Abstract

Angular dispersion of pump frequencies is shown to be an efficient mechanism for bandwidth enhancement in a noncollinear optical parametric amplifier. We demonstrate the generation of a continuous, simultaneously phase-matched 250-THz parametrically amplified spectrum. The resultant visible–near-IR signal-wave pulses were compressed to a 4-fs duration by a micromachined flexible mirror. Feedback for an iterative computer-controlled dispersion compensation algorithm is based on pulse characterization by second-harmonic generation frequency-resolved optical gating.

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T. Taft, A. Rundquist, M. Murnane, I. Christov, H. Kapteyn, K. DeLong, D. Fittinghoff, M. Krumbügel, J. Sweetser, and R. Trebino, IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 2, 575 (1996).
[CrossRef]

Szipöcs, R.

A. Baltuška, Z. Wei, M. S. Pshenichnikov, D. A. Wiersma, and R. Szipöcs, Appl. Phys. B 65, 175 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Taft, T.

T. Taft, A. Rundquist, M. Murnane, I. Christov, H. Kapteyn, K. DeLong, D. Fittinghoff, M. Krumbügel, J. Sweetser, and R. Trebino, IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 2, 575 (1996).
[CrossRef]

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

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Wei, Z.

A. Baltuška, Z. Wei, M. S. Pshenichnikov, D. A. Wiersma, and R. Szipöcs, Appl. Phys. B 65, 175 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Wiersma, D. A.

A. Baltuška, M. S. Pshenichnikov, and D. A. Wiersma, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 35, 459 (1999).
[CrossRef]

A. Baltuška, Z. Wei, M. S. Pshenichnikov, D. A. Wiersma, and R. Szipöcs, Appl. Phys. B 65, 175 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Zavelani-Rossi, M.

Zeek, E.

Zeidler, D.

D. Zeidler, T. Hornung, D. Proch, and M. Motzkus, Appl. Phys. B 70S, S125 (2000).
[CrossRef]

Appl. Phys. B

D. Zeidler, T. Hornung, D. Proch, and M. Motzkus, Appl. Phys. B 70S, S125 (2000).
[CrossRef]

A. Baltuška, Z. Wei, M. S. Pshenichnikov, D. A. Wiersma, and R. Szipöcs, Appl. Phys. B 65, 175 (1997).
[CrossRef]

T. Brixner, M. Strehle, and G. Gerber, Appl. Phys. B 68, 281 (1999).
[CrossRef]

Appl. Phys. Lett.

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

IEEE J. Quantum Electron.

A. Baltuška, M. S. Pshenichnikov, and D. A. Wiersma, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 35, 459 (1999).
[CrossRef]

IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron.

T. Taft, A. Rundquist, M. Murnane, I. Christov, H. Kapteyn, K. DeLong, D. Fittinghoff, M. Krumbügel, J. Sweetser, and R. Trebino, IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 2, 575 (1996).
[CrossRef]

J. Opt. Soc. Am. B

Opt. Express

Opt. Lett.

Other

W. H. Press, S. A. Teukolsky, W. T. Vetterling, and B. P. Flannery, Numerical Recipes in C, 2nd ed. (Cambridge U. Press, New York, 1996), p. 402.

V. G. Dmitriev, G. G. Gurzadyan, and D. N. Nikogosyan, Handbook of Nonlinear Optical Crystals, 3rd ed. (Springer-Verlag, Berlin, 1999), p. 96.

The effective phase-matching width can be additionally broadened in the regime of strong pump depletion.

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Fig. 1
Fig. 1

Schematic of the experimental setup: λ/2, 800-nm wave plate; SP, 2-mm sapphire plate; P1, P2, 45° quartz prisms; P3, 69° quartz prism; CM1, CM2, ultrabroadband chirped mirrors (Hamamatsu Photonics); GR, 300-line/mm ruled diffraction grating (Jobin Yvon); SM, spherical mirror, R=-400 mm. SH generator: 0.4-mm θ=29° type 1 BBO (EKSMA).  NOPA crystal: 1-mm θ=31.5° type 1 BBO (Casix). Spherical mirrors about the NOPA crystal, R=-200 mm. HV, high voltage.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

Broadband noncollinear phase-matching in a 1-mm type 1 BBO crystal; θ=31.5°. Dashed curve, exact phase-matching solution for a quasi-monochromatic pump at λSH=393 nm. Light-shaded contour, FWHM of angular phase matching, corresponding to pumping by the entire available SH bandwidth. Dark-shaded contour, FWHM of angular phase matching for a dispersed SH beam (see text for details). Inset, experimentally measured SH spectrum used to pump the NOPA. Solid curve, uncompressed spectrum of the amplified signal wave obtained under optimal phase-matching conditions; straight horizontal line, seed direction (with respect to the optical axis of the BBO).

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

Overview of pulse-shaping results. (a), (b) Measured SHG FROG traces before and after adaptive phase correction, respectively. Corresponding retrieved traces are displayed in (c) and (d). Contour lines in (a)–(d) are drawn at values 0.02, 0.05, 0.1, 0.2, 0.4, 0.6, and 0.8 of the FROG peak intensity. (e) Shaded area, fundamental spectrum measured at the crystal location in the FROG apparatus; open circles, spectrum recovered by the FROG retrieval algorithm; dashed–dotted curve, spectral phase before shaping; dashed curve, the optimized phase. (f) Initial (solid curve) and optimized (shaded area) temporal intensity profiles; dashed curve, temporal phase of the optimized pulse.

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