Experiment and theory," Appl. Phys. Lett. 75, 1060-1062 (1999).
[CrossRef]

R. A. Kaindl, D. C. Smith, M. Joschko, M. P. Hasselbeck, M. Woerner, and T. Elsaesser, "Femtosecond infrared pulses tunable from 9 to 18 μm at an 88-MHz repetition rate," Opt. Lett. 23, 861-863 (1998).
[CrossRef]

T. Elsaesser and M. C. Nuss, "Femtosecond pulses in the mid-infrared generated by downconversion of a traveling-wave dye laser," Opt. Lett. 16, 411-413 (1991).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Emmerichs, U.

S. Woutersen, U. Emmerichs, and H. J. Bakker, "Femtosecond mid-IR pump-probe spectroscopy of liquid water: Evidence for a two-component structure," Science 278, 658-660 (1997).
[CrossRef]

U. Emmerichs, S. Woutersen, and H. J. Bakker, "Generation of intense femtosecond optical pulses near 3 μm with a kilohertz repetition rate," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 14, 1480-1483 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Erny, C.

Farnan, G. A.

R. A. Kaindl, M. Woerner, T. Elsaesser, D. C. Smith, J. F. Ryan, G. A. Farnan, M. P. McCurry, and D. G. Walmsley, "Ultrafast mid-infrared response of YBa2Cu3O7−δ," Science 287, 470-473 (2000).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Fraser, J. M.

Fuji, T.

A. Baltuška, T. Fuji, and T. Kobayashi, "Controlling the Carrier-Envelope Phase of Ultrashort Light Pulses with Optical Parametric Amplifiers," Phys. Rev. Lett. 88, 133901 (2002).
[CrossRef]

Gale, G. M.

Gallot, G.

Golonzka, O.

Hache, F.

Haché, A.

Hamm, P.

Hasselbeck, M. P.

Hellström, J.

Hey, R.

C. W. Luo, K. Reimann, M. Woerner, T. Elsaesser, R. Hey, and K. H. Ploog, "Phase-Resolved Nonlinear Response of a Two-Dimensional Electron Gas under Femtosecond Intersubband Excitation," Phys. Rev. Lett. 92, 047402 (2004).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Huber, R.

Huse, N.

M. L. Cowan, B. D. Bruner, N. Huse, J. R. Dwyer, B. Chugh, E. T. J. Nibbering, T. Elsaesser, and R. J. D. Miller, "Ultrafast memory loss and energy redistribution in the hydrogen bond network of liquid H2O," Nature 434, 199-202 (2005).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Jedju, T. M.

Joffre, M.

A. Bonvalet, M. Joffre, J.-L. Martin, and A. Migus, "Generation of ultrabroadband femtosecond pulses in the mid-infrared by optical rectification of 15 fs pulses at 100 MHz repetition rate," Appl. Phys. Lett. 67, 2907-2909 (1995).
[CrossRef]

Joschko, M.

Kaindl, R. A.

Keller, U.

Khalil, M.

Kobayashi, T.

A. Baltuška, T. Fuji, and T. Kobayashi, "Controlling the Carrier-Envelope Phase of Ultrashort Light Pulses with Optical Parametric Amplifiers," Phys. Rev. Lett. 88, 133901 (2002).
[CrossRef]

Korn, G.

Kropman, M. F.

A. W. Omta, M. F. Kropman, S. Woutersen, and H. J. Bakker, "Negligible Effect of Ions on the Hydrogen-Bond Structure in Liquid Water," Science 301, 347-349 (2003).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Kühlke, D.

Laurell, F.

Lauterwasser, C.

Leitenstorfer, A.

Luo, C. W.

C. W. Luo, K. Reimann, M. Woerner, T. Elsaesser, R. Hey, and K. H. Ploog, "Phase-Resolved Nonlinear Response of a Two-Dimensional Electron Gas under Femtosecond Intersubband Excitation," Phys. Rev. Lett. 92, 047402 (2004).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Manzoni, C.

C. Manzoni, D. Polli, G. Cirmi, D. Brida, S. De Silvestri, and G. Cerullo, "Tunable few-optical-cycle pulses with passive carrier-envelope phase stabilization from an optical parametric amplifier," Appl. Phys. Lett. 90, 171111 (2007).
[CrossRef]

G. Cirmi, D. Brida, C. Manzoni, M. Marangoni, S. De Silvestri, and G. Cerullo, "Few-optical-cycle pulses in the near-infrared from a non-collinear optical parametric amplifier," Opt. Lett. 32, 2396-2398 (2007).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Marangoni, M.

Martin, J.-L.

A. Bonvalet, M. Joffre, J.-L. Martin, and A. Migus, "Generation of ultrabroadband femtosecond pulses in the mid-infrared by optical rectification of 15 fs pulses at 100 MHz repetition rate," Appl. Phys. Lett. 67, 2907-2909 (1995).
[CrossRef]

McCurry, M. P.

R. A. Kaindl, M. Woerner, T. Elsaesser, D. C. Smith, J. F. Ryan, G. A. Farnan, M. P. McCurry, and D. G. Walmsley, "Ultrafast mid-infrared response of YBa2Cu3O7−δ," Science 287, 470-473 (2000).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Migus, A.

A. Bonvalet, M. Joffre, J.-L. Martin, and A. Migus, "Generation of ultrabroadband femtosecond pulses in the mid-infrared by optical rectification of 15 fs pulses at 100 MHz repetition rate," Appl. Phys. Lett. 67, 2907-2909 (1995).
[CrossRef]

Miller, R. J. D.

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C. W. Luo, K. Reimann, M. Woerner, T. Elsaesser, R. Hey, and K. H. Ploog, "Phase-Resolved Nonlinear Response of a Two-Dimensional Electron Gas under Femtosecond Intersubband Excitation," Phys. Rev. Lett. 92, 047402 (2004).
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J. Tate, T. Auguste, H. G. Muller, P. Salières, P. Agostini, and L. F. DiMauro, "Scaling of Wave-Packet Dynamics in an Intense Midinfrared Field," Phys. Rev. Lett. 98, 013901 (2007).
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Tate, J.

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van Driel, H. M.

Walmsley, D. G.

R. A. Kaindl, M. Woerner, T. Elsaesser, D. C. Smith, J. F. Ryan, G. A. Farnan, M. P. McCurry, and D. G. Walmsley, "Ultrafast mid-infrared response of YBa2Cu3O7−δ," Science 287, 470-473 (2000).
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Weiner, A. M.

Wittmann, M.

Woerner, M.

C. W. Luo, K. Reimann, M. Woerner, T. Elsaesser, R. Hey, and K. H. Ploog, "Phase-Resolved Nonlinear Response of a Two-Dimensional Electron Gas under Femtosecond Intersubband Excitation," Phys. Rev. Lett. 92, 047402 (2004).
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C. Manzoni, D. Polli, G. Cirmi, D. Brida, S. De Silvestri, and G. Cerullo, "Tunable few-optical-cycle pulses with passive carrier-envelope phase stabilization from an optical parametric amplifier," Appl. Phys. Lett. 90, 171111 (2007).
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Nature (1)

M. L. Cowan, B. D. Bruner, N. Huse, J. R. Dwyer, B. Chugh, E. T. J. Nibbering, T. Elsaesser, and R. J. D. Miller, "Ultrafast memory loss and energy redistribution in the hydrogen bond network of liquid H2O," Nature 434, 199-202 (2005).
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J. Tate, T. Auguste, H. G. Muller, P. Salières, P. Agostini, and L. F. DiMauro, "Scaling of Wave-Packet Dynamics in an Intense Midinfrared Field," Phys. Rev. Lett. 98, 013901 (2007).
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Figures (4)

Fig. 1.
Fig. 1.

(a). Calculated signal-idler group-velocity mismatch at 800 nm pump wavelength for several nonlinear optical crystals with extended mid-IR transparency. (b) Group velocity mismatch between signal and pump for the same crystals. PPLN, periodically poled lithium niobate; PPSLT, periodically poled stoichiometric lithium tantalate.

Fig. 2.
Fig. 2.

(a,b). Calculated frequency dependence of the parametric gain for 2-mm-thick 800-nm pumped LiIO3, KNbO3 and PPSLT crystals, assuming phase-matching at zero GVM point; (c,d) complete simulation of signal and idler bandwidths for LiIO3 according to the model described in the text.

Fig. 3.
Fig. 3.

Experimental setup; BS, beam splitter; DL, delay line; SHG, second-harmonic generation; WLG, white light generation; DM, dichroic mirror; Au, gold mirror. In the first stage it is possible to switch from 800-nm pumped LiIO3 to 400-nm pumped BBO, substituting the λ/2 plate with a SHG crystal (BBO, 1 mm, type I, θ = 29°).

Fig. 4.
Fig. 4.

Idler spectra from the second stage.

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