Abstract

Carrier-envelope phase-stable 4μJ pulses at 1.5μm are obtained from a femtosecond Yb:KGW-MOPA-pumped two-stage optical parametric amplifier. This novel technology represents a highly attractive alternative to traditional Ti:sapphire front-ends for seeding multimillijoule-level optical parametric chirped-pulse amplifiers. For this task, we demonstrate stretching of the OPA output to 40ps and recompression to 33fs pulse duration. As a stand-alone system, our tunable two-stage OPA might find numerous applications in time-resolved spectroscopy and micromachining.

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Appl. Phys. B

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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Opt. Express

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A. Baltuška, T. Fuji, and T. Kobayashi, Phys. Rev. Lett. 88, 133901 (2002).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Rev. Sci. Instrum.

G. Cerullo and S. De Silvestri, Rev. Sci. Instrum. 74, 1 (2003).
[CrossRef]

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W. Koechner, Solid-State Laser Engineering, 6th ed. (Springer, 2006).

G. P. Agrawal, Nonlinear Fiber Optics, 4th ed. (Academic, 2007).

O. D. Mücke, D. Sidorov, P. Dombi, A. Pugžlys, S. Ališauskas, N. Forget, J. Pocius, L. Giniūnas, R. Danielius, and A. Baltuška, in Ultrafast Phenomena XVI, P.Corkum, K.Nelson, E.Riedle, R.Schoenlein, and S.De Silvestri, eds. (Springer, to be published).

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Figures (4)

Fig. 1
Fig. 1

Scheme of two-stage 1.5 μ m OPA. Yb:KGW, 250 fs Yb:KGW MOPA system; SHG, second-harmonic generation in BBO; WLG, white-light generation in sapphire; S/C, grating stretcher/compressor; A, acousto-optic programmable dispersive filter. Right panel, far-field beam profile of second stage signal wave.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

Spectral properties of two-stage 1.5 μ m OPA. (a) Near-IR WL seed and signal spectra of the first OPA stage. The dashed and dotted curves indicate tunability of the first stage signal (and idler). (b) IR CEP-stable seed, amplified second stage signal, spectrum before FROG setup. The amount of ASE is immeasurable in absence of the WL seed.

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

f-to- 2 f interferograms of the second stage signal. The curves in the right panels indicate the average over 1900 frames ( 2 ms frame exposure time) and a single frame, respectively, on the same intensity axis. The above panel shows the extracted CEP drift.

Fig. 4
Fig. 4

SHG-FROG characterization of stretched and recompressed 1.47 μ m pulses. (a) Measured and retrieved spectrum, retrieved phase. The insets show the measured and retrieved FROG traces. (b) Retrieved temporal intensity and phase profiles indicating a FWHM 33 fs pulse duration. The transform-limited intensity profile corresponds to a 28 fs duration.

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B = 2 π n 2 λ s 0 L d z [ I s ( z ) + γ sp I p ( z ) + γ si I i ( z ) ] .

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