Abstract

Ultrabroadband optical parametric generation in the near-IR (~135 THz, 1.15-2.4 μm) is demonstrated using bismuth triborate, BiB3O6 (BIBO), in a collinear geometry. The white light continuum energy obtained with a single stage reached 15 μJ (internal conversion efficiency of ≈7%). Integral pulse durations as short as 63 fs were derived from the recorded FROG traces, comparable to the 45 fs pulse duration of the 1 kHz Ti:sapphire regenerative amplifier used for pumping at 800 nm.

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  1. R. Danielius, A. Piskarskas, A. Stabinis, G. P. Banfi, P. Di Trapani, and R. Righini, "Traveling-wave parametric generation of widely tunable, highly coherent femtosecond light pulses," J. Opt. Soc. Am. 10, 2222-2232 (1993).
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    [CrossRef]
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2007 (4)

2006 (1)

M. Tiihonen, V. Pasiskevicius, A. Fragemann, C. Canalias, and F. Laurell, "Ultrabroadband gain in optical parametric generator with periodically poled KTiOPO4," Appl. Phys. B 85, 73-77 (2006).
[CrossRef]

2004 (1)

S. N. Orlov, E. V. Pestryakov, and Yu. N. Polivanov, "Optical parametric amplification with bandwidth exceeding an octave," Quantum Electron. 34, 477-479 (2004) [transl. from Kvantovaya Elektron. (Moscow) 34, 477-481 (2004)].
[CrossRef]

2003 (1)

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

1999 (2)

H. Hellwig, J. Liebertz, and L. Bohaty, "Exceptional large nonlinear optical coefficients in the monoclinic bismuth borate BiB3O6 (BIBO)," Solid State Commun. 109, 249-251 (1999).

A. Brodeur and S. L. Chin, "Ultrafast white-light continuum generation and self-focusing in transparent condensed media," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 16, 637-650 (1999).

1993 (2)

X. Liu, D. Deng, M. Li, D. Guo, and Z. Xu, "Retracing behaviour of the phase-matching angle of nonlinear crystals in optical parametric oscillators," J. Appl. Phys. 74, 2989-2991 (1993).
[CrossRef]

R. Danielius, A. Piskarskas, A. Stabinis, G. P. Banfi, P. Di Trapani, and R. Righini, "Traveling-wave parametric generation of widely tunable, highly coherent femtosecond light pulses," J. Opt. Soc. Am. 10, 2222-2232 (1993).

1983 (1)

A. Birmontas, A. Piskarskas, and A. Stabinis, "Dispersion anomalies of tuning characteristics and spectrum of an optical parametric oscillator," Sov. J. Quantum Electron. 13, 1243-1246 (1983) [transl. from Kvantovaya Elektron. (Moscow) 10, 1881-1884 (1983)].
[CrossRef]

1982 (1)

B. Bareika, A. Birmontas, G. Dikchyus, A. Piskarskas, V. Sirutkaitis, and A. Stabinis, "Parametric generation of picosecond continuum in near-infrared and visible ranges on the basis of a quadratic nonlinearity," Sov. J. Quantum Electron. 12, 1654-1656 (1982) [transl. from Kvantovaya Elektron. (Moscow) 9, 2534-2536 (1982)].

Banfi, G. P.

R. Danielius, A. Piskarskas, A. Stabinis, G. P. Banfi, P. Di Trapani, and R. Righini, "Traveling-wave parametric generation of widely tunable, highly coherent femtosecond light pulses," J. Opt. Soc. Am. 10, 2222-2232 (1993).

Bareika, B.

B. Bareika, A. Birmontas, G. Dikchyus, A. Piskarskas, V. Sirutkaitis, and A. Stabinis, "Parametric generation of picosecond continuum in near-infrared and visible ranges on the basis of a quadratic nonlinearity," Sov. J. Quantum Electron. 12, 1654-1656 (1982) [transl. from Kvantovaya Elektron. (Moscow) 9, 2534-2536 (1982)].

Birmontas, A.

A. Birmontas, A. Piskarskas, and A. Stabinis, "Dispersion anomalies of tuning characteristics and spectrum of an optical parametric oscillator," Sov. J. Quantum Electron. 13, 1243-1246 (1983) [transl. from Kvantovaya Elektron. (Moscow) 10, 1881-1884 (1983)].
[CrossRef]

B. Bareika, A. Birmontas, G. Dikchyus, A. Piskarskas, V. Sirutkaitis, and A. Stabinis, "Parametric generation of picosecond continuum in near-infrared and visible ranges on the basis of a quadratic nonlinearity," Sov. J. Quantum Electron. 12, 1654-1656 (1982) [transl. from Kvantovaya Elektron. (Moscow) 9, 2534-2536 (1982)].

Bohaty, L.

H. Hellwig, J. Liebertz, and L. Bohaty, "Exceptional large nonlinear optical coefficients in the monoclinic bismuth borate BiB3O6 (BIBO)," Solid State Commun. 109, 249-251 (1999).

Brodeur, A.

Buchvarov, I.

Canalias, C.

M. Tiihonen, V. Pasiskevicius, A. Fragemann, C. Canalias, and F. Laurell, "Ultrabroadband gain in optical parametric generator with periodically poled KTiOPO4," Appl. Phys. B 85, 73-77 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Cerullo, G.

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

Chin, S. L.

Danielius, R.

R. Danielius, A. Piskarskas, A. Stabinis, G. P. Banfi, P. Di Trapani, and R. Righini, "Traveling-wave parametric generation of widely tunable, highly coherent femtosecond light pulses," J. Opt. Soc. Am. 10, 2222-2232 (1993).

De Silvestri, S.

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

Deng, D.

X. Liu, D. Deng, M. Li, D. Guo, and Z. Xu, "Retracing behaviour of the phase-matching angle of nonlinear crystals in optical parametric oscillators," J. Appl. Phys. 74, 2989-2991 (1993).
[CrossRef]

Di Trapani, P.

R. Danielius, A. Piskarskas, A. Stabinis, G. P. Banfi, P. Di Trapani, and R. Righini, "Traveling-wave parametric generation of widely tunable, highly coherent femtosecond light pulses," J. Opt. Soc. Am. 10, 2222-2232 (1993).

Dikchyus, G.

B. Bareika, A. Birmontas, G. Dikchyus, A. Piskarskas, V. Sirutkaitis, and A. Stabinis, "Parametric generation of picosecond continuum in near-infrared and visible ranges on the basis of a quadratic nonlinearity," Sov. J. Quantum Electron. 12, 1654-1656 (1982) [transl. from Kvantovaya Elektron. (Moscow) 9, 2534-2536 (1982)].

Ebrahim-Zadeh, M.

Eimerl, D.

Fragemann, A.

M. Tiihonen, V. Pasiskevicius, A. Fragemann, C. Canalias, and F. Laurell, "Ultrabroadband gain in optical parametric generator with periodically poled KTiOPO4," Appl. Phys. B 85, 73-77 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Gaydardzhiev, A.

Ghotbi, M.

Guo, D.

X. Liu, D. Deng, M. Li, D. Guo, and Z. Xu, "Retracing behaviour of the phase-matching angle of nonlinear crystals in optical parametric oscillators," J. Appl. Phys. 74, 2989-2991 (1993).
[CrossRef]

Hellwig, H.

H. Hellwig, J. Liebertz, and L. Bohaty, "Exceptional large nonlinear optical coefficients in the monoclinic bismuth borate BiB3O6 (BIBO)," Solid State Commun. 109, 249-251 (1999).

Kato, K.

N. Umemura, K. Miyata, and K. Kato, "New data on the optical properties of BiB3O6," Opt. Mater. 30, 532-534 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Laurell, F.

M. Tiihonen, V. Pasiskevicius, A. Fragemann, C. Canalias, and F. Laurell, "Ultrabroadband gain in optical parametric generator with periodically poled KTiOPO4," Appl. Phys. B 85, 73-77 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Li, M.

X. Liu, D. Deng, M. Li, D. Guo, and Z. Xu, "Retracing behaviour of the phase-matching angle of nonlinear crystals in optical parametric oscillators," J. Appl. Phys. 74, 2989-2991 (1993).
[CrossRef]

Liebertz, J.

H. Hellwig, J. Liebertz, and L. Bohaty, "Exceptional large nonlinear optical coefficients in the monoclinic bismuth borate BiB3O6 (BIBO)," Solid State Commun. 109, 249-251 (1999).

Liu, X.

X. Liu, D. Deng, M. Li, D. Guo, and Z. Xu, "Retracing behaviour of the phase-matching angle of nonlinear crystals in optical parametric oscillators," J. Appl. Phys. 74, 2989-2991 (1993).
[CrossRef]

Miyata, K.

N. Umemura, K. Miyata, and K. Kato, "New data on the optical properties of BiB3O6," Opt. Mater. 30, 532-534 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Nikolov, I.

Noack, F.

Orlov, S. N.

S. N. Orlov, E. V. Pestryakov, and Yu. N. Polivanov, "Optical parametric amplification with bandwidth exceeding an octave," Quantum Electron. 34, 477-479 (2004) [transl. from Kvantovaya Elektron. (Moscow) 34, 477-481 (2004)].
[CrossRef]

Pasiskevicius, V.

M. Tiihonen, V. Pasiskevicius, A. Fragemann, C. Canalias, and F. Laurell, "Ultrabroadband gain in optical parametric generator with periodically poled KTiOPO4," Appl. Phys. B 85, 73-77 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Pestryakov, E. V.

S. N. Orlov, E. V. Pestryakov, and Yu. N. Polivanov, "Optical parametric amplification with bandwidth exceeding an octave," Quantum Electron. 34, 477-479 (2004) [transl. from Kvantovaya Elektron. (Moscow) 34, 477-481 (2004)].
[CrossRef]

Petrov, V.

Piskarskas, A.

R. Danielius, A. Piskarskas, A. Stabinis, G. P. Banfi, P. Di Trapani, and R. Righini, "Traveling-wave parametric generation of widely tunable, highly coherent femtosecond light pulses," J. Opt. Soc. Am. 10, 2222-2232 (1993).

A. Birmontas, A. Piskarskas, and A. Stabinis, "Dispersion anomalies of tuning characteristics and spectrum of an optical parametric oscillator," Sov. J. Quantum Electron. 13, 1243-1246 (1983) [transl. from Kvantovaya Elektron. (Moscow) 10, 1881-1884 (1983)].
[CrossRef]

B. Bareika, A. Birmontas, G. Dikchyus, A. Piskarskas, V. Sirutkaitis, and A. Stabinis, "Parametric generation of picosecond continuum in near-infrared and visible ranges on the basis of a quadratic nonlinearity," Sov. J. Quantum Electron. 12, 1654-1656 (1982) [transl. from Kvantovaya Elektron. (Moscow) 9, 2534-2536 (1982)].

Polivanov, Yu. N.

S. N. Orlov, E. V. Pestryakov, and Yu. N. Polivanov, "Optical parametric amplification with bandwidth exceeding an octave," Quantum Electron. 34, 477-479 (2004) [transl. from Kvantovaya Elektron. (Moscow) 34, 477-481 (2004)].
[CrossRef]

Righini, R.

R. Danielius, A. Piskarskas, A. Stabinis, G. P. Banfi, P. Di Trapani, and R. Righini, "Traveling-wave parametric generation of widely tunable, highly coherent femtosecond light pulses," J. Opt. Soc. Am. 10, 2222-2232 (1993).

Sirutkaitis, V.

B. Bareika, A. Birmontas, G. Dikchyus, A. Piskarskas, V. Sirutkaitis, and A. Stabinis, "Parametric generation of picosecond continuum in near-infrared and visible ranges on the basis of a quadratic nonlinearity," Sov. J. Quantum Electron. 12, 1654-1656 (1982) [transl. from Kvantovaya Elektron. (Moscow) 9, 2534-2536 (1982)].

Stabinis, A.

R. Danielius, A. Piskarskas, A. Stabinis, G. P. Banfi, P. Di Trapani, and R. Righini, "Traveling-wave parametric generation of widely tunable, highly coherent femtosecond light pulses," J. Opt. Soc. Am. 10, 2222-2232 (1993).

A. Birmontas, A. Piskarskas, and A. Stabinis, "Dispersion anomalies of tuning characteristics and spectrum of an optical parametric oscillator," Sov. J. Quantum Electron. 13, 1243-1246 (1983) [transl. from Kvantovaya Elektron. (Moscow) 10, 1881-1884 (1983)].
[CrossRef]

B. Bareika, A. Birmontas, G. Dikchyus, A. Piskarskas, V. Sirutkaitis, and A. Stabinis, "Parametric generation of picosecond continuum in near-infrared and visible ranges on the basis of a quadratic nonlinearity," Sov. J. Quantum Electron. 12, 1654-1656 (1982) [transl. from Kvantovaya Elektron. (Moscow) 9, 2534-2536 (1982)].

Tiihonen, M.

M. Tiihonen, V. Pasiskevicius, A. Fragemann, C. Canalias, and F. Laurell, "Ultrabroadband gain in optical parametric generator with periodically poled KTiOPO4," Appl. Phys. B 85, 73-77 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Tzankov, P.

Umemura, N.

N. Umemura, K. Miyata, and K. Kato, "New data on the optical properties of BiB3O6," Opt. Mater. 30, 532-534 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Velsko, S. P.

Webb, M. S.

Xu, Z.

X. Liu, D. Deng, M. Li, D. Guo, and Z. Xu, "Retracing behaviour of the phase-matching angle of nonlinear crystals in optical parametric oscillators," J. Appl. Phys. 74, 2989-2991 (1993).
[CrossRef]

Appl. Phys. B (1)

M. Tiihonen, V. Pasiskevicius, A. Fragemann, C. Canalias, and F. Laurell, "Ultrabroadband gain in optical parametric generator with periodically poled KTiOPO4," Appl. Phys. B 85, 73-77 (2006).
[CrossRef]

J. Appl. Phys. (1)

X. Liu, D. Deng, M. Li, D. Guo, and Z. Xu, "Retracing behaviour of the phase-matching angle of nonlinear crystals in optical parametric oscillators," J. Appl. Phys. 74, 2989-2991 (1993).
[CrossRef]

J. Opt. Soc. Am. (1)

R. Danielius, A. Piskarskas, A. Stabinis, G. P. Banfi, P. Di Trapani, and R. Righini, "Traveling-wave parametric generation of widely tunable, highly coherent femtosecond light pulses," J. Opt. Soc. Am. 10, 2222-2232 (1993).

J. Opt. Soc. Am. B (2)

Opt. Express (1)

Opt. Lett. (1)

Opt. Mater. (1)

N. Umemura, K. Miyata, and K. Kato, "New data on the optical properties of BiB3O6," Opt. Mater. 30, 532-534 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Quantum Electron. (1)

S. N. Orlov, E. V. Pestryakov, and Yu. N. Polivanov, "Optical parametric amplification with bandwidth exceeding an octave," Quantum Electron. 34, 477-479 (2004) [transl. from Kvantovaya Elektron. (Moscow) 34, 477-481 (2004)].
[CrossRef]

Rev. Sci. Instrum. (1)

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

Solid State Commun. (1)

H. Hellwig, J. Liebertz, and L. Bohaty, "Exceptional large nonlinear optical coefficients in the monoclinic bismuth borate BiB3O6 (BIBO)," Solid State Commun. 109, 249-251 (1999).

Sov. J. Quantum Electron. (2)

A. Birmontas, A. Piskarskas, and A. Stabinis, "Dispersion anomalies of tuning characteristics and spectrum of an optical parametric oscillator," Sov. J. Quantum Electron. 13, 1243-1246 (1983) [transl. from Kvantovaya Elektron. (Moscow) 10, 1881-1884 (1983)].
[CrossRef]

B. Bareika, A. Birmontas, G. Dikchyus, A. Piskarskas, V. Sirutkaitis, and A. Stabinis, "Parametric generation of picosecond continuum in near-infrared and visible ranges on the basis of a quadratic nonlinearity," Sov. J. Quantum Electron. 12, 1654-1656 (1982) [transl. from Kvantovaya Elektron. (Moscow) 9, 2534-2536 (1982)].

Other (1)

D. N. Nikogosyan, Nonlinear Optical Crystals, (Springer, New York, 2005).

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