Abstract

We describe a high-gain optical parametric amplifier (OPA) and optical parametric generator (OPG) system pumped by a fiber chirped-pulse amplification source based on novel large-mode-area fiber components. 45-nJ OPG thresholds and 34% pump–signal conversion efficiencies are obtained for 4ps pulses. OPA gains in excess of 75  dB and pump–signal conversion efficiencies of 39% (external) are demonstrated. Furthermore, we show that injection seeding of such high-gain parametric devices by use of a low-power continuous-wave beam results in high-power >18kW picosecond pulses with a time–bandwidth produce of 0.65, some ten times less than from a free-running OPG. Using such an approach, we obtain 2.7-ps 50-nJ pulses at 1.310 µm.

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1998 (4)

1997 (2)

D. J. Richardson, J. D. Minelly, and D. C. Hanna, Laser Focus World 33(9), 87 (1997).

A. Galvanauskas, M. A. Arbore, M. M. Fejer, M. E. Fermann, and D. Harter, Opt. Lett. 22, 105 (1997).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

1996 (1)

Arbore, M. A.

Borderick, N. G. R.

N. G. R. Borderick, D. Taverner, D. J. Richardson, L. Dong, J. E. Caplen, and M. Ibsen, in Nonlinear Guided Waves and Their Applications, Vol. 6 of 1997 OSA Proceedings Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1997), pp. 279–281.

Britton, P. E.

Caplen, J. E.

N. G. R. Borderick, D. Taverner, D. J. Richardson, L. Dong, J. E. Caplen, and M. Ibsen, in Nonlinear Guided Waves and Their Applications, Vol. 6 of 1997 OSA Proceedings Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1997), pp. 279–281.

Dong, L.

N. G. R. Borderick, D. Taverner, D. J. Richardson, L. Dong, J. E. Caplen, and M. Ibsen, in Nonlinear Guided Waves and Their Applications, Vol. 6 of 1997 OSA Proceedings Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1997), pp. 279–281.

Fejer, M. M.

Fermann, M. E.

Galvanauskas, A.

Hanna, D. C.

Harikaran, A.

Harter, D.

Ibsen, M.

N. G. R. Borderick, D. Taverner, D. J. Richardson, L. Dong, J. E. Caplen, and M. Ibsen, in Nonlinear Guided Waves and Their Applications, Vol. 6 of 1997 OSA Proceedings Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1997), pp. 279–281.

Imeshev, G.

Krug, P. A.

Minelly, J. D.

D. J. Richardson, J. D. Minelly, and D. C. Hanna, Laser Focus World 33(9), 87 (1997).

Peuch, K.

Proctor, M.

Richardson, D. J.

P. E. Britton, D. Taverner, K. Peuch, D. J. Richardson, P. G. R. Smith, G. W. Ross, and D. C. Hanna, Opt. Lett. 23, 582 (1998).
[CrossRef]

D. Taverner, P. E. Britton, P. G. R. Smith, D. J. Richardson, G. W. Ross, and D. C. Hanna, Opt. Lett. 23, 162 (1998).
[CrossRef]

D. J. Richardson, J. D. Minelly, and D. C. Hanna, Laser Focus World 33(9), 87 (1997).

N. G. R. Borderick, D. Taverner, D. J. Richardson, L. Dong, J. E. Caplen, and M. Ibsen, in Nonlinear Guided Waves and Their Applications, Vol. 6 of 1997 OSA Proceedings Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1997), pp. 279–281.

Ross, G. W.

Smith, P. G. R.

Taverner, D.

D. Taverner, P. E. Britton, P. G. R. Smith, D. J. Richardson, G. W. Ross, and D. C. Hanna, Opt. Lett. 23, 162 (1998).
[CrossRef]

P. E. Britton, D. Taverner, K. Peuch, D. J. Richardson, P. G. R. Smith, G. W. Ross, and D. C. Hanna, Opt. Lett. 23, 582 (1998).
[CrossRef]

N. G. R. Borderick, D. Taverner, D. J. Richardson, L. Dong, J. E. Caplen, and M. Ibsen, in Nonlinear Guided Waves and Their Applications, Vol. 6 of 1997 OSA Proceedings Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1997), pp. 279–281.

Yariv, A.

A. Yariv, Quantum Electronics, 3rd ed. (Wiley, New York, 1989), pp. 407–452.

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Figures (4)

Fig. 1
Fig. 1

Schematic of the laser pump source and the parametric amplifier experiment. FBG1, FBG2, fiber Bragg gratings; PBS, polarizing beam splitter. See text for other definitions.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

OPA and OPG energy characteristics. Line a, OPG signal pulse energy versus pump energy; line b, corresponding data for the OPA. Inset: temperature tuning curves for the two gratings (periods indicated).

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

Spectrum and SH autocorrelation of OPG pulses.

Fig. 4
Fig. 4

Spectrum and SH autocorrelation of OPA signal pulses.

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