Abstract

We report a terawatt-Ti:sapphire-laser-pumped high-energy femtosecond optical parametric amplifier (OPA) with supercontinuum white-light injection. Signal pulses with a duration less than 100fs and energy up to 4mJ are obtained with large-aperture LiNbO3 crystals. This megajoule-class femtosecond OPA at 1053nm presents a feasible alternative to optical parametric chirped-pulse amplification and is ready to be applied to petawatt lasers.

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T. A. Reichardt, R. P. Bambha, T. J. Kulp, and R. L. Schmitt, Appl. Opt. 42, 3565 (2003).

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E. Riedle, M. Beutter, S. Lochbrunner, S. Schenkl, S. Sporlein, and W. Zinth, Appl. Phys. B 71, 457 (2000).

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Y. Kitagawa, H. Fujita, R. Kodama, H. Yoshida, S. Matsuo, T. Jitsuno, T. Kawasaki, H. Kitamura, T. Kanabe, S. Sakabe, K. Shigemori, N. Miyanaga, and Y. Izawa, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 40, 281 (2004).
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Y. Kitagawa, H. Fujita, R. Kodama, H. Yoshida, S. Matsuo, T. Jitsuno, T. Kawasaki, H. Kitamura, T. Kanabe, S. Sakabe, K. Shigemori, N. Miyanaga, and Y. Izawa, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 40, 281 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Jitsuno, T.

Y. Kitagawa, H. Fujita, R. Kodama, H. Yoshida, S. Matsuo, T. Jitsuno, T. Kawasaki, H. Kitamura, T. Kanabe, S. Sakabe, K. Shigemori, N. Miyanaga, and Y. Izawa, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 40, 281 (2004).
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Kanabe, T.

Y. Kitagawa, H. Fujita, R. Kodama, H. Yoshida, S. Matsuo, T. Jitsuno, T. Kawasaki, H. Kitamura, T. Kanabe, S. Sakabe, K. Shigemori, N. Miyanaga, and Y. Izawa, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 40, 281 (2004).
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Kawasaki, T.

Y. Kitagawa, H. Fujita, R. Kodama, H. Yoshida, S. Matsuo, T. Jitsuno, T. Kawasaki, H. Kitamura, T. Kanabe, S. Sakabe, K. Shigemori, N. Miyanaga, and Y. Izawa, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 40, 281 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Kitagawa, Y.

Y. Kitagawa, H. Fujita, R. Kodama, H. Yoshida, S. Matsuo, T. Jitsuno, T. Kawasaki, H. Kitamura, T. Kanabe, S. Sakabe, K. Shigemori, N. Miyanaga, and Y. Izawa, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 40, 281 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Kitamura, H.

Y. Kitagawa, H. Fujita, R. Kodama, H. Yoshida, S. Matsuo, T. Jitsuno, T. Kawasaki, H. Kitamura, T. Kanabe, S. Sakabe, K. Shigemori, N. Miyanaga, and Y. Izawa, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 40, 281 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Kodama, R.

Y. Kitagawa, H. Fujita, R. Kodama, H. Yoshida, S. Matsuo, T. Jitsuno, T. Kawasaki, H. Kitamura, T. Kanabe, S. Sakabe, K. Shigemori, N. Miyanaga, and Y. Izawa, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 40, 281 (2004).
[CrossRef]

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T. A. Reichardt, R. P. Bambha, T. J. Kulp, and R. L. Schmitt, Appl. Opt. 42, 3565 (2003).

Lochbrunner, S.

E. Riedle, M. Beutter, S. Lochbrunner, S. Schenkl, S. Sporlein, and W. Zinth, Appl. Phys. B 71, 457 (2000).

Loparo, J. J.

C. J. Fecko, J. J. Loparo, and A. Tokmakoff, Opt. Commun. 241, 521 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Matsuo, S.

Y. Kitagawa, H. Fujita, R. Kodama, H. Yoshida, S. Matsuo, T. Jitsuno, T. Kawasaki, H. Kitamura, T. Kanabe, S. Sakabe, K. Shigemori, N. Miyanaga, and Y. Izawa, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 40, 281 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Miller, J.

Miyanaga, N.

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F. Rotermund, V. Petrov, and F. Noack, Opt. Quantum Electron. 32, 1057 (2000).
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V. Petrov, F. Noack, and R. Stolzenberger, Appl. Opt. 36, 1164 (1997).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

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[CrossRef]

F. Rotermund, V. Petrov, and F. Noack, Opt. Commun. 169, 183 (1999).
[CrossRef]

V. Petrov, F. Noack, and R. Stolzenberger, Appl. Opt. 36, 1164 (1997).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

V. Petrov and F. Noack, Opt. Lett. 20, 2171 (1995).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Puth, J.

Reichardt, T. A.

T. A. Reichardt, R. P. Bambha, T. J. Kulp, and R. L. Schmitt, Appl. Opt. 42, 3565 (2003).

Riedle, E.

E. Riedle, M. Beutter, S. Lochbrunner, S. Schenkl, S. Sporlein, and W. Zinth, Appl. Phys. B 71, 457 (2000).

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F. Rotermund, V. Petrov, and F. Noack, Opt. Quantum Electron. 32, 1057 (2000).
[CrossRef]

F. Rotermund, V. Petrov, and F. Noack, Opt. Commun. 169, 183 (1999).
[CrossRef]

Sakabe, S.

Y. Kitagawa, H. Fujita, R. Kodama, H. Yoshida, S. Matsuo, T. Jitsuno, T. Kawasaki, H. Kitamura, T. Kanabe, S. Sakabe, K. Shigemori, N. Miyanaga, and Y. Izawa, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 40, 281 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Schenkl, S.

E. Riedle, M. Beutter, S. Lochbrunner, S. Schenkl, S. Sporlein, and W. Zinth, Appl. Phys. B 71, 457 (2000).

Schmitt, R. L.

T. A. Reichardt, R. P. Bambha, T. J. Kulp, and R. L. Schmitt, Appl. Opt. 42, 3565 (2003).

Shigemori, K.

Y. Kitagawa, H. Fujita, R. Kodama, H. Yoshida, S. Matsuo, T. Jitsuno, T. Kawasaki, H. Kitamura, T. Kanabe, S. Sakabe, K. Shigemori, N. Miyanaga, and Y. Izawa, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 40, 281 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Sosnowski, T. S.

Sporlein, S.

E. Riedle, M. Beutter, S. Lochbrunner, S. Schenkl, S. Sporlein, and W. Zinth, Appl. Phys. B 71, 457 (2000).

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Stolzenberger, R.

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Tietbohl, G.

Tokmakoff, A.

C. J. Fecko, J. J. Loparo, and A. Tokmakoff, Opt. Commun. 241, 521 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Wharton, K.

Yanovsky, V.

Yoshida, H.

Y. Kitagawa, H. Fujita, R. Kodama, H. Yoshida, S. Matsuo, T. Jitsuno, T. Kawasaki, H. Kitamura, T. Kanabe, S. Sakabe, K. Shigemori, N. Miyanaga, and Y. Izawa, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 40, 281 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Zinth, W.

E. Riedle, M. Beutter, S. Lochbrunner, S. Schenkl, S. Sporlein, and W. Zinth, Appl. Phys. B 71, 457 (2000).

Zuegel, J. D.

Appl. Opt. (2)

V. Petrov, F. Noack, and R. Stolzenberger, Appl. Opt. 36, 1164 (1997).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

T. A. Reichardt, R. P. Bambha, T. J. Kulp, and R. L. Schmitt, Appl. Opt. 42, 3565 (2003).

Appl. Phys. B (1)

E. Riedle, M. Beutter, S. Lochbrunner, S. Schenkl, S. Sporlein, and W. Zinth, Appl. Phys. B 71, 457 (2000).

IEEE J. Quantum Electron. (2)

Y. Kitagawa, H. Fujita, R. Kodama, H. Yoshida, S. Matsuo, T. Jitsuno, T. Kawasaki, H. Kitamura, T. Kanabe, S. Sakabe, K. Shigemori, N. Miyanaga, and Y. Izawa, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 40, 281 (2004).
[CrossRef]

S. J. Brosnan and R. L. Byer, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. QE-15, 268 (1979).

Opt. Commun. (2)

F. Rotermund, V. Petrov, and F. Noack, Opt. Commun. 169, 183 (1999).
[CrossRef]

C. J. Fecko, J. J. Loparo, and A. Tokmakoff, Opt. Commun. 241, 521 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Opt. Lett. (4)

Opt. Quantum Electron. (1)

F. Rotermund, V. Petrov, and F. Noack, Opt. Quantum Electron. 32, 1057 (2000).
[CrossRef]

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Figures (6)

Fig. 1
Fig. 1

Experimental setup of the OPA. D1–D4, dichroic mirrors; LN, Li Nb O 3 crystal.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

SPIDER traces of femtosecond pump pulses at 800 nm . Both the retrieval pulse (right-hand peak) and autocorrelation (ACF) trace (left-hand peak) are given.

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

Output signal spectra corresponding to maximal bandwidth (a) and maximal pulse energy (b).

Fig. 4
Fig. 4

Measured pumping pulse spectra at different positions in the OPA system.

Fig. 5
Fig. 5

Single-shot autocorrelation trace of signal pulses at 1053 nm .

Fig. 6
Fig. 6

Oscilloscope display of the chirped signal pulse.

Tables (1)

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Table 1 Measured Pulse Energies and RMS Stabilities (55 shots) of Pump and Signal

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