Abstract

Conversion efficiency in optical parametric chirped-pulse amplification is limited by spatiotemporal characteristics of the pump pulse. We have demonstrated a novel hybrid chirped-pulse amplification scheme that uses a single pump pulse and combines optical parametric amplification and laser amplification to achieve high gain, high conversion efficiency, and high prepulse contrast without utilization of electro-optic modulators. We achieved an overall conversion efficiency of 37% from the hybrid amplification system at a center wavelength of 820 nm. Generation of multiterawatt pulses is possible by use of this simple method and commercial Q-switched pump lasers.

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J. D. Bonlie, F. Patterson, D. Price, B. White, and P. Springer, Appl. Phys. B 70, 155 (2000).
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R. A. Baumgartner and R. Byer, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. QE-15, 432 (1979).
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P. F. Curley, C. Le Blanc, G. Cheriaux, G. Darpentigny, P. Rousseau, F. Salin, J. P. Chambaret, and A. Antonetti, Opt. Commun. 131, 72 (1996).
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P. F. Curley, C. Le Blanc, G. Cheriaux, G. Darpentigny, P. Rousseau, F. Salin, J. P. Chambaret, and A. Antonetti, Opt. Commun. 131, 72 (1996).
[CrossRef]

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I. N. Ross, P. Matousek, M. Towrie, A. J. Langley, and J. L. Collier, Opt. Commun. 144, 125 (1997).
[CrossRef]

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Curley, P. F.

P. F. Curley, C. Le Blanc, G. Cheriaux, G. Darpentigny, P. Rousseau, F. Salin, J. P. Chambaret, and A. Antonetti, Opt. Commun. 131, 72 (1996).
[CrossRef]

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P. F. Curley, C. Le Blanc, G. Cheriaux, G. Darpentigny, P. Rousseau, F. Salin, J. P. Chambaret, and A. Antonetti, Opt. Commun. 131, 72 (1996).
[CrossRef]

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A. Dubietis, G. Jonasauskas, and A. Piskarskas, Opt. Commun. 88, 437 (1992).
[CrossRef]

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S. Backus, C. G. Durfee, M. M. Murnane, and H. C. Kapteyn, Rev. Sci. Instrum. 69, 1207 (1998).
[CrossRef]

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I. Jovanovic, B. J. Comaskey, C. A. Ebbers, D. M. Pennington, R. A. Bonner, and E. C. Morse, Appl. Opt. 41, 2923 (2002).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

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Fittinghoff, D.

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[CrossRef]

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Hunter, J. R.

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[CrossRef]

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A. Dubietis, G. Jonasauskas, and A. Piskarskas, Opt. Commun. 88, 437 (1992).
[CrossRef]

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I. Jovanovic, B. J. Comaskey, C. A. Ebbers, D. M. Pennington, R. A. Bonner, and E. C. Morse, Appl. Opt. 41, 2923 (2002).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

I. Jovanovic, B. J. Comaskey, and D. M. Pennington, J. Appl. Phys. 90, 4328 (2001).
[CrossRef]

I. Jovanovic, C. A. Ebbers, B. C. Stuart, M. R. Hermann, and E. C. Morse, in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, Vol. 73 of OSA Trends in Optics and Photonics Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 2002), p. 387.

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[CrossRef]

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P. F. Curley, C. Le Blanc, G. Cheriaux, G. Darpentigny, P. Rousseau, F. Salin, J. P. Chambaret, and A. Antonetti, Opt. Commun. 131, 72 (1996).
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[CrossRef] [PubMed]

I. Jovanovic, C. A. Ebbers, B. C. Stuart, M. R. Hermann, and E. C. Morse, in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, Vol. 73 of OSA Trends in Optics and Photonics Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 2002), p. 387.

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D. Strickland and G. Mourou, Opt. Commun. 56, 219 (1985).
[CrossRef]

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S. Backus, C. G. Durfee, M. M. Murnane, and H. C. Kapteyn, Rev. Sci. Instrum. 69, 1207 (1998).
[CrossRef]

Nakatsuka, M.

S. K. Zhang, M. Fujita, M. Yamanaka, M. Nakatsuka, Y. Izawa, and C. Yamanaka, Opt. Commun. 184, 451 (2000).
[CrossRef]

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J. D. Bonlie, F. Patterson, D. Price, B. White, and P. Springer, Appl. Phys. B 70, 155 (2000).
[CrossRef]

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Pennington, D. M.

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P. S. Banks, D. M. Perry, V. Yanovsky, S. N. Fochs, B. C. Stuart, and J. Zweiback, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 36, 268 (2000).
[CrossRef]

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A. Dubietis, G. Jonasauskas, and A. Piskarskas, Opt. Commun. 88, 437 (1992).
[CrossRef]

Price, D.

J. D. Bonlie, F. Patterson, D. Price, B. White, and P. Springer, Appl. Phys. B 70, 155 (2000).
[CrossRef]

Rose-Petruck, C.

Ross, I. N.

I. N. Ross, P. Matousek, M. Towrie, A. J. Langley, and J. L. Collier, Opt. Commun. 144, 125 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Rousseau, P.

P. F. Curley, C. Le Blanc, G. Cheriaux, G. Darpentigny, P. Rousseau, F. Salin, J. P. Chambaret, and A. Antonetti, Opt. Commun. 131, 72 (1996).
[CrossRef]

Salin, F.

P. F. Curley, C. Le Blanc, G. Cheriaux, G. Darpentigny, P. Rousseau, F. Salin, J. P. Chambaret, and A. Antonetti, Opt. Commun. 131, 72 (1996).
[CrossRef]

Siegman, A. E.

A. E. Siegman, Proc. SPIE 1224, 2 (1990).
[CrossRef]

Springer, P.

J. D. Bonlie, F. Patterson, D. Price, B. White, and P. Springer, Appl. Phys. B 70, 155 (2000).
[CrossRef]

Squier, J. A.

Strickland, D.

D. Strickland and G. Mourou, Opt. Commun. 56, 219 (1985).
[CrossRef]

Stuart, B. C.

P. S. Banks, D. M. Perry, V. Yanovsky, S. N. Fochs, B. C. Stuart, and J. Zweiback, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 36, 268 (2000).
[CrossRef]

I. Jovanovic, C. A. Ebbers, B. C. Stuart, M. R. Hermann, and E. C. Morse, in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, Vol. 73 of OSA Trends in Optics and Photonics Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 2002), p. 387.

Takuma, H.

Toth, C.

Towrie, M.

I. N. Ross, P. Matousek, M. Towrie, A. J. Langley, and J. L. Collier, Opt. Commun. 144, 125 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Van Woerkom, L.

Walker, B.

White, B.

J. D. Bonlie, F. Patterson, D. Price, B. White, and P. Springer, Appl. Phys. B 70, 155 (2000).
[CrossRef]

White, W. E.

Wilson, K. R.

Yamakawa, K.

Yamanaka, C.

S. K. Zhang, M. Fujita, M. Yamanaka, M. Nakatsuka, Y. Izawa, and C. Yamanaka, Opt. Commun. 184, 451 (2000).
[CrossRef]

Yamanaka, M.

S. K. Zhang, M. Fujita, M. Yamanaka, M. Nakatsuka, Y. Izawa, and C. Yamanaka, Opt. Commun. 184, 451 (2000).
[CrossRef]

Yanovsky, V.

P. S. Banks, D. M. Perry, V. Yanovsky, S. N. Fochs, B. C. Stuart, and J. Zweiback, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 36, 268 (2000).
[CrossRef]

Young, J. F.

Zhang, S. K.

S. K. Zhang, M. Fujita, M. Yamanaka, M. Nakatsuka, Y. Izawa, and C. Yamanaka, Opt. Commun. 184, 451 (2000).
[CrossRef]

Zweiback, J.

P. S. Banks, D. M. Perry, V. Yanovsky, S. N. Fochs, B. C. Stuart, and J. Zweiback, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 36, 268 (2000).
[CrossRef]

Appl. Opt. (1)

Appl. Phys. B (1)

J. D. Bonlie, F. Patterson, D. Price, B. White, and P. Springer, Appl. Phys. B 70, 155 (2000).
[CrossRef]

IEEE J. Quantum Electron. (2)

R. A. Baumgartner and R. Byer, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. QE-15, 432 (1979).
[CrossRef]

P. S. Banks, D. M. Perry, V. Yanovsky, S. N. Fochs, B. C. Stuart, and J. Zweiback, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 36, 268 (2000).
[CrossRef]

J. Appl. Phys. (1)

I. Jovanovic, B. J. Comaskey, and D. M. Pennington, J. Appl. Phys. 90, 4328 (2001).
[CrossRef]

Opt. Commun. (5)

A. Dubietis, G. Jonasauskas, and A. Piskarskas, Opt. Commun. 88, 437 (1992).
[CrossRef]

I. N. Ross, P. Matousek, M. Towrie, A. J. Langley, and J. L. Collier, Opt. Commun. 144, 125 (1997).
[CrossRef]

P. F. Curley, C. Le Blanc, G. Cheriaux, G. Darpentigny, P. Rousseau, F. Salin, J. P. Chambaret, and A. Antonetti, Opt. Commun. 131, 72 (1996).
[CrossRef]

D. Strickland and G. Mourou, Opt. Commun. 56, 219 (1985).
[CrossRef]

S. K. Zhang, M. Fujita, M. Yamanaka, M. Nakatsuka, Y. Izawa, and C. Yamanaka, Opt. Commun. 184, 451 (2000).
[CrossRef]

Opt. Express (1)

Opt. Lett. (5)

Proc. SPIE (1)

A. E. Siegman, Proc. SPIE 1224, 2 (1990).
[CrossRef]

Rev. Sci. Instrum. (1)

S. Backus, C. G. Durfee, M. M. Murnane, and H. C. Kapteyn, Rev. Sci. Instrum. 69, 1207 (1998).
[CrossRef]

Other (1)

I. Jovanovic, C. A. Ebbers, B. C. Stuart, M. R. Hermann, and E. C. Morse, in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, Vol. 73 of OSA Trends in Optics and Photonics Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 2002), p. 387.

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Figures (4)

Fig. 1
Fig. 1

Experimental setup for hybrid CPA. D1–D3, dichroic mirrors; TFP, thin-film polarizer; WP, wave plate; T1, T2, telescopes.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

Output energy from the OPA as a function of input pump energy. The curve represents the results of calculations with our numerical model.

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

Measured seed (Oscillator) and amplified signal spectra from the OPA and the four-pass amplifier (Hybrid), with the calculated spectral phase accumulated in the OPA process.

Fig. 4
Fig. 4

Transverse near-field beam profile of the output of the hybrid CPA system.

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