Abstract

A 250mJ, 5Hz repetition rate optical parametric chirped-pulse amplifier with near-Fourier-transform-limited, 430fs pulses and a beam that can be focused to near the diffraction limit is demonstrated. A pump laser with engineered spatial and temporal profiles allows an overall pump-to-signal conversion efficiency of 34% to be achieved.

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Y. Kitagawa, H. Fujita, R. Kodama, H. Yoshida, S. Matsuo, T. Jitsuno, T. Kawasaki, H. Kitamura, T. Kanabe, S. Sakabe, K. Shigemori, N. Miyanaga, and Y. Izawa, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 40, 281 (2004).
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Kawasaki, T.

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Y. Kitagawa, H. Fujita, R. Kodama, H. Yoshida, S. Matsuo, T. Jitsuno, T. Kawasaki, H. Kitamura, T. Kanabe, S. Sakabe, K. Shigemori, N. Miyanaga, and Y. Izawa, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 40, 281 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Kitamura, H.

Y. Kitagawa, H. Fujita, R. Kodama, H. Yoshida, S. Matsuo, T. Jitsuno, T. Kawasaki, H. Kitamura, T. Kanabe, S. Sakabe, K. Shigemori, N. Miyanaga, and Y. Izawa, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 40, 281 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Kodama, R.

Y. Kitagawa, H. Fujita, R. Kodama, H. Yoshida, S. Matsuo, T. Jitsuno, T. Kawasaki, H. Kitamura, T. Kanabe, S. Sakabe, K. Shigemori, N. Miyanaga, and Y. Izawa, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 40, 281 (2004).
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Matsuo, S.

Y. Kitagawa, H. Fujita, R. Kodama, H. Yoshida, S. Matsuo, T. Jitsuno, T. Kawasaki, H. Kitamura, T. Kanabe, S. Sakabe, K. Shigemori, N. Miyanaga, and Y. Izawa, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 40, 281 (2004).
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A. Dubietis, G. Jonusauskas, and A. Piskarskas, Opt. Commun. 88, 437 (1992).
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Ross, I. N.

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

J. L. Collier, I. N. Ross, L. Cardoso, O. Chekhlov, M. Notley, C. Hernandez-Gomez, P. Matousek, C. N. Danson, D. Neely, and S. Hancock, in Inertial Fusion Sciences and Applications 2003, B. A. Hammel, D. D. Meyerhofer, J. Meyer-ter-Vehn, and H. Azechi, eds. (American Nuclear Society, 2004), p. 603.

Rousseau, P.

Sakabe, S.

Y. Kitagawa, H. Fujita, R. Kodama, H. Yoshida, S. Matsuo, T. Jitsuno, T. Kawasaki, H. Kitamura, T. Kanabe, S. Sakabe, K. Shigemori, N. Miyanaga, and Y. Izawa, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 40, 281 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Salin, F.

Schlup, P.

Schmidt, J. R.

I. Jovanovic, J. R. Schmidt, and C. A. Ebbers, Appl. Phys. Lett. 83, 4125 (2003).
[CrossRef]

Shigemori, K.

Y. Kitagawa, H. Fujita, R. Kodama, H. Yoshida, S. Matsuo, T. Jitsuno, T. Kawasaki, H. Kitamura, T. Kanabe, S. Sakabe, K. Shigemori, N. Miyanaga, and Y. Izawa, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 40, 281 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Towrie, M.

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

Walker, B.

Waxer, L. J.

L. J. Waxer, V. Bagnoud, I. A. Begishev, M. J. Guardalben, J. Puth, and J. D. Zuegel, Opt. Lett. 28, 1245 (2003).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

M. J. Guardalben, J. Keegan, L. J. Waxer, V. Bagnoud, I. A. Begishev, J. Puth, and J. D. Zuegel, Opt. Express 11, 2511 (2003).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

I. A. Begishev, V. Bagnoud, M. J. Guardalben, J. Puth, L. J. Waxer, and J. D. Zuegel, in Advanced Solid-State Photonics, Vol. 94 of OSA Trends in Optics and Photonics Series (Optical Society of America, 2004), p. 32.
[CrossRef]

Yoshida, H.

Y. Kitagawa, H. Fujita, R. Kodama, H. Yoshida, S. Matsuo, T. Jitsuno, T. Kawasaki, H. Kitamura, T. Kanabe, S. Sakabe, K. Shigemori, N. Miyanaga, and Y. Izawa, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 40, 281 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Zuegel, J. D.

Appl. Opt.

Appl. Phys. Lett.

I. Jovanovic, J. R. Schmidt, and C. A. Ebbers, Appl. Phys. Lett. 83, 4125 (2003).
[CrossRef]

IEEE J. Quantum Electron.

Y. Kitagawa, H. Fujita, R. Kodama, H. Yoshida, S. Matsuo, T. Jitsuno, T. Kawasaki, H. Kitamura, T. Kanabe, S. Sakabe, K. Shigemori, N. Miyanaga, and Y. Izawa, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 40, 281 (2004).
[CrossRef]

J. Opt. Soc. Am. B

Opt. Commun.

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. Express

Opt. Lett.

Other

I. A. Begishev, V. Bagnoud, M. J. Guardalben, J. Puth, L. J. Waxer, and J. D. Zuegel, in Advanced Solid-State Photonics, Vol. 94 of OSA Trends in Optics and Photonics Series (Optical Society of America, 2004), p. 32.
[CrossRef]

J. L. Collier, I. N. Ross, L. Cardoso, O. Chekhlov, M. Notley, C. Hernandez-Gomez, P. Matousek, C. N. Danson, D. Neely, and S. Hancock, in Inertial Fusion Sciences and Applications 2003, B. A. Hammel, D. D. Meyerhofer, J. Meyer-ter-Vehn, and H. Azechi, eds. (American Nuclear Society, 2004), p. 603.

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Figures (4)

Fig. 1
Fig. 1

Experimental setup. The preamplifier optical parametric amplifier stage uses two critically phased-matched LBO crystals in a walk-off-compensated arrangement. The power-amplifier optical parametric amplifier stage produces energies up to 265 mJ .

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

OPCPA output energy as a function of the pump energy delivered to the power amplifier.

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

(a) Near-field image of the OPCPA output beam showing a near-flattop energy density distribution. (b) Far-field image of the OPCPA output energy distribution at the focus of a 1 m focal distance lens showing the excellent focusing properties of the OPCPA system.

Fig. 4
Fig. 4

(a) Second-order autocorrelation trace of the compressed OPCPA system output compared to the transform-limited performance. FT, Fourier transform. (b) Uncompressed OPCPA output spectrum illustrates the heavy saturation produced in the two-stage scheme.

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