Abstract

A noncollinear optical parametric amplifier in which blue pump pulse generation as well as parametric amplification takes place in the same nonlinear crystal is presented. Broadband spectra tunable throughout over 100nm in the visible were generated in a simple setup. The green output pulses were compressed to 65fs, and efficiency (IR-to-visible) of 1.8% was achieved.

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Figures (4)

Fig. 1
Fig. 1

Experimental setup of the one-crystal NOPA: GP, glass plate; L1, focusing lens, f = 500 mm ; L2, focusing lens, f = 120 mm ; L3, imaging lens, f = 100 mm ; QP, 3 mm fused silica plate; CC, corner cube; X, 2 mm BBO crystal; A, aperture. White light generated in the glass plate travels below the figure plane after the first mirror.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

Spectra of the amplified supercontinuum from the one-crystal parametric amplifier. Also plotted is the output pulse energy for different central frequencies.

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

Phase matching angle in type I second-harmonic generation in BBO versus fundamental wavelength (dots). The solid lines represent the optimal crystal orientations for pumping at the second harmonic of the horizontal axis wavelength for broadband noncollinear parametric amplification around 500, 550, and 600 nm .

Fig. 4
Fig. 4

Angle between the pump and signal beams for perfectly phase matched amplification in BBO versus signal wavelength. The crystal is oriented for collinear generation of the second harmonic from the fundamental beam centered at 800 nm .

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