Abstract

We present a new method to broaden the amplification range in optical parametric amplification toward the bandwidth needed for single cycle femtosecond pulses. Two-color pumping of independent stages is used to sequentially amplify the long and short wavelength parts of the ultrabroadband seed pulses. The concept is tested in two related experiments. With multi-mJ pumping pulses with a nearly octave spanning spectrum and an uncompressed energy of 3 mJ are generated at low repetition rate. The spectral phase varies slowly and continuously in the overlap region as shown with 100 kHz repetition rate. This should allow the compression to the Fourier limit of below 5 fs in the high energy system.

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2009 (4)

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2006 (2)

2004 (3)

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[CrossRef]

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[CrossRef]

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[CrossRef] [PubMed]

2002 (4)

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[CrossRef]

A. Baltuška and T. Kobayashi, “Adaptive shaping of two-cycle visible pulses using a flexible mirror,” Appl. Phys. B 75(4-5), 427–443 (2002).
[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]

A. Baltuška, T. Fuji, and T. Kobayashi, “Visible pulse compression to 4 fs by optical parametric amplification and programmable dispersion control,” Opt. Lett. 27(5), 306–308 (2002).
[CrossRef]

1998 (2)

1997 (2)

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]

I. N. Ross, P. Matousek, M. Towrie, A. J. Langley, and J. L. Collier, “The prospects for ultrashort pulse duration and ultrahigh intensity using optical parametric chirped pulse amplification,” Opt. Commun. 144(1-3), 125–133 (1997).
[CrossRef]

1996 (2)

T. S. Sosnowski, P. B. Stephens, and T. B. Norris, “Production of 30-fs pulses tunable throughout the visible spectral region by a new technique in optical parametric amplification,” Opt. Lett. 21(2), 140–142 (1996).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

M. Nisoli, S. De Silvestri, and O. Svelto, “Generation of high energy 10 fs pulses by a new pulse compression technique,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 68(20), 2793–2795 (1996).
[CrossRef]

1995 (1)

Adachi, S.

Apolonski, A.

A. L. Cavalieri, E. Goulielmakis, B. Horvath, W. Helml, M. Schultze, M. Fiess, V. Pervak, L. Veisz, V. S. Yakovlev, M. Uiberacker, A. Apolonski, F. Krausz, and R. Kienberger, “Intense 1.5-cycle near infrared laser waveforms and their use for the generation of ultra-broadband soft-x-ray harmonic continua,” N. J. Phys. 9(7), 242 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Baltuška, A.

A. Baltuška and T. Kobayashi, “Adaptive shaping of two-cycle visible pulses using a flexible mirror,” Appl. Phys. B 75(4-5), 427–443 (2002).
[CrossRef]

A. Baltuška, T. Fuji, and T. Kobayashi, “Visible pulse compression to 4 fs by optical parametric amplification and programmable dispersion control,” Opt. Lett. 27(5), 306–308 (2002).
[CrossRef]

Baum, P.

M. Bradler, P. Baum, and E. Riedle, “Femtosecond continuum generation in bulk laser host materials with sub-µJ pump pulses,” Appl. Phys. B 97(3), 561–574 (2009).
[CrossRef]

C. Homann, C. Schriever, P. Baum, and E. Riedle, “Octave wide tunable UV-pumped NOPA: pulses down to 20 fs at 0.5 MHz repetition rate,” Opt. Express 16(8), 5746–5756 (2008).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

I. Z. Kozma, P. Baum, U. Schmidhammer, S. Lochbrunner, and E. Riedle, “Compact autocorrelator for the online measurement of tunable 10 femtosecond pulses,” Rev. Sci. Instrum. 75(7), 2323–2327 (2004).
[CrossRef]

P. Baum, S. Lochbrunner, and E. Riedle, “Zero-additional-phase SPIDER: full characterization of visible and sub-20-fs ultraviolet pulses,” Opt. Lett. 29(2), 210–212 (2004).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Biegert, J.

C. P. Hauri, W. Kornelis, F. W. Helbing, A. Heinrich, A. Couairon, A. Mysyrowicz, J. Biegert, and U. Keller, “Generation of intense, carrier-envelope phase-locked few-cycle laser pulses through filamentation,” Appl. Phys. B 79(6), 673–677 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Bradler, M.

M. Bradler, P. Baum, and E. Riedle, “Femtosecond continuum generation in bulk laser host materials with sub-µJ pump pulses,” Appl. Phys. B 97(3), 561–574 (2009).
[CrossRef]

Cavalieri, A. L.

A. L. Cavalieri, E. Goulielmakis, B. Horvath, W. Helml, M. Schultze, M. Fiess, V. Pervak, L. Veisz, V. S. Yakovlev, M. Uiberacker, A. Apolonski, F. Krausz, and R. Kienberger, “Intense 1.5-cycle near infrared laser waveforms and their use for the generation of ultra-broadband soft-x-ray harmonic continua,” N. J. Phys. 9(7), 242 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Cavallari, M.

Cerullo, G.

Collier, J. L.

I. N. Ross, P. Matousek, M. Towrie, A. J. Langley, and J. L. Collier, “The prospects for ultrashort pulse duration and ultrahigh intensity using optical parametric chirped pulse amplification,” Opt. Commun. 144(1-3), 125–133 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Couairon, A.

C. P. Hauri, W. Kornelis, F. W. Helbing, A. Heinrich, A. Couairon, A. Mysyrowicz, J. Biegert, and U. Keller, “Generation of intense, carrier-envelope phase-locked few-cycle laser pulses through filamentation,” Appl. Phys. B 79(6), 673–677 (2004).
[CrossRef]

De Silvestri, S.

G. Cerullo, M. Nisoli, S. Stagira, and S. De Silvestri, “Sub-8-fs pulses from an ultrabroadband optical parametric amplifier in the visible,” Opt. Lett. 23(16), 1283–1285 (1998).
[CrossRef]

M. Nisoli, S. De Silvestri, and O. Svelto, “Generation of high energy 10 fs pulses by a new pulse compression technique,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 68(20), 2793–2795 (1996).
[CrossRef]

Driscoll, T. J.

Dubietis, A.

G. Tamošauskas, A. Dubietis, G. Valiulis, and A. Piskarskas, “Optical parametric amplifier pumped by two mutually incoherent laser beams,” Appl. Phys. B 91(2), 305–307 (2008).
[CrossRef]

E. Zeromskis, A. Dubietis, G. Tamosauskas, and A. Piskarskas, “Gain bandwidth broadening of the continuum-seeded optical parametric amplifier by use of two pump beams,” Opt. Commun. 203(3-6), 435–440 (2002).
[CrossRef]

Eggert, S.

G. Krauss, S. Lohss, T. Hanke, A. Sell, S. Eggert, R. Huber, and A. Leitensdorfer, “Synthesis of a single cycle of light with compact erbium-doped fibre technology,” Nat. Photonics 4(1), 33–36 (2010).
[CrossRef]

Eidmann, K.

G. D. Tsakiris, K. Eidmann, J. Meyer-ter-Vehn, and F. Krausz, “Route to intense single attosecond pulses,” N. J. Phys. 8(1), 19 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Eikema, K. S. E.

Fiess, M.

A. L. Cavalieri, E. Goulielmakis, B. Horvath, W. Helml, M. Schultze, M. Fiess, V. Pervak, L. Veisz, V. S. Yakovlev, M. Uiberacker, A. Apolonski, F. Krausz, and R. Kienberger, “Intense 1.5-cycle near infrared laser waveforms and their use for the generation of ultra-broadband soft-x-ray harmonic continua,” N. J. Phys. 9(7), 242 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Fuji, T.

Gale, G. M.

Goulielmakis, E.

A. L. Cavalieri, E. Goulielmakis, B. Horvath, W. Helml, M. Schultze, M. Fiess, V. Pervak, L. Veisz, V. S. Yakovlev, M. Uiberacker, A. Apolonski, F. Krausz, and R. Kienberger, “Intense 1.5-cycle near infrared laser waveforms and their use for the generation of ultra-broadband soft-x-ray harmonic continua,” N. J. Phys. 9(7), 242 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Hache, F.

Hanke, T.

G. Krauss, S. Lohss, T. Hanke, A. Sell, S. Eggert, R. Huber, and A. Leitensdorfer, “Synthesis of a single cycle of light with compact erbium-doped fibre technology,” Nat. Photonics 4(1), 33–36 (2010).
[CrossRef]

Hauri, C. P.

C. P. Hauri, W. Kornelis, F. W. Helbing, A. Heinrich, A. Couairon, A. Mysyrowicz, J. Biegert, and U. Keller, “Generation of intense, carrier-envelope phase-locked few-cycle laser pulses through filamentation,” Appl. Phys. B 79(6), 673–677 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Heinrich, A.

C. P. Hauri, W. Kornelis, F. W. Helbing, A. Heinrich, A. Couairon, A. Mysyrowicz, J. Biegert, and U. Keller, “Generation of intense, carrier-envelope phase-locked few-cycle laser pulses through filamentation,” Appl. Phys. B 79(6), 673–677 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Helbing, F. W.

C. P. Hauri, W. Kornelis, F. W. Helbing, A. Heinrich, A. Couairon, A. Mysyrowicz, J. Biegert, and U. Keller, “Generation of intense, carrier-envelope phase-locked few-cycle laser pulses through filamentation,” Appl. Phys. B 79(6), 673–677 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Helml, W.

A. L. Cavalieri, E. Goulielmakis, B. Horvath, W. Helml, M. Schultze, M. Fiess, V. Pervak, L. Veisz, V. S. Yakovlev, M. Uiberacker, A. Apolonski, F. Krausz, and R. Kienberger, “Intense 1.5-cycle near infrared laser waveforms and their use for the generation of ultra-broadband soft-x-ray harmonic continua,” N. J. Phys. 9(7), 242 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Herrmann, D.

Hogervorst, W.

Homann, C.

Horvath, B.

A. L. Cavalieri, E. Goulielmakis, B. Horvath, W. Helml, M. Schultze, M. Fiess, V. Pervak, L. Veisz, V. S. Yakovlev, M. Uiberacker, A. Apolonski, F. Krausz, and R. Kienberger, “Intense 1.5-cycle near infrared laser waveforms and their use for the generation of ultra-broadband soft-x-ray harmonic continua,” N. J. Phys. 9(7), 242 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Huber, R.

G. Krauss, S. Lohss, T. Hanke, A. Sell, S. Eggert, R. Huber, and A. Leitensdorfer, “Synthesis of a single cycle of light with compact erbium-doped fibre technology,” Nat. Photonics 4(1), 33–36 (2010).
[CrossRef]

Ishii, N.

Itatani, J.

Ivanov, M.

F. Krausz and M. Ivanov, “Attosecond physics,” Rev. Mod. Phys. 81(1), 163–234 (2009).
[CrossRef]

Kanai, T.

Kandula, D. Z.

Keller, U.

C. P. Hauri, W. Kornelis, F. W. Helbing, A. Heinrich, A. Couairon, A. Mysyrowicz, J. Biegert, and U. Keller, “Generation of intense, carrier-envelope phase-locked few-cycle laser pulses through filamentation,” Appl. Phys. B 79(6), 673–677 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Kienberger, R.

A. L. Cavalieri, E. Goulielmakis, B. Horvath, W. Helml, M. Schultze, M. Fiess, V. Pervak, L. Veisz, V. S. Yakovlev, M. Uiberacker, A. Apolonski, F. Krausz, and R. Kienberger, “Intense 1.5-cycle near infrared laser waveforms and their use for the generation of ultra-broadband soft-x-ray harmonic continua,” N. J. Phys. 9(7), 242 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Kobayashi, T.

A. Baltuška and T. Kobayashi, “Adaptive shaping of two-cycle visible pulses using a flexible mirror,” Appl. Phys. B 75(4-5), 427–443 (2002).
[CrossRef]

A. Baltuška, T. Fuji, and T. Kobayashi, “Visible pulse compression to 4 fs by optical parametric amplification and programmable dispersion control,” Opt. Lett. 27(5), 306–308 (2002).
[CrossRef]

Kobayashi, Y.

Kornelis, W.

C. P. Hauri, W. Kornelis, F. W. Helbing, A. Heinrich, A. Couairon, A. Mysyrowicz, J. Biegert, and U. Keller, “Generation of intense, carrier-envelope phase-locked few-cycle laser pulses through filamentation,” Appl. Phys. B 79(6), 673–677 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Kosuge, A.

Kozma, I. Z.

I. Z. Kozma, P. Baum, U. Schmidhammer, S. Lochbrunner, and E. Riedle, “Compact autocorrelator for the online measurement of tunable 10 femtosecond pulses,” Rev. Sci. Instrum. 75(7), 2323–2327 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Krauss, G.

G. Krauss, S. Lohss, T. Hanke, A. Sell, S. Eggert, R. Huber, and A. Leitensdorfer, “Synthesis of a single cycle of light with compact erbium-doped fibre technology,” Nat. Photonics 4(1), 33–36 (2010).
[CrossRef]

Krausz, F.

D. Herrmann, R. Tautz, F. Tavella, F. Krausz, and L. Veisz, “Investigation of two-beam-pumped noncollinear optical parametric chirped-pulse amplification for the generation of few-cycle light pulses,” Opt. Express 18(5), 4170–4183 (2010).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

D. Herrmann, L. Veisz, R. Tautz, F. Tavella, K. Schmid, V. Pervak, and F. Krausz, “Generation of sub-three-cycle, 16 TW light pulses by using noncollinear optical parametric chirped-pulse amplification,” Opt. Lett. 34(16), 2459–2461 (2009).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

F. Krausz and M. Ivanov, “Attosecond physics,” Rev. Mod. Phys. 81(1), 163–234 (2009).
[CrossRef]

A. L. Cavalieri, E. Goulielmakis, B. Horvath, W. Helml, M. Schultze, M. Fiess, V. Pervak, L. Veisz, V. S. Yakovlev, M. Uiberacker, A. Apolonski, F. Krausz, and R. Kienberger, “Intense 1.5-cycle near infrared laser waveforms and their use for the generation of ultra-broadband soft-x-ray harmonic continua,” N. J. Phys. 9(7), 242 (2007).
[CrossRef]

G. D. Tsakiris, K. Eidmann, J. Meyer-ter-Vehn, and F. Krausz, “Route to intense single attosecond pulses,” N. J. Phys. 8(1), 19 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Krok, P.

Langley, A. J.

I. N. Ross, P. Matousek, M. Towrie, A. J. Langley, and J. L. Collier, “The prospects for ultrashort pulse duration and ultrahigh intensity using optical parametric chirped pulse amplification,” Opt. Commun. 144(1-3), 125–133 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Lee, J. H.

Leitensdorfer, A.

G. Krauss, S. Lohss, T. Hanke, A. Sell, S. Eggert, R. Huber, and A. Leitensdorfer, “Synthesis of a single cycle of light with compact erbium-doped fibre technology,” Nat. Photonics 4(1), 33–36 (2010).
[CrossRef]

Lochbrunner, S.

Lohss, S.

G. Krauss, S. Lohss, T. Hanke, A. Sell, S. Eggert, R. Huber, and A. Leitensdorfer, “Synthesis of a single cycle of light with compact erbium-doped fibre technology,” Nat. Photonics 4(1), 33–36 (2010).
[CrossRef]

Matousek, P.

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]

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Appl. Phys. B (5)

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[CrossRef]

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Figures (7)

Fig. 1
Fig. 1

Layout of the mJ-level two-color-pumped NOPCPA setup, which consists of two cascaded stages employing type-I phase-matching in BBO (T-HCF – tapered hollow-core capillary fiber, VA – variable attenuator, BS – beam splitter). The pump fundamental (1064 nm, ω) and its second- (532 nm, 2ω) and third-harmonic (355 nm, 3ω) are relay-imaged with vacuum telescopes onto the nonlinear optical crystals BBO and DKDP.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

The spectral energy density of the signal pulse amplified by the second-harmonic and the third-harmonic of the Nd:YAG pump laser (575-1050 nm, red solid curve) allows for a Fourier-limit of 4.5 fs (inset). This spectrum is composed of the spectral region amplified only by the second-harmonic (700-1050 nm, green dotted curve shown as guide to the eye) and the third-harmonic alone (575-740 nm, blue dotted curve). A typical output spectrum of the T-HCF (unamplified seed, not to scale) is shown as gray solid curve.

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

Layout of the two-color-pumped NOPA setup, which consists of two cascaded stages employing type-I phase-matching in BBO (W - fused silica window, D - dichroic mirror, VA - variable attenuator, PC - prism compressor, FM - flipper mirror, AC - 2nd-order intensity autocorrelator). All focal lengths f are given in mm.

Fig. 4
Fig. 4

(a) The spectral energy density of the signal pulse amplified by the SH and the TH of the pump laser (630 – 830 nm, red curve) is composed of the spectral region amplified only by the SH (690 – 830 nm, green curve) and the TH alone (630 – 715 nm, blue curve). These spectra allow for Fourier-limits of 11 fs, 19.7 fs and 28 fs, respectively. The measured spectral energy densities are normalized to the peak of the red curve. The corresponding measured autocorrelation traces with deconvoluted FWHM pulse durations are shown in (b).

Fig. 5
Fig. 5

(a) Effective phase-mismatch as function of seed wavelength including wave-vector-mismatch ΔkL and OPA-phase for the individual NOPCPA stages: λp = 532 nm, θ = 23.62°, α = 2.23° (green) and λp = 354.7 nm, θ = 34.58°, α = 3.40° (blue). The red horizontal lines label ± π . (b) The spectral region below 700 nm is shapeable via adjusting the pump delay and the phase-matching angle (varied colors) in the NOPCPA stage pumped by 3ω.

Fig. 6
Fig. 6

Measured full signal bandwidth (red diamonds) and the overall pump-to-signal conversion efficiency (blue squares) as function of group delay between the seed spectral boundaries. The optimum group delay is found to be (69±2) ps.

Fig. 7
Fig. 7

(a) Spectral phase of the compressed signal pulses retrieved by the ZAP-SPIDER measurement. Solid red curve: amplification by the SH and TH of the pump laser, solid green: amplification only by the SH, solid blue: amplification only by the TH; all for identical settings of the compressor. For comparison the calculated OPA-phase for the two stages is shown with dashed lines. The solid grey curve shows the spectral energy density of the signal. Taking the measured spectral phase, spectral intensity and pulse energy leads to the retrieved pulses shown in (b) with their FWHM pulse duration.

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