Abstract

We theoretically study the pulse-contrast degradation of optical parametric chirped pulse amplification (OPCPA) system pumped by a temporally phase-modulated laser. We reveal two physical mechanisms that reduce the contrast in such a parametric process: the effect of phase transfer caused by group-velocity mismatch (GVM) and the effect of FM-to-AM conversion caused by group-velocity dispersion (GVD). Degradation of the contrast is quantified via numerical simulations. To reduce the effect of phase transfer, a pair of OPCPAs seeded by the signal and idler respectively, is studied for effectively improving the contrast in such a case with pump phase modulation. The results presented in this paper are of particular importance for extremely intense laser applications requiring high contrast.

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P. Qiu, K. Wang, H. Y. Zhu, and L. J. Qian, “Spectral phase shifts in femtosecond parametric down-conversion with media dispersion,” Phys. Rev. A 81(1), 013810 (2010).
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2007 (5)

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[CrossRef] [PubMed]

2006 (6)

I. Jovanovic, C. P. Barty, C. Haefner, and B. Wattellier, “Optical switching and contrast enhancement in intense laser systems by cascaded optical parametric amplification,” Opt. Lett. 31(6), 787–789 (2006).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

P. Yuan, L. J. Qian, H. Luo, H. Y. Zhu, and S. C. Wen, “Femtosecond optical parametric amplification with dispersion pre-compensation,” IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 12(2), 181–186 (2006).
[CrossRef]

G. A. Mourou, T. Tajima, and S. V. Bulanov, “Optics in the relativistic regime,” Rev. Mod. Phys. 78(2), 309–371 (2006).
[CrossRef]

F. Tavella, A. Marcinkevičius, and F. Krausz, “Investigation of the superfluorescence and signal amplification in an ultrabroadband multiterawatt optical parametric chirped pulse amplifier system,” N. J. Phys. 8(10), 219 (2006).
[CrossRef]

K. Wang, L. J. Qian, and H. Y. Zhu, “Signal-to-noise ratio of ultrashort high-power pulse,” High Power Laser Part. Beams 18, 1–5 (2006).

O. V. Chekhlov, J. L. Collier, I. N. Ross, P. K. Bates, M. Notley, C. Hernandez-Gomez, W. Shaikh, C. N. Danson, D. Neely, P. Matousek, S. Hancock, and L. Cardoso, “35 J broadband femtosecond optical parametric chirped pulse amplification system,” Opt. Lett. 31(24), 3665–3667 (2006).
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2005 (4)

2004 (1)

M. Kaluza, J. Schreiber, M. I. Santala, G. D. Tsakiris, K. Eidmann, J. Meyer-Ter-Vehn, and K. J. Witte, “Influence of the laser prepulse on proton acceleration in thin-foil experiments,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 93(4), 045003 (2004).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

2002 (2)

T. Tajima and G. Mourou, ““Zettawatt-exawatt lasers and their applications in ultrastrong-field physics,” Phys. Rev. Spec. Top-Ac. 5, 031301 (2002).

I. N. Ross, P. Matousek, G. H. C. New, and K. Osvay, “Analysis and optimization of optical parametric chirped pulse amplification,” J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 19(12), 2945–2956 (2002).
[CrossRef]

1998 (1)

O. A. Konoplev and D. D. Meyerhofter, “Cancellation of B-integral accumulation for CPA lasers,” IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 4(2), 459–469 (1998).
[CrossRef]

1996 (1)

1989 (2)

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Audebert, P.

Bagnoud, V.

Barty, C. P.

Bates, P. K.

Begishev, I. A.

Bordenave, E.

Brambrink, E.

Bulanov, S. V.

G. A. Mourou, T. Tajima, and S. V. Bulanov, “Optics in the relativistic regime,” Rev. Mod. Phys. 78(2), 309–371 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Cardoso, L.

Chambaret, J. P.

Chekhlov, O. V.

Cheriaux, G.

Chériaux, G.

Collier, J. L.

Cotel, A.

Danson, C. N.

Didenko, N. V.

Dimauro, L. F.

Dorrer, C.

Ehrlich, R. B.

Eidmann, K.

M. Kaluza, J. Schreiber, M. I. Santala, G. D. Tsakiris, K. Eidmann, J. Meyer-Ter-Vehn, and K. J. Witte, “Influence of the laser prepulse on proton acceleration in thin-foil experiments,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 93(4), 045003 (2004).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Fan, D.

Forget, N.

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]

Gerstner, E.

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

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]

Gouédard, C.

Guardalben, M. J.

Haefner, C.

Hancock, S.

Hernandez-Gomez, C.

Hocquet, S.

Jaouën, Y.

Jovanovic, I.

Jullien, A.

Kalashnikov, M. P.

Kaluza, M.

M. Kaluza, J. Schreiber, M. I. Santala, G. D. Tsakiris, K. Eidmann, J. Meyer-Ter-Vehn, and K. J. Witte, “Influence of the laser prepulse on proton acceleration in thin-foil experiments,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 93(4), 045003 (2004).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

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]

Konoplev, O. A.

O. A. Konoplev and D. D. Meyerhofter, “Cancellation of B-integral accumulation for CPA lasers,” IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 4(2), 459–469 (1998).
[CrossRef]

Konyashchenko, A. V.

Krausz, F.

F. Tavella, A. Marcinkevičius, and F. Krausz, “Investigation of the superfluorescence and signal amplification in an ultrabroadband multiterawatt optical parametric chirped pulse amplifier system,” N. J. Phys. 8(10), 219 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Kyrazis, D. T.

Le Blanc, C.

Lee, J. H.

Limpert, J.

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]

Luo, H.

P. Yuan, L. J. Qian, H. Luo, H. Y. Zhu, and S. C. Wen, “Femtosecond optical parametric amplification with dispersion pre-compensation,” IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 12(2), 181–186 (2006).
[CrossRef]

H. Luo, L. J. Qian, P. Yuan, H. Y. Zhu, and S. C. Wen, “Hybrid seeded femtosecond optical parametric amplifier,” Opt. Express 13(24), 9747–9752 (2005).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Lutsenko, A. P.

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]

Marcinkevicius, A.

F. Tavella, A. Marcinkevičius, and F. Krausz, “Investigation of the superfluorescence and signal amplification in an ultrabroadband multiterawatt optical parametric chirped pulse amplifier system,” N. J. Phys. 8(10), 219 (2006).
[CrossRef]

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]

Matousek, P.

Meyerhofter, D. D.

O. A. Konoplev and D. D. Meyerhofter, “Cancellation of B-integral accumulation for CPA lasers,” IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 4(2), 459–469 (1998).
[CrossRef]

Meyer-Ter-Vehn, J.

M. Kaluza, J. Schreiber, M. I. Santala, G. D. Tsakiris, K. Eidmann, J. Meyer-Ter-Vehn, and K. J. Witte, “Influence of the laser prepulse on proton acceleration in thin-foil experiments,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 93(4), 045003 (2004).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Mourou, G.

T. Tajima and G. Mourou, ““Zettawatt-exawatt lasers and their applications in ultrastrong-field physics,” Phys. Rev. Spec. Top-Ac. 5, 031301 (2002).

Mourou, G. A.

G. A. Mourou, T. Tajima, and S. V. Bulanov, “Optics in the relativistic regime,” Rev. Mod. Phys. 78(2), 309–371 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Murray, J. R.

Neely, D.

New, G. H. C.

I. N. Ross, G. H. C. New, and P. K. Bates, “Contrast limitation due to pump noise in an optical parametric chirped pulse amplification system,” Opt. Commun. 273(2), 510–514 (2007).
[CrossRef]

I. N. Ross, P. Matousek, G. H. C. New, and K. Osvay, “Analysis and optimization of optical parametric chirped pulse amplification,” J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 19(12), 2945–2956 (2002).
[CrossRef]

Notley, M.

Osvay, K.

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]

Penninckx, D.

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]

Puth, J.

Qian, L. J.

P. Qiu, K. Wang, H. Y. Zhu, and L. J. Qian, “Spectral phase shifts in femtosecond parametric down-conversion with media dispersion,” Phys. Rev. A 81(1), 013810 (2010).
[CrossRef]

X. H. Wei, L. J. Qian, P. Yuan, H. Zhu, and D. Fan, “Optical parametric amplification pumped by a phase-aberrated beam,” Opt. Express 16(12), 8904–8915 (2008).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

K. Wang, L. J. Qian, and H. Y. Zhu, “Signal-to-noise ratio of ultrashort high-power pulse,” High Power Laser Part. Beams 18, 1–5 (2006).

P. Yuan, L. J. Qian, H. Luo, H. Y. Zhu, and S. C. Wen, “Femtosecond optical parametric amplification with dispersion pre-compensation,” IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 12(2), 181–186 (2006).
[CrossRef]

H. Luo, L. J. Qian, P. Yuan, H. Y. Zhu, and S. C. Wen, “Hybrid seeded femtosecond optical parametric amplifier,” Opt. Express 13(24), 9747–9752 (2005).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Qiu, P.

P. Qiu, K. Wang, H. Y. Zhu, and L. J. Qian, “Spectral phase shifts in femtosecond parametric down-conversion with media dispersion,” Phys. Rev. A 81(1), 013810 (2010).
[CrossRef]

Risse, E.

Ross, I. N.

Rousseau, P.

Salin, F.

Sandner, W.

Santala, M. I.

M. Kaluza, J. Schreiber, M. I. Santala, G. D. Tsakiris, K. Eidmann, J. Meyer-Ter-Vehn, and K. J. Witte, “Influence of the laser prepulse on proton acceleration in thin-foil experiments,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 93(4), 045003 (2004).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Schimpf, D.

Schimpf, D. N.

Schönnagel, H.

Schreiber, J.

M. Kaluza, J. Schreiber, M. I. Santala, G. D. Tsakiris, K. Eidmann, J. Meyer-Ter-Vehn, and K. J. Witte, “Influence of the laser prepulse on proton acceleration in thin-foil experiments,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 93(4), 045003 (2004).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Seise, E.

Sergeev, A. M.

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]

Shaikh, W.

Shaykin, A. 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).
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Figures (12)

Fig. 1
Fig. 1

Pump and signal pulses before the parametric amplification: (a) pump pulse with duration of 1 ns and its phase modulation at 40 GHz and a modulation index of 10; (b) the corresponding pump spectrum; (c) transform-limited signal pulse with duration of 100 fs; (d) chirped signal pulse and its parabolic phase profile.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

Amplified chirped signal pulse and its phase modulation (inset) in both time (a) and frequency (b) domains under the conditions with GVMi-p and small-signal amplification. For comparison, output pump pulse and its phase are also given (c). Parameters in the simulations, L NL = 0.17L, L = 10mm, Es(0) = 10−6, gain~6.4 × 107, L ip = 0.5L (red curve) and L ip = L (black curve). Other parameters are the same as in Fig. 1.

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

Same as in Fig. 2, but in the saturated regime, Es(0) = 0.01, conversion efficiency ~28%.

Fig. 4
Fig. 4

Same as in Fig. 2, but under the condition with GVDi. Dispersion lengths: L 2i = 0.5L (red curve), L 2i = L (black curve), gain~6.4 × 107.

Fig. 5
Fig. 5

Same as in Fig. 4, but in the saturated regime, Es(0) = 0.01, conversion efficiency ~28%.

Fig. 6
Fig. 6

Same as in Fig. 2, but under the condition with GVDp. Dispersion lengths: L 2p = 0.5L (red curve), L 2p = L (black curve), gain~6.4 × 107.

Fig. 7
Fig. 7

Same as in Fig. 6, but in the saturated regime Es(0) = 0.01, conversion efficiency ~28%.

Fig. 8
Fig. 8

Intensity of the recompressed signal pulse due to (a) GVM (L ip = L), (b) GVDi (L 2i = L) and (c) GVDp (L 2p = L). Other parameters are same as in Fig. 2.

Fig. 9
Fig. 9

The dependence of pulse contrast with (a) modulation index m at fixed fm = 20 GHz, L ip = L, L 2i = L, and L 2p = L, respectively; (b) modulation frequency fm at fixed m = 10, L ip = L, L 2i = L, and L 2p = L, respectively; (c) the characteristic lengths of GVM and dispersions at fixed modulation frequency (fm = 20 GHz) and index (m = 10). Other parameters: L NL = 0.17, L = 10mm, and Es(0) = 10−6.

Fig. 10
Fig. 10

The schematic configuration of a hybrid seeded optical parametric chirped pulse amplifier.

Fig. 11
Fig. 11

Phase modulation in time domain (a), spectrum and its phase modulation (b) of output amplified chirped signal pulse under the conditions with GVMi-p and small-signal amplification, from the first stage (black curve), from the second stage with signal seeding (red curve), and with idler seeding (blue curve). Parameters in the simulations, L NL = 0.25L, L = 10mm, Es(0) = 10−6, gain~2 × 1010, L ip = L. Other parameters are the same as in Fig. 1.

Fig. 12
Fig. 12

Intensities of the recompressed signal pulse under the conditions with GVMi-p and small-signal amplification, from the first stage (a), from the second stage with signal seeding (b), and with idler seeding (c). Other parameters are the same as in Fig. 11.

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E s ( z , t ) z + L N L L s p E s ( z , t ) t i L N L L 2 s 2 E s ( z , t ) t 2 = i λ p λ s E p ( z , t ) E i * ( z , t ) e i Δ k z ,
E i ( z , t ) z + L N L L i p E i ( z , t ) t i L N L L 2 i 2 E i ( z , t ) t 2 = i λ p λ i E p ( z , t ) E s * ( z , t ) e i Δ k z ,
E p ( z , t ) z i L N L L 2 p 2 E p ( z , t ) t 2 = i E s ( z , t ) E i ( z , t ) e i Δ k z .

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