Abstract

Efficient broadband four-wave optical parametric amplification in bulk Kerr medium (fused silica) is demonstrated by means of noncollinear phase matching and cylindrical focusing geometry without the onset of beam breakup and filamentation. Amplified signal energy as high as 180μJ with 1ps, 1.8mJ pumping at 1055nm is achieved with pump-to-signal energy conversion close to 10%. More than 70nm FWHM parametric gain bandwidth around 740nm is demonstrated without imposing angular dispersion on the frequency components of the broadband seed signal.

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Figures (4)

Fig. 1
Fig. 1

Phase-matching curve of the four-wave parametric amplification in fused silica pumped at 1055 nm . Expected broadband signal amplification range and corresponding idler range are highlighted by the bold curves.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

FWOPA gain profile measured by scanning with a narrowband seed signal.

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

(a) Amplified signal energy (full circles) and gain (open circles) versus seed pulse energy at 1.8 mJ pumping. Central portion ( 680 × 240 μ m 2 ) of the near-field intensity profiles of (b) seed and (c) amplified signal beams.

Fig. 4
Fig. 4

Seeded (thin curve) and amplified (thick curve) spectra of the Bessel beam-generated white-light continuum.

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