Abstract

Pulses from an optical parametric amplifier in the visible are compressed to sub-10-fs duration by a delay line made exclusively from chirped dielectric mirrors. We employ what we believe are the first ultrabroadband visible chirped mirrors, which provide negative group-delay dispersion up to the blue-green spectral region. The setup is compact and reliable, and we used it to observe, for what is to our knowledge the first time in organic molecules, coherent oscillations with periods as short as 16 fs.

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  15. We use the following transform: F?,?=?0?ftht-?exp-i2??tdt, where ht=exp-t2/t02 is the window function t0=50 fs.

1999 (2)

G. Cerullo, G. Lanzani, M. Muccini, C. Taliani, and S. De Silvestri, Phys. Rev. Lett. 83, 231 (1999).
[CrossRef]

A. Shirakawa, I. Sakane, M. Takasaka, and T. Kobayashi, Appl. Phys. Lett. 74, 2268 (1999).
[CrossRef]

1998 (3)

1997 (3)

T. Wilhelm, J. Piel, and E. Riedle, Opt. Lett. 22, 1494 (1997).
[CrossRef]

G. Cerullo, M. Nisoli, and S. De Silvestri, Appl. Phys. Lett. 71, 3616 (1997).
[CrossRef]

R. Szipocz and A. Köhazi-Kis, Appl. Phys. B 65, 115 (1997); S. Sartania, Z. Cheng, M. Lenzner, G. Tempea, Ch. Spielmann, F. Krausz, and K. Ferencz, Opt. Lett. 22, 522 (1997).
[CrossRef]

1996 (1)

J.-Y. Bigot, T.-A. Pham, and T. Barisien, Chem. Phys. Lett. 259, 469 (1996).

1995 (3)

1994 (1)

Barisien, T.

J.-Y. Bigot, T.-A. Pham, and T. Barisien, Chem. Phys. Lett. 259, 469 (1996).

Bigot, J.-Y.

J.-Y. Bigot, T.-A. Pham, and T. Barisien, Chem. Phys. Lett. 259, 469 (1996).

T.-A. Pham, A. Daunois, J.-C. Merle, J. Le Moigne, and J.-Y. Bigot, Phys. Rev. Lett. 74, 904 (1995).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Cavallari, M.

Cerullo, G.

G. Cerullo, G. Lanzani, M. Muccini, C. Taliani, and S. De Silvestri, Phys. Rev. Lett. 83, 231 (1999).
[CrossRef]

G. Cerullo, M. Nisoli, S. Stagira, and S. De Silvestri, Opt. Lett. 23, 1283 (1998).
[CrossRef]

G. Cerullo, M. Nisoli, and S. De Silvestri, Appl. Phys. Lett. 71, 3616 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Daunois, A.

T.-A. Pham, A. Daunois, J.-C. Merle, J. Le Moigne, and J.-Y. Bigot, Phys. Rev. Lett. 74, 904 (1995).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

De Silvestri, S.

G. Cerullo, G. Lanzani, M. Muccini, C. Taliani, and S. De Silvestri, Phys. Rev. Lett. 83, 231 (1999).
[CrossRef]

G. Cerullo, M. Nisoli, S. Stagira, and S. De Silvestri, Opt. Lett. 23, 1283 (1998).
[CrossRef]

G. Cerullo, M. Nisoli, and S. De Silvestri, Appl. Phys. Lett. 71, 3616 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Driscoll, T. J.

Ferencz, K.

G. Tempea, F. Krausz, Ch. Spielmann, and K. Ferencz, IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 4, 193 (1998).
[CrossRef]

Gale, G. M.

Hache, F.

Hebling, J.

Kobayashi, T.

A. Shirakawa, I. Sakane, M. Takasaka, and T. Kobayashi, Appl. Phys. Lett. 74, 2268 (1999).
[CrossRef]

A. Shirakawa, I. Sakane, and T. Kobayashi, Opt. Lett. 23, 1292 (1998).
[CrossRef]

Köhazi-Kis, A.

R. Szipocz and A. Köhazi-Kis, Appl. Phys. B 65, 115 (1997); S. Sartania, Z. Cheng, M. Lenzner, G. Tempea, Ch. Spielmann, F. Krausz, and K. Ferencz, Opt. Lett. 22, 522 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Krausz, F.

G. Tempea, F. Krausz, Ch. Spielmann, and K. Ferencz, IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 4, 193 (1998).
[CrossRef]

A. Stingl, Ch. Spielmann, F. Krausz, and R. Szipocz, Opt. Lett. 19, 204 (1994).
[CrossRef]

Kuhl, J.

Lanzani, G.

G. Cerullo, G. Lanzani, M. Muccini, C. Taliani, and S. De Silvestri, Phys. Rev. Lett. 83, 231 (1999).
[CrossRef]

Le Moigne, J.

T.-A. Pham, A. Daunois, J.-C. Merle, J. Le Moigne, and J.-Y. Bigot, Phys. Rev. Lett. 74, 904 (1995).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Mayer, E. J.

Merle, J.-C.

T.-A. Pham, A. Daunois, J.-C. Merle, J. Le Moigne, and J.-Y. Bigot, Phys. Rev. Lett. 74, 904 (1995).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Muccini, M.

G. Cerullo, G. Lanzani, M. Muccini, C. Taliani, and S. De Silvestri, Phys. Rev. Lett. 83, 231 (1999).
[CrossRef]

Nisoli, M.

G. Cerullo, M. Nisoli, S. Stagira, and S. De Silvestri, Opt. Lett. 23, 1283 (1998).
[CrossRef]

G. Cerullo, M. Nisoli, and S. De Silvestri, Appl. Phys. Lett. 71, 3616 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Pham, T.-A.

J.-Y. Bigot, T.-A. Pham, and T. Barisien, Chem. Phys. Lett. 259, 469 (1996).

T.-A. Pham, A. Daunois, J.-C. Merle, J. Le Moigne, and J.-Y. Bigot, Phys. Rev. Lett. 74, 904 (1995).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Piel, J.

Riedle, E.

Sakane, I.

A. Shirakawa, I. Sakane, M. Takasaka, and T. Kobayashi, Appl. Phys. Lett. 74, 2268 (1999).
[CrossRef]

A. Shirakawa, I. Sakane, and T. Kobayashi, Opt. Lett. 23, 1292 (1998).
[CrossRef]

Shirakawa, A.

A. Shirakawa, I. Sakane, M. Takasaka, and T. Kobayashi, Appl. Phys. Lett. 74, 2268 (1999).
[CrossRef]

A. Shirakawa, I. Sakane, and T. Kobayashi, Opt. Lett. 23, 1292 (1998).
[CrossRef]

Spielmann, Ch.

G. Tempea, F. Krausz, Ch. Spielmann, and K. Ferencz, IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 4, 193 (1998).
[CrossRef]

A. Stingl, Ch. Spielmann, F. Krausz, and R. Szipocz, Opt. Lett. 19, 204 (1994).
[CrossRef]

Stagira, S.

Stingl, A.

Szipocz, R.

R. Szipocz and A. Köhazi-Kis, Appl. Phys. B 65, 115 (1997); S. Sartania, Z. Cheng, M. Lenzner, G. Tempea, Ch. Spielmann, F. Krausz, and K. Ferencz, Opt. Lett. 22, 522 (1997).
[CrossRef]

J. Hebling, E. J. Mayer, J. Kuhl, and R. Szipocz, Opt. Lett. 20, 919 (1995).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

A. Stingl, Ch. Spielmann, F. Krausz, and R. Szipocz, Opt. Lett. 19, 204 (1994).
[CrossRef]

Takasaka, M.

A. Shirakawa, I. Sakane, M. Takasaka, and T. Kobayashi, Appl. Phys. Lett. 74, 2268 (1999).
[CrossRef]

Taliani, C.

G. Cerullo, G. Lanzani, M. Muccini, C. Taliani, and S. De Silvestri, Phys. Rev. Lett. 83, 231 (1999).
[CrossRef]

Tempea, G.

G. Tempea, F. Krausz, Ch. Spielmann, and K. Ferencz, IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 4, 193 (1998).
[CrossRef]

Wilhelm, T.

Appl. Phys. B (1)

R. Szipocz and A. Köhazi-Kis, Appl. Phys. B 65, 115 (1997); S. Sartania, Z. Cheng, M. Lenzner, G. Tempea, Ch. Spielmann, F. Krausz, and K. Ferencz, Opt. Lett. 22, 522 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Appl. Phys. Lett. (2)

A. Shirakawa, I. Sakane, M. Takasaka, and T. Kobayashi, Appl. Phys. Lett. 74, 2268 (1999).
[CrossRef]

G. Cerullo, M. Nisoli, and S. De Silvestri, Appl. Phys. Lett. 71, 3616 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Chem. Phys. Lett. (1)

J.-Y. Bigot, T.-A. Pham, and T. Barisien, Chem. Phys. Lett. 259, 469 (1996).

IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. (1)

G. Tempea, F. Krausz, Ch. Spielmann, and K. Ferencz, IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 4, 193 (1998).
[CrossRef]

Opt. Lett. (6)

Phys. Rev. Lett. (2)

G. Cerullo, G. Lanzani, M. Muccini, C. Taliani, and S. De Silvestri, Phys. Rev. Lett. 83, 231 (1999).
[CrossRef]

T.-A. Pham, A. Daunois, J.-C. Merle, J. Le Moigne, and J.-Y. Bigot, Phys. Rev. Lett. 74, 904 (1995).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Other (2)

The VIS-CM consists of alternating SiO2 and TiO2 layers upon a quartz substrate, with thicknesses (in nano-meters), starting from the substrate, of 160/117/102/95/139/62/146/82/123/78/146/72/126/75/136/68/112/58/162/81/123/77/148/70/133/64/113/50/150/64/117/73/126/67/89/45/104/65/107/63/92/36/93/64/113/43/48/65/110/48/26/71/124/25/40/76/114.

We use the following transform: F?,?=?0?ftht-?exp-i2??tdt, where ht=exp-t2/t02 is the window function t0=50 fs.

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Figures (4)

Fig. 1
Fig. 1

(a) Dashed (solid) curves, calculated reflectance and (GD) versus frequency for a VIS-CM; filled squares, experimental data obtained by white-light interferometry. (b) Same as (a) but for a NIR-CM.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

Dashed curve, desired GD of the compressor versus frequency; crosses (triangles), GD after 14 (9) bounces on a VIS-CM.

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

Autocorrelation traces of (a) the compressed blue pulses (spectrum in the inset) and (b) the compressed red pulses (spectrum in the inset) for a VIS-CM (solid curves) and a NIR-CM (dashed curve). SH, second harmonic.

Fig. 4
Fig. 4

Differential transmission versus pump–probe delay for a film of polydiacetylene pumped by an ultrashort blue pulse. Inset, sliding window Fourier transform of the oscillatory component of the signal.

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