Abstract

High-conversion-efficiency, high-stability optical parametric chirped-pulse amplification is demonstrated with a spatiotemporally shaped pump laser system. Broadband 5-mJ pulses are produced at a 5-Hz repetition rate with a pump-to-signal conversion efficiency of 29% and energy stability better than 2% rms. To our knowledge this is the highest conversion efficiency and stability achieved in an optical parametric chirped-pulse amplification system.

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

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Appl. Opt. (3)

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

A. V. Okishev and W. Seka, IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 3, 59 (1997).
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J. Opt. Soc. Am. B (1)

Opt. Commun. (1)

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

Opt. Commun. (2)

A. Dubietis, G. Jonusauskas, 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]

Opt. Lett. (3)

OSA Trends in Optics and Photonics (1)

A. V. Okishev, D. Battaglia, I. Begishev, and J. D. Zuegel, in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (CLEO), postconference digest, Vol. 73 of OSA Trends in Optics and Photonics (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 2002), pp. 365–366.

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M. D. Skeldon, Rev. Sci. Instrum. 71, 3559 (2000).
[CrossRef]

Sov. J. Quantum Electron. (2)

I. A. Begishev, A. A. Gulamov, E. A. Erofeev, E. A. Ibragimov, S. R. Kamalov, T. Usumanov, and A. D. Khadshaev, Sov. J. Quantum Electron. 20, 1100 (1990).
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I. A. Begishev, A. A. Gulamov, E. A. Erofeev, E. A. Ibragimov, S. R. Kamalov, T. Usumanov, and A. D. Khadshaev, Sov. J. Quantum Electron. 20, 1104 (1990).
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Figures (4)

Fig. 1
Fig. 1

Diagram of the OPCPA experimental setup. The largest shaded box includes all the components of the OPA pump laser. FR, Faraday rotator; IP, image plane.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

(a) A 1-ns FWHM square temporal profile of the OPA pump laser. (b) Spatial profile of the OPA pump laser. (c) Streak camera measurement of the spatiotemporal profile of the pump, showing little spatiotemporal coupling.

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

Conversion efficiency as a function of pump energy. The solid curve shows model predictions, with squares representing experimentally measured values. Error bars show fluctuations in measured energies. The inset table shows pump and signal energies and stabilities at the 29% conversion efficiency point.

Fig. 4
Fig. 4

(a) Spectrum of stretched seed pulse (dashed) and amplified signal pulse (solid). Clipping in the seed-pulse spectrum is due to the finite extent of the stretcher optics. (b) Measured autocorrelation (diamonds) of the amplified signal shown along with an autocorrelation trace (solid curve) calculated from a fast Fourier transform of the spectrum of the amplified signal shown in (a).

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