Abstract

We report a novel tilted pulse amplification technique that, in contrast with the chirped-pulse amplification method, allows stretching of ultrashort pulses independently upon the initial pulse bandwidth. A gain factor of 4.5 and good reconstruction of a 15ps pulse after stretching to 200ps in a double-pass end-pumped Nd:YAG amplifier have been achieved.

© 2006 Optical Society of America

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