Abstract

We demonstrate a novel technique for pulse compression of few-millijoule pulses with shorter than 10 fs duration. Our technique relies on spectral broadening in a white-light filament generated in a noble gas. In this filament we observe self-compression of 45 fs pulses down to below 8 fs duration without the need for any additional dispersion compensation. Using input pulses of 5 mJ, we generate compressed pulses with up to 3.8 mJ pulse energy. Therefore this method is much more efficient than previously demonstrated compression schemes. The generated peak powers of more than 100 GW at a kilohertz repetition rate open up a perspective for compression of few-cycle pulses with energies well beyond the capacity of hollow-fiber compressors.

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C. P. Hauri, W. Kornelis, F. W. Helbing, A. Heinrich, A. Couairon, A. Mysyrowicz, J. Biegert and U. Keller, Appl. Phys. B 79, 673 (2004).
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Helbing, F. W.

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[CrossRef]

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Krausz, F.

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H. R. Lange, G. Grillon, J. F. Ripoche, M. A. Franco, B. Lamouroux, B. S. Prade, A. Mysyrowicz, E. T. J. Nibbering, and A. Chiron, Opt. Lett. 23, 120 (1998).
[CrossRef]

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Liu, X.

Midorikawa, K.

A. Suda, M. Hatayama, K. Nagasaka, and K. Midorikawa, Appl. Phys. Lett. 86, 111116 (2005).
[CrossRef]

Mourou, G.

Murnane, M. M.

N. L. Wagner, E. A. Gibson, T. Popmintchev, I. P. Christov, M. M. Murnane, and H. C. Kapteyn, Phys. Rev. Lett. 93, 173902 (2004).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Mysyrowicz, A.

C. P. Hauri, W. Kornelis, F. W. Helbing, A. Heinrich, A. Couairon, A. Mysyrowicz, J. Biegert and U. Keller, Appl. Phys. B 79, 673 (2004).
[CrossRef]

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[CrossRef]

H. R. Lange, J.-F. Ripoche, A. A. Chiron, B. Lamouroux, M. A. Franco, B. Prade, E. T. J. Nibbering, and A. Mysyrowicz, in International Quantum Electronics Conference (IQEC 98) (Optical Society of America, 1998), p. 243.

Nagasaka, K.

A. Suda, M. Hatayama, K. Nagasaka, and K. Midorikawa, Appl. Phys. Lett. 86, 111116 (2005).
[CrossRef]

Nibbering, E. T.

H. R. Lange, G. Grillon, J. F. Ripoche, M. A. Franco, B. Lamouroux, B. S. Prade, A. Mysyrowicz, E. T. J. Nibbering, and A. Chiron, Opt. Lett. 23, 120 (1998).
[CrossRef]

H. R. Lange, J.-F. Ripoche, A. A. Chiron, B. Lamouroux, M. A. Franco, B. Prade, E. T. J. Nibbering, and A. Mysyrowicz, in International Quantum Electronics Conference (IQEC 98) (Optical Society of America, 1998), p. 243.

Niedermeier, S.

R. Rairoux, H. Schillinger, S. Niedermeier, M. Rodriguez, F. Ronneberger, R. Sauerbrey, B. Stein, D. Waite, C. Wedekind, H. Wille, L. Wöste, and C. Ziener, Appl. Phys. B 71, 573 (2000).
[CrossRef]

Nisoli, M.

Popmintchev, T.

N. L. Wagner, E. A. Gibson, T. Popmintchev, I. P. Christov, M. M. Murnane, and H. C. Kapteyn, Phys. Rev. Lett. 93, 173902 (2004).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Prade, B.

H. R. Lange, J.-F. Ripoche, A. A. Chiron, B. Lamouroux, M. A. Franco, B. Prade, E. T. J. Nibbering, and A. Mysyrowicz, in International Quantum Electronics Conference (IQEC 98) (Optical Society of America, 1998), p. 243.

Prade, B. S.

Rairoux, R.

R. Rairoux, H. Schillinger, S. Niedermeier, M. Rodriguez, F. Ronneberger, R. Sauerbrey, B. Stein, D. Waite, C. Wedekind, H. Wille, L. Wöste, and C. Ziener, Appl. Phys. B 71, 573 (2000).
[CrossRef]

Ripoche, J. F.

Ripoche, J.-F.

H. R. Lange, J.-F. Ripoche, A. A. Chiron, B. Lamouroux, M. A. Franco, B. Prade, E. T. J. Nibbering, and A. Mysyrowicz, in International Quantum Electronics Conference (IQEC 98) (Optical Society of America, 1998), p. 243.

Rodriguez, M.

R. Rairoux, H. Schillinger, S. Niedermeier, M. Rodriguez, F. Ronneberger, R. Sauerbrey, B. Stein, D. Waite, C. Wedekind, H. Wille, L. Wöste, and C. Ziener, Appl. Phys. B 71, 573 (2000).
[CrossRef]

Ronneberger, F.

R. Rairoux, H. Schillinger, S. Niedermeier, M. Rodriguez, F. Ronneberger, R. Sauerbrey, B. Stein, D. Waite, C. Wedekind, H. Wille, L. Wöste, and C. Ziener, Appl. Phys. B 71, 573 (2000).
[CrossRef]

Sartania, S.

Sauerbrey, R.

R. Rairoux, H. Schillinger, S. Niedermeier, M. Rodriguez, F. Ronneberger, R. Sauerbrey, B. Stein, D. Waite, C. Wedekind, H. Wille, L. Wöste, and C. Ziener, Appl. Phys. B 71, 573 (2000).
[CrossRef]

Schillinger, H.

R. Rairoux, H. Schillinger, S. Niedermeier, M. Rodriguez, F. Ronneberger, R. Sauerbrey, B. Stein, D. Waite, C. Wedekind, H. Wille, L. Wöste, and C. Ziener, Appl. Phys. B 71, 573 (2000).
[CrossRef]

Shverdin, M. Y.

M. Y. Shverdin, D. R. Walker, D. D. Yavuz, G. Y. Yin, and S. E. Harris, Phys. Rev. Lett. 94, 033904 (2005).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Spielmann, C.

Squier, J.

Stein, B.

R. Rairoux, H. Schillinger, S. Niedermeier, M. Rodriguez, F. Ronneberger, R. Sauerbrey, B. Stein, D. Waite, C. Wedekind, H. Wille, L. Wöste, and C. Ziener, Appl. Phys. B 71, 573 (2000).
[CrossRef]

Steinmeyer, G.

Stibenz, G.

Suda, A.

A. Suda, M. Hatayama, K. Nagasaka, and K. Midorikawa, Appl. Phys. Lett. 86, 111116 (2005).
[CrossRef]

Svelto, O.

Szipöcs, R.

Wagner, N. L.

N. L. Wagner, E. A. Gibson, T. Popmintchev, I. P. Christov, M. M. Murnane, and H. C. Kapteyn, Phys. Rev. Lett. 93, 173902 (2004).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Waite, D.

R. Rairoux, H. Schillinger, S. Niedermeier, M. Rodriguez, F. Ronneberger, R. Sauerbrey, B. Stein, D. Waite, C. Wedekind, H. Wille, L. Wöste, and C. Ziener, Appl. Phys. B 71, 573 (2000).
[CrossRef]

Walker, D. R.

M. Y. Shverdin, D. R. Walker, D. D. Yavuz, G. Y. Yin, and S. E. Harris, Phys. Rev. Lett. 94, 033904 (2005).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Wedekind, C.

R. Rairoux, H. Schillinger, S. Niedermeier, M. Rodriguez, F. Ronneberger, R. Sauerbrey, B. Stein, D. Waite, C. Wedekind, H. Wille, L. Wöste, and C. Ziener, Appl. Phys. B 71, 573 (2000).
[CrossRef]

Wille, H.

R. Rairoux, H. Schillinger, S. Niedermeier, M. Rodriguez, F. Ronneberger, R. Sauerbrey, B. Stein, D. Waite, C. Wedekind, H. Wille, L. Wöste, and C. Ziener, Appl. Phys. B 71, 573 (2000).
[CrossRef]

Wöste, L.

R. Rairoux, H. Schillinger, S. Niedermeier, M. Rodriguez, F. Ronneberger, R. Sauerbrey, B. Stein, D. Waite, C. Wedekind, H. Wille, L. Wöste, and C. Ziener, Appl. Phys. B 71, 573 (2000).
[CrossRef]

Yavuz, D. D.

M. Y. Shverdin, D. R. Walker, D. D. Yavuz, G. Y. Yin, and S. E. Harris, Phys. Rev. Lett. 94, 033904 (2005).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Yin, G. Y.

M. Y. Shverdin, D. R. Walker, D. D. Yavuz, G. Y. Yin, and S. E. Harris, Phys. Rev. Lett. 94, 033904 (2005).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Zhavoronkov, N.

N. Zhavoronkov, Y. Gritsai, G. Korn, and T. Elsaesser, Appl. Phys. B 79, 663 (2004).
[CrossRef]

N. Zhavoronkov and G. Korn, Phys. Rev. Lett. 88, 203901 (2002).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Ziener, C.

R. Rairoux, H. Schillinger, S. Niedermeier, M. Rodriguez, F. Ronneberger, R. Sauerbrey, B. Stein, D. Waite, C. Wedekind, H. Wille, L. Wöste, and C. Ziener, Appl. Phys. B 71, 573 (2000).
[CrossRef]

Appl. Phys. B

C. P. Hauri, W. Kornelis, F. W. Helbing, A. Heinrich, A. Couairon, A. Mysyrowicz, J. Biegert and U. Keller, Appl. Phys. B 79, 673 (2004).
[CrossRef]

R. Rairoux, H. Schillinger, S. Niedermeier, M. Rodriguez, F. Ronneberger, R. Sauerbrey, B. Stein, D. Waite, C. Wedekind, H. Wille, L. Wöste, and C. Ziener, Appl. Phys. B 71, 573 (2000).
[CrossRef]

N. Zhavoronkov, Y. Gritsai, G. Korn, and T. Elsaesser, Appl. Phys. B 79, 663 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Appl. Phys. Lett.

A. Suda, M. Hatayama, K. Nagasaka, and K. Midorikawa, Appl. Phys. Lett. 86, 111116 (2005).
[CrossRef]

Opt. Express

Opt. Lett.

Phys. Rev. E

S. Champeaux and L. Bergé, Phys. Rev. E 68, 066603 (2003).
[CrossRef]

Phys. Rev. Lett.

N. L. Wagner, E. A. Gibson, T. Popmintchev, I. P. Christov, M. M. Murnane, and H. C. Kapteyn, Phys. Rev. Lett. 93, 173902 (2004).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

N. Zhavoronkov and G. Korn, Phys. Rev. Lett. 88, 203901 (2002).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

M. Y. Shverdin, D. R. Walker, D. D. Yavuz, G. Y. Yin, and S. E. Harris, Phys. Rev. Lett. 94, 033904 (2005).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

A. L. Gaeta, Phys. Rev. Lett. 84, 3582 (2000).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

L. Bergé and A. Couairon, Phys. Rev. Lett. 86, 1003 (2001).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Other

H. R. Lange, J.-F. Ripoche, A. A. Chiron, B. Lamouroux, M. A. Franco, B. Prade, E. T. J. Nibbering, and A. Mysyrowicz, in International Quantum Electronics Conference (IQEC 98) (Optical Society of America, 1998), p. 243.

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Figures (3)

Fig. 1
Fig. 1

Self-compression of 45 fs pulses in a Kr filament at 30 kPa. Input energy, 2.5 mJ; output energy, 2 mJ. (a) Pulse shape of the input pulses. (b) Shape inside the cell directly before the output window. (c) Pulses at the compressor output. Trace (b) was calculated from the measured trace (c), based on the known dispersion of the materials (0.6 mm path length in fused silica and 2.5 m of air) in the beam path. The traces are offset with respect to each other for clarity.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

Pressure dependence of spectral broadening in a filament for Ar. The measurement at zero pressure shows some indications of self-phase modulation and two Raman lines at 780 and 820 nm. Inset, Fourier limit of the spectrum. Open symbols, multifilamentation.

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

Spectral power density d S ( ν ) d ν and measured spectral phase at the output of the compressor. Experimental conditions as in Fig. 1. The dashed curve corresponds to Fig. 1b, and the solid curve to Fig. 1c.

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