Abstract

By seeding a noncollinear optical parametric amplifier with a photonic crystal fiber supercontinuum, temporally well-defined amplified output pulses have been generated with durations down to 13fs. The phase of the supercontinuum seed has been characterized by the ZAP-SPIDER technique and can be tailored with a femtosecond pulse shaper. Thus, a very flexible source for arbitrarily shaped, amplified ultrashort laser pulses has been realized.

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

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Figures (4)

Fig. 1
Fig. 1

Experimental setup for parametric amplification of a PCF-generated supercontinuum. A liquid-crystal-based phase modulator (LC-SLM) in combination with a ZAP-SPIDER for phase characterization is used for seed pulse modulation of the nc-OPA.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

PCF supercontinuum pulse compression by ZAP-SPIDER and femtosecond pulse shaper in two iterations. The SPIDER interferogram is shifted to the fundamental wavelength for direct comparison.

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

Compensation of experimental dispersion contribution by measuring a dispersion-free autocorrelation against a linear chirp superimposed onto the supercontinuum compression phase.

Fig. 4
Fig. 4

(a) Autocorrelation of the amplified output pulse (output spectrum shown in the inset; the dashed line indicates the rising transform limit). (b) Frequency-resolved optical gating trace of multipulse generated by adding a sinus phase modulation to the compression phase of the shaper.

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