Abstract

Recent progress in strong-field physics has stimulated the quest for intense mid-infrared ultrashort light sources. Optical parametric amplification (OPA) is one promising method to build up such sources, however, its development significantly relies on the availability of suitable nonlinear crystals. Here, we introduce a positive uniaxial crystal La3Ga5.5Nb0.5O14 (LGN), which exhibits a favorable set of optical properties for the application in a mid-IR OPA. We theoretically evaluate the performance of LGN as the nonlinear crystal of a mid-infrared OPA, with an emphasis on the bandwidth characteristic. We find that this crystal can support broadband amplifications across its entire mid-infrared transparent region up to 6 μm, outperforming other commonly-used mid-infrared crystals in terms of gain bandwidth. Few-cycle mid-infrared pulses at various wavelengths can be generated from the LGN-based optical parametric chirped-pulse amplifiers.

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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).
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[Crossref] [PubMed]

Y. Deng, A. Schwarz, H. Fattahi, M. Ueffing, X. Gu, M. Ossiander, T. Metzger, V. Pervak, H. Ishizuki, T. Taira, T. Kobayashi, G. Marcus, F. Krausz, R. Kienberger, and N. Karpowicz, “Carrier-envelope-phase-stable, 1.2 mJ, 1.5 cycle laser pulses at 2.1 μm,” Opt. Lett. 37(23), 4973–4975 (2012).
[Crossref] [PubMed]

T. Popmintchev, M.-C. Chen, D. Popmintchev, P. Arpin, S. Brown, S. Ališauskas, G. Andriukaitis, T. Balčiunas, O. D. Mücke, A. Pugzlys, A. Baltuška, B. Shim, S. E. Schrauth, A. Gaeta, C. H. García, L. Plaja, A. Becker, A. J. Becker, M. M. Murnane, and H. C. Kapteyn, “Bright coherent ultrahigh harmonics in the keV X-ray regime from mid-IR femtosecond lasers,” Science 336, 1287–1291 (2012).
[Crossref] [PubMed]

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. Georgescu, O. Toma, A. M. Voiculescu, C. Matei, R. Birjega, and L. Petrescu, “Infrared-excited bright green and red luminescence in La3Ga5.5Ta0.5O14 doped with erbium and ytterbium,” Physica B 407(7), 1124–1127 (2012).
[Crossref]

2011 (2)

N. Ishii, K. Kitano, T. Kanai, S. Watanabe, and J. Itatani, “Carrier-envelope-phase-preserving, octave-spanning optical parametric amplification in the infrared based on BiB3O6 pumped by 800 nm femtosecond laser pulses,” Appl. Phys. Express 4(2), 022701 (2011).
[Crossref]

G. Andriukaitis, T. Balčiūnas, S. Ališauskas, A. Pugžlys, A. Baltuška, T. Popmintchev, M. C. Chen, M. M. Murnane, and H. C. Kapteyn, “90 GW peak power few-cycle mid-IR pulses from an optical parametric amplifier,” Opt. Lett. 36, 2755–2757 (2011).
[Crossref] [PubMed]

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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-filed interactions towards the classical limit,” Nat. Phys. 4(5), 386–389 (2008).
[Crossref]

E. Goulielmakis, M. Schultze, M. Hofstetter, V. S. Yakovlev, J. Gagnon, M. Uiberacker, A. L. Aquila, E. M. Gullikson, D. T. Attwood, R. Kienberger, F. Krausz, and U. Kleineberg, “Single-cycle nonlinear optics,” Science 320(5883), 1614–1617 (2008).
[Crossref] [PubMed]

E. J. Takahashi, T. Kanai, Y. Nabekawa, and K. Midorikawa, “10 mJ class femtosecond optical parametric amplifier for generating soft x-ray harmonics,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 93(4), 041111 (2008).
[Crossref]

A. Gaydardzhiev, I. Nikolov, I. Buchvarov, V. Petrov, and F. Noack, “Ultrabroadband operation of a femtosecond optical parametric generator based on BiB3O6 in the near-IR,” Opt. Express 16(4), 2363–2373 (2008).
[Crossref] [PubMed]

2007 (1)

2006 (1)

H. Kong, J. Wang, H. Zhang, and X. Yin, “Growth and characterization of La3Ga5.5Nb0.5O14,” J. Cryst. Growth 292(2), 408–411 (2006).
[Crossref]

2003 (1)

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

2002 (1)

1999 (1)

1994 (1)

M. D. Perry and G. Mourou, “Terawatt to petawatt subpicosecond lasers,” Science 264(5161), 917–924 (1994).
[Crossref] [PubMed]

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-filed interactions towards the classical limit,” Nat. Phys. 4(5), 386–389 (2008).
[Crossref]

Ališauskas, S.

J. Weisshaupt, V. Juvé, M. Holtz, S. Ku, M. Woerner, T. Elsaesser, S. Ališauskas, A. Pugžlys, and A. Baltuška, “High-brightness table-top hard X-ray source driven by sub-100-femtoseocnd mid-IR pulses,” Nat. Photonics 8(12), 927–930 (2014).
[Crossref]

T. Popmintchev, M.-C. Chen, D. Popmintchev, P. Arpin, S. Brown, S. Ališauskas, G. Andriukaitis, T. Balčiunas, O. D. Mücke, A. Pugzlys, A. Baltuška, B. Shim, S. E. Schrauth, A. Gaeta, C. H. García, L. Plaja, A. Becker, A. J. Becker, M. M. Murnane, and H. C. Kapteyn, “Bright coherent ultrahigh harmonics in the keV X-ray regime from mid-IR femtosecond lasers,” Science 336, 1287–1291 (2012).
[Crossref] [PubMed]

G. Andriukaitis, T. Balčiūnas, S. Ališauskas, A. Pugžlys, A. Baltuška, T. Popmintchev, M. C. Chen, M. M. Murnane, and H. C. Kapteyn, “90 GW peak power few-cycle mid-IR pulses from an optical parametric amplifier,” Opt. Lett. 36, 2755–2757 (2011).
[Crossref] [PubMed]

Andriukaitis, G.

Aquila, A. L.

E. Goulielmakis, M. Schultze, M. Hofstetter, V. S. Yakovlev, J. Gagnon, M. Uiberacker, A. L. Aquila, E. M. Gullikson, D. T. Attwood, R. Kienberger, F. Krausz, and U. Kleineberg, “Single-cycle nonlinear optics,” Science 320(5883), 1614–1617 (2008).
[Crossref] [PubMed]

Arpin, P.

T. Popmintchev, M.-C. Chen, D. Popmintchev, P. Arpin, S. Brown, S. Ališauskas, G. Andriukaitis, T. Balčiunas, O. D. Mücke, A. Pugzlys, A. Baltuška, B. Shim, S. E. Schrauth, A. Gaeta, C. H. García, L. Plaja, A. Becker, A. J. Becker, M. M. Murnane, and H. C. Kapteyn, “Bright coherent ultrahigh harmonics in the keV X-ray regime from mid-IR femtosecond lasers,” Science 336, 1287–1291 (2012).
[Crossref] [PubMed]

Attwood, D. T.

E. Goulielmakis, M. Schultze, M. Hofstetter, V. S. Yakovlev, J. Gagnon, M. Uiberacker, A. L. Aquila, E. M. Gullikson, D. T. Attwood, R. Kienberger, F. Krausz, and U. Kleineberg, “Single-cycle nonlinear optics,” Science 320(5883), 1614–1617 (2008).
[Crossref] [PubMed]

Balciunas, T.

T. Popmintchev, M.-C. Chen, D. Popmintchev, P. Arpin, S. Brown, S. Ališauskas, G. Andriukaitis, T. Balčiunas, O. D. Mücke, A. Pugzlys, A. Baltuška, B. Shim, S. E. Schrauth, A. Gaeta, C. H. García, L. Plaja, A. Becker, A. J. Becker, M. M. Murnane, and H. C. Kapteyn, “Bright coherent ultrahigh harmonics in the keV X-ray regime from mid-IR femtosecond lasers,” Science 336, 1287–1291 (2012).
[Crossref] [PubMed]

G. Andriukaitis, T. Balčiūnas, S. Ališauskas, A. Pugžlys, A. Baltuška, T. Popmintchev, M. C. Chen, M. M. Murnane, and H. C. Kapteyn, “90 GW peak power few-cycle mid-IR pulses from an optical parametric amplifier,” Opt. Lett. 36, 2755–2757 (2011).
[Crossref] [PubMed]

Baltuška, A.

A. V. Mitrofanov, A. A. Voronin, S. I. Mitryukovskiy, D. A. Sidorov-Biryukov, A. Pugžlys, G. Andriukaitis, T. Flöry, E. A. Stepanov, A. B. Fedotov, A. Baltuška, and A. M. Zheltikov, “Mid-infrared-to-mid-ultraviolet supercontinuum enhanced by third-to-fifteenth odd harmonics,” Opt. Lett. 40(9), 2068–2071 (2015).
[Crossref] [PubMed]

J. Weisshaupt, V. Juvé, M. Holtz, S. Ku, M. Woerner, T. Elsaesser, S. Ališauskas, A. Pugžlys, and A. Baltuška, “High-brightness table-top hard X-ray source driven by sub-100-femtoseocnd mid-IR pulses,” Nat. Photonics 8(12), 927–930 (2014).
[Crossref]

T. Popmintchev, M.-C. Chen, D. Popmintchev, P. Arpin, S. Brown, S. Ališauskas, G. Andriukaitis, T. Balčiunas, O. D. Mücke, A. Pugzlys, A. Baltuška, B. Shim, S. E. Schrauth, A. Gaeta, C. H. García, L. Plaja, A. Becker, A. J. Becker, M. M. Murnane, and H. C. Kapteyn, “Bright coherent ultrahigh harmonics in the keV X-ray regime from mid-IR femtosecond lasers,” Science 336, 1287–1291 (2012).
[Crossref] [PubMed]

G. Andriukaitis, T. Balčiūnas, S. Ališauskas, A. Pugžlys, A. Baltuška, T. Popmintchev, M. C. Chen, M. M. Murnane, and H. C. Kapteyn, “90 GW peak power few-cycle mid-IR pulses from an optical parametric amplifier,” Opt. Lett. 36, 2755–2757 (2011).
[Crossref] [PubMed]

Bates, P. K.

Baudisch, M.

B. Wolter, M. G. Pullen, M. Baudisch, M. Sclafani, M. Hemmer, A. Senftleben, C. D. Schröter, J. Ullrich, R. Moshammer, and J. Biegert, “Strong-field physics with mid-IR fields,” Phys. Rev. X 5(2), 021034 (2015).
[Crossref]

Beaulieu, S.

N. Thiré, S. Beaulieu, V. Cardin, A. Laramée, V. Wanie, B. E. Schmid, and F. Légaré, “10 mJ 5-cycle pulses at 1.8 μm through optical parametric amplification,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 106(9), 091110 (2015).
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T. Popmintchev, M.-C. Chen, D. Popmintchev, P. Arpin, S. Brown, S. Ališauskas, G. Andriukaitis, T. Balčiunas, O. D. Mücke, A. Pugzlys, A. Baltuška, B. Shim, S. E. Schrauth, A. Gaeta, C. H. García, L. Plaja, A. Becker, A. J. Becker, M. M. Murnane, and H. C. Kapteyn, “Bright coherent ultrahigh harmonics in the keV X-ray regime from mid-IR femtosecond lasers,” Science 336, 1287–1291 (2012).
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Pugžlys, A.

Pullen, M. G.

B. Wolter, M. G. Pullen, M. Baudisch, M. Sclafani, M. Hemmer, A. Senftleben, C. D. Schröter, J. Ullrich, R. Moshammer, and J. Biegert, “Strong-field physics with mid-IR fields,” Phys. Rev. X 5(2), 021034 (2015).
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Pyragaite, V.

A. P. Piskarskas, A. P. Stabinis, and V. Pyragaite, “Ultrabroad bandwidth of optical parametric amplifiers,” IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 46(7), 1031–1038 (2010).
[Crossref]

Qian, L.

Roshchupkin, D.

Ross, I. N.

Rothhardt, J.

Schimpf, D. N.

Schmid, B. E.

N. Thiré, S. Beaulieu, V. Cardin, A. Laramée, V. Wanie, B. E. Schmid, and F. Légaré, “10 mJ 5-cycle pulses at 1.8 μm through optical parametric amplification,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 106(9), 091110 (2015).
[Crossref]

Schrauth, S. E.

T. Popmintchev, M.-C. Chen, D. Popmintchev, P. Arpin, S. Brown, S. Ališauskas, G. Andriukaitis, T. Balčiunas, O. D. Mücke, A. Pugzlys, A. Baltuška, B. Shim, S. E. Schrauth, A. Gaeta, C. H. García, L. Plaja, A. Becker, A. J. Becker, M. M. Murnane, and H. C. Kapteyn, “Bright coherent ultrahigh harmonics in the keV X-ray regime from mid-IR femtosecond lasers,” Science 336, 1287–1291 (2012).
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Schröter, C. D.

B. Wolter, M. G. Pullen, M. Baudisch, M. Sclafani, M. Hemmer, A. Senftleben, C. D. Schröter, J. Ullrich, R. Moshammer, and J. Biegert, “Strong-field physics with mid-IR fields,” Phys. Rev. X 5(2), 021034 (2015).
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Schultze, M.

E. Goulielmakis, M. Schultze, M. Hofstetter, V. S. Yakovlev, J. Gagnon, M. Uiberacker, A. L. Aquila, E. M. Gullikson, D. T. Attwood, R. Kienberger, F. Krausz, and U. Kleineberg, “Single-cycle nonlinear optics,” Science 320(5883), 1614–1617 (2008).
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Schwarz, A.

Sclafani, M.

B. Wolter, M. G. Pullen, M. Baudisch, M. Sclafani, M. Hemmer, A. Senftleben, C. D. Schröter, J. Ullrich, R. Moshammer, and J. Biegert, “Strong-field physics with mid-IR fields,” Phys. Rev. X 5(2), 021034 (2015).
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Segonds, P.

Senftleben, A.

B. Wolter, M. G. Pullen, M. Baudisch, M. Sclafani, M. Hemmer, A. Senftleben, C. D. Schröter, J. Ullrich, R. Moshammer, and J. Biegert, “Strong-field physics with mid-IR fields,” Phys. Rev. X 5(2), 021034 (2015).
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Shi, E.

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T. Popmintchev, M.-C. Chen, D. Popmintchev, P. Arpin, S. Brown, S. Ališauskas, G. Andriukaitis, T. Balčiunas, O. D. Mücke, A. Pugzlys, A. Baltuška, B. Shim, S. E. Schrauth, A. Gaeta, C. H. García, L. Plaja, A. Becker, A. J. Becker, M. M. Murnane, and H. C. Kapteyn, “Bright coherent ultrahigh harmonics in the keV X-ray regime from mid-IR femtosecond lasers,” Science 336, 1287–1291 (2012).
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Shoji, I.

Sidorov-Biryukov, D. A.

Siqueira, J. P.

Smolarski, M.

Stabinis, A. P.

A. P. Piskarskas, A. P. Stabinis, and V. Pyragaite, “Ultrabroad bandwidth of optical parametric amplifiers,” IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 46(7), 1031–1038 (2010).
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Stein, G. J.

Stepanov, E. A.

Stuart, B. C.

Taira, T.

Takahashi, E. J.

E. J. Takahashi, T. Kanai, Y. Nabekawa, and K. Midorikawa, “10 mJ class femtosecond optical parametric amplifier for generating soft x-ray harmonics,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 93(4), 041111 (2008).
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N. Thiré, S. Beaulieu, V. Cardin, A. Laramée, V. Wanie, B. E. Schmid, and F. Légaré, “10 mJ 5-cycle pulses at 1.8 μm through optical parametric amplification,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 106(9), 091110 (2015).
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Tochitsky, S.

Toma, O.

S. Georgescu, O. Toma, A. M. Voiculescu, C. Matei, R. Birjega, and L. Petrescu, “Infrared-excited bright green and red luminescence in La3Ga5.5Ta0.5O14 doped with erbium and ytterbium,” Physica B 407(7), 1124–1127 (2012).
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Tu, X.

Tu, Y.

Tünnermann, A.

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Uiberacker, M.

E. Goulielmakis, M. Schultze, M. Hofstetter, V. S. Yakovlev, J. Gagnon, M. Uiberacker, A. L. Aquila, E. M. Gullikson, D. T. Attwood, R. Kienberger, F. Krausz, and U. Kleineberg, “Single-cycle nonlinear optics,” Science 320(5883), 1614–1617 (2008).
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Ullrich, J.

B. Wolter, M. G. Pullen, M. Baudisch, M. Sclafani, M. Hemmer, A. Senftleben, C. D. Schröter, J. Ullrich, R. Moshammer, and J. Biegert, “Strong-field physics with mid-IR fields,” Phys. Rev. X 5(2), 021034 (2015).
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Vergino, M.

Voiculescu, A. M.

S. Georgescu, O. Toma, A. M. Voiculescu, C. Matei, R. Birjega, and L. Petrescu, “Infrared-excited bright green and red luminescence in La3Ga5.5Ta0.5O14 doped with erbium and ytterbium,” Physica B 407(7), 1124–1127 (2012).
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Wang, C.

Wang, J.

Wang, X.

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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Wang, Z.

Wanie, V.

N. Thiré, S. Beaulieu, V. Cardin, A. Laramée, V. Wanie, B. E. Schmid, and F. Légaré, “10 mJ 5-cycle pulses at 1.8 μm through optical parametric amplification,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 106(9), 091110 (2015).
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Watanabe, S.

N. Ishii, K. Kitano, T. Kanai, S. Watanabe, and J. Itatani, “Carrier-envelope-phase-preserving, octave-spanning optical parametric amplification in the infrared based on BiB3O6 pumped by 800 nm femtosecond laser pulses,” Appl. Phys. Express 4(2), 022701 (2011).
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Weisshaupt, J.

J. Weisshaupt, V. Juvé, M. Holtz, S. Ku, M. Woerner, T. Elsaesser, S. Ališauskas, A. Pugžlys, and A. Baltuška, “High-brightness table-top hard X-ray source driven by sub-100-femtoseocnd mid-IR pulses,” Nat. Photonics 8(12), 927–930 (2014).
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Wheeler, J.

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-filed interactions towards the classical limit,” Nat. Phys. 4(5), 386–389 (2008).
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Woerner, M.

J. Weisshaupt, V. Juvé, M. Holtz, S. Ku, M. Woerner, T. Elsaesser, S. Ališauskas, A. Pugžlys, and A. Baltuška, “High-brightness table-top hard X-ray source driven by sub-100-femtoseocnd mid-IR pulses,” Nat. Photonics 8(12), 927–930 (2014).
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B. Wolter, M. G. Pullen, M. Baudisch, M. Sclafani, M. Hemmer, A. Senftleben, C. D. Schröter, J. Ullrich, R. Moshammer, and J. Biegert, “Strong-field physics with mid-IR fields,” Phys. Rev. X 5(2), 021034 (2015).
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Xiong, K.

Xu, L.

Xu, T.

Xu, Z.

Yakovlev, V. S.

E. Goulielmakis, M. Schultze, M. Hofstetter, V. S. Yakovlev, J. Gagnon, M. Uiberacker, A. L. Aquila, E. M. Gullikson, D. T. Attwood, R. Kienberger, F. Krausz, and U. Kleineberg, “Single-cycle nonlinear optics,” Science 320(5883), 1614–1617 (2008).
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Yin, D.

Yin, X.

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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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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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Fig. 1
Fig. 1

Schematic of collinear (a) and noncollinear (b) phase matching. θ is the phase matching angle, defined as the angle between kp and optical axis. θs (θi) is the angle between ks (ki) and optical axis. α (β) is the angle between kp (ki) and ks.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

Angle tuning curves for a collinear OPA pumped at 800 nm (a) and 1054 nm (b). The black curves represent type I (es + eiop) phase matching. The red curves represent type II (os + eiop) phase matching with the mid-IR pulse as the signal.

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

Calculated GVMsi for a collinear OPA pumped at 0.8 μm (a) and 1.054 μm (b). Black (red) curves represent Type-I (Type-II) phase matching.

Fig. 4
Fig. 4

Phase mismatch Δk (a) and group-velocity mismatch GVMsi (b) as a function of θs and θi. The units of Δk and GVMsi are cm−1 and fs/mm, respectively. (c) Extracted the pairs of θs and θi that satisfy Δk = 0 (black lines), and the corresponding GVMsi under different angle pairs (blue lines). Points A and B mark the two pairs of (θs, θi) that simultaneously satisfy Δk = 0 and GVMsi = 0.

Fig. 5
Fig. 5

Gain spectra (solid curves) and phase mismatches (dashed curves) for a 2.108 μm degenerate OPA pumped at 1.054 μm. Red, green, and blue curves correspond to LGN, LiNbO3, and β-BBO, respectively. (a) Comparisons under the same crystal length for different crystals, L = 10 mm. (b) Comparisons under the same gain for different crystals, G = 1000. Different crystal lengths are used: LGN, L = 7.96 mm; LiNbO3, L = 4.16 mm; β-BBO, L = 4.40 mm.

Fig. 6
Fig. 6

Gain spectra (solid curves) and phase mismatches (dashed curves) for a 3.5 μm nonlinear OPA pumped at 1.054 μm. Red, green, and blue curves correspond to LGN, KTA, and LiNbO3, respectively. (a) Comparisons under the same crystal length for different crystals, L = 10 mm. (b) Comparisons under the same gain for different crystals, G = 1000. Different crystal lengths are used: LGN, L = 8.75 mm; KTA, L = 6.54 mm; LiNbO3, L = 4.34 mm.

Fig. 7
Fig. 7

Angular dispersion of the newly generated idler in OPAs based on KTA and LGN, both of which are pumped at 1.054 μm. (a) Angular dispersion of the idler at 3.5 μm in a KTA-based OPA seeded by near-IR pulses at 1.508 μm. (b) Angular dispersion of the idler at 1.508 μm in a LGN-based OPA seeded by mid-IR pulses at 3.5 μm.

Fig. 8
Fig. 8

Simulation results for the Type-I degenerate OPCPA pumped at 1.054 μm. (a) Efficiency evolutions along the crystal length in LGN- (red curve) and LiNbO3- (blue curve) based OPCPAs, with the efficiency peak marked by points A and B, respectively. (b) Temporal profiles of the input pump or chirped signal pulses (black solid curve), the residual pump pulses in LGN (red dashed curve) and LiNbO3 (blue dashed curve), and the amplified chirped signal pulses in LGN (red solid curve) and LiNbO3 (blue solid curve). (c) Spectra of the input signal (black solid curve), and the amplified signals in LGN (red solid curve) and LiNbO3 (blue solid curve). The red and blue dashed curves represent the OPP produced in LGN- and LiNbO3-based OPCPAs, respectively. (d) The compressed pulses without (dash dotted curves) and with (solid curves) OPP compensation in LGN-based (red curves) and LiNbO3-based (blue curves) OPCPAs. The dashed curves represent the corresponding Fourier-transform-limited pulses. All the calculations in (b)~(d) are based on the crystal lengths marked by point A for LGN and point B for LiNbO3 in (a).

Fig. 9
Fig. 9

Simulation results for the Type-II 4.44 μm collinear OPCPA pumped at 1.054 μm. (a) The efficiency evolution along the crystal length, with the efficiency peak at 25.25 mm. (b) Temporal profiles of the input pump or chirped signal pulses (black solid line), the residual pump pulses (black dashed line), and the amplified chirped signal pulses (red solid line). (c) Spectra of the input signal (black solid line), and the amplified signals (red solid line). The red dashed (black dotted) curve represent the OPP before and after compensation. (d) The compressed pulses by compensating OPP (black solid line). The red dashed curves represent the corresponding Fourier-transform-limited pulses. All the calculations in (b)~(d) are based on the crystal lengths of 25.25 mm.

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Table 1 Calculation parameters for different crystals in the 2.108 μm OPA pumped at 1.054 μm.

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Table 2 Calculation parameters for different crystals in the 3.5 μm noncollinear OPA pumped at 1.054 μm.

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n e 2 ( λ )=3.79511+ 0.0500 λ 2 0.03405 0.00964 λ 2 , n o 2 ( λ )=3.68270+ 0.0464 λ 2 0.02980 0.00870 λ 2 ,
G=1+( Γ 2 / g 2 )sin h 2 ( gL ),
Δν= 2 ln2 π Γ L 1 | GV M si | ,
Δν= 2 ( ln2 ) 1/4 π ( Γ L ) 1/4 1 | D 2 | 1/2

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