Abstract

We report on direct observation of temporal contrast degradation of short pulses amplified by optical parametric chirped-pulse amplification. We show that, despite injection seeding, quantum-noise-induced fast modulations (<50ps) of the temporal profile of the pump pulse are imprinted on the spectrum of the amplified chirped pulse and give rise to a large picosecond pedestal in the time domain.

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2005 (3)

2004 (1)

R. Butkus, R. Danielius, A. Dubietis, A. Piskarskas, and A. Stabinis, Appl. Phys. B 79, 693 (2004).
[CrossRef]

2003 (2)

2002 (2)

2000 (1)

1997 (1)

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

1992 (1)

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

Allott, R. M.

Bagnoud, V.

V. Bagnoud, I. Begishev, M. Guardalben, J. Puth, and J. Zuegel, Opt. Lett. 30, 1843 (2005).
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Baltuska, A.

Barty, C. P. J.

Begishev, I.

V. Bagnoud, I. Begishev, M. Guardalben, J. Puth, and J. Zuegel, Opt. Lett. 30, 1843 (2005).
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Bonner, R. A.

Bromage, J.

V. Bagnoud, J. Puth, I. Begishev, M. Guardalben, J. D. Zuegel, N. Forget, C. Le Blanc, and J. Bromage, in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (CLEO) (Optical Society of America, 2005).

Brown, C. G.

Butkus, R.

Collier, J. L.

Comaskey, B. J.

Danielius, R.

Danson, C. N.

Dubietis, A.

R. Butkus, R. Danielius, A. Dubietis, A. Piskarskas, and A. Stabinis, Appl. Phys. B 79, 693 (2004).
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A. Dubietis, G. Jonusauskas, and A. Piskarskas, Opt. Commun. 88, 437 (1992).
[CrossRef]

Ebbers, C. A.

Forget, N.

I. Jovanovic, C. G. Brown, C. A. Ebbers, C. P. J. Barty, N. Forget, and C. Le Blanc, Opt. Lett. 30, 1036 (2005).
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Fuji, T.

Fujita, H.

Guardalben, M.

V. Bagnoud, I. Begishev, M. Guardalben, J. Puth, and J. Zuegel, Opt. Lett. 30, 1843 (2005).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

V. Bagnoud, J. Puth, I. Begishev, M. Guardalben, J. D. Zuegel, N. Forget, C. Le Blanc, and J. Bromage, in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (CLEO) (Optical Society of America, 2005).

Hernandez-Gomez, C.

Ishii, E.

Ishii, N.

Izawa, Y.

Jonusauskas, G.

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

Jovanovic, I.

Kitagawa, Y.

Kodama, R.

Krausz, F.

Langley, A. J.

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

Le Blanc, C.

I. Jovanovic, C. G. Brown, C. A. Ebbers, C. P. J. Barty, N. Forget, and C. Le Blanc, Opt. Lett. 30, 1036 (2005).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

V. Bagnoud, J. Puth, I. Begishev, M. Guardalben, J. D. Zuegel, N. Forget, C. Le Blanc, and J. Bromage, in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (CLEO) (Optical Society of America, 2005).

Leng, Y.

Li, R.

Lin, L.

Lu, H.

Matousek, P.

Morse, E. C.

Neely, D.

Osvay, K.

Pennington, D. M.

Pepler, D. A.

Piskarskas, A.

N. Ishii, L. Turi, V. S. Yakovlev, T. Fuji, F. Krausz, A. Baltuska, R. Butkus, G. Veitas, V. Smilgevicius, R. Danielius, and A. Piskarskas, Opt. Lett. 30, 567 (2005).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

R. Butkus, R. Danielius, A. Dubietis, A. Piskarskas, and A. Stabinis, Appl. Phys. B 79, 693 (2004).
[CrossRef]

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

Puth, J.

V. Bagnoud, I. Begishev, M. Guardalben, J. Puth, and J. Zuegel, Opt. Lett. 30, 1843 (2005).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

V. Bagnoud, J. Puth, I. Begishev, M. Guardalben, J. D. Zuegel, N. Forget, C. Le Blanc, and J. Bromage, in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (CLEO) (Optical Society of America, 2005).

Ross, I. N.

Schmidt, J. R.

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

Smilgevicius, V.

Stabinis, A.

R. Butkus, R. Danielius, A. Dubietis, A. Piskarskas, and A. Stabinis, Appl. Phys. B 79, 693 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Tang, B.

Towrie, M.

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

Turi, L.

Veitas, G.

Xu, Z.

Yakovlev, V. S.

Yamanaka, T.

Yang, X.

Yin, D.

Yoshida, H.

Zhang, W.

Zhang, Z.

Zuegel, J.

Zuegel, J. D.

V. Bagnoud, J. Puth, I. Begishev, M. Guardalben, J. D. Zuegel, N. Forget, C. Le Blanc, and J. Bromage, in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (CLEO) (Optical Society of America, 2005).

Appl. Opt. (2)

Appl. Phys. B (1)

R. Butkus, R. Danielius, A. Dubietis, A. Piskarskas, and A. Stabinis, Appl. Phys. B 79, 693 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Appl. Phys. Lett. (1)

I. Jovanovic, J. R. Schmidt, and C. A. Ebbers, Appl. Phys. Lett. 83, 4125 (2003).
[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. (5)

Other (1)

V. Bagnoud, J. Puth, I. Begishev, M. Guardalben, J. D. Zuegel, N. Forget, C. Le Blanc, and J. Bromage, in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (CLEO) (Optical Society of America, 2005).

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Figures (3)

Fig. 1
Fig. 1

Dashed curve, spectrum of the chirped pulses seeded into the OPCPA ( 200 μ J ) . Solid curve, spectrum of an amplified pulse ( 5 mJ ) .

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

(a) Cross-correlation signal of nonamplified pulses (lighter curve) and amplified pulses (darker curve). (b) Cross-correlation signal of amplified pulses (lighter curve) and cross correlation computed from experimental spectra (darker curve).

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

Pump pulse temporal profile on (a) a 20 ns scale and (b) a 1 ns scale. Dashed curve, 8.2 ns FWHM Gaussian fit.

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