Abstract

Femtosecond pulses with center wavelengths between 470 and 750  nm are generated in a single-stage type  I BBO optical parametric amplifier pumped by a frequency-doubled 1-kHz Ti:sapphire amplifier. A high-quality white-light continuum is used as the seed. Pulse durations as short as 16  fs and pulse energies of as much as 11  µJ are observed. The quantum efficiency is 25% for both 7- and 40-µJ pump pulses. This unique combination of ultrashort pulse duration and high conversion is made possible by noncollinear phase matching that permits a sufficiently large amplification bandwidth. Simultaneously the group velocities of the signal and the idler are effectively matched. As a result widely tunable sub-20-fs pulses can be generated in a nonlinear crystal as thick as 2  mm.

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R. Danielius, A. Piskarskas, P. Di Trapani, A. Andreoni, C. Solcia, and P. Foggi, Appl. Opt. 35, 5336 (1996).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

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R. Danielius, A. Piskarskas, P. Di Trapani, A. Andreoni, C. Solcia, and P. Foggi, Opt. Lett. 21, 973 (1996).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

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[CrossRef] [PubMed]

P. Di Trapani, A. Andreoni, G. P. Banfi, C. Solcia, R. Danielius, A. Piskarskas, P. Foggi, M. Monguzzi, and C. Sozzi, Phys. Rev. A 51, 3164 (1995).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

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[CrossRef]

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[CrossRef] [PubMed]

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[CrossRef]

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[CrossRef] [PubMed]

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[CrossRef]

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[CrossRef]

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[CrossRef]

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P. Di Trapani, A. Andreoni, G. P. Banfi, C. Solcia, R. Danielius, A. Piskarskas, P. Foggi, M. Monguzzi, and C. Sozzi, Phys. Rev. A 51, 3164 (1995).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Negus, D. K.

Noack, F.

V. Petrov, F. Seifert, and F. Noack, Appl. Phys. Lett. 65, 268 (1994).
[CrossRef]

V. Petrov, F. Seifert, and F. Noack, Appl. Opt. 33, 6988 (1994).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Norris, T. B.

Petrov, V.

V. Petrov, F. Seifert, and F. Noack, Appl. Opt. 33, 6988 (1994).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

V. Petrov, F. Seifert, and F. Noack, Appl. Phys. Lett. 65, 268 (1994).
[CrossRef]

Piskarskas, A.

R. Danielius, A. Piskarskas, P. Di Trapani, A. Andreoni, C. Solcia, and P. Foggi, Opt. Lett. 21, 973 (1996).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

R. Danielius, A. Piskarskas, P. Di Trapani, A. Andreoni, C. Solcia, and P. Foggi, Appl. Opt. 35, 5336 (1996).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

P. Di Trapani, A. Andreoni, P. Foggi, C. Solcia, R. Danielius, and A. Piskarskas, Opt. Commun. 119, 327 (1995).
[CrossRef]

P. Di Trapani, A. Andreoni, G. P. Banfi, C. Solcia, R. Danielius, A. Piskarskas, P. Foggi, M. Monguzzi, and C. Sozzi, Phys. Rev. A 51, 3164 (1995).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Reed, M. K.

Reid, D. T.

D. T. Reid, C. McGowan, M. Ebrahimzadeh, and W. Sibett, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 33, 1 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Riedle, E.

M. Sueptitz, R. A. Kaindl, S. Lutgen, M. Woerner, and E. Riedle, Opt. Commun. 131, 195 (1996).
[CrossRef]

Seifert, F.

V. Petrov, F. Seifert, and F. Noack, Appl. Phys. Lett. 65, 268 (1994).
[CrossRef]

V. Petrov, F. Seifert, and F. Noack, Appl. Opt. 33, 6988 (1994).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Sibett, W.

D. T. Reid, C. McGowan, M. Ebrahimzadeh, and W. Sibett, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 33, 1 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Solcia, C.

R. Danielius, A. Piskarskas, P. Di Trapani, A. Andreoni, C. Solcia, and P. Foggi, Opt. Lett. 21, 973 (1996).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

R. Danielius, A. Piskarskas, P. Di Trapani, A. Andreoni, C. Solcia, and P. Foggi, Appl. Opt. 35, 5336 (1996).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

P. Di Trapani, A. Andreoni, P. Foggi, C. Solcia, R. Danielius, and A. Piskarskas, Opt. Commun. 119, 327 (1995).
[CrossRef]

P. Di Trapani, A. Andreoni, G. P. Banfi, C. Solcia, R. Danielius, A. Piskarskas, P. Foggi, M. Monguzzi, and C. Sozzi, Phys. Rev. A 51, 3164 (1995).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Sosnowski, T. S.

Sozzi, C.

P. Di Trapani, A. Andreoni, G. P. Banfi, C. Solcia, R. Danielius, A. Piskarskas, P. Foggi, M. Monguzzi, and C. Sozzi, Phys. Rev. A 51, 3164 (1995).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Steiner-Shepard, M. K.

Stephens, P. B.

Sueptitz, M.

M. Sueptitz, R. A. Kaindl, S. Lutgen, M. Woerner, and E. Riedle, Opt. Commun. 131, 195 (1996).
[CrossRef]

Wilson, K. R.

Woerner, M.

M. Sueptitz, R. A. Kaindl, S. Lutgen, M. Woerner, and E. Riedle, Opt. Commun. 131, 195 (1996).
[CrossRef]

Yakovlev, V. V.

Appl. Opt. (2)

Appl. Phys. Lett. (1)

V. Petrov, F. Seifert, and F. Noack, Appl. Phys. Lett. 65, 268 (1994).
[CrossRef]

IEEE J. Quantum Electron. (1)

D. T. Reid, C. McGowan, M. Ebrahimzadeh, and W. Sibett, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 33, 1 (1997).
[CrossRef]

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

Opt. Commun. (2)

M. Sueptitz, R. A. Kaindl, S. Lutgen, M. Woerner, and E. Riedle, Opt. Commun. 131, 195 (1996).
[CrossRef]

P. Di Trapani, A. Andreoni, P. Foggi, C. Solcia, R. Danielius, and A. Piskarskas, Opt. Commun. 119, 327 (1995).
[CrossRef]

Opt. Lett. (3)

Phys. Rev. A (1)

P. Di Trapani, A. Andreoni, G. P. Banfi, C. Solcia, R. Danielius, A. Piskarskas, P. Foggi, M. Monguzzi, and C. Sozzi, Phys. Rev. A 51, 3164 (1995).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Other (1)

F. Hache, M. Cavallari, and G. M. Gale, in Ultrafast Phenomena X, P. F. Barbara, J. G. Fujimoto, W. H. Knox, and W. Zinth, eds. (Springer-Verlag, Berlin, 1996), p. 33.
[CrossRef]

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Fig. 1
Fig. 1

Schematic of the noncollinear parametric converter (c), (d). The angle ψ between wave vectors k1 (seed pulse) and kp (405-nm pump) is close to the walk-off angle (a). The projection of the group velocity vg,2 onto the seed direction equals vg, 1 for group-velocity matching (b). o.a., optical axis of the BBO crystal.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

Spectra of femtosecond pulses generated by noncollinear parametric amplification in a 2-mm BBO crystal.

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

(a), (b) Autocorrelation traces, and (c), (d) spectra of visible sub-20-fs pulses. The solid curves are fits assuming sech2 pulses shapes.

Fig. 4
Fig. 4

(a)–(c) Autocorrelation traces and (d)–(f) spectra of 640-nm pulses with varying duration.

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Δk=Δk0+Δkλ1Δλ1+122Δkλ12Δλ12+,
vg, 1=cosΩvg, 2,

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