Abstract

We report the operation of an all-solid-state system for the generation of tunable mid-infrared sub-50-fs pulses. A Ti:sapphire regenerative amplifier, pumped by 10 W of power from 532-nm, diode-pumped, frequency-doubled Nd:YVO4 lasers, produced 4µJ energy, sub-50-fs pulses at 800 nm with a 100-kHz repetition rate. This output was used to drive a βBaB2O4 optical parametric amplifier followed by a difference-frequency generator based on a AgGaS2 crystal. Continuous tuning of ultrafast pulses from 2.4 µm to longer than 12 µm was obtained. A performance comparison of difference-frequency generation in type I and type II phase-matched AgGaS2 is reported.

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L. D. Ziegler, J. Morais, Y. Zhou, S. Constantine, M. K. Reed, M. K. Steiner-Shepard, and D. Lommel, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 34, 1758 (1998).
[CrossRef]

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[CrossRef]

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[CrossRef]

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A. Lohner, P. Kruck, and W. W. Ruhle, Appl. Phys. B 59, 211 (1994).
[CrossRef]

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[CrossRef]

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Y. X. Fan, R. C. Eckardt, R. L. Byer, R. K. Route, and R. S. Feigelson, Appl. Phys. B 49, 313 (1984).

Byer, R. L.

Y. X. Fan, R. C. Eckardt, R. L. Byer, R. K. Route, and R. S. Feigelson, Appl. Phys. B 49, 313 (1984).

Constantine, S.

L. D. Ziegler, J. Morais, Y. Zhou, S. Constantine, M. K. Reed, M. K. Steiner-Shepard, and D. Lommel, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 34, 1758 (1998).
[CrossRef]

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Gurzadyan, G. G.

V. G. Dmitriev, G. G. Gurzadyan, and D. N. Nikogosyan, Handbook of Nonlinear Optical Crystals (Springer-Verlag, Berlin, 1997).
[CrossRef]

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[CrossRef]

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[CrossRef]

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A. Lohner, P. Kruck, and W. W. Ruhle, Appl. Phys. B 59, 211 (1994).
[CrossRef]

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L. D. Ziegler, J. Morais, Y. Zhou, S. Constantine, M. K. Reed, M. K. Steiner-Shepard, and D. Lommel, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 34, 1758 (1998).
[CrossRef]

Morais, J.

L. D. Ziegler, J. Morais, Y. Zhou, S. Constantine, M. K. Reed, M. K. Steiner-Shepard, and D. Lommel, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 34, 1758 (1998).
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[CrossRef]

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[CrossRef]

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L. D. Ziegler, J. Morais, Y. Zhou, S. Constantine, M. K. Reed, M. K. Steiner-Shepard, and D. Lommel, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 34, 1758 (1998).
[CrossRef]

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[CrossRef]

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Y. X. Fan, R. C. Eckardt, R. L. Byer, R. K. Route, and R. S. Feigelson, Appl. Phys. B 49, 313 (1984).

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A. Lohner, P. Kruck, and W. W. Ruhle, Appl. Phys. B 59, 211 (1994).
[CrossRef]

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L. D. Ziegler, J. Morais, Y. Zhou, S. Constantine, M. K. Reed, M. K. Steiner-Shepard, and D. Lommel, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 34, 1758 (1998).
[CrossRef]

M. K. Reed and M. K. Steiner-Shepard, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 32, 1273 (1996).
[CrossRef]

Watts, M. L.

J. D. Kafka, M. L. Watts, J. W. Pieterse, and R. L. Herbst, Appl. Phys. B 60, 449 (1995).
[CrossRef]

Zhou, Y.

L. D. Ziegler, J. Morais, Y. Zhou, S. Constantine, M. K. Reed, M. K. Steiner-Shepard, and D. Lommel, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 34, 1758 (1998).
[CrossRef]

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L. D. Ziegler, J. Morais, Y. Zhou, S. Constantine, M. K. Reed, M. K. Steiner-Shepard, and D. Lommel, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 34, 1758 (1998).
[CrossRef]

Appl. Phys. B (4)

H. J. Krause and W. Daum, Appl. Phys. B 56, 8 (1993).
[CrossRef]

A. Lohner, P. Kruck, and W. W. Ruhle, Appl. Phys. B 59, 211 (1994).
[CrossRef]

J. D. Kafka, M. L. Watts, J. W. Pieterse, and R. L. Herbst, Appl. Phys. B 60, 449 (1995).
[CrossRef]

Y. X. Fan, R. C. Eckardt, R. L. Byer, R. K. Route, and R. S. Feigelson, Appl. Phys. B 49, 313 (1984).

IEEE J. Quantum Electron. (2)

M. K. Reed and M. K. Steiner-Shepard, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 32, 1273 (1996).
[CrossRef]

L. D. Ziegler, J. Morais, Y. Zhou, S. Constantine, M. K. Reed, M. K. Steiner-Shepard, and D. Lommel, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 34, 1758 (1998).
[CrossRef]

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

Other (1)

V. G. Dmitriev, G. G. Gurzadyan, and D. N. Nikogosyan, Handbook of Nonlinear Optical Crystals (Springer-Verlag, Berlin, 1997).
[CrossRef]

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Figures (4)

Fig. 1
Fig. 1

Experimental setup: PS, input periscope; DM1, DM2, dichroic mirrors; L, focusing lens; O-P, off-axis parabolic reflector.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

Calculated DFG phase-matching curves for type I and type II AgGaS2 crystals.

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

Calculated group-velocity mismatch (GVM) curves for type I and type II phase-matched AgGaS2 crystals.

Fig. 4
Fig. 4

(a) Tuning performance of the DFG with (a) type I and (b) type II phase matching in a AgGaS2 crystal. DFG signal as a function of output wavelength and corresponding total OPA output power.

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deff=d36 sin θ sin 2ϕ,
deff=d36 sin 2θ cos 2ϕ.

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