Abstract

Degenerated optical parametric amplification (OPA) is a well known technique to achieve broadband amplification necessary to generate ultrashort pulses. Here we present a parametric amplifier pumped by the frequency doubled output of a state-of-the-art fiber chirped pulse amplification system (FCPA) delivering mJ pulse energy at 30 kHz repetition rate and 650 fs pulse duration. The parametric amplifier and the FCPA system are both seeded by the same Yb:KGW oscillator. Additional spectral broadening of the OPA seed provides enough bandwidth for the generation of ultrashort pulses. After amplification in two 1mm BBO crystals a pulse energy of 90µJ is yielded at 30 kHz. Subsequent compression with a sequence of chirped mirrors shortens the pulses to 29 fs while the pulse energy is as high as 81µJ resulting in 2GW of peak power.

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2008 (4)

2007 (6)

C. Aguergaray, T. V. Andersen, D. N. Schimpf, O. Schmidt, J. Rothhardt, T. Schreiber, J. Limpert, E. Cormier, and A. Tunnermann, "Parametric amplification and compression to ultrashort pulse duration of resonant linear waves," Opt. Express 15, 5699-5710 (2007). http://www.opticsinfobase.org/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-15-9-5699
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

S. Adachi, H. Ishii, T. Kanai, N. Ishii, A. Kosuge, and S. Watanabe, "1.5mJ, 6.4 fs parametric chirped-pulse amplification system at 1 kHz," Opt. Lett. 32, 2487-2489 (2007).http://www.opticsinfobase.org/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-32-17-2487
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

D. N. Schimpf, J. Rothhardt, J. Limpert, A. Tunnermann, and D. C. Hanna, "Theoretical analysis of the gain bandwidth for noncollinear parametric amplification of ultrafast pulses," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 24, 2837-2846 (2007). http://www.opticsinfobase.org/abstract.cfm?URI=josab-24-11-2837

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

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

R. Sandberg, A. Paul, D. Raymondson, S. Hadrich, D. Gaudiosi, J. Holtsnider, R. Tobey, O. Cohen, M. Murnane, H. Kapteyn, C. Song, J. Miao, Y. Liu, and F. Salmassi, "Lensless Diffractive Imaging Using Tabletop Coherent High-Harmonic Soft-X-Ray Beams," Phys. Rev. Lett. 99, 098103 (2007).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

2006 (1)

2005 (3)

2004 (1)

2003 (1)

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

1997 (1)

R. Paschotta, J. Nilsson, A. Tropper, and D. Hanna, "Ytterbium-doped fiber amplifiers," IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 33, 1049-1056 (1997).
[CrossRef]

1987 (1)

Adachi, S.

Aguergaray, C.

Andersen, T. V.

Aquila, A. L.

E. Goulielmakis, M. Schultze, M. Hofstetter, V. S. Yakovlev, J. Gagnon, M. Uiberacker, A. L. Aquila, E. M. Gullikson, D. T. Attwood, R. Kienberger, F. Krausz and U. Kleineberg, "Single- Cycle Nonlinear Optics," Science 320, 1614 - 1617 (2008).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Arisholm, G.

Attwood, D. T.

E. Goulielmakis, M. Schultze, M. Hofstetter, V. S. Yakovlev, J. Gagnon, M. Uiberacker, A. L. Aquila, E. M. Gullikson, D. T. Attwood, R. Kienberger, F. Krausz and U. Kleineberg, "Single- Cycle Nonlinear Optics," Science 320, 1614 - 1617 (2008).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Backus, S.

S. Backus, C. Durfee, M. M. Murnane, and H. C. Kapteyn, "High power ultrafast lasers," Rev. Sci. Instrum. 69, 1207U1223 (1998).
[CrossRef]

Baum, P.

Boyer, K.

Broeng, J.

Bruchmann, C.

Cerullo, G.

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

Cohen, O.

R. Sandberg, A. Paul, D. Raymondson, S. Hadrich, D. Gaudiosi, J. Holtsnider, R. Tobey, O. Cohen, M. Murnane, H. Kapteyn, C. Song, J. Miao, Y. Liu, and F. Salmassi, "Lensless Diffractive Imaging Using Tabletop Coherent High-Harmonic Soft-X-Ray Beams," Phys. Rev. Lett. 99, 098103 (2007).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Cormier, E.

Deguil-Robin, N.

Descamps, D.

Durfee, C.

S. Backus, C. Durfee, M. M. Murnane, and H. C. Kapteyn, "High power ultrafast lasers," Rev. Sci. Instrum. 69, 1207U1223 (1998).
[CrossRef]

Eidam, T.

Gagnon, J.

E. Goulielmakis, M. Schultze, M. Hofstetter, V. S. Yakovlev, J. Gagnon, M. Uiberacker, A. L. Aquila, E. M. Gullikson, D. T. Attwood, R. Kienberger, F. Krausz and U. Kleineberg, "Single- Cycle Nonlinear Optics," Science 320, 1614 - 1617 (2008).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Gaudiosi, D.

R. Sandberg, A. Paul, D. Raymondson, S. Hadrich, D. Gaudiosi, J. Holtsnider, R. Tobey, O. Cohen, M. Murnane, H. Kapteyn, C. Song, J. Miao, Y. Liu, and F. Salmassi, "Lensless Diffractive Imaging Using Tabletop Coherent High-Harmonic Soft-X-Ray Beams," Phys. Rev. Lett. 99, 098103 (2007).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Gibson, G.

Goulielmakis, E.

E. Goulielmakis, M. Schultze, M. Hofstetter, V. S. Yakovlev, J. Gagnon, M. Uiberacker, A. L. Aquila, E. M. Gullikson, D. T. Attwood, R. Kienberger, F. Krausz and U. Kleineberg, "Single- Cycle Nonlinear Optics," Science 320, 1614 - 1617 (2008).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Gullikson, E. M.

E. Goulielmakis, M. Schultze, M. Hofstetter, V. S. Yakovlev, J. Gagnon, M. Uiberacker, A. L. Aquila, E. M. Gullikson, D. T. Attwood, R. Kienberger, F. Krausz and U. Kleineberg, "Single- Cycle Nonlinear Optics," Science 320, 1614 - 1617 (2008).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

H¨adrich, S.

Hadrich, S.

R. Sandberg, A. Paul, D. Raymondson, S. Hadrich, D. Gaudiosi, J. Holtsnider, R. Tobey, O. Cohen, M. Murnane, H. Kapteyn, C. Song, J. Miao, Y. Liu, and F. Salmassi, "Lensless Diffractive Imaging Using Tabletop Coherent High-Harmonic Soft-X-Ray Beams," Phys. Rev. Lett. 99, 098103 (2007).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Hanna, D.

R. Paschotta, J. Nilsson, A. Tropper, and D. Hanna, "Ytterbium-doped fiber amplifiers," IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 33, 1049-1056 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Hanna, D. C.

Hofstetter, M.

E. Goulielmakis, M. Schultze, M. Hofstetter, V. S. Yakovlev, J. Gagnon, M. Uiberacker, A. L. Aquila, E. M. Gullikson, D. T. Attwood, R. Kienberger, F. Krausz and U. Kleineberg, "Single- Cycle Nonlinear Optics," Science 320, 1614 - 1617 (2008).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Holtsnider, J.

R. Sandberg, A. Paul, D. Raymondson, S. Hadrich, D. Gaudiosi, J. Holtsnider, R. Tobey, O. Cohen, M. Murnane, H. Kapteyn, C. Song, J. Miao, Y. Liu, and F. Salmassi, "Lensless Diffractive Imaging Using Tabletop Coherent High-Harmonic Soft-X-Ray Beams," Phys. Rev. Lett. 99, 098103 (2007).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Homann, C.

Ishii, H.

Ishii, N.

Jakobsen, C.

Jara, H.

Johann, U.

Kanai, T.

Kapteyn, H.

R. Sandberg, A. Paul, D. Raymondson, S. Hadrich, D. Gaudiosi, J. Holtsnider, R. Tobey, O. Cohen, M. Murnane, H. Kapteyn, C. Song, J. Miao, Y. Liu, and F. Salmassi, "Lensless Diffractive Imaging Using Tabletop Coherent High-Harmonic Soft-X-Ray Beams," Phys. Rev. Lett. 99, 098103 (2007).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Kapteyn, H. C.

S. Backus, C. Durfee, M. M. Murnane, and H. C. Kapteyn, "High power ultrafast lasers," Rev. Sci. Instrum. 69, 1207U1223 (1998).
[CrossRef]

Kienberger, R.

E. Goulielmakis, M. Schultze, M. Hofstetter, V. S. Yakovlev, J. Gagnon, M. Uiberacker, A. L. Aquila, E. M. Gullikson, D. T. Attwood, R. Kienberger, F. Krausz and U. Kleineberg, "Single- Cycle Nonlinear Optics," Science 320, 1614 - 1617 (2008).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Kleineberg, U.

E. Goulielmakis, M. Schultze, M. Hofstetter, V. S. Yakovlev, J. Gagnon, M. Uiberacker, A. L. Aquila, E. M. Gullikson, D. T. Attwood, R. Kienberger, F. Krausz and U. Kleineberg, "Single- Cycle Nonlinear Optics," Science 320, 1614 - 1617 (2008).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Kosuge, A.

Krausz, F.

E. Goulielmakis, M. Schultze, M. Hofstetter, V. S. Yakovlev, J. Gagnon, M. Uiberacker, A. L. Aquila, E. M. Gullikson, D. T. Attwood, R. Kienberger, F. Krausz and U. Kleineberg, "Single- Cycle Nonlinear Optics," Science 320, 1614 - 1617 (2008).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Krok, P.

Liem, A.

Limpert, J.

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

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

D. N. Schimpf, J. Rothhardt, J. Limpert, A. Tunnermann, and D. C. Hanna, "Theoretical analysis of the gain bandwidth for noncollinear parametric amplification of ultrafast pulses," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 24, 2837-2846 (2007). http://www.opticsinfobase.org/abstract.cfm?URI=josab-24-11-2837

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

C. Aguergaray, T. V. Andersen, D. N. Schimpf, O. Schmidt, J. Rothhardt, T. Schreiber, J. Limpert, E. Cormier, and A. Tunnermann, "Parametric amplification and compression to ultrashort pulse duration of resonant linear waves," Opt. Express 15, 5699-5710 (2007). http://www.opticsinfobase.org/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-15-9-5699
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

T. V. Andersen, O. Schmidt, C. Bruchmann, J. Limpert, C. Aguergaray, E. Cormier, and A. Tunnermann, "High repetition rate tunable femtosecond pulses and broadband amplification from fiber laser pumped parametric amplifier," Opt. Express 14, 4765-4773 (2006). http://www.opticsinfobase.org/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-14-11-4765
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

J. Limpert, N. Deguil-Robin, I. Manek-Honninger, F. Salin, F. Roser, A. Liem, T. Schreiber, S. Nolte, H. Zellmer, A. Tunnermann, J. Broeng, A. Petersson, and C. Jakobsen, "High-power rodtype photonic crystal fiber laser," Opt. Express 13, 1055-1058 (2005). http://www.opticsinfobase.org/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-13-4-1055
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

F. Roser, J. Rothhardt, B. Ortac, A. Liem, O. Schmidt, T. Schreiber, J. Limpert, and A. Tunnermann, "131 W 220 fs fiber laser system," Opt. Lett. 30, 2754-2756 (2005). http://www.opticsinfobase.org/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-30-20-2754
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

J. Limpert, C. Aguergaray, S. Montant, I. Manek-Honninger, S. Petit, D. Descamps, E. Cormier, and F. Salin, "Ultra-broad bandwidth parametric amplification at degeneracy," Opt. Express 13, 7386-7392 (2005). http://www.opticsinfobase.org/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-13-19-7386
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Liu, Y.

R. Sandberg, A. Paul, D. Raymondson, S. Hadrich, D. Gaudiosi, J. Holtsnider, R. Tobey, O. Cohen, M. Murnane, H. Kapteyn, C. Song, J. Miao, Y. Liu, and F. Salmassi, "Lensless Diffractive Imaging Using Tabletop Coherent High-Harmonic Soft-X-Ray Beams," Phys. Rev. Lett. 99, 098103 (2007).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Lochbrunner, S.

Luk, T. S.

Manek-Honninger, I.

McIntyre, I. A.

McPherson, A.

Miao, J.

R. Sandberg, A. Paul, D. Raymondson, S. Hadrich, D. Gaudiosi, J. Holtsnider, R. Tobey, O. Cohen, M. Murnane, H. Kapteyn, C. Song, J. Miao, Y. Liu, and F. Salmassi, "Lensless Diffractive Imaging Using Tabletop Coherent High-Harmonic Soft-X-Ray Beams," Phys. Rev. Lett. 99, 098103 (2007).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Montant, S.

Murnane, M.

R. Sandberg, A. Paul, D. Raymondson, S. Hadrich, D. Gaudiosi, J. Holtsnider, R. Tobey, O. Cohen, M. Murnane, H. Kapteyn, C. Song, J. Miao, Y. Liu, and F. Salmassi, "Lensless Diffractive Imaging Using Tabletop Coherent High-Harmonic Soft-X-Ray Beams," Phys. Rev. Lett. 99, 098103 (2007).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Murnane, M. M.

S. Backus, C. Durfee, M. M. Murnane, and H. C. Kapteyn, "High power ultrafast lasers," Rev. Sci. Instrum. 69, 1207U1223 (1998).
[CrossRef]

Nilsson, J.

R. Paschotta, J. Nilsson, A. Tropper, and D. Hanna, "Ytterbium-doped fiber amplifiers," IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 33, 1049-1056 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Nolte, S.

Ortac, B.

Paschotta, R.

Paul, A.

R. Sandberg, A. Paul, D. Raymondson, S. Hadrich, D. Gaudiosi, J. Holtsnider, R. Tobey, O. Cohen, M. Murnane, H. Kapteyn, C. Song, J. Miao, Y. Liu, and F. Salmassi, "Lensless Diffractive Imaging Using Tabletop Coherent High-Harmonic Soft-X-Ray Beams," Phys. Rev. Lett. 99, 098103 (2007).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Petersson, A.

Petit, S.

Raymondson, D.

R. Sandberg, A. Paul, D. Raymondson, S. Hadrich, D. Gaudiosi, J. Holtsnider, R. Tobey, O. Cohen, M. Murnane, H. Kapteyn, C. Song, J. Miao, Y. Liu, and F. Salmassi, "Lensless Diffractive Imaging Using Tabletop Coherent High-Harmonic Soft-X-Ray Beams," Phys. Rev. Lett. 99, 098103 (2007).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Rhodes, C. K.

Riedle, E.

Roser, F.

Rothhardt, J.

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

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

D. N. Schimpf, J. Rothhardt, J. Limpert, A. Tunnermann, and D. C. Hanna, "Theoretical analysis of the gain bandwidth for noncollinear parametric amplification of ultrafast pulses," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 24, 2837-2846 (2007). http://www.opticsinfobase.org/abstract.cfm?URI=josab-24-11-2837

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

C. Aguergaray, T. V. Andersen, D. N. Schimpf, O. Schmidt, J. Rothhardt, T. Schreiber, J. Limpert, E. Cormier, and A. Tunnermann, "Parametric amplification and compression to ultrashort pulse duration of resonant linear waves," Opt. Express 15, 5699-5710 (2007). http://www.opticsinfobase.org/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-15-9-5699
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

F. Roser, J. Rothhardt, B. Ortac, A. Liem, O. Schmidt, T. Schreiber, J. Limpert, and A. Tunnermann, "131 W 220 fs fiber laser system," Opt. Lett. 30, 2754-2756 (2005). http://www.opticsinfobase.org/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-30-20-2754
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Salin, F.

Salmassi, F.

R. Sandberg, A. Paul, D. Raymondson, S. Hadrich, D. Gaudiosi, J. Holtsnider, R. Tobey, O. Cohen, M. Murnane, H. Kapteyn, C. Song, J. Miao, Y. Liu, and F. Salmassi, "Lensless Diffractive Imaging Using Tabletop Coherent High-Harmonic Soft-X-Ray Beams," Phys. Rev. Lett. 99, 098103 (2007).
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Sandberg, R.

R. Sandberg, A. Paul, D. Raymondson, S. Hadrich, D. Gaudiosi, J. Holtsnider, R. Tobey, O. Cohen, M. Murnane, H. Kapteyn, C. Song, J. Miao, Y. Liu, and F. Salmassi, "Lensless Diffractive Imaging Using Tabletop Coherent High-Harmonic Soft-X-Ray Beams," Phys. Rev. Lett. 99, 098103 (2007).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Schimpf, D. N.

Schmidt, O.

Schreiber, T.

Schriever, C.

Schultze, M.

E. Goulielmakis, M. Schultze, M. Hofstetter, V. S. Yakovlev, J. Gagnon, M. Uiberacker, A. L. Aquila, E. M. Gullikson, D. T. Attwood, R. Kienberger, F. Krausz and U. Kleineberg, "Single- Cycle Nonlinear Optics," Science 320, 1614 - 1617 (2008).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Silvestri, S.

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

Song, C.

R. Sandberg, A. Paul, D. Raymondson, S. Hadrich, D. Gaudiosi, J. Holtsnider, R. Tobey, O. Cohen, M. Murnane, H. Kapteyn, C. Song, J. Miao, Y. Liu, and F. Salmassi, "Lensless Diffractive Imaging Using Tabletop Coherent High-Harmonic Soft-X-Ray Beams," Phys. Rev. Lett. 99, 098103 (2007).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Sudmeyer, T.

Tobey, R.

R. Sandberg, A. Paul, D. Raymondson, S. Hadrich, D. Gaudiosi, J. Holtsnider, R. Tobey, O. Cohen, M. Murnane, H. Kapteyn, C. Song, J. Miao, Y. Liu, and F. Salmassi, "Lensless Diffractive Imaging Using Tabletop Coherent High-Harmonic Soft-X-Ray Beams," Phys. Rev. Lett. 99, 098103 (2007).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Tropper, A.

R. Paschotta, J. Nilsson, A. Tropper, and D. Hanna, "Ytterbium-doped fiber amplifiers," IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 33, 1049-1056 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Tunnermann, A.

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

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

D. N. Schimpf, J. Rothhardt, J. Limpert, A. Tunnermann, and D. C. Hanna, "Theoretical analysis of the gain bandwidth for noncollinear parametric amplification of ultrafast pulses," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 24, 2837-2846 (2007). http://www.opticsinfobase.org/abstract.cfm?URI=josab-24-11-2837

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

C. Aguergaray, T. V. Andersen, D. N. Schimpf, O. Schmidt, J. Rothhardt, T. Schreiber, J. Limpert, E. Cormier, and A. Tunnermann, "Parametric amplification and compression to ultrashort pulse duration of resonant linear waves," Opt. Express 15, 5699-5710 (2007). http://www.opticsinfobase.org/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-15-9-5699
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

T. V. Andersen, O. Schmidt, C. Bruchmann, J. Limpert, C. Aguergaray, E. Cormier, and A. Tunnermann, "High repetition rate tunable femtosecond pulses and broadband amplification from fiber laser pumped parametric amplifier," Opt. Express 14, 4765-4773 (2006). http://www.opticsinfobase.org/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-14-11-4765
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

J. Limpert, N. Deguil-Robin, I. Manek-Honninger, F. Salin, F. Roser, A. Liem, T. Schreiber, S. Nolte, H. Zellmer, A. Tunnermann, J. Broeng, A. Petersson, and C. Jakobsen, "High-power rodtype photonic crystal fiber laser," Opt. Express 13, 1055-1058 (2005). http://www.opticsinfobase.org/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-13-4-1055
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

F. Roser, J. Rothhardt, B. Ortac, A. Liem, O. Schmidt, T. Schreiber, J. Limpert, and A. Tunnermann, "131 W 220 fs fiber laser system," Opt. Lett. 30, 2754-2756 (2005). http://www.opticsinfobase.org/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-30-20-2754
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Uiberacker, M.

E. Goulielmakis, M. Schultze, M. Hofstetter, V. S. Yakovlev, J. Gagnon, M. Uiberacker, A. L. Aquila, E. M. Gullikson, D. T. Attwood, R. Kienberger, F. Krausz and U. Kleineberg, "Single- Cycle Nonlinear Optics," Science 320, 1614 - 1617 (2008).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Watanabe, S.

Yakovlev, V. S.

E. Goulielmakis, M. Schultze, M. Hofstetter, V. S. Yakovlev, J. Gagnon, M. Uiberacker, A. L. Aquila, E. M. Gullikson, D. T. Attwood, R. Kienberger, F. Krausz and U. Kleineberg, "Single- Cycle Nonlinear Optics," Science 320, 1614 - 1617 (2008).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Zellmer, H.

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R. Paschotta, J. Nilsson, A. Tropper, and D. Hanna, "Ytterbium-doped fiber amplifiers," IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 33, 1049-1056 (1997).
[CrossRef]

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T. V. Andersen, O. Schmidt, C. Bruchmann, J. Limpert, C. Aguergaray, E. Cormier, and A. Tunnermann, "High repetition rate tunable femtosecond pulses and broadband amplification from fiber laser pumped parametric amplifier," Opt. Express 14, 4765-4773 (2006). http://www.opticsinfobase.org/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-14-11-4765
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

C. Aguergaray, T. V. Andersen, D. N. Schimpf, O. Schmidt, J. Rothhardt, T. Schreiber, J. Limpert, E. Cormier, and A. Tunnermann, "Parametric amplification and compression to ultrashort pulse duration of resonant linear waves," Opt. Express 15, 5699-5710 (2007). http://www.opticsinfobase.org/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-15-9-5699
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

J. Rothhardt, S. Hadrich, D. N. Schimpf, J. Limpert, and A. Tunnermann, "High repetition rate fiber amplifier pumped sub-20 fs optical parametric amplifier," Opt. Express 15, 16729-16736 (2007). http://www.opticsinfobase.org/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-15-25-16729
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R. Sandberg, A. Paul, D. Raymondson, S. Hadrich, D. Gaudiosi, J. Holtsnider, R. Tobey, O. Cohen, M. Murnane, H. Kapteyn, C. Song, J. Miao, Y. Liu, and F. Salmassi, "Lensless Diffractive Imaging Using Tabletop Coherent High-Harmonic Soft-X-Ray Beams," Phys. Rev. Lett. 99, 098103 (2007).
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Figures (8)

Fig. 1.
Fig. 1.

Schematic setup of the fiber amplifier pumped degenerated optical parametric amplifier.

Fig. 2.
Fig. 2.

(a) Autocorrelation trace of the FCPA system at 1 mJ compressed output energy (red) and corresponding Gaussian fit (black). (b) Autocorrelation trace of the frequency doubled output of the FCPA system. The pulse energy is 550µJ.

Fig. 3.
Fig. 3.

Setup of the multipass cell delaying the OPA seed signal. The upper left sketch shows the experimental setup used. Simulations with the ray tracing software Zeemax of the optical path (bottom) and the beam positions on the focusing mirror (upper right) are shown.

Fig. 4.
Fig. 4.

Numerical simulation for optimized pulse compression using chirped mirrors with a GVD of -100 fs 2. The peak power (black squares) of the compressed pulses and the ratio of the input pulse duration τ 0=350 fs to the compressed pulse duration τ (red triangles) with respect to the fiber length are shown.

Fig. 5.
Fig. 5.

Spectrum broadened by self-phase modulation in 6 cm of polarization maintaining step index fiber with 6µm core diameter (black) and corresponding numerical simulation (red dots).

Fig. 6.
Fig. 6.

Experimental setup of the two stage degenerated parametric amplifier. (HWP: Half wave plate, QWP: Quarter wave plate)

Fig. 7.
Fig. 7.

(a) Spectra of the seed (black) after the first amplifier (red) and after the second amplifier (blue). (b) Autocorrelation trace of the compressed OPA output(black), Fourier transform of measured spectrum (red dots) and Fourier transform with additional third order dispersion (blue).

Fig. 8.
Fig. 8.

Far field beam profiles of the signal after the spectral broadening a), the first amplification stage b) and the second amplification stage c). Note that beam diameters are different due to scaling of the images.

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