Abstract

A noncollinearly phase-matched optical parametric amplifier pumped by a commercial 2MHz fiber laser is presented and discussed. The pump system allows the direct generation of a seed continuum from a sapphire plate. Clean pulses with up to 860nJ energy and down to 14fs pulse length can be obtained over a fundamental tuning range from 620 to 970nm. Conversion by second- and third-harmonic generation as well as sum frequency mixing results in an extended tuning range down to well below 300nm.

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