Abstract

We experimentally demonstrated the contrast enhancement in a Ti:sapphire chirped-pulse amplification (CPA) laser with a noncollinear femtosecond optical-parametric amplifier. A total gain of 3.4×104 and pulse energy of 26μJ were achieved. With the clean high-energy seeding pulse, the contrast ratio of the main amplified laser pulse to the amplified spontaneous emission in the Ti: sapphire CPA laser system was improved to around 1010 within the time scale of hundreds of picoseconds.

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E. Riedle, M. Beutter, S. Lochbrunner, J. Piel, S. Schenk, S. Spörlein, and W. Zinth, Appl. Phys. B 71, 457 (2000).

A. Antonetti, F. Blasco, J. P. Chambaret, G. Cheriaux, G. Darpentigny, C. Le Blanc, P. Rousseau, S. Ranc, G. Rey, and F. Salin, Appl. Phys. B 65, 197 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Nature Phys. (1)

C. Thaury, F. Qúeŕe, J.-P. Geindre, A. Levy, T. Ceccotti, P. Monot, M. Bougeard, F. Ŕeau, P. d’Oliveira, P. Audebert, R. Marjoribanks, and Ph. Martin, Nature Phys. 3, 424 (2007).
[CrossRef]

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A. Dubietis, G. Jonušauskas, and A. Piskarskas, Opt. Commun. 88, 437 (1992).
[CrossRef]

D. Strickland and G. Mourou, Opt. Commun. 56, 219 (1985).
[CrossRef]

J. Itatani, J. Faure, M. Nantel, G. Mourou, and S. Watanabe, Opt. Commun. 148, 70 (1998).
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D. Umstadter, Phys. Plasmas 8, 1774 (2001).
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Figures (4)

Fig. 1
Fig. 1

Schematic experimental setup of the femtosecond NOPA.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

Contrast ratio of the amplified NOPA pulse within time scales from 170 to 170 ps .

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

(a) NOPA spectrum after subsequent amplification and (b) the corresponding pulse duration.

Fig. 4
Fig. 4

Far-field beam profile and M 2 factor of the NOPA signal after subsequent multipass amplification in the second CPA stage as measured by a commercial beam analyzer (Spiricon M 2 , 200 s ).

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