Abstract

We amplified femtosecond pulses at repetition rates of as much as 7.2 kHz in a Ti:Al2O3 regenerative amplifier pumped by a frequency-doubled Q-switched Nd:YLF laser. Energies of as much as 1 mJ at 1 kHz and 85 μJ at 7.2 kHz in a 150-fs pulse have been obtained. This source was used to produce 1 W of femtosecond white light through spectral continuum generation.

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Blair, R. G.

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Coe, J. S.

Corkum, P.

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J. P. Chambaret, A. Dos Santos, G. Hamoniaux, A. Migus, A. Antonetti, Opt. Commun. 69, 401 (1989).
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Downer, M. C.

Falcone, R. W.

Ferray, M.

X. F. Li, A. L’Huillier, M. Ferray, L. A. Lompré, G. Mainfray, Phys. Rev. A 4, 5751 (1989).
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Fork, R. L.

Gordon, S.

Grillon, G.

J. P. Likforman, G. Grillon, M. Joffre, C. Le Blanc, A. Migus, A. Antonetti, Appl. Phys. Lett. 58, 2061 (1991).
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Hamoniaux, G.

J. P. Chambaret, A. Dos Santos, G. Hamoniaux, A. Migus, A. Antonetti, Opt. Commun. 69, 401 (1989).
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Hamster, H.

Harter, D.

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Joffre, M.

J. P. Likforman, G. Grillon, M. Joffre, C. Le Blanc, A. Migus, A. Antonetti, Appl. Phys. Lett. 58, 2061 (1991).
[CrossRef]

Kapteyn, H. C.

Kean, P. N.

Kmetec, J. D.

Knox, W. H.

L’Huillier, A.

X. F. Li, A. L’Huillier, M. Ferray, L. A. Lompré, G. Mainfray, Phys. Rev. A 4, 5751 (1989).
[CrossRef]

Le Blanc, C.

J. P. Likforman, G. Grillon, M. Joffre, C. Le Blanc, A. Migus, A. Antonetti, Appl. Phys. Lett. 58, 2061 (1991).
[CrossRef]

Li, X. F.

X. F. Li, A. L’Huillier, M. Ferray, L. A. Lompré, G. Mainfray, Phys. Rev. A 4, 5751 (1989).
[CrossRef]

Likforman, J. P.

J. P. Likforman, G. Grillon, M. Joffre, C. Le Blanc, A. Migus, A. Antonetti, Appl. Phys. Lett. 58, 2061 (1991).
[CrossRef]

Lompré, L. A.

X. F. Li, A. L’Huillier, M. Ferray, L. A. Lompré, G. Mainfray, Phys. Rev. A 4, 5751 (1989).
[CrossRef]

Macklin, J. J.

Maine, P.

P. Maine, D. Strickland, P. Bado, M. Pessot, G. Mourou, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 24, 398 (1988).
[CrossRef]

Mainfray, G.

X. F. Li, A. L’Huillier, M. Ferray, L. A. Lompré, G. Mainfray, Phys. Rev. A 4, 5751 (1989).
[CrossRef]

McCarthy, N.

F. Salin, J. Squier, G. Mourou, M. Piché, N. McCarthy, in Digest of Meeting on Advanced Solid-State Lasers (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1991), paper PDP-5.

M. Piché, N. McCarthy, F. Salin, in Digest of Optical Society of America Annual Meeting (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1990), paper MB8.

Migus, A.

J. P. Likforman, G. Grillon, M. Joffre, C. Le Blanc, A. Migus, A. Antonetti, Appl. Phys. Lett. 58, 2061 (1991).
[CrossRef]

J. P. Chambaret, A. Dos Santos, G. Hamoniaux, A. Migus, A. Antonetti, Opt. Commun. 69, 401 (1989).
[CrossRef]

Mourou, G.

J. Squier, F. Salin, G. Mourou, D. Harter, Opt. Lett. 16, 324 (1991).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

P. Maine, D. Strickland, P. Bado, M. Pessot, G. Mourou, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 24, 398 (1988).
[CrossRef]

F. Salin, J. Squier, G. Mourou, M. Piché, N. McCarthy, in Digest of Meeting on Advanced Solid-State Lasers (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1991), paper PDP-5.

J. Squier, F. Salin, G. Mourou, D. Harter, in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, Vol. 10 of 1991 OSA Technical Digest Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1991), paper JMA7.

Mourou, G. A.

Nathel, H.

Norris, T. B.

Pessot, M.

P. Maine, D. Strickland, P. Bado, M. Pessot, G. Mourou, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 24, 398 (1988).
[CrossRef]

Piché, M.

F. Salin, J. Squier, M. Piché, Opt. Lett. 16, 1674 (1991).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

F. Salin, J. Squier, G. Mourou, M. Piché, N. McCarthy, in Digest of Meeting on Advanced Solid-State Lasers (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1991), paper PDP-5.

M. Piché, N. McCarthy, F. Salin, in Digest of Optical Society of America Annual Meeting (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1990), paper MB8.

Salin, F.

F. Salin, J. Squier, M. Piché, Opt. Lett. 16, 1674 (1991).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

J. Squier, F. Salin, G. Mourou, D. Harter, Opt. Lett. 16, 324 (1991).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

J. Squier, F. Salin, G. Mourou, D. Harter, in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, Vol. 10 of 1991 OSA Technical Digest Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1991), paper JMA7.

M. Piché, N. McCarthy, F. Salin, in Digest of Optical Society of America Annual Meeting (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1990), paper MB8.

F. Salin, J. Squier, G. Mourou, M. Piché, N. McCarthy, in Digest of Meeting on Advanced Solid-State Lasers (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1991), paper PDP-5.

Shank, C. V.

Sibbett, W.

Spence, D. E.

Squier, J.

J. Squier, F. Salin, G. Mourou, D. Harter, Opt. Lett. 16, 324 (1991).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

F. Salin, J. Squier, M. Piché, Opt. Lett. 16, 1674 (1991).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

J. Squier, F. Salin, G. Mourou, D. Harter, in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, Vol. 10 of 1991 OSA Technical Digest Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1991), paper JMA7.

F. Salin, J. Squier, G. Mourou, M. Piché, N. McCarthy, in Digest of Meeting on Advanced Solid-State Lasers (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1991), paper PDP-5.

Strickland, D.

P. Maine, D. Strickland, P. Bado, M. Pessot, G. Mourou, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 24, 398 (1988).
[CrossRef]

D. Strickland, P. Corkum, in Conference on Quantum Electronics and Laser Science, Vol. 11 of 1991 OSA Technical Digest Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1991), paper QTuG1.

Sullivan, A.

Vaillancourt, G.

White, W.

Young, J. F.

Appl. Phys. Lett. (1)

J. P. Likforman, G. Grillon, M. Joffre, C. Le Blanc, A. Migus, A. Antonetti, Appl. Phys. Lett. 58, 2061 (1991).
[CrossRef]

IEEE J. Quantum Electron. (2)

W. H. Knox, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 24, 388 (1988).
[CrossRef]

P. Maine, D. Strickland, P. Bado, M. Pessot, G. Mourou, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 24, 398 (1988).
[CrossRef]

Opt. Commun. (1)

J. P. Chambaret, A. Dos Santos, G. Hamoniaux, A. Migus, A. Antonetti, Opt. Commun. 69, 401 (1989).
[CrossRef]

Opt. Lett. (7)

Phys. Rev. A (1)

X. F. Li, A. L’Huillier, M. Ferray, L. A. Lompré, G. Mainfray, Phys. Rev. A 4, 5751 (1989).
[CrossRef]

Other (4)

J. Squier, F. Salin, G. Mourou, D. Harter, in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, Vol. 10 of 1991 OSA Technical Digest Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1991), paper JMA7.

D. Strickland, P. Corkum, in Conference on Quantum Electronics and Laser Science, Vol. 11 of 1991 OSA Technical Digest Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1991), paper QTuG1.

M. Piché, N. McCarthy, F. Salin, in Digest of Optical Society of America Annual Meeting (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1990), paper MB8.

F. Salin, J. Squier, G. Mourou, M. Piché, N. McCarthy, in Digest of Meeting on Advanced Solid-State Lasers (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1991), paper PDP-5.

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Figures (4)

Fig. 1
Fig. 1

Experimental setup. FR, Faraday rotator; P’s, polarizers; PC, Pockels cell; λ/2, half-wave plate; M1, M2, 0.5-m radius-of-curvature mirrors; M3, 4-m radius-of-curvature mirror. The beam is exactly retroreflected by the stretcher and is slightly vertically shifted in the compressor to be picked up by a mirror. The stretcher and compressor are described in greater detail in Ref. 2.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

Amplified pulse energy measured at the compressor input versus 523-nm pump-pulse energy absorbed in the Ti:Al2O3 crystal. The different symbols correspond to different repetition rates. The straight line is a least-squares fit, which gives a 25% slope efficiency for the amplifier.

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

Autocorrelation function of the amplified pulses. Approximately 16 single-shot traces are averaged.

Fig. 4
Fig. 4

Pulse train corresponding to a blue portion of the spectral continuum (λ ~ 400 nm). The horizontal scale is 10 ms/division, and the laser repetition rate is 1.2 kHz.

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