Abstract

We demonstrate a double chirped-pulse-amplification (CPA) Ti:sapphire laser system that includes two CPA stages with intermediate nonlinear temporal pulse filtering. The method makes it possible to reduce substantially the background of amplified spontaneous emission (ASE), including prepulses and postpulses. An ASE temporal contrast of 1010 was demonstrated at 20 mJ of output energy and 50-fs pulse duration. The demonstrated scheme is applicable to petawatt power-level laser systems.

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Aoyama, M.

Audebert, P.

G. Doumy, F. Quéré, O. Gobert, M. Perdrix, Ph. Martin, P. Audebert, J. C. Gauthier, J.-P. Geindre, and T. Wittmann, Phys. Rev. E 69, 026402 (2004).
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Auguste, T.

Bahk, S.-W.

S.-W. Bahk, V. Chvykov, G. Kalintchenko, A. Maksimchuk, G. A. Mourou, N. Saleh, and V. Yanovsky, Ultrafast Optics IV, Vol. 95 of Springer Series in Optical Sciences (Springer-Verlag, Berlin, 2004), p. 329.
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Chambaret, J. P.

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J.-P. Chambaret, Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics/Technical Digest on CD-ROM (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 2004), paper JTuG2.

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A. Jullien, F. Augé-Rochereau, G. Chériaux, J. P. Chambaret, P. d’Oliveira, T. Auguste, and F. Falcoz, Opt. Lett. 29, 2184 (2004).
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M. Pittman, S. Ferré, J. P. Russeau, L. Notebaert, J. P. Chambaret, and G. Chériaux, Appl. Phys. B 74, 529 (2002).
[CrossRef]

Chvykov, V.

S.-W. Bahk, V. Chvykov, G. Kalintchenko, A. Maksimchuk, G. A. Mourou, N. Saleh, and V. Yanovsky, Ultrafast Optics IV, Vol. 95 of Springer Series in Optical Sciences (Springer-Verlag, Berlin, 2004), p. 329.
[CrossRef]

Collier, J. L.

Csatári, M.

K. Osvay, M. Csatári, A. Gaál, and I. Ross, J. Chin. Chem. Soc. (Taipei) 47, 855 (2000).

d’Oliveira, P.

Danson, C. N.

Doumy, G.

G. Doumy, F. Quéré, O. Gobert, M. Perdrix, Ph. Martin, P. Audebert, J. C. Gauthier, J.-P. Geindre, and T. Wittmann, Phys. Rev. E 69, 026402 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Falcoz, F.

Faure, J.

J. Itatani, J. Faure, M. Nantel, G. Mourou, and S. Watanabe, Opt. Commun. 148, 70 (1998).
[CrossRef]

Ferré, S.

M. Pittman, S. Ferré, J. P. Russeau, L. Notebaert, J. P. Chambaret, and G. Chériaux, Appl. Phys. B 74, 529 (2002).
[CrossRef]

Fujita, 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]

Gaál, A.

K. Osvay, M. Csatári, A. Gaál, and I. Ross, J. Chin. Chem. Soc. (Taipei) 47, 855 (2000).

Gaeta, A. L.

Gauthier, J. C.

G. Doumy, F. Quéré, O. Gobert, M. Perdrix, Ph. Martin, P. Audebert, J. C. Gauthier, J.-P. Geindre, and T. Wittmann, Phys. Rev. E 69, 026402 (2004).
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Geindre, J.-P.

G. Doumy, F. Quéré, O. Gobert, M. Perdrix, Ph. Martin, P. Audebert, J. C. Gauthier, J.-P. Geindre, and T. Wittmann, Phys. Rev. E 69, 026402 (2004).
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Gobert, O.

G. Doumy, F. Quéré, O. Gobert, M. Perdrix, Ph. Martin, P. Audebert, J. C. Gauthier, J.-P. Geindre, and T. Wittmann, Phys. Rev. E 69, 026402 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Hernandez-Gomez, C.

Herrmann, J.

Homoelle, D.

Husakou, A.

Inoue, N.

Itatani, J.

J. Itatani, J. Faure, M. Nantel, G. Mourou, and S. Watanabe, Opt. Commun. 148, 70 (1998).
[CrossRef]

Izawa, Y.

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]

Jitsuno, T.

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]

Jullien, A.

Kalachnikov, M. P.

M. P. Kalachnikov, V. Karpov, H. Schoennagel, and W. Sandner, Laser Phys. 12, 368 (2002).

Kalashnikov, M. P.

Kalintchenko, G.

S.-W. Bahk, V. Chvykov, G. Kalintchenko, A. Maksimchuk, G. A. Mourou, N. Saleh, and V. Yanovsky, Ultrafast Optics IV, Vol. 95 of Springer Series in Optical Sciences (Springer-Verlag, Berlin, 2004), p. 329.
[CrossRef]

Kanabe, T.

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]

Karpov, V.

M. P. Kalachnikov, V. Karpov, H. Schoennagel, and W. Sandner, Laser Phys. 12, 368 (2002).

Kawasaki, T.

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]

Kiriyama, H.

Kitagawa, Y.

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).
[CrossRef]

Ma, J.

Maksimchuk, A.

S.-W. Bahk, V. Chvykov, G. Kalintchenko, A. Maksimchuk, G. A. Mourou, N. Saleh, and V. Yanovsky, Ultrafast Optics IV, Vol. 95 of Springer Series in Optical Sciences (Springer-Verlag, Berlin, 2004), p. 329.
[CrossRef]

Martin, Ph.

G. Doumy, F. Quéré, O. Gobert, M. Perdrix, Ph. Martin, P. Audebert, J. C. Gauthier, J.-P. Geindre, and T. Wittmann, Phys. Rev. E 69, 026402 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Matousek, P.

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).
[CrossRef]

Miyanaga, N.

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]

Mourou, G.

D. Homoelle, A. L. Gaeta, V. Yanovsky, and G. Mourou, Opt. Lett. 27, 1646 (2002).
[CrossRef]

J. Itatani, J. Faure, M. Nantel, G. Mourou, and S. Watanabe, Opt. Commun. 148, 70 (1998).
[CrossRef]

Mourou, G. A.

S.-W. Bahk, V. Chvykov, G. Kalintchenko, A. Maksimchuk, G. A. Mourou, N. Saleh, and V. Yanovsky, Ultrafast Optics IV, Vol. 95 of Springer Series in Optical Sciences (Springer-Verlag, Berlin, 2004), p. 329.
[CrossRef]

Nantel, M.

J. Itatani, J. Faure, M. Nantel, G. Mourou, and S. Watanabe, Opt. Commun. 148, 70 (1998).
[CrossRef]

Neely, D.

Notebaert, L.

M. Pittman, S. Ferré, J. P. Russeau, L. Notebaert, J. P. Chambaret, and G. Chériaux, Appl. Phys. B 74, 529 (2002).
[CrossRef]

Osvay, K.

Pepler, D. A.

Perdrix, M.

G. Doumy, F. Quéré, O. Gobert, M. Perdrix, Ph. Martin, P. Audebert, J. C. Gauthier, J.-P. Geindre, and T. Wittmann, Phys. Rev. E 69, 026402 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Pittman, M.

M. Pittman, S. Ferré, J. P. Russeau, L. Notebaert, J. P. Chambaret, and G. Chériaux, Appl. Phys. B 74, 529 (2002).
[CrossRef]

Quéré, F.

G. Doumy, F. Quéré, O. Gobert, M. Perdrix, Ph. Martin, P. Audebert, J. C. Gauthier, J.-P. Geindre, and T. Wittmann, Phys. Rev. E 69, 026402 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Risse, E.

Ross, I.

K. Osvay, M. Csatári, A. Gaál, and I. Ross, J. Chin. Chem. Soc. (Taipei) 47, 855 (2000).

Ross, I. N.

Russeau, J. P.

M. Pittman, S. Ferré, J. P. Russeau, L. Notebaert, J. P. Chambaret, and G. Chériaux, Appl. Phys. B 74, 529 (2002).
[CrossRef]

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]

Saleh, N.

S.-W. Bahk, V. Chvykov, G. Kalintchenko, A. Maksimchuk, G. A. Mourou, N. Saleh, and V. Yanovsky, Ultrafast Optics IV, Vol. 95 of Springer Series in Optical Sciences (Springer-Verlag, Berlin, 2004), p. 329.
[CrossRef]

Sandner, W.

Schoennagel, H.

M. P. Kalachnikov, V. Karpov, H. Schoennagel, and W. Sandner, Laser Phys. 12, 368 (2002).

Schönnagel, H.

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]

Ueda, H.

Watanabe, S.

J. Itatani, J. Faure, M. Nantel, G. Mourou, and S. Watanabe, Opt. Commun. 148, 70 (1998).
[CrossRef]

Wittmann, T.

G. Doumy, F. Quéré, O. Gobert, M. Perdrix, Ph. Martin, P. Audebert, J. C. Gauthier, J.-P. Geindre, and T. Wittmann, Phys. Rev. E 69, 026402 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Yamakawa, K.

Yanovsky, V.

D. Homoelle, A. L. Gaeta, V. Yanovsky, and G. Mourou, Opt. Lett. 27, 1646 (2002).
[CrossRef]

S.-W. Bahk, V. Chvykov, G. Kalintchenko, A. Maksimchuk, G. A. Mourou, N. Saleh, and V. Yanovsky, Ultrafast Optics IV, Vol. 95 of Springer Series in Optical Sciences (Springer-Verlag, Berlin, 2004), p. 329.
[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]

Appl. Opt.

Appl. Phys. B

M. Pittman, S. Ferré, J. P. Russeau, L. Notebaert, J. P. Chambaret, and G. Chériaux, Appl. Phys. B 74, 529 (2002).
[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. Chin. Chem. Soc. (Taipei)

K. Osvay, M. Csatári, A. Gaál, and I. Ross, J. Chin. Chem. Soc. (Taipei) 47, 855 (2000).

Laser Phys.

M. P. Kalachnikov, V. Karpov, H. Schoennagel, and W. Sandner, Laser Phys. 12, 368 (2002).

Opt. Commun.

J. Itatani, J. Faure, M. Nantel, G. Mourou, and S. Watanabe, Opt. Commun. 148, 70 (1998).
[CrossRef]

Opt. Express

Opt. Lett.

Phys. Rev. E

G. Doumy, F. Quéré, O. Gobert, M. Perdrix, Ph. Martin, P. Audebert, J. C. Gauthier, J.-P. Geindre, and T. Wittmann, Phys. Rev. E 69, 026402 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Other

S.-W. Bahk, V. Chvykov, G. Kalintchenko, A. Maksimchuk, G. A. Mourou, N. Saleh, and V. Yanovsky, Ultrafast Optics IV, Vol. 95 of Springer Series in Optical Sciences (Springer-Verlag, Berlin, 2004), p. 329.
[CrossRef]

J.-P. Chambaret, Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics/Technical Digest on CD-ROM (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 2004), paper JTuG2.

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Fig. 1
Fig. 1

Schematic of the DCPA laser: Grs, diffraction gratings; RRs, retroreflectors; PCs, Pockels cells; M1, M2, mirrors of the multipass amplifier, f = 42 , 50 cm; FM, flat mirror of the stretcher.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

Comparison of the recompressed pulses of the 2-mJ CPA laser (lighter band) and the 20-mJ DCPA laser pulses (darker band). The curves were recorded by the third-order high-dynamic-range cross correlator. The low-intensity leading edges of the pulses are artifacts generated by the cross correlator. The energy entering the correlator in both cases is 1 mJ .

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