Abstract

We demonstrate an order-of-magnitude energy scaling of a white-light seeded noncollinear optical parametric amplifier in the visible. The generated pulses, tunable between 520 and 650nm with sub-25-fs duration, had energies up to 310μJ with 20% blue-pump-to-signal energy conversion efficiency at 540nm. This new ultrafast source will make possible numerous extreme nonlinear optics applications. As a first application, we demonstrate the generation of tunable vacuum ultraviolet pulses.

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S. Backus, C. G. Durfee III, M. Murnane, and H. C. Kapteyn, Rev. Sci. Instrum. 69, 1207 (1998).
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Baltuska, A.

Baum, P.

Beutter, M.

E. Riedle, M. Beutter, S. Lochbrunner, J. Piel, S. Schenkl, S. Spoerlein, and W. Zinth, Appl. Phys. B 71, 457 (2000).

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Z. Bor and B. Rácz, Opt. Commun. 54, 165 (1985).
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Breuer, M.

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C. Manzoni, D. Polli, and G. Cerullo, Rev. Sci. Instrum. 77, 023103 (2006).
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G. Cerullo and S. De Silvestri, Rev. Sci. Instrum. 74, 1 (2003).
[CrossRef]

Chang, Z.

C. G. Durfee III, A. Rundquist, S. Backus, Z. Chang, C. Herne, H. C. Kapteyn, and M. M. Murnane, J. Nonlinear Opt. Phys. Mater. 8, 211 (1999).
[CrossRef]

Danielius, R.

De Silvestri, S.

G. Cerullo and S. De Silvestri, Rev. Sci. Instrum. 74, 1 (2003).
[CrossRef]

Di Trapani, P.

Dubietis, A.

Durfee, C. G.

C. G. Durfee III, S. Backus, H. C. Kapteyn, and M. M. Murnane, Opt. Lett. 24, 697 (1999).
[CrossRef]

C. G. Durfee III, A. Rundquist, S. Backus, Z. Chang, C. Herne, H. C. Kapteyn, and M. M. Murnane, J. Nonlinear Opt. Phys. Mater. 8, 211 (1999).
[CrossRef]

S. Backus, C. G. Durfee III, M. Murnane, and H. C. Kapteyn, Rev. Sci. Instrum. 69, 1207 (1998).
[CrossRef]

Eichberger, R.

Eikema, K. S. E.

Engers, T.

H. Schulz, H. Scheuler, T. Engers, and D. von der Linde, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 25, 2580 (1989).
[CrossRef]

Ernstorfer, R.

Foggi, P.

Freyer, W.

P. Tzankov, O. Steinkellner, J. Zheng, A. Husakou, J. Herrmann, W. Freyer, V. Petrov, and F. Noack, in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (Optical Society of America, 2006), paper CMEE4.

Fuji, T.

Gundlach, L.

Herne, C.

C. G. Durfee III, A. Rundquist, S. Backus, Z. Chang, C. Herne, H. C. Kapteyn, and M. M. Murnane, J. Nonlinear Opt. Phys. Mater. 8, 211 (1999).
[CrossRef]

Herrmann, J.

P. Tzankov, O. Steinkellner, J. Zheng, A. Husakou, J. Herrmann, W. Freyer, V. Petrov, and F. Noack, in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (Optical Society of America, 2006), paper CMEE4.

Hogervorst, W.

Husakou, A.

P. Tzankov, O. Steinkellner, J. Zheng, A. Husakou, J. Herrmann, W. Freyer, V. Petrov, and F. Noack, in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (Optical Society of America, 2006), paper CMEE4.

Ishii, N.

Kapteyn, H. C.

C. G. Durfee III, S. Backus, H. C. Kapteyn, and M. M. Murnane, Opt. Lett. 24, 697 (1999).
[CrossRef]

C. G. Durfee III, A. Rundquist, S. Backus, Z. Chang, C. Herne, H. C. Kapteyn, and M. M. Murnane, J. Nonlinear Opt. Phys. Mater. 8, 211 (1999).
[CrossRef]

S. Backus, C. G. Durfee III, M. Murnane, and H. C. Kapteyn, Rev. Sci. Instrum. 69, 1207 (1998).
[CrossRef]

Kobayashi, T.

Krausz, F.

Lochbrunner, S.

E. Riedle, M. Beutter, S. Lochbrunner, J. Piel, S. Schenkl, S. Spoerlein, and W. Zinth, Appl. Phys. B 71, 457 (2000).

Manzoni, C.

C. Manzoni, D. Polli, and G. Cerullo, Rev. Sci. Instrum. 77, 023103 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Murnane, M.

S. Backus, C. G. Durfee III, M. Murnane, and H. C. Kapteyn, Rev. Sci. Instrum. 69, 1207 (1998).
[CrossRef]

Murnane, M. M.

C. G. Durfee III, A. Rundquist, S. Backus, Z. Chang, C. Herne, H. C. Kapteyn, and M. M. Murnane, J. Nonlinear Opt. Phys. Mater. 8, 211 (1999).
[CrossRef]

C. G. Durfee III, S. Backus, H. C. Kapteyn, and M. M. Murnane, Opt. Lett. 24, 697 (1999).
[CrossRef]

Noack, F.

P. Tzankov, O. Steinkellner, J. Zheng, A. Husakou, J. Herrmann, W. Freyer, V. Petrov, and F. Noack, in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (Optical Society of America, 2006), paper CMEE4.

Petrov, V.

P. Tzankov, O. Steinkellner, J. Zheng, A. Husakou, J. Herrmann, W. Freyer, V. Petrov, and F. Noack, in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (Optical Society of America, 2006), paper CMEE4.

Piel, J.

J. Piel, E. Riedle, L. Gundlach, R. Ernstorfer, and R. Eichberger, Opt. Lett. 31, 1289 (2006).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

E. Riedle, M. Beutter, S. Lochbrunner, J. Piel, S. Schenkl, S. Spoerlein, and W. Zinth, Appl. Phys. B 71, 457 (2000).

Piskarskas, A.

Polli, D.

C. Manzoni, D. Polli, and G. Cerullo, Rev. Sci. Instrum. 77, 023103 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Rácz, B.

Z. Bor and B. Rácz, Opt. Commun. 54, 165 (1985).
[CrossRef]

Riedle, E.

Rundquist, A.

C. G. Durfee III, A. Rundquist, S. Backus, Z. Chang, C. Herne, H. C. Kapteyn, and M. M. Murnane, J. Nonlinear Opt. Phys. Mater. 8, 211 (1999).
[CrossRef]

Sakane, I.

Schenkl, S.

E. Riedle, M. Beutter, S. Lochbrunner, J. Piel, S. Schenkl, S. Spoerlein, and W. Zinth, Appl. Phys. B 71, 457 (2000).

Scheuler, H.

H. Schulz, H. Scheuler, T. Engers, and D. von der Linde, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 25, 2580 (1989).
[CrossRef]

Schulz, H.

H. Schulz, H. Scheuler, T. Engers, and D. von der Linde, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 25, 2580 (1989).
[CrossRef]

Shen, Y. R.

Y. R. Shen, Prog. Quantum Electron. 4, 1 (1975).
[CrossRef]

Shirakawa, A.

Smilgevicius, V.

Solcia, C.

Spoerlein, S.

E. Riedle, M. Beutter, S. Lochbrunner, J. Piel, S. Schenkl, S. Spoerlein, and W. Zinth, Appl. Phys. B 71, 457 (2000).

Steinkellner, O.

P. Tzankov and O. Steinkellner, in Proceedings of IEEE Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics Europe (IEEE, 2005), paper CA8-1-TUE.

P. Tzankov, O. Steinkellner, J. Zheng, A. Husakou, J. Herrmann, W. Freyer, V. Petrov, and F. Noack, in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (Optical Society of America, 2006), paper CMEE4.

Steinmeyer, G.

Turi, L.

Tzankov, P.

P. Tzankov, O. Steinkellner, J. Zheng, A. Husakou, J. Herrmann, W. Freyer, V. Petrov, and F. Noack, in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (Optical Society of America, 2006), paper CMEE4.

P. Tzankov and O. Steinkellner, in Proceedings of IEEE Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics Europe (IEEE, 2005), paper CA8-1-TUE.

Veitas, G.

von der Linde, D.

H. Schulz, H. Scheuler, T. Engers, and D. von der Linde, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 25, 2580 (1989).
[CrossRef]

Witte, S.

Yakovlev, V.

Zheng, J.

P. Tzankov, O. Steinkellner, J. Zheng, A. Husakou, J. Herrmann, W. Freyer, V. Petrov, and F. Noack, in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (Optical Society of America, 2006), paper CMEE4.

Zinkstok, R. T.

Zinth, W.

E. Riedle, M. Beutter, S. Lochbrunner, J. Piel, S. Schenkl, S. Spoerlein, and W. Zinth, Appl. Phys. B 71, 457 (2000).

Appl. Phys. B (1)

E. Riedle, M. Beutter, S. Lochbrunner, J. Piel, S. Schenkl, S. Spoerlein, and W. Zinth, Appl. Phys. B 71, 457 (2000).

IEEE J. Quantum Electron. (1)

H. Schulz, H. Scheuler, T. Engers, and D. von der Linde, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 25, 2580 (1989).
[CrossRef]

J. Nonlinear Opt. Phys. Mater. (1)

C. G. Durfee III, A. Rundquist, S. Backus, Z. Chang, C. Herne, H. C. Kapteyn, and M. M. Murnane, J. Nonlinear Opt. Phys. Mater. 8, 211 (1999).
[CrossRef]

J. Opt. Soc. Am. B (1)

Opt. Commun. (1)

Z. Bor and B. Rácz, Opt. Commun. 54, 165 (1985).
[CrossRef]

Opt. Express (1)

Opt. Lett. (6)

Prog. Quantum Electron. (1)

Y. R. Shen, Prog. Quantum Electron. 4, 1 (1975).
[CrossRef]

Rev. Sci. Instrum. (3)

S. Backus, C. G. Durfee III, M. Murnane, and H. C. Kapteyn, Rev. Sci. Instrum. 69, 1207 (1998).
[CrossRef]

G. Cerullo and S. De Silvestri, Rev. Sci. Instrum. 74, 1 (2003).
[CrossRef]

C. Manzoni, D. Polli, and G. Cerullo, Rev. Sci. Instrum. 77, 023103 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Other (2)

P. Tzankov and O. Steinkellner, in Proceedings of IEEE Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics Europe (IEEE, 2005), paper CA8-1-TUE.

P. Tzankov, O. Steinkellner, J. Zheng, A. Husakou, J. Herrmann, W. Freyer, V. Petrov, and F. Noack, in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (Optical Society of America, 2006), paper CMEE4.

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Figures (4)

Fig. 1
Fig. 1

Schematic of the experimental setup. Sa, sapphire plate; 1:4 and 3:1, Galilean telescopes; P, periscope.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

Energy (squares) and normalized spectra (solid curves) of the tunable NOPA output pulses.

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

Third-order self-diffraction autocorrelation traces (top panel) of three NOPA pulses with their corresponding normalized spectra (bottom panel). The FWHM pulse durations were 22.0, 19.4, and 20.0 fs , assuming sech 2 pulse shapes.

Fig. 4
Fig. 4

Schematic of the experimental setup for generation of tunable femtosecond VUV pulses (Ref. [18]). DL, delay line; HW, hollow waveguide. Inset, normalized spectra of the generated VUV pulses.

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