Abstract

We report efficient generation of tunable femtosecond pulses in the near IR using a two stage, white-light seeded, collinear, femtosecond optical parametric amplifier (OPA). The OPA, based on BiB3O6 crystal in both stages and pumped at 807nm by a 1kHz Ti:sapphire laser amplifier, provides sub-30fs signal pulses after compression with energies exceeding 200μJ, which corresponds to fivefold pulse shortening and 30% internal conversion efficiency in the second stage considering 150fs pump pulses with 1.5mJ energy. The corresponding idler pulses with more than 100μJ have sub-60fs duration without compression. The first stage alone is capable of producing sub-20fs pulses near 1400nm at the microjoule level without using any compression.

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Figures (4)

Fig. 1
Fig. 1

Configuration of the two-stage, WLC-seeded OPA based on type I ( e o + o ) phase matching in BIBO crystal. BS, beam splitter; D, diaphragm; VDF, variable density filter; SP, sapphire plate; WLC, white-light continuum; DM, dichroic mirror.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

Typical spectra of the amplified near-IR signal pulses after the second stage across the tuning range.

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

Typical FROG measurement of the compressed signal pulse with a FROG error of 0.009 ( 128 × 128   pixels ) . (a) Amplitude of measured FROG trace ( 128 × 128   pixels ) . (b) Retrieved intensity and phase as a function of time. The time duration of 25 fs corresponds to a time-bandwidth product of 0.31.

Fig. 4
Fig. 4

Typical FROG measurement of the uncompressed idler pulse. (Explanations similar to Fig. 3, only the FROG error is 0.008). The pulse duration is 55 fs , corresponding to a time-bandwidth product of 0.5.

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