Abstract

Femtosecond green pulses were generated from broadband pulses centered at 800 nm and quasi-monochromatic pulses centered at 532 nm using noncollinear optical parametric chirped pulse amplification (NOPCPA) followed by sum frequency mixing. In addition to amplifying the 800-nm pulses, the NOPCPA stage pumped by a Q-switched, injection seeded Nd:YAG laser also provided broadband idler pulses at 1590 nm. The signal and idler pulses were sum frequency mixed using achromatic and chirp assisted phase matching yielding pulses near 530 nm with a bandwidth of 12 nm and an energy in excess of 200 μJ. The generated pulses were recompressed with a grating compressor to a duration of 150 fs. The technique is scalable to high energies, broader bandwidths, and shorter pulse durations with compensation for higher order chirps and dedicated engineering of the interacting beams.

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[CrossRef]

2008

2006

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2005

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C. N. Danson, P. A. Brummitt, R. J. Clarke, J. L. Collier, B. Fell, A. J. Frackiewicz, S. Hawkes, C. Hernandez-Gomez, P. Holigan, M. H. R. Hutchinson, A. Kidd, W. J. Lester, I. O. Musgrave, D. Neely, D. R. Neville, P. A. Norreys, D. A. Pepler, C. J. Reason, W. Shaikh, T. B. Winstone, R. W. W. Wyatt, and B. E. Wyborn, “Vulcan petawatt: design, operation and interactions at 5 × 1020 Wcm–2,” Laser Part. Beams 23, 87–93 (2005).
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A. Jullien, O. Albert, F. Burgy, G. Hamoniaux, J.-P. Chambaret, F. Auge-Rocherau, G. Cheriaux, J. Etchepare, N. Minkovski, and S. Saltiel, “10−10 temporal contrast for femtosecond ultraintense lasers by cross-polarized wave generation,” Opt. Lett. 30, 920–922 (2005).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

2004

2003

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

2002

K. Varju, A. P. Kovacs, G. Kurdi, and K. Osvay, “High-precision measurement of angular dispersion in a CPA laser,” Appl. Phys. B 74, S259–S263 (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, 2945–2956 (2002).
[CrossRef]

1999

G. Veitas and R. Danielius, “Generation of narrow-bandwidth tunable picosecond pulses by difference-frequency mixing of stretched pulses,” J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 16, 1561–1565 (1999).
[CrossRef]

K. Osvay and I. N. Ross, “Efficient tuneable bandwidth frequency mixing using chirped pulses,” Opt. Commun . 166, 113–119 (1999).
[CrossRef]

A. Shirakawa, I. Sakane, M. Takasaka, and T. Kobayashi, “Sub-5-fs visible pulse generation by pulse-front-matched noncollinear optical parametric amplification,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 74, 2268–2270 (1999).
[CrossRef]

1997

1996

1992

T. Hofmann, T. E. Sharp, C. B. Dane, P. J. Wisoff, W. L. Wilson, F. K. Tittel, and G. Szabo, “Characterization of an ultrahigh peak power XeF(C → A) excimer laser system,” IEEE J. Quantum Electron . 28, 1366 (1992).
[CrossRef]

1990

G. Szabo and Z. Bor, “Broadband frequency doubler for femtosecond pulses,” Appl. Phys. B 50, 51–54 (1990).
[CrossRef]

1976

V. D. Volosov and E. V. Goryachkina, “Compensation of phase-matching dispersion in generation of non-monochromatic radiation harmonics. I. Doubling of neodymium-glass radiation frequency under free-oscillation conditions,” Sov. J. Quantum Electron . 6, 854–857 (1976).
[CrossRef]

Akutsu, A.

H. Kiriyama, M. Mori, Y. Nakai, T. Shimomura, M. Tanoue, A. Akutsu, H. Okada, T. Motomura, S. Kondo, S. Kanazawa, A. Sagisaka, J. Ma, I. Daito, H. Kotaki, H. Daido, S. Bulanov, T. Kimura, and T. Tajima, “Generation of high-contrast and high-intensity laser pulses using an OPCPA preamplifier in a double CPA, Ti:sapphire laser system,” Opt. Commun . 282, 625–628 (2009).
[CrossRef]

Albert, O.

A. Jullien, C. G. Durfee, A. Trisorio, L. Canova, J.-P. Rousseau, B. Mercier, L. Antonucci, G. Cheriaux, O. Albert, and R. Lopez-Martens, “Nonlinear spectral cleaning of few-cycle pulses via cross-polarized wave (XPW) generation,” Appl. Phys. B 96, 293–299 (2009).
[CrossRef]

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

Antonucci, L.

A. Jullien, C. G. Durfee, A. Trisorio, L. Canova, J.-P. Rousseau, B. Mercier, L. Antonucci, G. Cheriaux, O. Albert, and R. Lopez-Martens, “Nonlinear spectral cleaning of few-cycle pulses via cross-polarized wave (XPW) generation,” Appl. Phys. B 96, 293–299 (2009).
[CrossRef]

Arisholm, G.

Audebert, P.

G. Doumy, F. Quere, 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 69, 026402 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Auge-Rocherau, F.

Begishev, I. A.

Biegert, J.

Bor, Z.

G. Szabo and Z. Bor, “Broadband frequency doubler for femtosecond pulses,” Appl. Phys. B 50, 51–54 (1990).
[CrossRef]

Bor, Zs.

K. Osvay, A. P. Kovacs, Zs. Heiner, M Csatari, Zs. Bor, G. Kurdi, M. Gorbe, J. Klebniczki, and I. E. Ferincz, “A table-top high contrast TW laser system,” Tech. Dig. CLEO Europe, CG-13-TUE (2005).

Brummitt, P. A.

C. N. Danson, P. A. Brummitt, R. J. Clarke, J. L. Collier, B. Fell, A. J. Frackiewicz, S. Hawkes, C. Hernandez-Gomez, P. Holigan, M. H. R. Hutchinson, A. Kidd, W. J. Lester, I. O. Musgrave, D. Neely, D. R. Neville, P. A. Norreys, D. A. Pepler, C. J. Reason, W. Shaikh, T. B. Winstone, R. W. W. Wyatt, and B. E. Wyborn, “Vulcan petawatt: design, operation and interactions at 5 × 1020 Wcm–2,” Laser Part. Beams 23, 87–93 (2005).
[CrossRef]

Bulanov, S.

H. Kiriyama, M. Mori, Y. Nakai, T. Shimomura, M. Tanoue, A. Akutsu, H. Okada, T. Motomura, S. Kondo, S. Kanazawa, A. Sagisaka, J. Ma, I. Daito, H. Kotaki, H. Daido, S. Bulanov, T. Kimura, and T. Tajima, “Generation of high-contrast and high-intensity laser pulses using an OPCPA preamplifier in a double CPA, Ti:sapphire laser system,” Opt. Commun . 282, 625–628 (2009).
[CrossRef]

Burgy, F.

Butkus, R.

A. Dubietis, R. Butkus, and A. Piskarkas, “Trends in chirped pulse optical parametric amplification,” IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quant. Electron . 12, 163–172 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Canova, L.

A. Jullien, C. G. Durfee, A. Trisorio, L. Canova, J.-P. Rousseau, B. Mercier, L. Antonucci, G. Cheriaux, O. Albert, and R. Lopez-Martens, “Nonlinear spectral cleaning of few-cycle pulses via cross-polarized wave (XPW) generation,” Appl. Phys. B 96, 293–299 (2009).
[CrossRef]

Cerullo, G.

Chambaret, J. P.

R. Clady, G. Coustillier, M. Gastaud, M. Sentis, P. Spiga, V. Tcheremiskine, O. Uteza, L. D. Mikheev, V. Mislavskii, J. P. Chambaret, and G. Cheriaux, “Architecture of a blue high contrast multiterawatt ultrashort laser,” Appl. Phys. B 82, 347–358 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Chambaret, J.-P.

Chekhlov, O. V.

Chen, S. C.

A. Heltzel, S. Theppakuttai, S. C. Chen, and J. R. Howell, “Surface plasmon-based nanopatterning assisted by gold nanospheres,” Nanotechnology 19, 025305 (2008).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Cheriaux, G.

A. Jullien, C. G. Durfee, A. Trisorio, L. Canova, J.-P. Rousseau, B. Mercier, L. Antonucci, G. Cheriaux, O. Albert, and R. Lopez-Martens, “Nonlinear spectral cleaning of few-cycle pulses via cross-polarized wave (XPW) generation,” Appl. Phys. B 96, 293–299 (2009).
[CrossRef]

R. Clady, G. Coustillier, M. Gastaud, M. Sentis, P. Spiga, V. Tcheremiskine, O. Uteza, L. D. Mikheev, V. Mislavskii, J. P. Chambaret, and G. Cheriaux, “Architecture of a blue high contrast multiterawatt ultrashort laser,” Appl. Phys. B 82, 347–358 (2006).
[CrossRef]

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

Chvykov, V.

Clady, R.

R. Clady, G. Coustillier, M. Gastaud, M. Sentis, P. Spiga, V. Tcheremiskine, O. Uteza, L. D. Mikheev, V. Mislavskii, J. P. Chambaret, and G. Cheriaux, “Architecture of a blue high contrast multiterawatt ultrashort laser,” Appl. Phys. B 82, 347–358 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Clarke, R. J.

C. N. Danson, P. A. Brummitt, R. J. Clarke, J. L. Collier, B. Fell, A. J. Frackiewicz, S. Hawkes, C. Hernandez-Gomez, P. Holigan, M. H. R. Hutchinson, A. Kidd, W. J. Lester, I. O. Musgrave, D. Neely, D. R. Neville, P. A. Norreys, D. A. Pepler, C. J. Reason, W. Shaikh, T. B. Winstone, R. W. W. Wyatt, and B. E. Wyborn, “Vulcan petawatt: design, operation and interactions at 5 × 1020 Wcm–2,” Laser Part. Beams 23, 87–93 (2005).
[CrossRef]

Collier, J. L.

Y. Tang, I. N. Ross, C. Hernandez-Gomez, G. H. C. New, I. Musgrave, O. V. Chekhlov, P. Matousek, and J. L. Collier, “Optical parametric chirped-pulse amplification source suitable for seeding high-energy systems,” Opt. Lett. 33, 2386–2388 (2008).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

C. N. Danson, P. A. Brummitt, R. J. Clarke, J. L. Collier, B. Fell, A. J. Frackiewicz, S. Hawkes, C. Hernandez-Gomez, P. Holigan, M. H. R. Hutchinson, A. Kidd, W. J. Lester, I. O. Musgrave, D. Neely, D. R. Neville, P. A. Norreys, D. A. Pepler, C. J. Reason, W. Shaikh, T. B. Winstone, R. W. W. Wyatt, and B. E. Wyborn, “Vulcan petawatt: design, operation and interactions at 5 × 1020 Wcm–2,” Laser Part. Beams 23, 87–93 (2005).
[CrossRef]

Coustillier, G.

R. Clady, G. Coustillier, M. Gastaud, M. Sentis, P. Spiga, V. Tcheremiskine, O. Uteza, L. D. Mikheev, V. Mislavskii, J. P. Chambaret, and G. Cheriaux, “Architecture of a blue high contrast multiterawatt ultrashort laser,” Appl. Phys. B 82, 347–358 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Csatari, M

K. Osvay, A. P. Kovacs, Zs. Heiner, M Csatari, Zs. Bor, G. Kurdi, M. Gorbe, J. Klebniczki, and I. E. Ferincz, “A table-top high contrast TW laser system,” Tech. Dig. CLEO Europe, CG-13-TUE (2005).

Csete, M.

A. Sipos, H. Tohati, A. Szalai, A. Mathesz, M. Gorbe, T. Szabo, M. Szekeres, B. Hopp, M. Csete, and I. Dekany, “Plasmonic structure generation by laser illumination of silica colloid spheres deposited onto prepatterned polymer-bimetal films,” Appl. Surf. Sci. 255, 5138–5145 (2009).
[CrossRef]

Daido, H.

H. Kiriyama, M. Mori, Y. Nakai, T. Shimomura, M. Tanoue, A. Akutsu, H. Okada, T. Motomura, S. Kondo, S. Kanazawa, A. Sagisaka, J. Ma, I. Daito, H. Kotaki, H. Daido, S. Bulanov, T. Kimura, and T. Tajima, “Generation of high-contrast and high-intensity laser pulses using an OPCPA preamplifier in a double CPA, Ti:sapphire laser system,” Opt. Commun . 282, 625–628 (2009).
[CrossRef]

Daito, I.

H. Kiriyama, M. Mori, Y. Nakai, T. Shimomura, M. Tanoue, A. Akutsu, H. Okada, T. Motomura, S. Kondo, S. Kanazawa, A. Sagisaka, J. Ma, I. Daito, H. Kotaki, H. Daido, S. Bulanov, T. Kimura, and T. Tajima, “Generation of high-contrast and high-intensity laser pulses using an OPCPA preamplifier in a double CPA, Ti:sapphire laser system,” Opt. Commun . 282, 625–628 (2009).
[CrossRef]

Dane, C. B.

T. Hofmann, T. E. Sharp, C. B. Dane, P. J. Wisoff, W. L. Wilson, F. K. Tittel, and G. Szabo, “Characterization of an ultrahigh peak power XeF(C → A) excimer laser system,” IEEE J. Quantum Electron . 28, 1366 (1992).
[CrossRef]

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Figures (8)

Fig. 1
Fig. 1

Basic scheme for generation of broadband pulses in the green spectral range.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

(a) Phase matching diagram of a noncollinear OPCPA. (b) Phase matching diagram for broadband SFG without angular dispersion in the generated beam. The subscripts p, s, and i denote pump, signal, and idler, respectively.

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

Bandwidth of the sum frequency wave relative to that of the signal wave as a function of the input chirp ratio of an idler and a signal beam obtained from an OPCPA pumped by quasi-monochromatic pulses. The dashed lines indicate the experimentally implemented condition.

Fig. 4
Fig. 4

Angular dispersion required for phase matching at a chirp ratio of β i SFG / β s SFG = 0.3 . The dashed lines indicate the experimentally implemented condition and correspond to a case, where the inherent angular dispersion of the idler output of the OPCPA is unchanged prior to SFG.

Fig. 5
Fig. 5

Schematic of the experimental setup. The pulse durations and energies are the incident values on the following optical components.

Fig. 6
Fig. 6

Spectrally and spatially resolved interferograms of the generated sum frequency pulses obtained using an inverted Mach-Zehnder interferometer and an imaging spectrograph: (a) poorly aligned SFG stage, (b) well aligned SFG stage. The horizontal axis is the wavelength axis; the vertical axis is the spatial axis.

Fig. 7
Fig. 7

Spectrum of the generated sum frequency pulses.

Fig. 8
Fig. 8

Second-order autocorrelation recorded using a 50-μm BBO. The inset shows a 12-ps temporal window.

Equations (3)

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0 = β p 0 OPA = β s OPA + β i OPA .
β s SFG + β i SFG = β p SFG 0.
( Δ ω p SFG τ p SFG ) 2 = ( 4 ln ( 2 ) ) 2 + ( β p SFG ( τ SFG ) 2 ) 2 .

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