Abstract

We present a new optical post-compression technique designed for high-energy ultrashort pulses. A large spectral broadening is achieved through rapid ionization of helium by an intense pulse (>1015Wcm2) propagating in a capillary filled with low-pressure helium. The blueshifted pulses are re-compressed with chirped mirrors and silica plates. From a terawatt Ti:sapphire laser chain providing pulses of 40fs, 70mJ, we demonstrate the compression of pulses down to 11.4fs (FWHM) with a total output energy of 13.7mJ.

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[CrossRef]

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R. Kienberger, E. Goulielmakis, M. Uiberacker, A. Baltuska, V. Yakovlev, G. Bammer, A. Scrinzi, T. Westerwalbesloh, U. Kleineberg, U. Heinzmann, M. Drescher, and F. Krausz, Nature 427, 817 (2004).
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A. Guandalini, P. Eckle, M. Anscombe, P. Schlup, J. Biegert, and U. Keller, J. Phys. B 39, S257 (2006).
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Hauri, C.

C. Hauri, W. Kornelis, F. Heinrich, A. Couairon, A. Mysyrowicz, J. Biegert, and U. Keller, Appl. Phys. B 79, 673 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Heinrich, F.

C. Hauri, W. Kornelis, F. Heinrich, A. Couairon, A. Mysyrowicz, J. Biegert, and U. Keller, Appl. Phys. B 79, 673 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Heinzmann, U.

R. Kienberger, E. Goulielmakis, M. Uiberacker, A. Baltuska, V. Yakovlev, G. Bammer, A. Scrinzi, T. Westerwalbesloh, U. Kleineberg, U. Heinzmann, M. Drescher, and F. Krausz, Nature 427, 817 (2004).
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[CrossRef]

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A. Guandalini, P. Eckle, M. Anscombe, P. Schlup, J. Biegert, and U. Keller, J. Phys. B 39, S257 (2006).
[CrossRef]

C. Hauri, W. Kornelis, F. Heinrich, A. Couairon, A. Mysyrowicz, J. Biegert, and U. Keller, Appl. Phys. B 79, 673 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Kienberger, R.

R. Kienberger, E. Goulielmakis, M. Uiberacker, A. Baltuska, V. Yakovlev, G. Bammer, A. Scrinzi, T. Westerwalbesloh, U. Kleineberg, U. Heinzmann, M. Drescher, and F. Krausz, Nature 427, 817 (2004).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

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[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Kornelis, W.

C. Hauri, W. Kornelis, F. Heinrich, A. Couairon, A. Mysyrowicz, J. Biegert, and U. Keller, Appl. Phys. B 79, 673 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Krausz, F.

F. Tavella, A. Marcinkevicius, and F. Krausz, Opt. Express 14, 26 (2006).
[CrossRef]

R. Kienberger, E. Goulielmakis, M. Uiberacker, A. Baltuska, V. Yakovlev, G. Bammer, A. Scrinzi, T. Westerwalbesloh, U. Kleineberg, U. Heinzmann, M. Drescher, and F. Krausz, Nature 427, 817 (2004).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

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[CrossRef]

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V. V. Strelkov, E. Mével, and E. Constant, New J. Phys. 10, 083040 (2008).
[CrossRef]

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Y. Oishi, A. Suda, K. Midorikawa, and F. Kannari, Rev. Sci. Instrum. 76, 093114 (2005).
[CrossRef]

M. Nurhuda, A. Suda, K. Midorikawa, M. Hatayama, and K. Nagasaka, J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 20, 2002 (2003).
[CrossRef]

Mysyrowicz, A.

C. Hauri, W. Kornelis, F. Heinrich, A. Couairon, A. Mysyrowicz, J. Biegert, and U. Keller, Appl. Phys. B 79, 673 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Nagasaka, K.

Nisoli, M.

M. Nisoli, S. De Silvestri, and O. Svelto, Appl. Phys. Lett. 68, 2793 (1996).
[CrossRef]

Nurhuda, M.

Oishi, Y.

Y. Oishi, A. Suda, K. Midorikawa, and F. Kannari, Rev. Sci. Instrum. 76, 093114 (2005).
[CrossRef]

Schlup, P.

A. Guandalini, P. Eckle, M. Anscombe, P. Schlup, J. Biegert, and U. Keller, J. Phys. B 39, S257 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Schmeltzer, R. A.

E. A. Marcatili and R. A. Schmeltzer, Bell Syst. Tech. J. 43, 1783 (1964).

Scrinzi, A.

R. Kienberger, E. Goulielmakis, M. Uiberacker, A. Baltuska, V. Yakovlev, G. Bammer, A. Scrinzi, T. Westerwalbesloh, U. Kleineberg, U. Heinzmann, M. Drescher, and F. Krausz, Nature 427, 817 (2004).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Shank, C.

Strelkov, V. V.

V. V. Strelkov, E. Mével, and E. Constant, New J. Phys. 10, 083040 (2008).
[CrossRef]

Suda, A.

Y. Oishi, A. Suda, K. Midorikawa, and F. Kannari, Rev. Sci. Instrum. 76, 093114 (2005).
[CrossRef]

M. Nurhuda, A. Suda, K. Midorikawa, M. Hatayama, and K. Nagasaka, J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 20, 2002 (2003).
[CrossRef]

Svelto, O.

M. Nisoli, S. De Silvestri, and O. Svelto, Appl. Phys. Lett. 68, 2793 (1996).
[CrossRef]

Tavella, F.

F. Tavella, A. Marcinkevicius, and F. Krausz, Opt. Express 14, 26 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Tempea, G.

Trisorio, A.

Uiberacker, M.

R. Kienberger, E. Goulielmakis, M. Uiberacker, A. Baltuska, V. Yakovlev, G. Bammer, A. Scrinzi, T. Westerwalbesloh, U. Kleineberg, U. Heinzmann, M. Drescher, and F. Krausz, Nature 427, 817 (2004).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Westerwalbesloh, T.

R. Kienberger, E. Goulielmakis, M. Uiberacker, A. Baltuska, V. Yakovlev, G. Bammer, A. Scrinzi, T. Westerwalbesloh, U. Kleineberg, U. Heinzmann, M. Drescher, and F. Krausz, Nature 427, 817 (2004).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Yablonovitch, E.

E. Yablonovitch, Phys. Rev. Lett. 60, 795 (1988).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Yakovlev, V.

R. Kienberger, E. Goulielmakis, M. Uiberacker, A. Baltuska, V. Yakovlev, G. Bammer, A. Scrinzi, T. Westerwalbesloh, U. Kleineberg, U. Heinzmann, M. Drescher, and F. Krausz, Nature 427, 817 (2004).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Appl. Phys. B (1)

C. Hauri, W. Kornelis, F. Heinrich, A. Couairon, A. Mysyrowicz, J. Biegert, and U. Keller, Appl. Phys. B 79, 673 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Appl. Phys. Lett. (1)

M. Nisoli, S. De Silvestri, and O. Svelto, Appl. Phys. Lett. 68, 2793 (1996).
[CrossRef]

Bell Syst. Tech. J. (1)

E. A. Marcatili and R. A. Schmeltzer, Bell Syst. Tech. J. 43, 1783 (1964).

J. Opt. Soc. Am. B (1)

J. Phys. B (1)

A. Guandalini, P. Eckle, M. Anscombe, P. Schlup, J. Biegert, and U. Keller, J. Phys. B 39, S257 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Nature (1)

R. Kienberger, E. Goulielmakis, M. Uiberacker, A. Baltuska, V. Yakovlev, G. Bammer, A. Scrinzi, T. Westerwalbesloh, U. Kleineberg, U. Heinzmann, M. Drescher, and F. Krausz, Nature 427, 817 (2004).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

New J. Phys. (1)

V. V. Strelkov, E. Mével, and E. Constant, New J. Phys. 10, 083040 (2008).
[CrossRef]

Opt. Express (1)

F. Tavella, A. Marcinkevicius, and F. Krausz, Opt. Express 14, 26 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Opt. Lett. (5)

Phys. Rev. Lett. (1)

E. Yablonovitch, Phys. Rev. Lett. 60, 795 (1988).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Rev. Sci. Instrum. (1)

Y. Oishi, A. Suda, K. Midorikawa, and F. Kannari, Rev. Sci. Instrum. 76, 093114 (2005).
[CrossRef]

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Figures (5)

Fig. 1
Fig. 1

Post-compression setup. M1, focusing mirror with f = 3 m ; W, wedged window; M2, collimating mirror; P, iris.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

Far-field beam profiles ( 2.5 m after the exit of the capillary): (a) maximum input pulse energy without gas, (b) maximum input pulse energy with 6 mbar of He.

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

Single-shot spectra of the output pulses at different He pressures. P = 0 mbar (black curve); P = 1 mbar (gray curve); P = 3 mbar (black filled circles); P = 6 mbar (black open circles); P = 8 mbar (gray filled circles).

Fig. 4
Fig. 4

Output energy (dotted curve) and pulse duration (solid curve) of the post-compressed pulse for several He pressures.

Fig. 5
Fig. 5

SHG FROG measurement of the shortest post-compressed pulses. (a) Experimental (gray) and retrieved (solid curve) FROG spectra of the post-compressed pulse with the residual spectral phase (dotted curve). (b) Retrieved intensity profile (solid curve) and temporal phase (dotted curve) of the post-compressed pulses.

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