Abstract

The generation of high contrast and ultrashort laser pulses via a compact and energy-scalable cross polarized wave filter is presented. The setup incorporates a waveguide spatial filter into a single crystal XPW configuration, enabling high energy and high intensity transmission, efficient contrast enhancement and pulse shortening at the multi-mJ level. Excellent XPW conversion of up to 33% (global efficiency: 20%, intensity transmission: 40%) led to an output energy of 650 µJ for an input of 3.3 mJ. Additionally, efficient conversion under specific input phase conditions, allowed pulse shortening from 25 fs to 9.6 fs, indicating the prospective application of this setup as a high energy, ultrabroad laser source.

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2010 (3)

B. Mercier, J. P. Rousseau, A. Jullien, and L. Antonucci, “Nonlinear beam shaper for femtosecond laser pulses, from Gaussian to flat-top profile,” Opt. Commun. 283(14), 2900–2907 (2010).
[CrossRef]

A. Flacco, F. Sylla, M. Veltcheva, M. Carrié, R. Nuter, E. Lefebvre, D. Batani, and V. Malka, “Dependence on pulse duration and foil thickness in high-contrast-laser proton acceleration,” Phys. Rev. E Stat. Nonlin. Soft Matter Phys. 81(3 Pt 2), 036405–036409 (2010).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

D. E. Adams, T. A. Planchon, J. A. Squier, and C. G. Durfee, “Spatiotemporal dynamics of cross-polarized wave generation,” Opt. Lett. 35(7), 1115–1117 (2010).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

2009 (2)

2008 (4)

A. Jullien, J. P. Rousseau, B. Mercier, L. Antonucci, O. Albert, G. Chériaux, S. Kourtev, N. Minkovski, and S. M. Saltiel, “Highly efficient nonlinear filter for femtosecond pulse contrast enhancement and pulse shortening,” Opt. Lett. 33(20), 2353–2355 (2008).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

S. S. Bulanov, A. Brantov, V. Y. Bychenkov, V. Chvykov, G. Kalinchenko, T. Matsuoka, P. Rousseau, S. Reed, V. Yanovsky, K. Krushelnick, D. W. Litzenberg, and A. Maksimchuk, “Accelerating protons to therapeutic energies with ultraintense, ultraclean, and ultrashort laser pulses,” Med. Phys. 35(5), 1770–1776 (2008).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

S. Akturk, C. D'Amico, and A. Mysyrowicz, “Measuring ultrashort pulses in the single-cycle regime using frequency-resolved optical gating,” J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 25(6), A63–A69 (2008).
[CrossRef]

L. Canova, O. Albert, N. Forget, B. Mercier, S. Kourtev, N. Minkovski, S. M. Saltiel, and R. Lopez Martens, “Influence of spectral phase on cross-polarized wave generation with short femtosecond pulses,” Appl. Phys. B 93(2-3), 443–453 (2008).
[CrossRef]

2006 (2)

A. Jullien, S. Kourtev, O. Albert, G. Chériaux, J. Etchepare, N. Minkovski, and S. Saltiel, “Highly efficient temporal cleaner for femtosecond pulses based on cross-polarized wave generation in a dual crystal scheme,” Appl. Phys. B 84(3), 409–414 (2006).
[CrossRef]

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 (1)

2004 (1)

2002 (1)

Adams, D. E.

Akturk, S.

Albert, O.

Antonucci, L.

Assion, A.

Audebert, P.

Augé-Rochereau, F.

Batani, D.

A. Flacco, F. Sylla, M. Veltcheva, M. Carrié, R. Nuter, E. Lefebvre, D. Batani, and V. Malka, “Dependence on pulse duration and foil thickness in high-contrast-laser proton acceleration,” Phys. Rev. E Stat. Nonlin. Soft Matter Phys. 81(3 Pt 2), 036405–036409 (2010).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Börzsönyi, Á.

Brantov, A.

S. S. Bulanov, A. Brantov, V. Y. Bychenkov, V. Chvykov, G. Kalinchenko, T. Matsuoka, P. Rousseau, S. Reed, V. Yanovsky, K. Krushelnick, D. W. Litzenberg, and A. Maksimchuk, “Accelerating protons to therapeutic energies with ultraintense, ultraclean, and ultrashort laser pulses,” Med. Phys. 35(5), 1770–1776 (2008).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Bulanov, S. S.

S. S. Bulanov, A. Brantov, V. Y. Bychenkov, V. Chvykov, G. Kalinchenko, T. Matsuoka, P. Rousseau, S. Reed, V. Yanovsky, K. Krushelnick, D. W. Litzenberg, and A. Maksimchuk, “Accelerating protons to therapeutic energies with ultraintense, ultraclean, and ultrashort laser pulses,” Med. Phys. 35(5), 1770–1776 (2008).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Burgy, F.

Bychenkov, V. Y.

S. S. Bulanov, A. Brantov, V. Y. Bychenkov, V. Chvykov, G. Kalinchenko, T. Matsuoka, P. Rousseau, S. Reed, V. Yanovsky, K. Krushelnick, D. W. Litzenberg, and A. Maksimchuk, “Accelerating protons to therapeutic energies with ultraintense, ultraclean, and ultrashort laser pulses,” Med. Phys. 35(5), 1770–1776 (2008).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Canova, L.

Carrié, M.

A. Flacco, F. Sylla, M. Veltcheva, M. Carrié, R. Nuter, E. Lefebvre, D. Batani, and V. Malka, “Dependence on pulse duration and foil thickness in high-contrast-laser proton acceleration,” Phys. Rev. E Stat. Nonlin. Soft Matter Phys. 81(3 Pt 2), 036405–036409 (2010).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Chambaret, J. P.

Chen, X.

Chériaux, G.

Chvykov, V.

S. S. Bulanov, A. Brantov, V. Y. Bychenkov, V. Chvykov, G. Kalinchenko, T. Matsuoka, P. Rousseau, S. Reed, V. Yanovsky, K. Krushelnick, D. W. Litzenberg, and A. Maksimchuk, “Accelerating protons to therapeutic energies with ultraintense, ultraclean, and ultrashort laser pulses,” Med. Phys. 35(5), 1770–1776 (2008).
[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]

D’Oliveira, P.

D'Amico, C.

Dobosz, S.

Doumy, G.

Durfee, C.

Durfee, C. G.

Etchepare, J.

A. Jullien, S. Kourtev, O. Albert, G. Chériaux, J. Etchepare, N. Minkovski, and S. Saltiel, “Highly efficient temporal cleaner for femtosecond pulses based on cross-polarized wave generation in a dual crystal scheme,” Appl. Phys. B 84(3), 409–414 (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]

Fedosejevs, R.

Flacco, A.

A. Flacco, F. Sylla, M. Veltcheva, M. Carrié, R. Nuter, E. Lefebvre, D. Batani, and V. Malka, “Dependence on pulse duration and foil thickness in high-contrast-laser proton acceleration,” Phys. Rev. E Stat. Nonlin. Soft Matter Phys. 81(3 Pt 2), 036405–036409 (2010).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Forget, N.

L. Canova, X. Chen, A. Trisorio, A. Jullien, A. Assion, G. Tempea, N. Forget, T. Oksenhendler, and R. Lopez-Martens, “Carrier-envelope phase stabilization and control using a transmission grating compressor and an AOPDF,” Opt. Lett. 34(9), 1333–1335 (2009).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

L. Canova, O. Albert, N. Forget, B. Mercier, S. Kourtev, N. Minkovski, S. M. Saltiel, and R. Lopez Martens, “Influence of spectral phase on cross-polarized wave generation with short femtosecond pulses,” Appl. Phys. B 93(2-3), 443–453 (2008).
[CrossRef]

Gauthier, J. C.

Geindre, J. P.

Gopal, V.

Hamoniaux, G.

Harrington, J. A.

Jullien, A.

Kalinchenko, G.

S. S. Bulanov, A. Brantov, V. Y. Bychenkov, V. Chvykov, G. Kalinchenko, T. Matsuoka, P. Rousseau, S. Reed, V. Yanovsky, K. Krushelnick, D. W. Litzenberg, and A. Maksimchuk, “Accelerating protons to therapeutic energies with ultraintense, ultraclean, and ultrashort laser pulses,” Med. Phys. 35(5), 1770–1776 (2008).
[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]

Kourtev, S.

A. Jullien, J. P. Rousseau, B. Mercier, L. Antonucci, O. Albert, G. Chériaux, S. Kourtev, N. Minkovski, and S. M. Saltiel, “Highly efficient nonlinear filter for femtosecond pulse contrast enhancement and pulse shortening,” Opt. Lett. 33(20), 2353–2355 (2008).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

L. Canova, O. Albert, N. Forget, B. Mercier, S. Kourtev, N. Minkovski, S. M. Saltiel, and R. Lopez Martens, “Influence of spectral phase on cross-polarized wave generation with short femtosecond pulses,” Appl. Phys. B 93(2-3), 443–453 (2008).
[CrossRef]

A. Jullien, S. Kourtev, O. Albert, G. Chériaux, J. Etchepare, N. Minkovski, and S. Saltiel, “Highly efficient temporal cleaner for femtosecond pulses based on cross-polarized wave generation in a dual crystal scheme,” Appl. Phys. B 84(3), 409–414 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Kovács, A. P.

Krushelnick, K.

S. S. Bulanov, A. Brantov, V. Y. Bychenkov, V. Chvykov, G. Kalinchenko, T. Matsuoka, P. Rousseau, S. Reed, V. Yanovsky, K. Krushelnick, D. W. Litzenberg, and A. Maksimchuk, “Accelerating protons to therapeutic energies with ultraintense, ultraclean, and ultrashort laser pulses,” Med. Phys. 35(5), 1770–1776 (2008).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Lefebvre, E.

A. Flacco, F. Sylla, M. Veltcheva, M. Carrié, R. Nuter, E. Lefebvre, D. Batani, and V. Malka, “Dependence on pulse duration and foil thickness in high-contrast-laser proton acceleration,” Phys. Rev. E Stat. Nonlin. Soft Matter Phys. 81(3 Pt 2), 036405–036409 (2010).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Litzenberg, D. W.

S. S. Bulanov, A. Brantov, V. Y. Bychenkov, V. Chvykov, G. Kalinchenko, T. Matsuoka, P. Rousseau, S. Reed, V. Yanovsky, K. Krushelnick, D. W. Litzenberg, and A. Maksimchuk, “Accelerating protons to therapeutic energies with ultraintense, ultraclean, and ultrashort laser pulses,” Med. Phys. 35(5), 1770–1776 (2008).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Lopez Martens, R.

L. Canova, O. Albert, N. Forget, B. Mercier, S. Kourtev, N. Minkovski, S. M. Saltiel, and R. Lopez Martens, “Influence of spectral phase on cross-polarized wave generation with short femtosecond pulses,” Appl. Phys. B 93(2-3), 443–453 (2008).
[CrossRef]

Lopez-Martens, R.

Maksimchuk, A.

S. S. Bulanov, A. Brantov, V. Y. Bychenkov, V. Chvykov, G. Kalinchenko, T. Matsuoka, P. Rousseau, S. Reed, V. Yanovsky, K. Krushelnick, D. W. Litzenberg, and A. Maksimchuk, “Accelerating protons to therapeutic energies with ultraintense, ultraclean, and ultrashort laser pulses,” Med. Phys. 35(5), 1770–1776 (2008).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Malka, V.

A. Flacco, F. Sylla, M. Veltcheva, M. Carrié, R. Nuter, E. Lefebvre, D. Batani, and V. Malka, “Dependence on pulse duration and foil thickness in high-contrast-laser proton acceleration,” Phys. Rev. E Stat. Nonlin. Soft Matter Phys. 81(3 Pt 2), 036405–036409 (2010).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Martens, R. L.

Martin, P.

Matsuoka, T.

S. S. Bulanov, A. Brantov, V. Y. Bychenkov, V. Chvykov, G. Kalinchenko, T. Matsuoka, P. Rousseau, S. Reed, V. Yanovsky, K. Krushelnick, D. W. Litzenberg, and A. Maksimchuk, “Accelerating protons to therapeutic energies with ultraintense, ultraclean, and ultrashort laser pulses,” Med. Phys. 35(5), 1770–1776 (2008).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Mercier, B.

B. Mercier, J. P. Rousseau, A. Jullien, and L. Antonucci, “Nonlinear beam shaper for femtosecond laser pulses, from Gaussian to flat-top profile,” Opt. Commun. 283(14), 2900–2907 (2010).
[CrossRef]

A. Jullien, J. P. Rousseau, B. Mercier, L. Antonucci, O. Albert, G. Chériaux, S. Kourtev, N. Minkovski, and S. M. Saltiel, “Highly efficient nonlinear filter for femtosecond pulse contrast enhancement and pulse shortening,” Opt. Lett. 33(20), 2353–2355 (2008).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

L. Canova, O. Albert, N. Forget, B. Mercier, S. Kourtev, N. Minkovski, S. M. Saltiel, and R. Lopez Martens, “Influence of spectral phase on cross-polarized wave generation with short femtosecond pulses,” Appl. Phys. B 93(2-3), 443–453 (2008).
[CrossRef]

Minkovski, N.

L. Canova, O. Albert, N. Forget, B. Mercier, S. Kourtev, N. Minkovski, S. M. Saltiel, and R. Lopez Martens, “Influence of spectral phase on cross-polarized wave generation with short femtosecond pulses,” Appl. Phys. B 93(2-3), 443–453 (2008).
[CrossRef]

A. Jullien, J. P. Rousseau, B. Mercier, L. Antonucci, O. Albert, G. Chériaux, S. Kourtev, N. Minkovski, and S. M. Saltiel, “Highly efficient nonlinear filter for femtosecond pulse contrast enhancement and pulse shortening,” Opt. Lett. 33(20), 2353–2355 (2008).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

A. Jullien, S. Kourtev, O. Albert, G. Chériaux, J. Etchepare, N. Minkovski, and S. Saltiel, “Highly efficient temporal cleaner for femtosecond pulses based on cross-polarized wave generation in a dual crystal scheme,” Appl. Phys. B 84(3), 409–414 (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]

Mohebbi, M.

Monot, P.

Mysyrowicz, A.

Nuter, R.

A. Flacco, F. Sylla, M. Veltcheva, M. Carrié, R. Nuter, E. Lefebvre, D. Batani, and V. Malka, “Dependence on pulse duration and foil thickness in high-contrast-laser proton acceleration,” Phys. Rev. E Stat. Nonlin. Soft Matter Phys. 81(3 Pt 2), 036405–036409 (2010).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Oksenhendler, T.

Osvay, K.

Perdrix, M.

Planchon, T. A.

Quéré, F.

Réau, F.

Reed, S.

S. S. Bulanov, A. Brantov, V. Y. Bychenkov, V. Chvykov, G. Kalinchenko, T. Matsuoka, P. Rousseau, S. Reed, V. Yanovsky, K. Krushelnick, D. W. Litzenberg, and A. Maksimchuk, “Accelerating protons to therapeutic energies with ultraintense, ultraclean, and ultrashort laser pulses,” Med. Phys. 35(5), 1770–1776 (2008).
[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]

Rousseau, J. P.

Rousseau, P.

S. S. Bulanov, A. Brantov, V. Y. Bychenkov, V. Chvykov, G. Kalinchenko, T. Matsuoka, P. Rousseau, S. Reed, V. Yanovsky, K. Krushelnick, D. W. Litzenberg, and A. Maksimchuk, “Accelerating protons to therapeutic energies with ultraintense, ultraclean, and ultrashort laser pulses,” Med. Phys. 35(5), 1770–1776 (2008).
[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]

Saltiel, S.

A. Jullien, S. Kourtev, O. Albert, G. Chériaux, J. Etchepare, N. Minkovski, and S. Saltiel, “Highly efficient temporal cleaner for femtosecond pulses based on cross-polarized wave generation in a dual crystal scheme,” Appl. Phys. B 84(3), 409–414 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Saltiel, S. M.

Squier, J. A.

Sylla, F.

A. Flacco, F. Sylla, M. Veltcheva, M. Carrié, R. Nuter, E. Lefebvre, D. Batani, and V. Malka, “Dependence on pulse duration and foil thickness in high-contrast-laser proton acceleration,” Phys. Rev. E Stat. Nonlin. Soft Matter Phys. 81(3 Pt 2), 036405–036409 (2010).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Tempea, G.

Trisorio, A.

Veltcheva, M.

A. Flacco, F. Sylla, M. Veltcheva, M. Carrié, R. Nuter, E. Lefebvre, D. Batani, and V. Malka, “Dependence on pulse duration and foil thickness in high-contrast-laser proton acceleration,” Phys. Rev. E Stat. Nonlin. Soft Matter Phys. 81(3 Pt 2), 036405–036409 (2010).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Yanovsky, V.

S. S. Bulanov, A. Brantov, V. Y. Bychenkov, V. Chvykov, G. Kalinchenko, T. Matsuoka, P. Rousseau, S. Reed, V. Yanovsky, K. Krushelnick, D. W. Litzenberg, and A. Maksimchuk, “Accelerating protons to therapeutic energies with ultraintense, ultraclean, and ultrashort laser pulses,” Med. Phys. 35(5), 1770–1776 (2008).
[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]

Appl. Opt. (1)

Appl. Phys. B (2)

A. Jullien, S. Kourtev, O. Albert, G. Chériaux, J. Etchepare, N. Minkovski, and S. Saltiel, “Highly efficient temporal cleaner for femtosecond pulses based on cross-polarized wave generation in a dual crystal scheme,” Appl. Phys. B 84(3), 409–414 (2006).
[CrossRef]

L. Canova, O. Albert, N. Forget, B. Mercier, S. Kourtev, N. Minkovski, S. M. Saltiel, and R. Lopez Martens, “Influence of spectral phase on cross-polarized wave generation with short femtosecond pulses,” Appl. Phys. B 93(2-3), 443–453 (2008).
[CrossRef]

J. Opt. Soc. Am. B (1)

Med. Phys. (1)

S. S. Bulanov, A. Brantov, V. Y. Bychenkov, V. Chvykov, G. Kalinchenko, T. Matsuoka, P. Rousseau, S. Reed, V. Yanovsky, K. Krushelnick, D. W. Litzenberg, and A. Maksimchuk, “Accelerating protons to therapeutic energies with ultraintense, ultraclean, and ultrashort laser pulses,” Med. Phys. 35(5), 1770–1776 (2008).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Opt. Commun. (1)

B. Mercier, J. P. Rousseau, A. Jullien, and L. Antonucci, “Nonlinear beam shaper for femtosecond laser pulses, from Gaussian to flat-top profile,” Opt. Commun. 283(14), 2900–2907 (2010).
[CrossRef]

Opt. Express (1)

Opt. Lett. (6)

D. E. Adams, T. A. Planchon, J. A. Squier, and C. G. Durfee, “Spatiotemporal dynamics of cross-polarized wave generation,” Opt. Lett. 35(7), 1115–1117 (2010).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

A. Jullien, J. P. Rousseau, B. Mercier, L. Antonucci, O. Albert, G. Chériaux, S. Kourtev, N. Minkovski, and S. M. Saltiel, “Highly efficient nonlinear filter for femtosecond pulse contrast enhancement and pulse shortening,” Opt. Lett. 33(20), 2353–2355 (2008).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

L. Canova, X. Chen, A. Trisorio, A. Jullien, A. Assion, G. Tempea, N. Forget, T. Oksenhendler, and R. Lopez-Martens, “Carrier-envelope phase stabilization and control using a transmission grating compressor and an AOPDF,” Opt. Lett. 34(9), 1333–1335 (2009).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

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Fig. 1
Fig. 1

Experimental setup of hollow core waveguide combined with XPW. Improvement of the beams incident on the BaF2 crystal is shown in the inset beam profiles of the non-filtered input and spatially filtered beam. The XPW output beam is also included.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

(a) XPW internal conversion efficiency and output energy with respect to the input energy. (b) XPW spectral evolution with respect to the second-order phase at an input energy of 1.5 mJ. Internal conversion efficiencies are indicated on the left while spectral bandwidth (FWHM) values are on the right.

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

(a) Temporal characterization of the ultrabroad XPW pulse via FROG. Temporal profile and temporal phase with retrieved trace as inset (error = 0.10%) and (b) retrieved spectrum, measured spectrum and spectral phase. (c) Slow drift of the stabilized CEP of the XPW pulse at an input of 1.5 mJ.

Fig. 4
Fig. 4

(a) Temporal characterization of the high energy XPW pulse via FROG. Temporal profile and temporal phase with retrieved trace as inset (error = 0.14%) and (b) retrieved spectrum, measured spectrum and spectral phase. (c) Temporal contrast of the laser at 3.3 mJ and XPW pulse measured with a third-order cross-correlator.

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