Abstract

We demonstrate the use of low-gain optical parametric amplification (OPA) as a means of improving temporal contrast to a detection-limited level 1010. 250μJ, 500fs pulses of 1053nm are frequency doubled and subsequently restored to the original wavelength by OPA with >10% efficiency.

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2008 (1)

2007 (3)

C. Dorrer, I. A. Begishev, A. V. Okishev, and J. D. Zuegel, Opt. Lett. 32, 2143 (2007).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

L. Yin, B. J. Albright, B. M. Hegelich, K. J. Bowers, K. A. Flippo, T. J. T. Kwan, and J. C. Fernández, Phys. Plasmas 14, 056706 (2007).
[CrossRef]

A. Jullien, L. Canova, O. Albert, D. Boschetto, L. Antonucci, Y.-H. Cha, J. Rousseau, P. Chaudet, G. Chériaux, J. Etchepare, S. Kourtev, N. Minkovski, and S. Saltiel, Appl. Phys. B 87, 595 (2007).
[CrossRef]

2005 (2)

1990 (1)

Albert, O.

A. Jullien, L. Canova, O. Albert, D. Boschetto, L. Antonucci, Y.-H. Cha, J. Rousseau, P. Chaudet, G. Chériaux, J. Etchepare, S. Kourtev, N. Minkovski, and S. Saltiel, Appl. Phys. B 87, 595 (2007).
[CrossRef]

A. Jullien, O. Albert, F. Burgy, G. Hamoniaux, J.-P. Rousseau, J.-P. Chambaret, F. Augé-Rochereau, G. Chériaux, J. Etchepare, N. Minkovski, and S. M. Saltiel, Opt. Lett. 30, 920 (2005).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Albright, B. J.

L. Yin, B. J. Albright, B. M. Hegelich, K. J. Bowers, K. A. Flippo, T. J. T. Kwan, and J. C. Fernández, Phys. Plasmas 14, 056706 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Antonucci, L.

A. Jullien, L. Canova, O. Albert, D. Boschetto, L. Antonucci, Y.-H. Cha, J. Rousseau, P. Chaudet, G. Chériaux, J. Etchepare, S. Kourtev, N. Minkovski, and S. Saltiel, Appl. Phys. B 87, 595 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Augé-Rochereau, F.

Begishev, I. A.

Boschetto, D.

A. Jullien, L. Canova, O. Albert, D. Boschetto, L. Antonucci, Y.-H. Cha, J. Rousseau, P. Chaudet, G. Chériaux, J. Etchepare, S. Kourtev, N. Minkovski, and S. Saltiel, Appl. Phys. B 87, 595 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Bowers, K. J.

L. Yin, B. J. Albright, B. M. Hegelich, K. J. Bowers, K. A. Flippo, T. J. T. Kwan, and J. C. Fernández, Phys. Plasmas 14, 056706 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Burgy, F.

Canova, L.

A. Jullien, L. Canova, O. Albert, D. Boschetto, L. Antonucci, Y.-H. Cha, J. Rousseau, P. Chaudet, G. Chériaux, J. Etchepare, S. Kourtev, N. Minkovski, and S. Saltiel, Appl. Phys. B 87, 595 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Cha, Y.-H.

A. Jullien, L. Canova, O. Albert, D. Boschetto, L. Antonucci, Y.-H. Cha, J. Rousseau, P. Chaudet, G. Chériaux, J. Etchepare, S. Kourtev, N. Minkovski, and S. Saltiel, Appl. Phys. B 87, 595 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Chambaret, J.-P.

Chaudet, P.

A. Jullien, L. Canova, O. Albert, D. Boschetto, L. Antonucci, Y.-H. Cha, J. Rousseau, P. Chaudet, G. Chériaux, J. Etchepare, S. Kourtev, N. Minkovski, and S. Saltiel, Appl. Phys. B 87, 595 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Chekhlov, O.

Chériaux, G.

A. Jullien, L. Canova, O. Albert, D. Boschetto, L. Antonucci, Y.-H. Cha, J. Rousseau, P. Chaudet, G. Chériaux, J. Etchepare, S. Kourtev, N. Minkovski, and S. Saltiel, Appl. Phys. B 87, 595 (2007).
[CrossRef]

A. Jullien, O. Albert, F. Burgy, G. Hamoniaux, J.-P. Rousseau, J.-P. Chambaret, F. Augé-Rochereau, G. Chériaux, J. Etchepare, N. Minkovski, and S. M. Saltiel, Opt. Lett. 30, 920 (2005).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Choo, H. R.

Collier, J.

Dorrer, C.

Downer, M. C.

Etchepare, J.

A. Jullien, L. Canova, O. Albert, D. Boschetto, L. Antonucci, Y.-H. Cha, J. Rousseau, P. Chaudet, G. Chériaux, J. Etchepare, S. Kourtev, N. Minkovski, and S. Saltiel, Appl. Phys. B 87, 595 (2007).
[CrossRef]

A. Jullien, O. Albert, F. Burgy, G. Hamoniaux, J.-P. Rousseau, J.-P. Chambaret, F. Augé-Rochereau, G. Chériaux, J. Etchepare, N. Minkovski, and S. M. Saltiel, Opt. Lett. 30, 920 (2005).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Fernández, J. C.

L. Yin, B. J. Albright, B. M. Hegelich, K. J. Bowers, K. A. Flippo, T. J. T. Kwan, and J. C. Fernández, Phys. Plasmas 14, 056706 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Flippo, K. A.

L. Yin, B. J. Albright, B. M. Hegelich, K. J. Bowers, K. A. Flippo, T. J. T. Kwan, and J. C. Fernández, Phys. Plasmas 14, 056706 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Hamoniaux, G.

Hegelich, B. M.

L. Yin, B. J. Albright, B. M. Hegelich, K. J. Bowers, K. A. Flippo, T. J. T. Kwan, and J. C. Fernández, Phys. Plasmas 14, 056706 (2007).
[CrossRef]

R. C. Shah, R. P. Johnson, T. Shimada, and B. M. Hegelich, “Large temporal window contrast measurement using optical parametric amplification and low sensitivity detectors,” Eur. Phys. J. D (to be published).

Hernandez-Gomez, C.

Johnson, R. P.

R. C. Shah, R. P. Johnson, T. Shimada, and B. M. Hegelich, “Large temporal window contrast measurement using optical parametric amplification and low sensitivity detectors,” Eur. Phys. J. D (to be published).

R. P. Johnson, is preparing a paper to be titled “The enhanced Trident laser facility at the Los Alamos National Laboratory.”

Jullien, A.

A. Jullien, L. Canova, O. Albert, D. Boschetto, L. Antonucci, Y.-H. Cha, J. Rousseau, P. Chaudet, G. Chériaux, J. Etchepare, S. Kourtev, N. Minkovski, and S. Saltiel, Appl. Phys. B 87, 595 (2007).
[CrossRef]

A. Jullien, O. Albert, F. Burgy, G. Hamoniaux, J.-P. Rousseau, J.-P. Chambaret, F. Augé-Rochereau, G. Chériaux, J. Etchepare, N. Minkovski, and S. M. Saltiel, Opt. Lett. 30, 920 (2005).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Kalashnikov, M. P.

Kourtev, S.

A. Jullien, L. Canova, O. Albert, D. Boschetto, L. Antonucci, Y.-H. Cha, J. Rousseau, P. Chaudet, G. Chériaux, J. Etchepare, S. Kourtev, N. Minkovski, and S. Saltiel, Appl. Phys. B 87, 595 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Kwan, T. J. T.

L. Yin, B. J. Albright, B. M. Hegelich, K. J. Bowers, K. A. Flippo, T. J. T. Kwan, and J. C. Fernández, Phys. Plasmas 14, 056706 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Matousek, P.

Minkovski, N.

A. Jullien, L. Canova, O. Albert, D. Boschetto, L. Antonucci, Y.-H. Cha, J. Rousseau, P. Chaudet, G. Chériaux, J. Etchepare, S. Kourtev, N. Minkovski, and S. Saltiel, Appl. Phys. B 87, 595 (2007).
[CrossRef]

A. Jullien, O. Albert, F. Burgy, G. Hamoniaux, J.-P. Rousseau, J.-P. Chambaret, F. Augé-Rochereau, G. Chériaux, J. Etchepare, N. Minkovski, and S. M. Saltiel, Opt. Lett. 30, 920 (2005).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Musgrave, I.

New, G.

Okishev, A. V.

Risse, E.

Ross, I.

Rousseau, J.

A. Jullien, L. Canova, O. Albert, D. Boschetto, L. Antonucci, Y.-H. Cha, J. Rousseau, P. Chaudet, G. Chériaux, J. Etchepare, S. Kourtev, N. Minkovski, and S. Saltiel, Appl. Phys. B 87, 595 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Rousseau, J.-P.

Saltiel, S.

A. Jullien, L. Canova, O. Albert, D. Boschetto, L. Antonucci, Y.-H. Cha, J. Rousseau, P. Chaudet, G. Chériaux, J. Etchepare, S. Kourtev, N. Minkovski, and S. Saltiel, Appl. Phys. B 87, 595 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Saltiel, S. M.

Sandner, W.

Schönnagel, H.

Shah, R. C.

R. C. Shah, R. P. Johnson, T. Shimada, and B. M. Hegelich, “Large temporal window contrast measurement using optical parametric amplification and low sensitivity detectors,” Eur. Phys. J. D (to be published).

Shimada, T.

R. C. Shah, R. P. Johnson, T. Shimada, and B. M. Hegelich, “Large temporal window contrast measurement using optical parametric amplification and low sensitivity detectors,” Eur. Phys. J. D (to be published).

Smith, A. V.

The SNLO nonlinear optics code is available from A. V. Smith at http://www.sandia.gov/imrl/X1118/xxtal.htm.

Tang, Y.

Yariv, A.

A. Yariv and P. Yeh, Optical Waves in Crystals (Wiley & Sons, 1984).

Yeh, P.

A. Yariv and P. Yeh, Optical Waves in Crystals (Wiley & Sons, 1984).

Yin, L.

L. Yin, B. J. Albright, B. M. Hegelich, K. J. Bowers, K. A. Flippo, T. J. T. Kwan, and J. C. Fernández, Phys. Plasmas 14, 056706 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Zhang, T.

Zuegel, J. D.

Appl. Opt. (1)

Appl. Phys. B (1)

A. Jullien, L. Canova, O. Albert, D. Boschetto, L. Antonucci, Y.-H. Cha, J. Rousseau, P. Chaudet, G. Chériaux, J. Etchepare, S. Kourtev, N. Minkovski, and S. Saltiel, Appl. Phys. B 87, 595 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Eur. Phys. J. D (1)

R. C. Shah, R. P. Johnson, T. Shimada, and B. M. Hegelich, “Large temporal window contrast measurement using optical parametric amplification and low sensitivity detectors,” Eur. Phys. J. D (to be published).

Opt. Lett. (4)

Phys. Plasmas (1)

L. Yin, B. J. Albright, B. M. Hegelich, K. J. Bowers, K. A. Flippo, T. J. T. Kwan, and J. C. Fernández, Phys. Plasmas 14, 056706 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Other (3)

A. Yariv and P. Yeh, Optical Waves in Crystals (Wiley & Sons, 1984).

The SNLO nonlinear optics code is available from A. V. Smith at http://www.sandia.gov/imrl/X1118/xxtal.htm.

R. P. Johnson, is preparing a paper to be titled “The enhanced Trident laser facility at the Los Alamos National Laboratory.”

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Figures (3)

Fig. 1
Fig. 1

Schematic of low-gain OPA temporal pulse cleaning: DL, delay line; BS, 10 90 beam splitter; C, 2 mm Type I BBO crystal; S, signal; I, idler. (b) Idler efficiency for both 1 and 2 mm crystals.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

Temporal contrast measurement of both unamplified signal and idler with calculated cube of signal. Inset shows larger temporal range: a, known artifact; e, etalon reflection; u, unknown peak, presumed to be artifact. (b) Measured spectra.

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

Near-field spatial profile of (a) unamplified signal and (b) idler.

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