Abstract

We study a novel mechanism of pre-pulse generation in an optical parametric chirped-pulse amplification (OPCPA) system through an analytical approach together with numerical simulations. The acquired pre-pulses are initiated from the surface-reflection-induced modulation of the seed spectrum and occur as a consequence of high-order distortion of such modulated spectrum due to the instantaneous gain saturation effect. We demonstrate that the intensities of pre-pulses increase quadratically with the initial temporal modulation-depth of the stretched signal pulse as well as the conversion efficiency prior to substantial pump-depletion. Explicit formulas for estimating the contrast limit due to surface reflections are present. We also discuss the impact of group-velocity mismatch on the pre-pulse generation. The results of this work may deepen our cognition on the complexity of the pulse-contrast problem in OPCPA systems.

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T. J. Yu, S. K. Lee, J. H. Sung, J. W. Yoon, T. M. Jeong, and J. Lee, “Generation of high-contrast, 30 fs, 1.5 PW laser pulses from chirped-pulse amplification Ti:sapphire laser,” Opt. Express20(10), 10807–10815 (2012).
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[CrossRef]

J. Ma, P. Yuan, Y. Wang, H. Zhu, and L. Qian, “Numerical study on pulse contrast enhancement in a short-pulse-pumped optical parametric amplifier,” Opt. Commun.285(21–22), 4531–4536 (2012).
[CrossRef]

S. Demmler, J. Rothhardt, S. Hädrich, J. Bromage, J. Limpert, and A. Tünnermann, “Control of nonlinear spectral phase induced by ultra-broadband optical parametric amplification,” Opt. Lett.37(19), 3933–3935 (2012).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

H. Kiriyama, T. Shimomura, H. Sasao, Y. Nakai, M. Tanoue, S. Kondo, S. Kanazawa, A. S. Pirozhkov, M. Mori, Y. Fukuda, M. Nishiuchi, M. Kando, S. V. Bulanov, K. Nagashima, M. Yamagiwa, K. Kondo, A. Sugiyama, P. R. Bolton, T. Tajima, and N. Miyanaga, “Temporal contrast enhancement of petawatt-class laser pulses,” Opt. Lett.37(16), 3363–3365 (2012).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

2011 (4)

2010 (3)

H. Ren, L. Qian, H. Zhu, D. Fan, and P. Yuan, “Pulse-contrast degradation due to pump phase-modulation in optical parametric chirped-pulse amplification system,” Opt. Express18(12), 12948–12959 (2010).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

L. Veisz, “Contrast improvement of relativistic few-cycle light pulses,” Coherent and Ultrashort Pulse Laser Emission14, 305–328 (2010).

P. Yuan, G. Xie, D. Zhang, H. Zhong, and L. Qian, “High-contrast near-IR short pulses generated by a mid-IR optical parametric chirped-pulse amplifier with frequency doubling,” Opt. Lett.35(11), 1878–1880 (2010).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

2009 (1)

2008 (4)

H. Kiriyama, M. Mori, Y. Nakai, T. Shimomura, M. Tanoue, A. Akutsu, S. Kondo, S. Kanazawa, H. Okada, T. Motomura, H. Daido, T. Kimura, and T. Tajima, “High-contrast, high-intensity laser pulse generation using a nonlinear preamplifier in a Ti:sapphire laser system,” Opt. Lett.33(7), 645–647 (2008).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

D. Schimpf, E. Seise, J. Limpert, and A. Tünnermann, “Decrease of pulse-contrast in nonlinear chirped-pulse amplification systems due to high-frequency spectral phase ripples,” Opt. Express16(12), 8876–8886 (2008).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

N. V. Didenko, A. V. Konyashchenko, A. P. Lutsenko, and S. Y. Tenyakov, “Contrast degradation in a chirped-pulse amplifier due to generation of prepulses by postpulses,” Opt. Express16(5), 3178–3190 (2008).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

D. N. Schimpf, E. Seise, J. Limpert, and A. Tünnermann, “The impact of spectral modulations on the contrast of pulses of nonlinear chirped-pulse amplification systems,” Opt. Express16(14), 10664–10674 (2008).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

2007 (2)

I. N. Ross, G. H. C. New, and P. K. Bates, “Contrast limitation due to pump noise in an optical parametric chirped pulse amplification system,” Opt. Commun.273(2), 510–514 (2007).
[CrossRef]

C. Dorrer, “Analysis of pump-induced temporal contrast degradation in optical parametric chirped-pulse amplification,” J. Opt. Soc. Am. B24(12), 3048–3057 (2007).
[CrossRef]

2006 (1)

F. Tavella, A. Marcinkevičius, and F. Krausz, “Investigation of the superfluorescence and signal amplification in an ultrabroadband multiterawatt optical parametric chirped pulse amplifier system,” New J. Phys.8(10), 219 (2006).
[CrossRef]

2005 (4)

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]

F. Tavella, K. Schmid, N. Ishii, A. Marcinkevičius, L. Veisz, and F. Krausz, “High-dynamic range pulse-contrast measurements of a broadband optical parametric chirped-pulse amplifier,” Appl. Phys. B81(6), 753–756 (2005).
[CrossRef]

M. P. Kalashnikov, E. Risse, H. Schönnagel, and W. Sandner, “Double chirped-pulse-amplification laser: a way to clean pulses temporally,” Opt. Lett.30(8), 923–925 (2005).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

N. Forget, A. Cotel, E. Brambrink, P. Audebert, C. Le Blanc, A. Jullien, O. Albert, and G. Chériaux, “Pump-noise transfer in optical parametric chirped-pulse amplification,” Opt. Lett.30(21), 2921–2923 (2005).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

2003 (1)

P. Zhu, L. Qian, S. Xue, and Z. Lin, “Numerical studies of optical parametric chirped pulse amplification,” Opt. Laser Technol.35(1), 13–19 (2003).
[CrossRef]

2002 (1)

2000 (1)

J. D. Bolie, F. Patterson, D. Price, B. White, and P. Springer, “Production of >1021 W/cm2 from a large-aperture Ti:sapphire laser system,” Appl. Phys. B70(1), S155–S160 (2000).

1995 (1)

1992 (1)

Akutsu, A.

Albert, O.

N. Forget, A. Cotel, E. Brambrink, P. Audebert, C. Le Blanc, A. Jullien, O. Albert, and G. Chériaux, “Pump-noise transfer in optical parametric chirped-pulse amplification,” Opt. Lett.30(21), 2921–2923 (2005).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

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]

Audebert, P.

Augé-Rochereau, F.

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]

Bates, P. K.

I. N. Ross, G. H. C. New, and P. K. Bates, “Contrast limitation due to pump noise in an optical parametric chirped pulse amplification system,” Opt. Commun.273(2), 510–514 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Bolie, J. D.

J. D. Bolie, F. Patterson, D. Price, B. White, and P. Springer, “Production of >1021 W/cm2 from a large-aperture Ti:sapphire laser system,” Appl. Phys. B70(1), S155–S160 (2000).

Bolton, P. R.

Borot, A.

Boyer, G. R.

Brambrink, E.

Bromage, J.

S. Demmler, J. Rothhardt, S. Hädrich, J. Bromage, J. Limpert, and A. Tünnermann, “Control of nonlinear spectral phase induced by ultra-broadband optical parametric amplification,” Opt. Lett.37(19), 3933–3935 (2012).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Buck, A.

Bulanov, S. V.

Burgy, F.

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]

Cerullo, G.

Chambaret, J. P.

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]

Chekhlov, O.

Chériaux, G.

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]

N. Forget, A. Cotel, E. Brambrink, P. Audebert, C. Le Blanc, A. Jullien, O. Albert, and G. Chériaux, “Pump-noise transfer in optical parametric chirped-pulse amplification,” Opt. Lett.30(21), 2921–2923 (2005).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Collier, J.

Cotel, A.

Daido, H.

Demmler, S.

S. Demmler, J. Rothhardt, S. Hädrich, J. Bromage, J. Limpert, and A. Tünnermann, “Control of nonlinear spectral phase induced by ultra-broadband optical parametric amplification,” Opt. Lett.37(19), 3933–3935 (2012).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Didenko, N. V.

N. V. Didenko, A. V. Konyashchenko, A. P. Lutsenko, and S. Y. Tenyakov, “Contrast degradation in a chirped-pulse amplifier due to generation of prepulses by postpulses,” Opt. Express16(5), 3178–3190 (2008).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Divall, E.

Dorrer, C.

C. Dorrer, “Analysis of pump-induced temporal contrast degradation in optical parametric chirped-pulse amplification,” J. Opt. Soc. Am. B24(12), 3048–3057 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Eikema, K. S. E.

S. Witte and K. S. E. Eikema, “Ultrafast optical parametric chirped-pulse amplification,” Selected Topics in Quantum Electronics, IEEE Journal of18(1), 296–307 (2012).
[CrossRef]

Ertel, K.

Etchepare, J.

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]

Fan, D.

H. Ren, L. Qian, H. Zhu, D. Fan, and P. Yuan, “Pulse-contrast degradation due to pump phase-modulation in optical parametric chirped-pulse amplification system,” Opt. Express18(12), 12948–12959 (2010).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Forget, N.

Franco, M. A.

Fukuda, Y.

Goodman, E.

Hädrich, S.

S. Demmler, J. Rothhardt, S. Hädrich, J. Bromage, J. Limpert, and A. Tünnermann, “Control of nonlinear spectral phase induced by ultra-broadband optical parametric amplification,” Opt. Lett.37(19), 3933–3935 (2012).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Hamoniaux, G.

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]

Hawkes, S.

Hooker, C.

Huang, S. W.

Huang, Y.

Y. Huang, C. Zhang, Y. Xu, D. Li, Y. Leng, R. Li, and Z. Xu, “Ultrashort pulse temporal contrast enhancement based on noncollinear optical-parametric amplification,” Opt. Lett.36(6), 781–783 (2011).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Ishii, N.

F. Tavella, K. Schmid, N. Ishii, A. Marcinkevičius, L. Veisz, and F. Krausz, “High-dynamic range pulse-contrast measurements of a broadband optical parametric chirped-pulse amplifier,” Appl. Phys. B81(6), 753–756 (2005).
[CrossRef]

Jackson, M. K.

Jeong, T. M.

T. J. Yu, S. K. Lee, J. H. Sung, J. W. Yoon, T. M. Jeong, and J. Lee, “Generation of high-contrast, 30 fs, 1.5 PW laser pulses from chirped-pulse amplification Ti:sapphire laser,” Opt. Express20(10), 10807–10815 (2012).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Jullien, A.

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]

N. Forget, A. Cotel, E. Brambrink, P. Audebert, C. Le Blanc, A. Jullien, O. Albert, and G. Chériaux, “Pump-noise transfer in optical parametric chirped-pulse amplification,” Opt. Lett.30(21), 2921–2923 (2005).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Kalashnikov, M. P.

Kanazawa, S.

Kando, M.

Kärtner, F. X.

Kimura, T.

Kiriyama, H.

Kondo, K.

Kondo, S.

Konyashchenko, A. V.

N. V. Didenko, A. V. Konyashchenko, A. P. Lutsenko, and S. Y. Tenyakov, “Contrast degradation in a chirped-pulse amplifier due to generation of prepulses by postpulses,” Opt. Express16(5), 3178–3190 (2008).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Krausz, F.

J. M. Mikhailova, A. Buck, A. Borot, K. Schmid, C. Sears, G. D. Tsakiris, F. Krausz, and L. Veisz, “Ultra-high-contrast few-cycle pulses for multipetawatt-class laser technology,” Opt. Lett.36(16), 3145–3147 (2011).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

F. Tavella, A. Marcinkevičius, and F. Krausz, “Investigation of the superfluorescence and signal amplification in an ultrabroadband multiterawatt optical parametric chirped pulse amplifier system,” New J. Phys.8(10), 219 (2006).
[CrossRef]

F. Tavella, K. Schmid, N. Ishii, A. Marcinkevičius, L. Veisz, and F. Krausz, “High-dynamic range pulse-contrast measurements of a broadband optical parametric chirped-pulse amplifier,” Appl. Phys. B81(6), 753–756 (2005).
[CrossRef]

Le Blanc, C.

Lee, J.

T. J. Yu, S. K. Lee, J. H. Sung, J. W. Yoon, T. M. Jeong, and J. Lee, “Generation of high-contrast, 30 fs, 1.5 PW laser pulses from chirped-pulse amplification Ti:sapphire laser,” Opt. Express20(10), 10807–10815 (2012).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Lee, S. K.

T. J. Yu, S. K. Lee, J. H. Sung, J. W. Yoon, T. M. Jeong, and J. Lee, “Generation of high-contrast, 30 fs, 1.5 PW laser pulses from chirped-pulse amplification Ti:sapphire laser,” Opt. Express20(10), 10807–10815 (2012).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Leng, Y.

Y. Huang, C. Zhang, Y. Xu, D. Li, Y. Leng, R. Li, and Z. Xu, “Ultrashort pulse temporal contrast enhancement based on noncollinear optical-parametric amplification,” Opt. Lett.36(6), 781–783 (2011).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Li, D.

Y. Huang, C. Zhang, Y. Xu, D. Li, Y. Leng, R. Li, and Z. Xu, “Ultrashort pulse temporal contrast enhancement based on noncollinear optical-parametric amplification,” Opt. Lett.36(6), 781–783 (2011).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Li, R.

Y. Huang, C. Zhang, Y. Xu, D. Li, Y. Leng, R. Li, and Z. Xu, “Ultrashort pulse temporal contrast enhancement based on noncollinear optical-parametric amplification,” Opt. Lett.36(6), 781–783 (2011).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Limpert, J.

S. Demmler, J. Rothhardt, S. Hädrich, J. Bromage, J. Limpert, and A. Tünnermann, “Control of nonlinear spectral phase induced by ultra-broadband optical parametric amplification,” Opt. Lett.37(19), 3933–3935 (2012).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

D. N. Schimpf, E. Seise, J. Limpert, and A. Tünnermann, “The impact of spectral modulations on the contrast of pulses of nonlinear chirped-pulse amplification systems,” Opt. Express16(14), 10664–10674 (2008).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

D. Schimpf, E. Seise, J. Limpert, and A. Tünnermann, “Decrease of pulse-contrast in nonlinear chirped-pulse amplification systems due to high-frequency spectral phase ripples,” Opt. Express16(12), 8876–8886 (2008).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Lin, Z.

P. Zhu, L. Qian, S. Xue, and Z. Lin, “Numerical studies of optical parametric chirped pulse amplification,” Opt. Laser Technol.35(1), 13–19 (2003).
[CrossRef]

Liu, C.

Liu, X.

Lutsenko, A. P.

N. V. Didenko, A. V. Konyashchenko, A. P. Lutsenko, and S. Y. Tenyakov, “Contrast degradation in a chirped-pulse amplifier due to generation of prepulses by postpulses,” Opt. Express16(5), 3178–3190 (2008).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Ma, J.

J. Ma, P. Yuan, Y. Wang, H. Zhu, and L. Qian, “Numerical study on pulse contrast enhancement in a short-pulse-pumped optical parametric amplifier,” Opt. Commun.285(21–22), 4531–4536 (2012).
[CrossRef]

Maksimchuk, A.

Manzoni, C.

Marcinkevicius, A.

F. Tavella, A. Marcinkevičius, and F. Krausz, “Investigation of the superfluorescence and signal amplification in an ultrabroadband multiterawatt optical parametric chirped pulse amplifier system,” New J. Phys.8(10), 219 (2006).
[CrossRef]

F. Tavella, K. Schmid, N. Ishii, A. Marcinkevičius, L. Veisz, and F. Krausz, “High-dynamic range pulse-contrast measurements of a broadband optical parametric chirped-pulse amplifier,” Appl. Phys. B81(6), 753–756 (2005).
[CrossRef]

Matousek, P.

Migus, A.

Mikhailova, J. M.

Minkovski, N.

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]

Miyanaga, N.

Mori, M.

Moses, J.

Motomura, T.

Mysyrowicz, A.

Nagashima, K.

Nakai, Y.

New, G. H. C.

I. N. Ross, G. H. C. New, and P. K. Bates, “Contrast limitation due to pump noise in an optical parametric chirped pulse amplification system,” Opt. Commun.273(2), 510–514 (2007).
[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. B19(12), 2945–2956 (2002).
[CrossRef]

Nishiuchi, M.

Okada, H.

Osvay, K.

Parry, B.

Patterson, F.

J. D. Bolie, F. Patterson, D. Price, B. White, and P. Springer, “Production of >1021 W/cm2 from a large-aperture Ti:sapphire laser system,” Appl. Phys. B70(1), S155–S160 (2000).

Paye, J.

Pirozhkov, A. S.

Price, D.

J. D. Bolie, F. Patterson, D. Price, B. White, and P. Springer, “Production of >1021 W/cm2 from a large-aperture Ti:sapphire laser system,” Appl. Phys. B70(1), S155–S160 (2000).

Qian, L.

J. Ma, P. Yuan, Y. Wang, H. Zhu, and L. Qian, “Numerical study on pulse contrast enhancement in a short-pulse-pumped optical parametric amplifier,” Opt. Commun.285(21–22), 4531–4536 (2012).
[CrossRef]

H. Ren, L. Qian, H. Zhu, D. Fan, and P. Yuan, “Pulse-contrast degradation due to pump phase-modulation in optical parametric chirped-pulse amplification system,” Opt. Express18(12), 12948–12959 (2010).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

P. Yuan, G. Xie, D. Zhang, H. Zhong, and L. Qian, “High-contrast near-IR short pulses generated by a mid-IR optical parametric chirped-pulse amplifier with frequency doubling,” Opt. Lett.35(11), 1878–1880 (2010).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

P. Zhu, L. Qian, S. Xue, and Z. Lin, “Numerical studies of optical parametric chirped pulse amplification,” Opt. Laser Technol.35(1), 13–19 (2003).
[CrossRef]

Rajeev, P. P.

Ren, H.

H. Ren, L. Qian, H. Zhu, D. Fan, and P. Yuan, “Pulse-contrast degradation due to pump phase-modulation in optical parametric chirped-pulse amplification system,” Opt. Express18(12), 12948–12959 (2010).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Risse, E.

Ross, I. N.

I. N. Ross, G. H. C. New, and P. K. Bates, “Contrast limitation due to pump noise in an optical parametric chirped pulse amplification system,” Opt. Commun.273(2), 510–514 (2007).
[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. B19(12), 2945–2956 (2002).
[CrossRef]

Rothhardt, J.

S. Demmler, J. Rothhardt, S. Hädrich, J. Bromage, J. Limpert, and A. Tünnermann, “Control of nonlinear spectral phase induced by ultra-broadband optical parametric amplification,” Opt. Lett.37(19), 3933–3935 (2012).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Rousseau, J. P.

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]

Saltiel, S. M.

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]

Sandner, W.

Sasao, H.

Schimpf, D.

Schimpf, D. N.

D. N. Schimpf, E. Seise, J. Limpert, and A. Tünnermann, “The impact of spectral modulations on the contrast of pulses of nonlinear chirped-pulse amplification systems,” Opt. Express16(14), 10664–10674 (2008).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Schmid, K.

J. M. Mikhailova, A. Buck, A. Borot, K. Schmid, C. Sears, G. D. Tsakiris, F. Krausz, and L. Veisz, “Ultra-high-contrast few-cycle pulses for multipetawatt-class laser technology,” Opt. Lett.36(16), 3145–3147 (2011).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

F. Tavella, K. Schmid, N. Ishii, A. Marcinkevičius, L. Veisz, and F. Krausz, “High-dynamic range pulse-contrast measurements of a broadband optical parametric chirped-pulse amplifier,” Appl. Phys. B81(6), 753–756 (2005).
[CrossRef]

Schönnagel, H.

Sears, C.

Seise, E.

D. N. Schimpf, E. Seise, J. Limpert, and A. Tünnermann, “The impact of spectral modulations on the contrast of pulses of nonlinear chirped-pulse amplification systems,” Opt. Express16(14), 10664–10674 (2008).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

D. Schimpf, E. Seise, J. Limpert, and A. Tünnermann, “Decrease of pulse-contrast in nonlinear chirped-pulse amplification systems due to high-frequency spectral phase ripples,” Opt. Express16(12), 8876–8886 (2008).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Shen, Z.

Shimomura, T.

Springer, P.

J. D. Bolie, F. Patterson, D. Price, B. White, and P. Springer, “Production of >1021 W/cm2 from a large-aperture Ti:sapphire laser system,” Appl. Phys. B70(1), S155–S160 (2000).

Sugiyama, A.

Sung, J. H.

T. J. Yu, S. K. Lee, J. H. Sung, J. W. Yoon, T. M. Jeong, and J. Lee, “Generation of high-contrast, 30 fs, 1.5 PW laser pulses from chirped-pulse amplification Ti:sapphire laser,” Opt. Express20(10), 10807–10815 (2012).
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Tajima, T.

Tang, Y.

Tanoue, M.

Tavella, F.

F. Tavella, A. Marcinkevičius, and F. Krausz, “Investigation of the superfluorescence and signal amplification in an ultrabroadband multiterawatt optical parametric chirped pulse amplifier system,” New J. Phys.8(10), 219 (2006).
[CrossRef]

F. Tavella, K. Schmid, N. Ishii, A. Marcinkevičius, L. Veisz, and F. Krausz, “High-dynamic range pulse-contrast measurements of a broadband optical parametric chirped-pulse amplifier,” Appl. Phys. B81(6), 753–756 (2005).
[CrossRef]

Teng, H.

Tenyakov, S. Y.

N. V. Didenko, A. V. Konyashchenko, A. P. Lutsenko, and S. Y. Tenyakov, “Contrast degradation in a chirped-pulse amplifier due to generation of prepulses by postpulses,” Opt. Express16(5), 3178–3190 (2008).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Tsakiris, G. D.

Tünnermann, A.

S. Demmler, J. Rothhardt, S. Hädrich, J. Bromage, J. Limpert, and A. Tünnermann, “Control of nonlinear spectral phase induced by ultra-broadband optical parametric amplification,” Opt. Lett.37(19), 3933–3935 (2012).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

D. N. Schimpf, E. Seise, J. Limpert, and A. Tünnermann, “The impact of spectral modulations on the contrast of pulses of nonlinear chirped-pulse amplification systems,” Opt. Express16(14), 10664–10674 (2008).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

D. Schimpf, E. Seise, J. Limpert, and A. Tünnermann, “Decrease of pulse-contrast in nonlinear chirped-pulse amplification systems due to high-frequency spectral phase ripples,” Opt. Express16(12), 8876–8886 (2008).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Umstadter, D.

Veisz, L.

J. M. Mikhailova, A. Buck, A. Borot, K. Schmid, C. Sears, G. D. Tsakiris, F. Krausz, and L. Veisz, “Ultra-high-contrast few-cycle pulses for multipetawatt-class laser technology,” Opt. Lett.36(16), 3145–3147 (2011).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

L. Veisz, “Contrast improvement of relativistic few-cycle light pulses,” Coherent and Ultrashort Pulse Laser Emission14, 305–328 (2010).

F. Tavella, K. Schmid, N. Ishii, A. Marcinkevičius, L. Veisz, and F. Krausz, “High-dynamic range pulse-contrast measurements of a broadband optical parametric chirped-pulse amplifier,” Appl. Phys. B81(6), 753–756 (2005).
[CrossRef]

Wagner, R.

Wang, Y.

J. Ma, P. Yuan, Y. Wang, H. Zhu, and L. Qian, “Numerical study on pulse contrast enhancement in a short-pulse-pumped optical parametric amplifier,” Opt. Commun.285(21–22), 4531–4536 (2012).
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Wei, Z.

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S. Witte and K. S. E. Eikema, “Ultrafast optical parametric chirped-pulse amplification,” Selected Topics in Quantum Electronics, IEEE Journal of18(1), 296–307 (2012).
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Xie, G.

Xu, Y.

Y. Huang, C. Zhang, Y. Xu, D. Li, Y. Leng, R. Li, and Z. Xu, “Ultrashort pulse temporal contrast enhancement based on noncollinear optical-parametric amplification,” Opt. Lett.36(6), 781–783 (2011).
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Xu, Z.

Y. Huang, C. Zhang, Y. Xu, D. Li, Y. Leng, R. Li, and Z. Xu, “Ultrashort pulse temporal contrast enhancement based on noncollinear optical-parametric amplification,” Opt. Lett.36(6), 781–783 (2011).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Xue, S.

P. Zhu, L. Qian, S. Xue, and Z. Lin, “Numerical studies of optical parametric chirped pulse amplification,” Opt. Laser Technol.35(1), 13–19 (2003).
[CrossRef]

Yamagiwa, M.

Yoon, J. W.

T. J. Yu, S. K. Lee, J. H. Sung, J. W. Yoon, T. M. Jeong, and J. Lee, “Generation of high-contrast, 30 fs, 1.5 PW laser pulses from chirped-pulse amplification Ti:sapphire laser,” Opt. Express20(10), 10807–10815 (2012).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Yu, T. J.

T. J. Yu, S. K. Lee, J. H. Sung, J. W. Yoon, T. M. Jeong, and J. Lee, “Generation of high-contrast, 30 fs, 1.5 PW laser pulses from chirped-pulse amplification Ti:sapphire laser,” Opt. Express20(10), 10807–10815 (2012).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Yuan, P.

J. Ma, P. Yuan, Y. Wang, H. Zhu, and L. Qian, “Numerical study on pulse contrast enhancement in a short-pulse-pumped optical parametric amplifier,” Opt. Commun.285(21–22), 4531–4536 (2012).
[CrossRef]

P. Yuan, G. Xie, D. Zhang, H. Zhong, and L. Qian, “High-contrast near-IR short pulses generated by a mid-IR optical parametric chirped-pulse amplifier with frequency doubling,” Opt. Lett.35(11), 1878–1880 (2010).
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H. Ren, L. Qian, H. Zhu, D. Fan, and P. Yuan, “Pulse-contrast degradation due to pump phase-modulation in optical parametric chirped-pulse amplification system,” Opt. Express18(12), 12948–12959 (2010).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Zhang, C.

Y. Huang, C. Zhang, Y. Xu, D. Li, Y. Leng, R. Li, and Z. Xu, “Ultrashort pulse temporal contrast enhancement based on noncollinear optical-parametric amplification,” Opt. Lett.36(6), 781–783 (2011).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Zhang, D.

Zhang, Q.

Zhong, H.

Zhu, H.

J. Ma, P. Yuan, Y. Wang, H. Zhu, and L. Qian, “Numerical study on pulse contrast enhancement in a short-pulse-pumped optical parametric amplifier,” Opt. Commun.285(21–22), 4531–4536 (2012).
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H. Ren, L. Qian, H. Zhu, D. Fan, and P. Yuan, “Pulse-contrast degradation due to pump phase-modulation in optical parametric chirped-pulse amplification system,” Opt. Express18(12), 12948–12959 (2010).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Zhu, P.

P. Zhu, L. Qian, S. Xue, and Z. Lin, “Numerical studies of optical parametric chirped pulse amplification,” Opt. Laser Technol.35(1), 13–19 (2003).
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Appl. Phys. B (1)

F. Tavella, K. Schmid, N. Ishii, A. Marcinkevičius, L. Veisz, and F. Krausz, “High-dynamic range pulse-contrast measurements of a broadband optical parametric chirped-pulse amplifier,” Appl. Phys. B81(6), 753–756 (2005).
[CrossRef]

Appl. Phys. B (1)

J. D. Bolie, F. Patterson, D. Price, B. White, and P. Springer, “Production of >1021 W/cm2 from a large-aperture Ti:sapphire laser system,” Appl. Phys. B70(1), S155–S160 (2000).

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[CrossRef]

Opt. Commun. (2)

J. Ma, P. Yuan, Y. Wang, H. Zhu, and L. Qian, “Numerical study on pulse contrast enhancement in a short-pulse-pumped optical parametric amplifier,” Opt. Commun.285(21–22), 4531–4536 (2012).
[CrossRef]

I. N. Ross, G. H. C. New, and P. K. Bates, “Contrast limitation due to pump noise in an optical parametric chirped pulse amplification system,” Opt. Commun.273(2), 510–514 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Opt. Express (4)

H. Ren, L. Qian, H. Zhu, D. Fan, and P. Yuan, “Pulse-contrast degradation due to pump phase-modulation in optical parametric chirped-pulse amplification system,” Opt. Express18(12), 12948–12959 (2010).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

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[CrossRef] [PubMed]

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Figures (9)

Fig. 1
Fig. 1

Comparison between the analytical calculations (red solid line) using Eq. (15) and numerical calculations (black dashed line) based on Eq. (12) of the compressed output signal from OPCPAs under different η and r.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

(a) Femtosecond seed (at 800 nm with spectral width of 30 nm and transform-limited duration of 29 fs) followed by a weak post-pulse generated by the surface reflections with intensity ratio of 10−4, delay time of 56 ps. (b) The normalized intensity profile of the chirped signal after stretching and the Gaussian (solid red line) or flattop (dashed red line) pump pulse. Inset is an enlarged display of the interference modulation on the trailing edge of chirped signal pulse.

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

Calculated compressed output from an OPCPA injected by the seed shown in Fig. 2(b) with peak intensity of 5 kW/cm2. The pump pulse is assumed to be Gaussian distributed with duration of 80 ps and peak intensity of 5 GW/cm2. Assumption of constant pump is used in obtaining (a). The length L of OPCPA crystal (β-BBO) is changed to obtain the other three different amplification regimes: (b) small-signal (η = 0.01%, L = 3.7 mm); (c) weak saturation (η = 10%, L = 6.8 mm); and (d) over-saturation (back conversion occurs, η = 20%, L = 9 mm).

Fig. 4
Fig. 4

Evolution of the relative intensities of the four side-pulses: 1st (filled squares) and 2nd (open squares) pre-pulse, and 1st (filled triangles) and 2nd (open triangles) post-pulse. The black line denotes the conversion efficiency. The pump pulse is assumed to be flattop in (a) and Gaussian in (b). Other parameters for simulations are identical with those in Fig. 3.

Fig. 5
Fig. 5

Fit of Ipre-pulse/I0 values from numerical simulations run for the four sets of parameters (scattered data points) using the formula of Eq. (20) (solid line). Other parameters for simulation are identical with those in Fig. 3.

Fig. 6
Fig. 6

(a) The intensity profiles of the pump (black), signal (red) and idler (blue) after the parametric amplification of a chirped signal pulse at 800 nm with a duration of 40 ps, spectral width of 20 nm and peak intensity of 0.5 MW/cm2 in a 5 mm type-I β-BBO crystal with inner surface reflectivity of 0.1%. The pump is a Gaussian pulse at 532 nm with a duration of 80 ps and peak intensity of 5 GW/cm2. Inset in (a) is an enlarged display of the modulations on the three pulses. (b) The spectra of signal before (dashed line) and after amplification (solid line). Inset in (b) is an enlarged display of the spectral modulation of amplified signal. (c) The normalized intensity profile of compressed output signal. (d) The evolution of intensities of the 1st (filled squares) and 2nd (open squares) pre-pulses and 1st (filled triangles) and 2nd (open triangles) post-pulses as well as the conversion efficiency (black line) with the increase of pump intensity.

Fig. 7
Fig. 7

Fit of the numerical results (Ipre-pulse/I0) from the five sets of parameters(scattered data points)using Eq. (21) (solid line). Other parameters for simulation are identical with those in Fig. 6.

Fig. 8
Fig. 8

(a) The calculated Ipost-pulse/I0 under varying parametric gain (G) from 102 to 106 and surface reflectivity (R) of 0.1%, 0.01% and 1%, and its fitting. (b) The calculated Ipre-pulse/Ipost-pulse under the five sets of parameters (scattered data points) and its fitting. The crystal length is fixed at 5 mm. Other parameters for simulation are identical with those in Fig. 6.

Fig. 9
Fig. 9

(a) The dependency of pre-pulse intensity (Ipre-pulse/I0) on the GVM (δsp) at the 32% conversion efficiency point for chirped signal pulses having modulation period of 256 ps (square symbols), 170 fs (cycle symbols) and 384 fs (triangle symbols), respectively. The seed is assumed to be followed by a post-pulse with time separation of 10 ps. Other simulation parameters are identical with those in Fig. 3. (b) Part of the intensity profiles of pump (red) and signal (black) after amplification under δsp = 0 fs/mm and pump (magenta) and signal (blue) under δsp = 1000 fs/mm, in the case of Tm = 256 fs.

Equations (22)

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A s 0 ( t ) = A 0 ( t ϕ ( 2 ) ) exp ( i t 2 2 ϕ ( 2 ) ) + r A 0 ( t t δ ϕ ( 2 ) ) exp ( i ( t t δ ) 2 2 ϕ ( 2 ) ) ,
| A s 0 ( t ) | 2 = | A 0 ( t ϕ ( 2 ) ) | 2 + r | A 0 ( t t δ ϕ ( 2 ) ) | 2 + 2 r A 0 ( t ϕ ( 2 ) ) A 0 ( t t δ ϕ ( 2 ) ) cos ( t t δ ϕ ( 2 ) ( t δ ) 2 2 ϕ ( 2 ) ) ,
| A s 0 ( t ) | 2 | A 0 ( t ϕ ( 2 ) ) | 2 [ 1 + ρ ( t ) ] = | A 0 ( t ϕ ( 2 ) ) | 2 [ 1 + 2 p r cos ( t t δ ϕ ( 2 ) ( t δ ) 2 2 ϕ ( 2 ) ) ] .
I a m p ( t ) = I s 0 ( t ) G ( t ) 1 4 I s 0 ( t ) exp ( 2 κ L I p ( t ) ) ,
G ( t ) 1 4 exp ( 2 κ ( Δ L / 2 ) I p 0 ) · exp ( 2 κ ( Δ L / 2 ) I p 0 Δ I p ( t ) ) .
Δ I p ( t ) = ω p ω s Δ I s ( t ) ω p ω s 1 4 I s 0 ( t ) exp ( 2 κ ( Δ L / 2 ) I p 0 ) ,
I s 0 ( t ) = I 0 [ 1 + ρ ( t ) ] ,
η = t [ Δ I s ( t ) ] t I p 0 1 4 exp ( 2 κ ( Δ L / 2 ) I p 0 ) I 0 τ s I p 0 τ p ,
A a m p ( t ) 1 2 A s 0 ( t ) exp ( κ ( Δ L / 2 ) I p 0 ) exp ( κ ( Δ L / 2 ) I p 0 ( 1 ω p ω s τ p τ s η ( 1 + ρ ( t ) ) ) ) .
A a m p ( t ) A a m p ( 0 ) ( t ) exp ( γ η ) exp [ γ η ρ ( t ) ] ,
A a m p ( 0 ) ( t ) = 1 2 A s 0 ( t ) exp ( κ Δ L I p 0 ) , γ = κ ( Δ L / 2 ) I p 0 ω p τ p 2 ω s τ s ,
A a m p ( t ) A a m p ( 0 ) ( t ) exp ( γ η ) exp ( 2 γ η p r cos ( t t δ ϕ ( 2 ) ( t δ ) 2 2 ϕ ( 2 ) ) ) .
A a m p ( t ) A a m p ( 0 ) ( t ) exp ( γ η ) m = m = J m ( 2 γ η p r ) exp ( i m t t δ ϕ ( 2 ) ) exp ( i m ( t δ ) 2 2 ϕ ( 2 ) ) .
A ˜ a m p ( Ω ) 1 2 exp ( κ I p 0 Δ L ) exp ( γ η ) m = m = J m ( 2 γ η p r ) A ˜ 0 ( Ω m t δ ϕ ( 2 ) ) exp ( i ϕ ( 2 ) 2 Ω 2 i m t δ Ω + i ( m + m 2 ) t δ 2 2 ϕ ( 2 ) ) .
A o u t ( T ) 1 2 exp ( κ I p 0 Δ L ) exp ( γ η ) m = m = J m ( 2 γ η p r ) A 0 ( T m t δ ) exp ( i m t δ T ϕ ( 2 ) i ( m + m 2 ) t δ 2 2 ϕ ( 2 ) ) .
I p r e p u l s e / I 0 = J 1 2 ( 2 γ η p r ) 1 4 × ( 2 γ η p r ) 2 = 1 4 × γ 2 × η 2 × ( 2 p r ) 2 .
A s z + ( 1 v g s 1 v g p ) A s τ = i ω s d e f f n s c A i A p exp ( i Δ k z ) ,
A i z + ( 1 v g i 1 v g p ) A i τ = i ω i d e f f n i c A s A p exp ( i Δ k z ) ,
A p z = i ω p d e f f n p c A s A i exp ( i Δ k z ) ,
I p r e p u l s e / I 0 a × η 2 × ( 2 p r ) 2 ,
I p r e p u l s e / I 0 b × η 2 × p 2 × G × R 2 ,
I p r e p u l s e I 0 = I p o s t p u l s e I 0 × I p r e p u l s e I p o s t p u l s e .

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