Abstract

A Ti:sapphire mode-locked regenerative amplifier system pumped with a single argon-ion laser produces 4-μJ, 170-fs pulse of 800-nm wavelength at a 250-kHz repetition rate. Part of this output is used to generate a high-beam-quality white-light continuum, while the rest is doubled to 400 nm and used to parametrically amplify visible components of this continuum to more than 100 nJ. Synchronized with the visible signal pulse tunable from 460 to 700 nm is an infrared idler pulse tunable from 2.4 to 0.9 μm.

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Figures (8)

Fig. 1
Fig. 1

Typical white-light continuum spectrum.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

Phase-matching curve for BBO type I OPA.

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

White-light continuum and optical parametric amplifier layout: two-pass geometry.

Fig. 4
Fig. 4

OPA signal energy versus wavelength.

Fig. 5
Fig. 5

OPA idler energy versus wavelength.

Fig. 6
Fig. 6

OPA signal autocorrelation at 580 nm.

Fig. 7
Fig. 7

OPA signal spectrum at 580 nm.

Fig. 8
Fig. 8

OPA signal bandwidth versus wavelength.

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