Abstract

Optical parametric chirped-pulse amplification (OPCPA) in nonlinear crystals has the potential to produce extremes of peak and average power but is limited either in energy by crystal growth issues or in average power by crystal thermo-optic characteristics. Recently, large (7.5cmdiameter×25cmlength) crystals of yttrium calcium oxyborate (YCOB) have been grown and utilized for high-average-power second-harmonic generation. Further, YCOB has the necessary thermo-optic properties required for scaling OPCPA systems to high peak and average power operation for wavelengths near 1μm. We report what is believed to be the first use of YCOB for OPCPA. Scalability to higher peak and average power is addressed.

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[CrossRef]

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[CrossRef]

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Agostini, P.

B. Sheehy, J. D. D. Martin, L. F. DiMauro, P. Agostini, K. J. Schafer, M. B. Gaarde, and K. C. Kulander, Phys. Rev. Lett. 83, 5270 (1999).
[CrossRef]

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M. V. Pack, D. J. Armstrong, A. V. Smith, G. Aka, B. Ferrand, and D. Pelenc, J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 22, 417 (2005).
[CrossRef]

G. Aka, A. Kahn-Harari, D. Vivien, J. M. Benitez, F. Salin, and J. Godard, Eur. J. Solid State Inorg. Chem. 33, 727 (1996).

Alford, W. J.

Ando, M.

N. Umemura, M. Ando, K. Suzuki, E. Takaoka, K. Kato, M. Yoshimura, Y. Mori, and T. Sasaki, Jpn. J. Appl. Phys. 42, 5040 (2003).
[CrossRef]

Armstrong, D. J.

Bagnoud, V.

Barty, C. P. J.

I. Jovanovic, C. Brown, B. Wattellier, N. Nielsen, W. Molander, B. Stuart, D. Pennington, and C. P. J. Barty, Rev. Sci. Instrum. 75, 5193 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Beasley, J. D.

Begishev, I. A.

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G. Aka, A. Kahn-Harari, D. Vivien, J. M. Benitez, F. Salin, and J. Godard, Eur. J. Solid State Inorg. Chem. 33, 727 (1996).

Bibeau, C.

C. Bibeau, presented at the International Fusion Science and Applications Conference, Biarritz, France, September 4-9, 2005.

Bonner, R. A.

Bowers, M. S.

Brown, C.

I. Jovanovic, C. Brown, B. Wattellier, N. Nielsen, W. Molander, B. Stuart, D. Pennington, and C. P. J. Barty, Rev. Sci. Instrum. 75, 5193 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Chai, B. H. T.

Y. Fei and B. H. T. Chai, presented at the 16th American Conference on Crystal Growth and Epitaxy, Big Sky, Montana, July 10-15, 2005.

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[CrossRef]

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I. N. Ross, P. Matousek, M. Towrie, A. J. Langley, and J. L. Collier, Opt. Commun. 144, 125 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Comaskey, B. J.

DiMauro, L. F.

B. Sheehy, J. D. D. Martin, L. F. DiMauro, P. Agostini, K. J. Schafer, M. B. Gaarde, and K. C. Kulander, Phys. Rev. Lett. 83, 5270 (1999).
[CrossRef]

Dubietis, A.

A. Dubietis, G. Jonusauskas, and A. Piskarskas, Opt. Commun. 88, 437 (1992).
[CrossRef]

Ebbers, C. A.

Fei, Y.

Y. Fei and B. H. T. Chai, presented at the 16th American Conference on Crystal Growth and Epitaxy, Big Sky, Montana, July 10-15, 2005.

Ferrand, B.

Gaarde, M. B.

B. Sheehy, J. D. D. Martin, L. F. DiMauro, P. Agostini, K. J. Schafer, M. B. Gaarde, and K. C. Kulander, Phys. Rev. Lett. 83, 5270 (1999).
[CrossRef]

Godard, J.

G. Aka, A. Kahn-Harari, D. Vivien, J. M. Benitez, F. Salin, and J. Godard, Eur. J. Solid State Inorg. Chem. 33, 727 (1996).

Guardalben, M. J.

Happe, J.

Iwai, M.

M. Iwai, T. Kobayashi, Y. Mori, and T. Sasaki, Jpn. J. Appl. Phys. 36, L276 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Jonusauskas, G.

A. Dubietis, G. Jonusauskas, and A. Piskarskas, Opt. Commun. 88, 437 (1992).
[CrossRef]

Jovanovic, I.

I. Jovanovic, C. Brown, B. Wattellier, N. Nielsen, W. Molander, B. Stuart, D. Pennington, and C. P. J. Barty, Rev. Sci. Instrum. 75, 5193 (2004).
[CrossRef]

I. Jovanovic, B. J. Comaskey, C. A. Ebbers, R. A. Bonner, D. M. Pennington, and E. C. Morse, Appl. Opt. 41, 2923 (2002).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Kahn-Harari, A.

G. Aka, A. Kahn-Harari, D. Vivien, J. M. Benitez, F. Salin, and J. Godard, Eur. J. Solid State Inorg. Chem. 33, 727 (1996).

Kato, K.

N. Umemura, M. Ando, K. Suzuki, E. Takaoka, K. Kato, M. Yoshimura, Y. Mori, and T. Sasaki, Jpn. J. Appl. Phys. 42, 5040 (2003).
[CrossRef]

Kobayashi, T.

M. Iwai, T. Kobayashi, Y. Mori, and T. Sasaki, Jpn. J. Appl. Phys. 36, L276 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Kulander, K. C.

B. Sheehy, J. D. D. Martin, L. F. DiMauro, P. Agostini, K. J. Schafer, M. B. Gaarde, and K. C. Kulander, Phys. Rev. Lett. 83, 5270 (1999).
[CrossRef]

Langley, A. J.

I. N. Ross, P. Matousek, M. Towrie, A. J. Langley, and J. L. Collier, Opt. Commun. 144, 125 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Martin, J. D. D.

B. Sheehy, J. D. D. Martin, L. F. DiMauro, P. Agostini, K. J. Schafer, M. B. Gaarde, and K. C. Kulander, Phys. Rev. Lett. 83, 5270 (1999).
[CrossRef]

Matousek, P.

I. N. Ross, P. Matousek, M. Towrie, A. J. Langley, and J. L. Collier, Opt. Commun. 144, 125 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Molander, W.

I. Jovanovic, C. Brown, B. Wattellier, N. Nielsen, W. Molander, B. Stuart, D. Pennington, and C. P. J. Barty, Rev. Sci. Instrum. 75, 5193 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Mori, Y.

N. Umemura, M. Ando, K. Suzuki, E. Takaoka, K. Kato, M. Yoshimura, Y. Mori, and T. Sasaki, Jpn. J. Appl. Phys. 42, 5040 (2003).
[CrossRef]

M. Iwai, T. Kobayashi, Y. Mori, and T. Sasaki, Jpn. J. Appl. Phys. 36, L276 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Morse, E. C.

Nielsen, N.

I. Jovanovic, C. Brown, B. Wattellier, N. Nielsen, W. Molander, B. Stuart, D. Pennington, and C. P. J. Barty, Rev. Sci. Instrum. 75, 5193 (2004).
[CrossRef]

C. A. Ebbers, J. Happe, N. Nielsen, and S. P. Velsko, Appl. Opt. 31, 1960 (1992).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Pack, M. V.

Payne, S. A.

Pelenc, D.

Pennington, D.

I. Jovanovic, C. Brown, B. Wattellier, N. Nielsen, W. Molander, B. Stuart, D. Pennington, and C. P. J. Barty, Rev. Sci. Instrum. 75, 5193 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Pennington, D. M.

Piskarskas, A.

A. Dubietis, G. Jonusauskas, and A. Piskarskas, Opt. Commun. 88, 437 (1992).
[CrossRef]

Puth, J.

Raymond, T. D.

Ross, I. N.

I. N. Ross, P. Matousek, M. Towrie, A. J. Langley, and J. L. Collier, Opt. Commun. 144, 125 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Salin, F.

G. Aka, A. Kahn-Harari, D. Vivien, J. M. Benitez, F. Salin, and J. Godard, Eur. J. Solid State Inorg. Chem. 33, 727 (1996).

Sasaki, T.

N. Umemura, M. Ando, K. Suzuki, E. Takaoka, K. Kato, M. Yoshimura, Y. Mori, and T. Sasaki, Jpn. J. Appl. Phys. 42, 5040 (2003).
[CrossRef]

M. Iwai, T. Kobayashi, Y. Mori, and T. Sasaki, Jpn. J. Appl. Phys. 36, L276 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Schafer, K. J.

B. Sheehy, J. D. D. Martin, L. F. DiMauro, P. Agostini, K. J. Schafer, M. B. Gaarde, and K. C. Kulander, Phys. Rev. Lett. 83, 5270 (1999).
[CrossRef]

Schaffers, K. I.

Sheehy, B.

B. Sheehy, J. D. D. Martin, L. F. DiMauro, P. Agostini, K. J. Schafer, M. B. Gaarde, and K. C. Kulander, Phys. Rev. Lett. 83, 5270 (1999).
[CrossRef]

Smith, A. V.

Stuart, B.

I. Jovanovic, C. Brown, B. Wattellier, N. Nielsen, W. Molander, B. Stuart, D. Pennington, and C. P. J. Barty, Rev. Sci. Instrum. 75, 5193 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Suzuki, K.

N. Umemura, M. Ando, K. Suzuki, E. Takaoka, K. Kato, M. Yoshimura, Y. Mori, and T. Sasaki, Jpn. J. Appl. Phys. 42, 5040 (2003).
[CrossRef]

Takaoka, E.

N. Umemura, M. Ando, K. Suzuki, E. Takaoka, K. Kato, M. Yoshimura, Y. Mori, and T. Sasaki, Jpn. J. Appl. Phys. 42, 5040 (2003).
[CrossRef]

Towrie, M.

I. N. Ross, P. Matousek, M. Towrie, A. J. Langley, and J. L. Collier, Opt. Commun. 144, 125 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Umemura, N.

N. Umemura, M. Ando, K. Suzuki, E. Takaoka, K. Kato, M. Yoshimura, Y. Mori, and T. Sasaki, Jpn. J. Appl. Phys. 42, 5040 (2003).
[CrossRef]

Velsko, S. P.

Vivien, D.

G. Aka, A. Kahn-Harari, D. Vivien, J. M. Benitez, F. Salin, and J. Godard, Eur. J. Solid State Inorg. Chem. 33, 727 (1996).

Wattellier, B.

I. Jovanovic, C. Brown, B. Wattellier, N. Nielsen, W. Molander, B. Stuart, D. Pennington, and C. P. J. Barty, Rev. Sci. Instrum. 75, 5193 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Waxer, L. J.

Ye, Q.

Q. Ye and B. H. T. Chai, J. Cryst. Growth 197, 228 (1999).
[CrossRef]

Yoshimura, M.

N. Umemura, M. Ando, K. Suzuki, E. Takaoka, K. Kato, M. Yoshimura, Y. Mori, and T. Sasaki, Jpn. J. Appl. Phys. 42, 5040 (2003).
[CrossRef]

Zuegel, J. D.

ACS Symp. Ser. (1)

S. P. Velsko, ACS Symp. Ser. 455, 343 (1991).
[CrossRef]

Appl. Opt. (3)

Eur. J. Solid State Inorg. Chem. (1)

G. Aka, A. Kahn-Harari, D. Vivien, J. M. Benitez, F. Salin, and J. Godard, Eur. J. Solid State Inorg. Chem. 33, 727 (1996).

J. Cryst. Growth (1)

Q. Ye and B. H. T. Chai, J. Cryst. Growth 197, 228 (1999).
[CrossRef]

J. Opt. Soc. Am. B (2)

Jpn. J. Appl. Phys. (2)

N. Umemura, M. Ando, K. Suzuki, E. Takaoka, K. Kato, M. Yoshimura, Y. Mori, and T. Sasaki, Jpn. J. Appl. Phys. 42, 5040 (2003).
[CrossRef]

M. Iwai, T. Kobayashi, Y. Mori, and T. Sasaki, Jpn. J. Appl. Phys. 36, L276 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Opt. Commun. (2)

A. Dubietis, G. Jonusauskas, and A. Piskarskas, Opt. Commun. 88, 437 (1992).
[CrossRef]

I. N. Ross, P. Matousek, M. Towrie, A. J. Langley, and J. L. Collier, Opt. Commun. 144, 125 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Opt. Lett. (2)

Phys. Rev. Lett. (1)

B. Sheehy, J. D. D. Martin, L. F. DiMauro, P. Agostini, K. J. Schafer, M. B. Gaarde, and K. C. Kulander, Phys. Rev. Lett. 83, 5270 (1999).
[CrossRef]

Rev. Sci. Instrum. (1)

I. Jovanovic, C. Brown, B. Wattellier, N. Nielsen, W. Molander, B. Stuart, D. Pennington, and C. P. J. Barty, Rev. Sci. Instrum. 75, 5193 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Other (3)

Y. Fei and B. H. T. Chai, presented at the 16th American Conference on Crystal Growth and Epitaxy, Big Sky, Montana, July 10-15, 2005.

SNLO nonlinear optics code available from A. V. Smith, Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87185-1423.

C. Bibeau, presented at the International Fusion Science and Applications Conference, Biarritz, France, September 4-9, 2005.

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Fig. 1
Fig. 1

Amplified pulse spectrum produced at the output of the YCOB OPCPA power amplifier. The output energy is 40 mJ . The inset shows near-field beam profile at the output of the final YCOB OPCPA power amplifier crystal. The output profile matches the pump laser profile.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

Measured and calculated transform-limited autocorrleation trace based on the measured spectrum (Fig. 1).

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Table 1 Nonlinear Optical Crystal Parameters ( λ pump = 0.532 μ m , λ sig = 1.053 μ m , I p = 0.5 GW cm 2 , τ = 3 ns ) a

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