Abstract

We demonstrated for the first time the application of a self-diffraction (SD) process in a bulk Kerr medium to improve the temporal, spectral, and spatial qualities of femtosecond laser pulses. A proof-of-principle experiment succeeded in improving the temporal contrast of a femtosecond pulse by four orders of magnitude even in the picosecond region using a 0.5-mm-thick fused silica glass plate by this technique. The energy conversion efficiency from the incident pulses to the two first-order SD signals is about 12%. By the SD process, a laser pulse with smoother spectral shape, higher beam quality, and shorter pulse duration than those of the input pulse was generated. This technique is expected to be used to design background-free petawatt laser system in the future.

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2010 (2)

2009 (1)

S. V. Bulanov, T. Esirkepov, D. Habs, F. Pegoraro, and T. Tajima, “Relativistic Laser-Matter Interaction and Relativistic Laboratory Astrophysics,” Eur. Phys. J. D 55(2), 483–507 (2009).
[CrossRef]

2008 (1)

2007 (3)

H. Kiriyama, M. Mori, Y. Nakai, Y. Yamamoto, M. Tanoue, A. Akutsu, T. Shimomura, S. Kondo, S. Kanazawa, H. Daido, T. Kimura, and N. Miyanaga, “High-energy, high-contrast, multiterawatt laser pulses by optical parametric chirped-pulse amplification,” Opt. Lett. 32(16), 2315–2317 (2007).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

P. Antici, J. Fuchs, E. d’Humières, E. Lefebvre, M. Borghesi, E. Brambrink, C. A. Cecchetti, S. Gaillard, L. Romagnani, Y. Sentoku, T. Toncian, O. Willi, P. Audebert, and H. Pépin, “Energetic protons generated by ultrahigh contrast laser pulses interacting with ultrathin targets,” Phys. Plasmas 14(3), 030701–1 (2007).
[CrossRef]

A. Jullien, L. Canova, O. Albert, D. Boschetto, L. Antonucci, Y. H. Cha, J. P. Rousseau, P. Chaudet, G. Cheriaux, J. Etchepare, S. Kourtev, N. Minkovski, and S. M. Saltiel, “Spectral broadening and pulse duration reduction during cross-polarized wave generation: influence of the quadratic spectral phase,” Appl. Phys. B 87(4), 595–601 (2007).
[CrossRef]

2006 (6)

X. W. Chen, Y. X. Leng, J. Liu, Y. Zhu, R. X. Li, and Z. Z. Xu, “Pulse self-compression in normally dispersive bulk media,” Opt. Commun. 259(1), 331–335 (2006).
[CrossRef]

A. Cotel, A. Jullien, N. Forget, O. Albert, G. Cheriaux, and C. Le Blanc, “Nonlinear temporal pulse cleaning of a 1-mu m optical parametric chirped-pulse amplification system,” Appl. Phys. B 83(1), 7–10 (2006).
[CrossRef]

B. Dromey, M. Zepf, A. Gopa, K. Lancaster, M. S. Wei, K. Krushelnick, M. Tatarakis, N. Vakakis, S. Moustaizis, R. Kodama, M. Tampo, C. Stoeck, R. Clarke, H. Habara, D. Neely, S. Karsch, and P. Norreys, “High harmonic generation in the relativistic limit,” Nat. Phys. 2(7), 456–459 (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]

J. Liu, X. W. Chen, J. S. Liu, Y. Zhu, Y. X. Leng, J. Dai, R. X. Li, and Z. Z. Xu, “Spectrum reshaping and pulse self-compression in normally dispersive media with negatively chirped femtosecond pulses,” Opt. Express 14(2), 979–987 (2006).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

V. Chvykov, P. Rousseau, S. Reed, G. Kalinchenko, and V. Yanovsky, “Generation of 10(11) contrast 50 TW laser pulses,” Opt. Lett. 31(10), 1456–1458 (2006).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

2005 (5)

2004 (4)

G. Doumy, F. Quéré, O. Gobert, M. Perdrix, P. Martin, P. Audebert, J.-C. Gauthier, J.-P. Geindre, and T. Wittmann, “Complete characterization of a plasma mirror for the production of high-contrast ultraintense laser pulses,” Phys. Rev. E Stat. Nonlin. Soft Matter Phys. 69(2), 026402–1 (2004).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

K. Osvay, A. P. Kovács, Z. Heiner, G. Kurdi, J. Klebniczki, and M. Csatári, “Angular dispersion and temporal change of femtosecond pulse from misaligned pulse compressors,” IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 10(1), 213–220 (2004).
[CrossRef]

A. Jullien, F. Augé-Rochereau, G. Chériaux, J. P. Chambaret, P. d’Oliveira, T. Auguste, and F. Falcoz, “High-efficiency, simple setup for pulse cleaning at the millijoule level by nonlinear induced birefringence,” Opt. Lett. 29(18), 2184–2186 (2004).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

M. Kalashnikov, E. Risse, H. Schönnagel, A. Husakou, J. Herrmann, and W. Sandner, “Characterization of a nonlinear filter for the front-end of a high contrast double-CPA Ti:sapphire laser,” Opt. Express 12(21), 5088–5097 (2004).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

2002 (1)

2000 (1)

G. Pretzler, A. Kasper, and K. J. Witte, “Angular chirp and tilted light pulses in CPA lasers,” Appl. Phys. B 70(1), 1–9 (2000).
[CrossRef]

1999 (1)

T. Schneider, D. Wolfframm, R. Mitzner, and J. Reif, “Ultrafast optical switching by instantaneous laser-induced grating formation and self-diffraction in barium fluoride,” Appl. Phys. B 68(4), 749–751 (1999).
[CrossRef]

1998 (2)

M. Nantel, J. Itatani, T. An-Chun, J. Faure, D. Kaplan, M. Bauvier, T. Buma, P. Van Rompay, J. Nee, P. P. Pronko, D. Umstadter, and G. A. Mourou, “Temporal contrast in Ti:sapphire lasers, characterization and control,” IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 4(2), 449–458 (1998).
[CrossRef]

J. Itatani, J. Faure, M. Nantel, G. Mourou, and S. Watanabe, “Suppression of the amplified spontaneous emission in chirped-pulse-amplification lasers by clean high-energy seed-pulse injection,” Opt. Commun. 148(1-3), 70–74 (1998).
[CrossRef]

1995 (1)

1994 (2)

Ahmad, I.

T. J. Wang, Z. Major, I. Ahmad, S. A. Trushin, F. Krausz, and S. Karsch, “Ultrabroadband near-infrared pulse generation by noncollinear OPA with angular dispersion compensation,” Appl. Phys. B 100(1), 207–214 (2010).
[CrossRef]

Akutsu, A.

Albert, O.

A. Jullien, L. Canova, O. Albert, D. Boschetto, L. Antonucci, Y. H. Cha, J. P. Rousseau, P. Chaudet, G. Cheriaux, J. Etchepare, S. Kourtev, N. Minkovski, and S. M. Saltiel, “Spectral broadening and pulse duration reduction during cross-polarized wave generation: influence of the quadratic spectral phase,” Appl. Phys. B 87(4), 595–601 (2007).
[CrossRef]

A. Cotel, A. Jullien, N. Forget, O. Albert, G. Cheriaux, and C. Le Blanc, “Nonlinear temporal pulse cleaning of a 1-mu m optical parametric chirped-pulse amplification system,” Appl. Phys. B 83(1), 7–10 (2006).
[CrossRef]

A. Jullien, O. Albert, F. Burgy, G. Hamoniaux, J.-P. Rousseau, J.-P. Chambaret, F. Augé-Rochereau, G. Chériaux, J. Etchepare, N. Minkovski, and S. M. Saltiel, “10(-10) temporal contrast for femtosecond ultraintense lasers by cross-polarized wave generation,” Opt. Lett. 30(8), 920–922 (2005).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Amra, C.

An-Chun, T.

M. Nantel, J. Itatani, T. An-Chun, J. Faure, D. Kaplan, M. Bauvier, T. Buma, P. Van Rompay, J. Nee, P. P. Pronko, D. Umstadter, and G. A. Mourou, “Temporal contrast in Ti:sapphire lasers, characterization and control,” IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 4(2), 449–458 (1998).
[CrossRef]

Antici, P.

P. Antici, J. Fuchs, E. d’Humières, E. Lefebvre, M. Borghesi, E. Brambrink, C. A. Cecchetti, S. Gaillard, L. Romagnani, Y. Sentoku, T. Toncian, O. Willi, P. Audebert, and H. Pépin, “Energetic protons generated by ultrahigh contrast laser pulses interacting with ultrathin targets,” Phys. Plasmas 14(3), 030701–1 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Antonucci, L.

A. Jullien, L. Canova, O. Albert, D. Boschetto, L. Antonucci, Y. H. Cha, J. P. Rousseau, P. Chaudet, G. Cheriaux, J. Etchepare, S. Kourtev, N. Minkovski, and S. M. Saltiel, “Spectral broadening and pulse duration reduction during cross-polarized wave generation: influence of the quadratic spectral phase,” Appl. Phys. B 87(4), 595–601 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Audebert, P.

P. Antici, J. Fuchs, E. d’Humières, E. Lefebvre, M. Borghesi, E. Brambrink, C. A. Cecchetti, S. Gaillard, L. Romagnani, Y. Sentoku, T. Toncian, O. Willi, P. Audebert, and H. Pépin, “Energetic protons generated by ultrahigh contrast laser pulses interacting with ultrathin targets,” Phys. Plasmas 14(3), 030701–1 (2007).
[CrossRef]

G. Doumy, F. Quéré, O. Gobert, M. Perdrix, P. Martin, P. Audebert, J.-C. Gauthier, J.-P. Geindre, and T. Wittmann, “Complete characterization of a plasma mirror for the production of high-contrast ultraintense laser pulses,” Phys. Rev. E Stat. Nonlin. Soft Matter Phys. 69(2), 026402–1 (2004).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Augé-Rochereau, F.

Auguste, T.

A. Renault, F. Augé-Rochereau, T. Planchon, P. Doliveira, T. Auguste, G. Cheriaux, and J. Chambaret, “ASE contrast improvement with a non-linear filtering Sagnac interferometer,” Opt. Commun. 248(4-6), 535–541 (2005).
[CrossRef]

A. Jullien, F. Augé-Rochereau, G. Chériaux, J. P. Chambaret, P. d’Oliveira, T. Auguste, and F. Falcoz, “High-efficiency, simple setup for pulse cleaning at the millijoule level by nonlinear induced birefringence,” Opt. Lett. 29(18), 2184–2186 (2004).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Bauvier, M.

M. Nantel, J. Itatani, T. An-Chun, J. Faure, D. Kaplan, M. Bauvier, T. Buma, P. Van Rompay, J. Nee, P. P. Pronko, D. Umstadter, and G. A. Mourou, “Temporal contrast in Ti:sapphire lasers, characterization and control,” IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 4(2), 449–458 (1998).
[CrossRef]

Bolton, P. R.

Borghesi, M.

P. Antici, J. Fuchs, E. d’Humières, E. Lefebvre, M. Borghesi, E. Brambrink, C. A. Cecchetti, S. Gaillard, L. Romagnani, Y. Sentoku, T. Toncian, O. Willi, P. Audebert, and H. Pépin, “Energetic protons generated by ultrahigh contrast laser pulses interacting with ultrathin targets,” Phys. Plasmas 14(3), 030701–1 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Boschetto, D.

A. Jullien, L. Canova, O. Albert, D. Boschetto, L. Antonucci, Y. H. Cha, J. P. Rousseau, P. Chaudet, G. Cheriaux, J. Etchepare, S. Kourtev, N. Minkovski, and S. M. Saltiel, “Spectral broadening and pulse duration reduction during cross-polarized wave generation: influence of the quadratic spectral phase,” Appl. Phys. B 87(4), 595–601 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Brambrink, E.

P. Antici, J. Fuchs, E. d’Humières, E. Lefebvre, M. Borghesi, E. Brambrink, C. A. Cecchetti, S. Gaillard, L. Romagnani, Y. Sentoku, T. Toncian, O. Willi, P. Audebert, and H. Pépin, “Energetic protons generated by ultrahigh contrast laser pulses interacting with ultrathin targets,” Phys. Plasmas 14(3), 030701–1 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Bulanov, S. V.

S. V. Bulanov, T. Esirkepov, D. Habs, F. Pegoraro, and T. Tajima, “Relativistic Laser-Matter Interaction and Relativistic Laboratory Astrophysics,” Eur. Phys. J. D 55(2), 483–507 (2009).
[CrossRef]

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

Buma, T.

M. Nantel, J. Itatani, T. An-Chun, J. Faure, D. Kaplan, M. Bauvier, T. Buma, P. Van Rompay, J. Nee, P. P. Pronko, D. Umstadter, and G. A. Mourou, “Temporal contrast in Ti:sapphire lasers, characterization and control,” IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 4(2), 449–458 (1998).
[CrossRef]

Burgy, F.

Canova, L.

A. Jullien, L. Canova, O. Albert, D. Boschetto, L. Antonucci, Y. H. Cha, J. P. Rousseau, P. Chaudet, G. Cheriaux, J. Etchepare, S. Kourtev, N. Minkovski, and S. M. Saltiel, “Spectral broadening and pulse duration reduction during cross-polarized wave generation: influence of the quadratic spectral phase,” Appl. Phys. B 87(4), 595–601 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Cecchetti, C. A.

P. Antici, J. Fuchs, E. d’Humières, E. Lefebvre, M. Borghesi, E. Brambrink, C. A. Cecchetti, S. Gaillard, L. Romagnani, Y. Sentoku, T. Toncian, O. Willi, P. Audebert, and H. Pépin, “Energetic protons generated by ultrahigh contrast laser pulses interacting with ultrathin targets,” Phys. Plasmas 14(3), 030701–1 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Cha, Y. H.

A. Jullien, L. Canova, O. Albert, D. Boschetto, L. Antonucci, Y. H. Cha, J. P. Rousseau, P. Chaudet, G. Cheriaux, J. Etchepare, S. Kourtev, N. Minkovski, and S. M. Saltiel, “Spectral broadening and pulse duration reduction during cross-polarized wave generation: influence of the quadratic spectral phase,” Appl. Phys. B 87(4), 595–601 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Chambaret, J.

A. Renault, F. Augé-Rochereau, T. Planchon, P. Doliveira, T. Auguste, G. Cheriaux, and J. Chambaret, “ASE contrast improvement with a non-linear filtering Sagnac interferometer,” Opt. Commun. 248(4-6), 535–541 (2005).
[CrossRef]

Chambaret, J. P.

Chambaret, J.-P.

Chaudet, P.

A. Jullien, L. Canova, O. Albert, D. Boschetto, L. Antonucci, Y. H. Cha, J. P. Rousseau, P. Chaudet, G. Cheriaux, J. Etchepare, S. Kourtev, N. Minkovski, and S. M. Saltiel, “Spectral broadening and pulse duration reduction during cross-polarized wave generation: influence of the quadratic spectral phase,” Appl. Phys. B 87(4), 595–601 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Chen, X. W.

Cheriaux, G.

V. Yanovsky, V. Chvykov, G. Kalinchenko, P. Rousseau, T. Planchon, T. Matsuoka, A. Maksimchuk, J. Nees, G. Cheriaux, G. Mourou, and K. Krushelnick, “Ultra-high intensity- 300-TW laser at 0.1 Hz repetition rate,” Opt. Express 16(3), 2109–2114 (2008).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

A. Jullien, L. Canova, O. Albert, D. Boschetto, L. Antonucci, Y. H. Cha, J. P. Rousseau, P. Chaudet, G. Cheriaux, J. Etchepare, S. Kourtev, N. Minkovski, and S. M. Saltiel, “Spectral broadening and pulse duration reduction during cross-polarized wave generation: influence of the quadratic spectral phase,” Appl. Phys. B 87(4), 595–601 (2007).
[CrossRef]

A. Cotel, A. Jullien, N. Forget, O. Albert, G. Cheriaux, and C. Le Blanc, “Nonlinear temporal pulse cleaning of a 1-mu m optical parametric chirped-pulse amplification system,” Appl. Phys. B 83(1), 7–10 (2006).
[CrossRef]

A. Renault, F. Augé-Rochereau, T. Planchon, P. Doliveira, T. Auguste, G. Cheriaux, and J. Chambaret, “ASE contrast improvement with a non-linear filtering Sagnac interferometer,” Opt. Commun. 248(4-6), 535–541 (2005).
[CrossRef]

Chériaux, G.

Chvykov, V.

Clarke, R.

B. Dromey, M. Zepf, A. Gopa, K. Lancaster, M. S. Wei, K. Krushelnick, M. Tatarakis, N. Vakakis, S. Moustaizis, R. Kodama, M. Tampo, C. Stoeck, R. Clarke, H. Habara, D. Neely, S. Karsch, and P. Norreys, “High harmonic generation in the relativistic limit,” Nat. Phys. 2(7), 456–459 (2006).
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Deumié, C.

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A. Renault, F. Augé-Rochereau, T. Planchon, P. Doliveira, T. Auguste, G. Cheriaux, and J. Chambaret, “ASE contrast improvement with a non-linear filtering Sagnac interferometer,” Opt. Commun. 248(4-6), 535–541 (2005).
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A. Jullien, O. Albert, F. Burgy, G. Hamoniaux, J.-P. Rousseau, J.-P. Chambaret, F. Augé-Rochereau, G. Chériaux, J. Etchepare, N. Minkovski, and S. M. Saltiel, “10(-10) temporal contrast for femtosecond ultraintense lasers by cross-polarized wave generation,” Opt. Lett. 30(8), 920–922 (2005).
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Fan, Z. X.

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A. Cotel, A. Jullien, N. Forget, O. Albert, G. Cheriaux, and C. Le Blanc, “Nonlinear temporal pulse cleaning of a 1-mu m optical parametric chirped-pulse amplification system,” Appl. Phys. B 83(1), 7–10 (2006).
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P. Antici, J. Fuchs, E. d’Humières, E. Lefebvre, M. Borghesi, E. Brambrink, C. A. Cecchetti, S. Gaillard, L. Romagnani, Y. Sentoku, T. Toncian, O. Willi, P. Audebert, and H. Pépin, “Energetic protons generated by ultrahigh contrast laser pulses interacting with ultrathin targets,” Phys. Plasmas 14(3), 030701–1 (2007).
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P. Antici, J. Fuchs, E. d’Humières, E. Lefebvre, M. Borghesi, E. Brambrink, C. A. Cecchetti, S. Gaillard, L. Romagnani, Y. Sentoku, T. Toncian, O. Willi, P. Audebert, and H. Pépin, “Energetic protons generated by ultrahigh contrast laser pulses interacting with ultrathin targets,” Phys. Plasmas 14(3), 030701–1 (2007).
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G. Doumy, F. Quéré, O. Gobert, M. Perdrix, P. Martin, P. Audebert, J.-C. Gauthier, J.-P. Geindre, and T. Wittmann, “Complete characterization of a plasma mirror for the production of high-contrast ultraintense laser pulses,” Phys. Rev. E Stat. Nonlin. Soft Matter Phys. 69(2), 026402–1 (2004).
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Gobert, O.

G. Doumy, F. Quéré, O. Gobert, M. Perdrix, P. Martin, P. Audebert, J.-C. Gauthier, J.-P. Geindre, and T. Wittmann, “Complete characterization of a plasma mirror for the production of high-contrast ultraintense laser pulses,” Phys. Rev. E Stat. Nonlin. Soft Matter Phys. 69(2), 026402–1 (2004).
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B. Dromey, M. Zepf, A. Gopa, K. Lancaster, M. S. Wei, K. Krushelnick, M. Tatarakis, N. Vakakis, S. Moustaizis, R. Kodama, M. Tampo, C. Stoeck, R. Clarke, H. Habara, D. Neely, S. Karsch, and P. Norreys, “High harmonic generation in the relativistic limit,” Nat. Phys. 2(7), 456–459 (2006).
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A. Jullien, L. Canova, O. Albert, D. Boschetto, L. Antonucci, Y. H. Cha, J. P. Rousseau, P. Chaudet, G. Cheriaux, J. Etchepare, S. Kourtev, N. Minkovski, and S. M. Saltiel, “Spectral broadening and pulse duration reduction during cross-polarized wave generation: influence of the quadratic spectral phase,” Appl. Phys. B 87(4), 595–601 (2007).
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A. Cotel, A. Jullien, N. Forget, O. Albert, G. Cheriaux, and C. Le Blanc, “Nonlinear temporal pulse cleaning of a 1-mu m optical parametric chirped-pulse amplification system,” Appl. Phys. B 83(1), 7–10 (2006).
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A. Jullien, O. Albert, F. Burgy, G. Hamoniaux, J.-P. Rousseau, J.-P. Chambaret, F. Augé-Rochereau, G. Chériaux, J. Etchepare, N. Minkovski, and S. M. Saltiel, “10(-10) temporal contrast for femtosecond ultraintense lasers by cross-polarized wave generation,” Opt. Lett. 30(8), 920–922 (2005).
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Kaplan, D.

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T. J. Wang, Z. Major, I. Ahmad, S. A. Trushin, F. Krausz, and S. Karsch, “Ultrabroadband near-infrared pulse generation by noncollinear OPA with angular dispersion compensation,” Appl. Phys. B 100(1), 207–214 (2010).
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Kimura, T.

Kiriyama, H.

Klebniczki, J.

K. Osvay, A. P. Kovács, Z. Heiner, G. Kurdi, J. Klebniczki, and M. Csatári, “Angular dispersion and temporal change of femtosecond pulse from misaligned pulse compressors,” IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 10(1), 213–220 (2004).
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B. Dromey, M. Zepf, A. Gopa, K. Lancaster, M. S. Wei, K. Krushelnick, M. Tatarakis, N. Vakakis, S. Moustaizis, R. Kodama, M. Tampo, C. Stoeck, R. Clarke, H. Habara, D. Neely, S. Karsch, and P. Norreys, “High harmonic generation in the relativistic limit,” Nat. Phys. 2(7), 456–459 (2006).
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A. Jullien, L. Canova, O. Albert, D. Boschetto, L. Antonucci, Y. H. Cha, J. P. Rousseau, P. Chaudet, G. Cheriaux, J. Etchepare, S. Kourtev, N. Minkovski, and S. M. Saltiel, “Spectral broadening and pulse duration reduction during cross-polarized wave generation: influence of the quadratic spectral phase,” Appl. Phys. B 87(4), 595–601 (2007).
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V. Yanovsky, V. Chvykov, G. Kalinchenko, P. Rousseau, T. Planchon, T. Matsuoka, A. Maksimchuk, J. Nees, G. Cheriaux, G. Mourou, and K. Krushelnick, “Ultra-high intensity- 300-TW laser at 0.1 Hz repetition rate,” Opt. Express 16(3), 2109–2114 (2008).
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B. Dromey, M. Zepf, A. Gopa, K. Lancaster, M. S. Wei, K. Krushelnick, M. Tatarakis, N. Vakakis, S. Moustaizis, R. Kodama, M. Tampo, C. Stoeck, R. Clarke, H. Habara, D. Neely, S. Karsch, and P. Norreys, “High harmonic generation in the relativistic limit,” Nat. Phys. 2(7), 456–459 (2006).
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K. Osvay, A. P. Kovács, Z. Heiner, G. Kurdi, J. Klebniczki, and M. Csatári, “Angular dispersion and temporal change of femtosecond pulse from misaligned pulse compressors,” IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 10(1), 213–220 (2004).
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B. Dromey, M. Zepf, A. Gopa, K. Lancaster, M. S. Wei, K. Krushelnick, M. Tatarakis, N. Vakakis, S. Moustaizis, R. Kodama, M. Tampo, C. Stoeck, R. Clarke, H. Habara, D. Neely, S. Karsch, and P. Norreys, “High harmonic generation in the relativistic limit,” Nat. Phys. 2(7), 456–459 (2006).
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A. Cotel, A. Jullien, N. Forget, O. Albert, G. Cheriaux, and C. Le Blanc, “Nonlinear temporal pulse cleaning of a 1-mu m optical parametric chirped-pulse amplification system,” Appl. Phys. B 83(1), 7–10 (2006).
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P. Antici, J. Fuchs, E. d’Humières, E. Lefebvre, M. Borghesi, E. Brambrink, C. A. Cecchetti, S. Gaillard, L. Romagnani, Y. Sentoku, T. Toncian, O. Willi, P. Audebert, and H. Pépin, “Energetic protons generated by ultrahigh contrast laser pulses interacting with ultrathin targets,” Phys. Plasmas 14(3), 030701–1 (2007).
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Li, R. X.

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Liu, J. S.

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T. J. Wang, Z. Major, I. Ahmad, S. A. Trushin, F. Krausz, and S. Karsch, “Ultrabroadband near-infrared pulse generation by noncollinear OPA with angular dispersion compensation,” Appl. Phys. B 100(1), 207–214 (2010).
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Martin, P.

G. Doumy, F. Quéré, O. Gobert, M. Perdrix, P. Martin, P. Audebert, J.-C. Gauthier, J.-P. Geindre, and T. Wittmann, “Complete characterization of a plasma mirror for the production of high-contrast ultraintense laser pulses,” Phys. Rev. E Stat. Nonlin. Soft Matter Phys. 69(2), 026402–1 (2004).
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Minkovski, N.

A. Jullien, L. Canova, O. Albert, D. Boschetto, L. Antonucci, Y. H. Cha, J. P. Rousseau, P. Chaudet, G. Cheriaux, J. Etchepare, S. Kourtev, N. Minkovski, and S. M. Saltiel, “Spectral broadening and pulse duration reduction during cross-polarized wave generation: influence of the quadratic spectral phase,” Appl. Phys. B 87(4), 595–601 (2007).
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A. Jullien, O. Albert, F. Burgy, G. Hamoniaux, J.-P. Rousseau, J.-P. Chambaret, F. Augé-Rochereau, G. Chériaux, J. Etchepare, N. Minkovski, and S. M. Saltiel, “10(-10) temporal contrast for femtosecond ultraintense lasers by cross-polarized wave generation,” Opt. Lett. 30(8), 920–922 (2005).
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T. Schneider, D. Wolfframm, R. Mitzner, and J. Reif, “Ultrafast optical switching by instantaneous laser-induced grating formation and self-diffraction in barium fluoride,” Appl. Phys. B 68(4), 749–751 (1999).
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M. Nantel, J. Itatani, T. An-Chun, J. Faure, D. Kaplan, M. Bauvier, T. Buma, P. Van Rompay, J. Nee, P. P. Pronko, D. Umstadter, and G. A. Mourou, “Temporal contrast in Ti:sapphire lasers, characterization and control,” IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 4(2), 449–458 (1998).
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B. Dromey, M. Zepf, A. Gopa, K. Lancaster, M. S. Wei, K. Krushelnick, M. Tatarakis, N. Vakakis, S. Moustaizis, R. Kodama, M. Tampo, C. Stoeck, R. Clarke, H. Habara, D. Neely, S. Karsch, and P. Norreys, “High harmonic generation in the relativistic limit,” Nat. Phys. 2(7), 456–459 (2006).
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Nantel, M.

J. Itatani, J. Faure, M. Nantel, G. Mourou, and S. Watanabe, “Suppression of the amplified spontaneous emission in chirped-pulse-amplification lasers by clean high-energy seed-pulse injection,” Opt. Commun. 148(1-3), 70–74 (1998).
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M. Nantel, J. Itatani, T. An-Chun, J. Faure, D. Kaplan, M. Bauvier, T. Buma, P. Van Rompay, J. Nee, P. P. Pronko, D. Umstadter, and G. A. Mourou, “Temporal contrast in Ti:sapphire lasers, characterization and control,” IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 4(2), 449–458 (1998).
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M. Nantel, J. Itatani, T. An-Chun, J. Faure, D. Kaplan, M. Bauvier, T. Buma, P. Van Rompay, J. Nee, P. P. Pronko, D. Umstadter, and G. A. Mourou, “Temporal contrast in Ti:sapphire lasers, characterization and control,” IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 4(2), 449–458 (1998).
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B. Dromey, M. Zepf, A. Gopa, K. Lancaster, M. S. Wei, K. Krushelnick, M. Tatarakis, N. Vakakis, S. Moustaizis, R. Kodama, M. Tampo, C. Stoeck, R. Clarke, H. Habara, D. Neely, S. Karsch, and P. Norreys, “High harmonic generation in the relativistic limit,” Nat. Phys. 2(7), 456–459 (2006).
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Norreys, P.

B. Dromey, M. Zepf, A. Gopa, K. Lancaster, M. S. Wei, K. Krushelnick, M. Tatarakis, N. Vakakis, S. Moustaizis, R. Kodama, M. Tampo, C. Stoeck, R. Clarke, H. Habara, D. Neely, S. Karsch, and P. Norreys, “High harmonic generation in the relativistic limit,” Nat. Phys. 2(7), 456–459 (2006).
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Osvay, K.

K. Osvay, A. P. Kovács, Z. Heiner, G. Kurdi, J. Klebniczki, and M. Csatári, “Angular dispersion and temporal change of femtosecond pulse from misaligned pulse compressors,” IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 10(1), 213–220 (2004).
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S. V. Bulanov, T. Esirkepov, D. Habs, F. Pegoraro, and T. Tajima, “Relativistic Laser-Matter Interaction and Relativistic Laboratory Astrophysics,” Eur. Phys. J. D 55(2), 483–507 (2009).
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P. Antici, J. Fuchs, E. d’Humières, E. Lefebvre, M. Borghesi, E. Brambrink, C. A. Cecchetti, S. Gaillard, L. Romagnani, Y. Sentoku, T. Toncian, O. Willi, P. Audebert, and H. Pépin, “Energetic protons generated by ultrahigh contrast laser pulses interacting with ultrathin targets,” Phys. Plasmas 14(3), 030701–1 (2007).
[CrossRef]

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G. Doumy, F. Quéré, O. Gobert, M. Perdrix, P. Martin, P. Audebert, J.-C. Gauthier, J.-P. Geindre, and T. Wittmann, “Complete characterization of a plasma mirror for the production of high-contrast ultraintense laser pulses,” Phys. Rev. E Stat. Nonlin. Soft Matter Phys. 69(2), 026402–1 (2004).
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V. Yanovsky, V. Chvykov, G. Kalinchenko, P. Rousseau, T. Planchon, T. Matsuoka, A. Maksimchuk, J. Nees, G. Cheriaux, G. Mourou, and K. Krushelnick, “Ultra-high intensity- 300-TW laser at 0.1 Hz repetition rate,” Opt. Express 16(3), 2109–2114 (2008).
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A. Renault, F. Augé-Rochereau, T. Planchon, P. Doliveira, T. Auguste, G. Cheriaux, and J. Chambaret, “ASE contrast improvement with a non-linear filtering Sagnac interferometer,” Opt. Commun. 248(4-6), 535–541 (2005).
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G. Pretzler, A. Kasper, and K. J. Witte, “Angular chirp and tilted light pulses in CPA lasers,” Appl. Phys. B 70(1), 1–9 (2000).
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M. Nantel, J. Itatani, T. An-Chun, J. Faure, D. Kaplan, M. Bauvier, T. Buma, P. Van Rompay, J. Nee, P. P. Pronko, D. Umstadter, and G. A. Mourou, “Temporal contrast in Ti:sapphire lasers, characterization and control,” IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 4(2), 449–458 (1998).
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G. Doumy, F. Quéré, O. Gobert, M. Perdrix, P. Martin, P. Audebert, J.-C. Gauthier, J.-P. Geindre, and T. Wittmann, “Complete characterization of a plasma mirror for the production of high-contrast ultraintense laser pulses,” Phys. Rev. E Stat. Nonlin. Soft Matter Phys. 69(2), 026402–1 (2004).
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Reif, J.

T. Schneider, D. Wolfframm, R. Mitzner, and J. Reif, “Ultrafast optical switching by instantaneous laser-induced grating formation and self-diffraction in barium fluoride,” Appl. Phys. B 68(4), 749–751 (1999).
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A. Jullien, L. Canova, O. Albert, D. Boschetto, L. Antonucci, Y. H. Cha, J. P. Rousseau, P. Chaudet, G. Cheriaux, J. Etchepare, S. Kourtev, N. Minkovski, and S. M. Saltiel, “Spectral broadening and pulse duration reduction during cross-polarized wave generation: influence of the quadratic spectral phase,” Appl. Phys. B 87(4), 595–601 (2007).
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Rousseau, J.-P.

Rousseau, P.

Saltiel, S. M.

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Fig. 1
Fig. 1

(Color online) (a) Phase-matching geometry for self-diffraction process. a is the incident crossing angle. k1, k-1, ksd¡1 and ksd¡2 are wavevectors of the two incident beams and the generated first-order and second-order self-diffraction signals, respectively. (b) Experimental setup. BS1 to BS6 are six fused silica beamsplitters of 1-mm-thickness with 80/20, 80/20, 80/20, 50/50, 50/50, and 50/50 reflection/transmission ratios, respectively. VND: variable neutral-density filter. SM1: spherical mirror R = −600 mm. FS: 0.5-mm-thick fused silica glass plate. SM2: spherical mirror R = −500 mm. BBO: 70-μm-thick (Type I, θ = 29.2°). ND: 1000-times-reduction neutral-density filter. LPF: a short-wavelength-pass filter cutting at 440 nm. L: CaF2 focusing lens with a focal length of f = 50 mm.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

(Color online) (a) SAC intensities of the incident pulse (upper red curve) and of the SD1 signal in the delay time from −25 to 25 ps and with a 10-fs/step resolution. (b) SAC intensities of the incident pulse (blue-dot curve) and SAC intensity of the SD1 signals when the glass was Brewster-angle located (black-solid curve) or was perpendicular located (red-dash-dot curve) to the incident beams in the delay time from −6 to 6 ps and with a 5-fs/step resolution.

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

(Color online) (a) Measured spectra (thick curve) and retrieved spectral phase (thin curve) of the incident pulse (black-solid curve) and the SD1 signal (red-dot curve).The thin blue-dash-dot curve and the thin magenta-dash-dot curve show the retrieved spectra of the SD1 and the incident pulse, respectively; (b) Retrieved temporal profile (thick curve) and temporal phase (thin curve) of the incident pulse (black-solid curve), the SD1 signals at zero (red-dash-dot curve) and at + 33 fs (blue-dot curve) delay time; (c) Measured spectra (thick curve) and retrieved spectral phase (thin curve) of the SD1 signals at zero (red-solid curve), −33 fs (magenta-dash-dot curve) and + 33 fs (blue-dot curve) delay time, respectively; (d) M2 and two-dimensional beam profiles of the incident beam (black-square curve, up pattern) and the SD1 signal (red-circle curve, low pattern).

Fig. 4
Fig. 4

(Color online) The SD spectra at the three different positions C0, C5, and C-5, respectively. The inset pattern shows the three different positions on the beam we measured. C0 is the center of the beam. C5 and C-5 refer to the two positions located about 5 mm from the center position C0. C-5 is the one closer to the incident beams.

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I s d 1 ( ω s d 1 ) | d ω 1 d ω 1 χ ( 3 ) E ˜ 1 * ( z , ω 1 ) E ˜ 1 ( z , ω 1 ) E ˜ 1 ( z , ω s d 1 ω 1 + ω 1 ) sin c ( Δ k z ( ω s d 1 , ω 1 , ω 1 ) L / 2 ) | 2

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