Abstract

We report the generation of ultrashort pulses by a barium borate traveling-wave parametric converter pumped b y a 200-fs pulse at 0.6 μm from a dye-laser source. With a pump energy of less than 100 μJ and type II phase matching, we obtained a 0.75-3-μm tuning range, 15-20% total conversion efficiency, and a pulse duration comparable with that of the pump. In part of the tuning range the time-bandwidth product of the tunable pulses was 0.7, the same value as for the pump.

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R. Danielius, A. Piskarskas, D. Podenas, P. Di Trapani, A. Varanavicius, G. P. Banfi, Opt. Commun. 87, 23 (1992).
[CrossRef]

W. Joosen, P. Agostini, G. Petite, J. P. Chambaret, A. Antonetti, Opt. Lett. 17, 133 (1992).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

P. Foggi, R. Righini, R. Torre, L. Angeloni, S. Califano, J. Chem. Phys. 96, 110 (1992).
[CrossRef]

1991 (1)

1990 (2)

1988 (1)

1987 (1)

D. Eimerl, L. Davis, S. Velsko, E. K. Graham, A. Zalkin, J. Appl. Phys. 62, 1968 (1987).
[CrossRef]

1979 (1)

S. J. Brosnan, R. L. Byer, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. QE-15, 415 (1979).
[CrossRef]

1968 (1)

A. G. Akmanov, S. A. Akhmanov, R. V. Khokhlov, A. I. Kovrigin, A. S. Piskarskas, A. P. Surkhorukov, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. QE-4, 828 (1968).
[CrossRef]

Agostini, P.

Akhmanov, S. A.

A. G. Akmanov, S. A. Akhmanov, R. V. Khokhlov, A. I. Kovrigin, A. S. Piskarskas, A. P. Surkhorukov, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. QE-4, 828 (1968).
[CrossRef]

Akmanov, A. G.

A. G. Akmanov, S. A. Akhmanov, R. V. Khokhlov, A. I. Kovrigin, A. S. Piskarskas, A. P. Surkhorukov, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. QE-4, 828 (1968).
[CrossRef]

Angeloni, L.

P. Foggi, R. Righini, R. Torre, L. Angeloni, S. Califano, J. Chem. Phys. 96, 110 (1992).
[CrossRef]

Antonetti, A.

Bakker, H. J.

Banfi, G. P.

R. Danielius, A. Piskarskas, D. Podenas, P. Di Trapani, A. Varanavicius, G. P. Banfi, Opt. Commun. 87, 23 (1992).
[CrossRef]

Brosnan, S. J.

S. J. Brosnan, R. L. Byer, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. QE-15, 415 (1979).
[CrossRef]

Byer, R. L.

S. J. Brosnan, R. L. Byer, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. QE-15, 415 (1979).
[CrossRef]

Califano, S.

P. Foggi, R. Righini, R. Torre, L. Angeloni, S. Califano, J. Chem. Phys. 96, 110 (1992).
[CrossRef]

Chambaret, J. P.

Chen, C.

J. Y. Huang, J. Y. Zhang, Y. R. Shen, C. Chen, B. Wu, Appl. Phys. Lett. 57, 1961 (1990).
[CrossRef]

H. Vanherzeele, C. Chen, Appl. Opt. 27, 2634 (1988).
[CrossRef]

Danielius, R.

R. Danielius, A. Piskarskas, D. Podenas, P. Di Trapani, A. Varanavicius, G. P. Banfi, Opt. Commun. 87, 23 (1992).
[CrossRef]

Davis, L.

D. Eimerl, L. Davis, S. Velsko, E. K. Graham, A. Zalkin, J. Appl. Phys. 62, 1968 (1987).
[CrossRef]

Di Trapani, P.

R. Danielius, A. Piskarskas, D. Podenas, P. Di Trapani, A. Varanavicius, G. P. Banfi, Opt. Commun. 87, 23 (1992).
[CrossRef]

Eimerl, D.

D. Eimerl, L. Davis, S. Velsko, E. K. Graham, A. Zalkin, J. Appl. Phys. 62, 1968 (1987).
[CrossRef]

Foggi, P.

P. Foggi, R. Righini, R. Torre, L. Angeloni, S. Califano, J. Chem. Phys. 96, 110 (1992).
[CrossRef]

Graener, H.

Graham, E. K.

D. Eimerl, L. Davis, S. Velsko, E. K. Graham, A. Zalkin, J. Appl. Phys. 62, 1968 (1987).
[CrossRef]

Huang, J. Y.

J. Y. Huang, J. Y. Zhang, Y. R. Shen, C. Chen, B. Wu, Appl. Phys. Lett. 57, 1961 (1990).
[CrossRef]

Joosen, W.

Khokhlov, R. V.

A. G. Akmanov, S. A. Akhmanov, R. V. Khokhlov, A. I. Kovrigin, A. S. Piskarskas, A. P. Surkhorukov, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. QE-4, 828 (1968).
[CrossRef]

Kovrigin, A. I.

A. G. Akmanov, S. A. Akhmanov, R. V. Khokhlov, A. I. Kovrigin, A. S. Piskarskas, A. P. Surkhorukov, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. QE-4, 828 (1968).
[CrossRef]

Laenen, R.

Lauberau, A.

A. Lauberau, in Ultrashort Laser Pulses, V. Kaiser, ed. (Springer-Verlag, Berlin, 1988), p. 48;see alsoR. Danielius, A. Piskarskas, V. Sirutkaitis, A. Stabinis, J. Jasevicjute, in Optical Parametric Oscillators and Picosecond Spectroscopy, A. Piskarskas, ed. (Mokslas, Vilnius, 1983), p. 57 (in Russian).

Laubereau, A.

Muller, H. G.

Noordam, L. D.

Petite, G.

Piskarskas, A.

R. Danielius, A. Piskarskas, D. Podenas, P. Di Trapani, A. Varanavicius, G. P. Banfi, Opt. Commun. 87, 23 (1992).
[CrossRef]

Piskarskas, A. S.

A. G. Akmanov, S. A. Akhmanov, R. V. Khokhlov, A. I. Kovrigin, A. S. Piskarskas, A. P. Surkhorukov, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. QE-4, 828 (1968).
[CrossRef]

Podenas, D.

R. Danielius, A. Piskarskas, D. Podenas, P. Di Trapani, A. Varanavicius, G. P. Banfi, Opt. Commun. 87, 23 (1992).
[CrossRef]

Righini, R.

P. Foggi, R. Righini, R. Torre, L. Angeloni, S. Califano, J. Chem. Phys. 96, 110 (1992).
[CrossRef]

Shen, Y. R.

J. Y. Huang, J. Y. Zhang, Y. R. Shen, C. Chen, B. Wu, Appl. Phys. Lett. 57, 1961 (1990).
[CrossRef]

Surkhorukov, A. P.

A. G. Akmanov, S. A. Akhmanov, R. V. Khokhlov, A. I. Kovrigin, A. S. Piskarskas, A. P. Surkhorukov, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. QE-4, 828 (1968).
[CrossRef]

Torre, R.

P. Foggi, R. Righini, R. Torre, L. Angeloni, S. Califano, J. Chem. Phys. 96, 110 (1992).
[CrossRef]

van Linden van den Heuvell, H. B.

Vanherzeele, H.

Varanavicius, A.

R. Danielius, A. Piskarskas, D. Podenas, P. Di Trapani, A. Varanavicius, G. P. Banfi, Opt. Commun. 87, 23 (1992).
[CrossRef]

Velsko, S.

D. Eimerl, L. Davis, S. Velsko, E. K. Graham, A. Zalkin, J. Appl. Phys. 62, 1968 (1987).
[CrossRef]

Wu, B.

J. Y. Huang, J. Y. Zhang, Y. R. Shen, C. Chen, B. Wu, Appl. Phys. Lett. 57, 1961 (1990).
[CrossRef]

Zalkin, A.

D. Eimerl, L. Davis, S. Velsko, E. K. Graham, A. Zalkin, J. Appl. Phys. 62, 1968 (1987).
[CrossRef]

Zhang, J. Y.

J. Y. Huang, J. Y. Zhang, Y. R. Shen, C. Chen, B. Wu, Appl. Phys. Lett. 57, 1961 (1990).
[CrossRef]

Appl. Opt. (1)

Appl. Phys. Lett. (1)

J. Y. Huang, J. Y. Zhang, Y. R. Shen, C. Chen, B. Wu, Appl. Phys. Lett. 57, 1961 (1990).
[CrossRef]

IEEE J. Quantum Electron. (2)

A. G. Akmanov, S. A. Akhmanov, R. V. Khokhlov, A. I. Kovrigin, A. S. Piskarskas, A. P. Surkhorukov, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. QE-4, 828 (1968).
[CrossRef]

S. J. Brosnan, R. L. Byer, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. QE-15, 415 (1979).
[CrossRef]

J. Appl. Phys. (1)

D. Eimerl, L. Davis, S. Velsko, E. K. Graham, A. Zalkin, J. Appl. Phys. 62, 1968 (1987).
[CrossRef]

J. Chem. Phys. (1)

P. Foggi, R. Righini, R. Torre, L. Angeloni, S. Califano, J. Chem. Phys. 96, 110 (1992).
[CrossRef]

J. Opt. Soc. Am. B (1)

Opt. Commun. (1)

R. Danielius, A. Piskarskas, D. Podenas, P. Di Trapani, A. Varanavicius, G. P. Banfi, Opt. Commun. 87, 23 (1992).
[CrossRef]

Opt. Lett. (2)

Other (1)

A. Lauberau, in Ultrashort Laser Pulses, V. Kaiser, ed. (Springer-Verlag, Berlin, 1988), p. 48;see alsoR. Danielius, A. Piskarskas, V. Sirutkaitis, A. Stabinis, J. Jasevicjute, in Optical Parametric Oscillators and Picosecond Spectroscopy, A. Piskarskas, ed. (Mokslas, Vilnius, 1983), p. 57 (in Russian).

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Figures (4)

Fig. 1
Fig. 1

Unfolded layout of the TOPO: T's, telescopes; DM, dichroic mirror; 1–3, BBO crystals to which we refer in the text. In the real setup not all crystals were physically different.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

BBO-II crystals in both the seeder and the amplifier. Upper trace: FWHM spectral width of the signal pulse. Lower traces: total conversion efficiency η (squares), measured conversion efficiency to idler (asterisks), and expected conversion efficiency to idler from η by applying the Manley–Rowe relation (dashed curve). The total pump energy is 90 μJ; the dotted curves are only a guide to the eye.

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

Spectral shapes of the signal pulse obtained with BBO-I and BBO-II at the indicated λs. The pump spectrum is at the right.

Fig. 4
Fig. 4

Autocorrelation traces of the pump and the signal pulses. At the bottom of each curve are the suggested pulse duration times. The related Δvs values are given in Fig. 2 (for the trace at λs = 1020 nm one can see the corresponding spectrum in Fig. 3). At the right are the traces obtained with BBO-I amplifying the seed generated by BBO-II. The autocorrelator crystal is 0.5-mm-thick KDP.

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