Abstract

We present an ultra-broadband optical parametric chirped-pulse amplification (OPCPA) system operating at 3.4 µm center wavelength with a peak power of 75 MW. The OPCPA system is split into a pre- and a power-amplifier stage. Both stages are based on apodized aperiodically poled MgO:LiNbO3 (APPLN). The collinear mixing configuration allows us to manipulate the spectral phase of the output mid-infrared pulses by sending the near-infrared seed pulses through a pulse shaper. The system delivers clean 75-fs pulses with record-high 700 mW average power, corresponding to 7 µJ of pulse energy at a repetition rate of 100 kHz.

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2012

2011

2010

2009

A. D. Shiner, C. Trallero-Herrero, N. Kajumba, H. C. Bandulet, D. Comtois, F. Légaré, M. Giguère, J. C. Kieffer, P. B. Corkum, and D. M. Villeneuve, “Wavelength Scaling of High Harmonic Generation Efficiency,” Phys. Rev. Lett.103(7), 073902 (2009).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

C. Erny, L. Gallmann, and U. Keller, “High-repetition-rate femtosecond optical parametric chirped-pulse amplifier in the mid-infrared,” Appl. Phys. B96(2-3), 257–269 (2009).
[CrossRef]

C. Erny, C. Heese, M. Haag, L. Gallmann, and U. Keller, “High-repetition-rate optical parametric chirped-pulse amplifier producing 1-microJ, sub-100-fs pulses in the mid-infrared,” Opt. Express17(3), 1340–1345 (2009).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

O. Chalus, P. K. Bates, M. Smolarski, and J. Biegert, “Mid-IR short-pulse OPCPA with micro-Joule energy at 100kHz,” Opt. Express17(5), 3587–3594 (2009).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

2008

U. Kornaszewski, M. Kohler, U. K. Sapaev, and D. T. Reid, “Designer femtosecond pulse shaping using grating-engineered quasi-phase-matching in lithium niobate,” Opt. Lett.33(4), 378–380 (2008).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

M. Charbonneau-Lefort, B. Afeyan, and M. M. Fejer, “Optical parametric amplifiers using chirped quasi-phase-matching gratings I: practical design formulas,” J. Opt. Soc. Am. B25(4), 463–480 (2008).
[CrossRef]

M. Charbonneau-Lefort, B. Afeyan, and M. M. Fejer, “Competing collinear and noncollinear interactions in chirped quasi-phase-matched optical parametric amplifiers,” J. Opt. Soc. Am. B25(9), 1402–1413 (2008).
[CrossRef]

T. Sudmeyer, S. V. Marchese, S. Hashimoto, C. R. E. Baer, G. Gingras, B. Witzel, and U. Keller, “Femtosecond laser oscillators for high-field science,” Nat. Photonics2(10), 599–604 (2008).
[CrossRef]

P. Colosimo, G. Doumy, C. I. Blaga, J. Wheeler, C. Hauri, F. Catoire, J. Tate, R. Chirla, A. M. March, G. G. Paulus, H. G. Muller, P. Agostini, and L. F. DiMauro, “Scaling strong-field interactions towards the classical limit,” Nat. Phys.4(5), 386–389 (2008).
[CrossRef]

2007

K. D. Schultz, C. I. Blaga, R. Chirla, P. Colosimo, J. Cryan, A. M. March, C. Roedig, E. Sistrunk, J. Tate, J. Wheeler, P. Agostini, and L. F. DiMauro, “Strong field physics with long wavelength lasers,” J. Mod. Opt.54(7), 1075–1085 (2007).
[CrossRef]

J. Tate, T. Auguste, H. G. Muller, P. Salières, P. Agostini, and L. F. DiMauro, “Scaling of Wave-Packet Dynamics in an Intense Midinfrared Field,” Phys. Rev. Lett.98(1), 013901 (2007).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

C. Erny, K. Moutzouris, J. Biegert, D. Kühlke, F. Adler, A. Leitenstorfer, and U. Keller, “Mid-infrared difference-frequency generation of ultrashort pulses tunable between 3.2 and 4.8 microm from a compact fiber source,” Opt. Lett.32(9), 1138–1140 (2007).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

2006

2005

2004

F. Tauser, F. Adler, and A. Leitenstorfer, “Widely tunable sub-30-fs pulses from a compact erbium-doped fiber source,” Opt. Lett.29(5), 516–518 (2004).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

C. J. Fecko, J. J. Loparo, and A. Tokmakoff, “Generation of 45 femtosecond pulses at 3 μm with a KNbO3 optical parametric amplifier,” Opt. Commun.241(4-6), 521–528 (2004).
[CrossRef]

2003

G. Cerullo and S. Silvestri, “Ultrafast optical parametric amplifiers,” Rev. Sci. Instrum.74(1), 1–17 (2003).
[CrossRef]

2002

C. Conti, S. Trillo, P. Di Trapani, J. Kilius, A. Bramati, S. Minardi, W. Chinaglia, and G. Valiulis, “Effective lensing effects in parametric frequency conversion,” J. Opt. Soc. Amer. B19(4), 852 (2002).
[CrossRef]

2001

G. Stobrawa, M. Hacker, T. Feurer, D. Zeidler, M. Motzkus, and F. Reichel, “A new high-resolution femtosecond pulse shaper,” Appl. Phys. B72(5), 627–630 (2001).
[CrossRef]

G. Imeshev, M. M. Fejer, A. Galvanauskas, and D. Harter, “Pulse shaping by difference-frequency mixing with quasi-phase-matching gratings,” J. Opt. Soc. Am. B18(4), 534–539 (2001).
[CrossRef]

1999

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(16), 2268–2270 (1999).
[CrossRef]

1997

1994

K. W. DeLong, R. Trebino, J. Hunter, and W. E. White, “Frequency-resolved optical gating with the use of second-harmonic generation,” J. Opt. Soc. Am. B11(11), 2206–2215 (1994).
[CrossRef]

K. Mizuuchi, K. Yamamoto, M. Kato, and H. Sato, “Broadening of the phase-matching bandwidth in quasi-phase-matched second-harmonic generation,” IEEE J. Quantum Electron.30(7), 1596–1604 (1994).
[CrossRef]

1993

P. B. Corkum, “Plasma perspective on strong field multiphoton ionization,” Phys. Rev. Lett.71(13), 1994–1997 (1993).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

1992

A. Dubietis, G. Jonusauskas, and A. Piskarskas, “Powerful femtosecond pulse generation by chirped and strechted pulse parametric amplification in BBO crystal,” Opt. Commun.88(4-6), 437–440 (1992).
[CrossRef]

Adler, F.

Afeyan, B.

Agostini, P.

P. Colosimo, G. Doumy, C. I. Blaga, J. Wheeler, C. Hauri, F. Catoire, J. Tate, R. Chirla, A. M. March, G. G. Paulus, H. G. Muller, P. Agostini, and L. F. DiMauro, “Scaling strong-field interactions towards the classical limit,” Nat. Phys.4(5), 386–389 (2008).
[CrossRef]

K. D. Schultz, C. I. Blaga, R. Chirla, P. Colosimo, J. Cryan, A. M. March, C. Roedig, E. Sistrunk, J. Tate, J. Wheeler, P. Agostini, and L. F. DiMauro, “Strong field physics with long wavelength lasers,” J. Mod. Opt.54(7), 1075–1085 (2007).
[CrossRef]

J. Tate, T. Auguste, H. G. Muller, P. Salières, P. Agostini, and L. F. DiMauro, “Scaling of Wave-Packet Dynamics in an Intense Midinfrared Field,” Phys. Rev. Lett.98(1), 013901 (2007).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Ališauskas, S.

Altucci, C.

C. Vozzi, R. Torres, M. Negro, L. Brugnera, T. Siegel, C. Altucci, R. Velotta, F. Frassetto, L. Poletto, P. Villoresi, S. De Silvestri, S. Stagira, and J. P. Marangos, “High harmonic generation spectroscopy of hydrocarbons,” Appl. Phys. Lett.97(24), 241103 (2010).
[CrossRef]

Andriukaitis, G.

Auguste, T.

J. Tate, T. Auguste, H. G. Muller, P. Salières, P. Agostini, and L. F. DiMauro, “Scaling of Wave-Packet Dynamics in an Intense Midinfrared Field,” Phys. Rev. Lett.98(1), 013901 (2007).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Baer, C. R. E.

C. R. E. Baer, O. H. Heckl, C. J. Saraceno, C. Schriber, C. Kränkel, T. Südmeyer, and U. Keller, “Frontiers in passively mode-locked high-power thin disk laser oscillators,” Opt. Express20(7), 7054–7065 (2012).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

T. Sudmeyer, S. V. Marchese, S. Hashimoto, C. R. E. Baer, G. Gingras, B. Witzel, and U. Keller, “Femtosecond laser oscillators for high-field science,” Nat. Photonics2(10), 599–604 (2008).
[CrossRef]

Baker, S.

S. Baker, J. S. Robinson, C. A. Haworth, H. Teng, R. A. Smith, C. C. Chirilă, M. Lein, J. W. G. Tisch, and J. P. Marangos, “Probing Proton Dynamics in Molecules on an Attosecond Time Scale,” Science312(5772), 424–427 (2006).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Bakker, H. J.

Balciunas, T.

Baltuška, A.

Bandulet, H. C.

A. D. Shiner, C. Trallero-Herrero, N. Kajumba, H. C. Bandulet, D. Comtois, F. Légaré, M. Giguère, J. C. Kieffer, P. B. Corkum, and D. M. Villeneuve, “Wavelength Scaling of High Harmonic Generation Efficiency,” Phys. Rev. Lett.103(7), 073902 (2009).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Bates, P. K.

Biegert, J.

Blaga, C. I.

P. Colosimo, G. Doumy, C. I. Blaga, J. Wheeler, C. Hauri, F. Catoire, J. Tate, R. Chirla, A. M. March, G. G. Paulus, H. G. Muller, P. Agostini, and L. F. DiMauro, “Scaling strong-field interactions towards the classical limit,” Nat. Phys.4(5), 386–389 (2008).
[CrossRef]

K. D. Schultz, C. I. Blaga, R. Chirla, P. Colosimo, J. Cryan, A. M. March, C. Roedig, E. Sistrunk, J. Tate, J. Wheeler, P. Agostini, and L. F. DiMauro, “Strong field physics with long wavelength lasers,” J. Mod. Opt.54(7), 1075–1085 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Bradler, M.

Bramati, A.

C. Conti, S. Trillo, P. Di Trapani, J. Kilius, A. Bramati, S. Minardi, W. Chinaglia, and G. Valiulis, “Effective lensing effects in parametric frequency conversion,” J. Opt. Soc. Amer. B19(4), 852 (2002).
[CrossRef]

Brugnera, L.

C. Vozzi, R. Torres, M. Negro, L. Brugnera, T. Siegel, C. Altucci, R. Velotta, F. Frassetto, L. Poletto, P. Villoresi, S. De Silvestri, S. Stagira, and J. P. Marangos, “High harmonic generation spectroscopy of hydrocarbons,” Appl. Phys. Lett.97(24), 241103 (2010).
[CrossRef]

Catoire, F.

P. Colosimo, G. Doumy, C. I. Blaga, J. Wheeler, C. Hauri, F. Catoire, J. Tate, R. Chirla, A. M. March, G. G. Paulus, H. G. Muller, P. Agostini, and L. F. DiMauro, “Scaling strong-field interactions towards the classical limit,” Nat. Phys.4(5), 386–389 (2008).
[CrossRef]

Cerullo, G.

G. Cerullo and S. Silvestri, “Ultrafast optical parametric amplifiers,” Rev. Sci. Instrum.74(1), 1–17 (2003).
[CrossRef]

Chalus, O.

Charbonneau-Lefort, M.

Chen, M.-C.

Chinaglia, W.

C. Conti, S. Trillo, P. Di Trapani, J. Kilius, A. Bramati, S. Minardi, W. Chinaglia, and G. Valiulis, “Effective lensing effects in parametric frequency conversion,” J. Opt. Soc. Amer. B19(4), 852 (2002).
[CrossRef]

Chirila, C. C.

S. Baker, J. S. Robinson, C. A. Haworth, H. Teng, R. A. Smith, C. C. Chirilă, M. Lein, J. W. G. Tisch, and J. P. Marangos, “Probing Proton Dynamics in Molecules on an Attosecond Time Scale,” Science312(5772), 424–427 (2006).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Chirla, R.

P. Colosimo, G. Doumy, C. I. Blaga, J. Wheeler, C. Hauri, F. Catoire, J. Tate, R. Chirla, A. M. March, G. G. Paulus, H. G. Muller, P. Agostini, and L. F. DiMauro, “Scaling strong-field interactions towards the classical limit,” Nat. Phys.4(5), 386–389 (2008).
[CrossRef]

K. D. Schultz, C. I. Blaga, R. Chirla, P. Colosimo, J. Cryan, A. M. March, C. Roedig, E. Sistrunk, J. Tate, J. Wheeler, P. Agostini, and L. F. DiMauro, “Strong field physics with long wavelength lasers,” J. Mod. Opt.54(7), 1075–1085 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Colosimo, P.

P. Colosimo, G. Doumy, C. I. Blaga, J. Wheeler, C. Hauri, F. Catoire, J. Tate, R. Chirla, A. M. March, G. G. Paulus, H. G. Muller, P. Agostini, and L. F. DiMauro, “Scaling strong-field interactions towards the classical limit,” Nat. Phys.4(5), 386–389 (2008).
[CrossRef]

K. D. Schultz, C. I. Blaga, R. Chirla, P. Colosimo, J. Cryan, A. M. March, C. Roedig, E. Sistrunk, J. Tate, J. Wheeler, P. Agostini, and L. F. DiMauro, “Strong field physics with long wavelength lasers,” J. Mod. Opt.54(7), 1075–1085 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Comtois, D.

A. D. Shiner, C. Trallero-Herrero, N. Kajumba, H. C. Bandulet, D. Comtois, F. Légaré, M. Giguère, J. C. Kieffer, P. B. Corkum, and D. M. Villeneuve, “Wavelength Scaling of High Harmonic Generation Efficiency,” Phys. Rev. Lett.103(7), 073902 (2009).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Conti, C.

C. Conti, S. Trillo, P. Di Trapani, J. Kilius, A. Bramati, S. Minardi, W. Chinaglia, and G. Valiulis, “Effective lensing effects in parametric frequency conversion,” J. Opt. Soc. Amer. B19(4), 852 (2002).
[CrossRef]

Corkum, P. B.

A. D. Shiner, C. Trallero-Herrero, N. Kajumba, H. C. Bandulet, D. Comtois, F. Légaré, M. Giguère, J. C. Kieffer, P. B. Corkum, and D. M. Villeneuve, “Wavelength Scaling of High Harmonic Generation Efficiency,” Phys. Rev. Lett.103(7), 073902 (2009).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

P. B. Corkum, “Plasma perspective on strong field multiphoton ionization,” Phys. Rev. Lett.71(13), 1994–1997 (1993).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

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K. D. Schultz, C. I. Blaga, R. Chirla, P. Colosimo, J. Cryan, A. M. March, C. Roedig, E. Sistrunk, J. Tate, J. Wheeler, P. Agostini, and L. F. DiMauro, “Strong field physics with long wavelength lasers,” J. Mod. Opt.54(7), 1075–1085 (2007).
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Figures (3)

Fig. 1
Fig. 1

Optical setup of the 2-stage OPCPA delivering 75-MW pulses. After the 2nd stage, the MIR idler is extracted and compressed to 75 fs duration by propagation through 150 mm bulk silicon (90% transmission). The spectral phase of the idler can be controlled by the pulse-shaper placed in the seed beam. During the OPA process, the spectral phase of the NIR seed is transferred to the MIR idler.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

(a) Pump-power dependence of OPA1 and OPA2. The maximum measured idler power after OPA1 is 26 mW (solid blue line), and there is no measurable OPG output (10 µW measurement threshold). The maximum idler power after both OPA2 and the bulk-compression stage is 700 mW, corresponding to 7 µJ (solid red line). We obtained an (over-)estimate of 72 mW for the optical parametric generation (OPG) background by blocking the seed pulses (dashed red line). This measurement is discussed further in section 3. (b) Reconstructed temporal pulse profiles from SHG-FROG after compression with 150-mm of bulk silicon. The inset shows the corresponding spectrum.

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

Poling structure for the APPLN OPA devices used in both stages. An apodized linearly chirped QPM grating is used to ensure a smooth gain spectrum. The linear chirp rate is κ’ = −2.5 mm−2. The nonlinear coupling is turned on and off adiabatically at both ends, over a distance ~10% of the total length of the grating, by rapidly varying the poling period (increasing the magnitude of the chirp rate). The nominal QPM duty cycle is 50%.

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