Abstract

We report efficient noncollinear optical parametric amplification (NOPA) of ultrabroadband near-IR pulses tunable in the 1.11.5μm range at a repetition rate of 250kHz. Improved generation of smooth near-IR continua (extending over 1.01.6μm) at 250kHz was achieved by weakly focusing 20% of the 1W driving laser beam into a sapphire plate with longer focal length lenses than previously reported. Using bulk potassium-titanyl phosphate (KTiOPO4) pumped at 800nm, powers as high as 11mW (14% pump conversion efficiency) and signal pulse durations as short as 23fs were obtained after a single white-light seeded NOPA stage.

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Figures (4)

Fig. 1
Fig. 1

Optical setup of the 250 kHz NOPA: KTP, 2 mm thick uncoated crystal (cut at θ = 42 ° , φ = 0 ° for phase matching in the x z plane); HWP, half-wave plate; BS1, BS2, beam splitters; L, lenses (L1, BK7, f = 80 mm ; L2, quartz, 250 mm ; L3, BK7, 300 mm ); S, 2 mm thick sapphire plate; DS, delay stages; SM, silver spherical mirrors (SM1, f = 25 mm ; SM2, 200 mm ); FM, flipping mirror; LPF, long-pass near-IR filter RG-1000. Double-headed arrows and dotted circles indicate the polarization of 800 nm beam.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

Near-IR portion of the WLC obtained with different focal length lenses for imaging a pump beam into a 2 mm sapphire plate. The onset of digital noise at longer wavelengths reflects the limited dynamic range of the FTIR spectrometer. All spectra have been corrected for detector sensitivity, the RG-1000 filter transmission, and the finite frequency resolution of the FTIR spectrometer.

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

Normalized spectra of amplified signal pulses at various phase-matching angles of the pump beam after the KTP crystal (internal noncollinear angle of 3.8 ° ). The fine structures around 1400 nm are due to the water vapor overtone absorptions. Upper graph, signal beam power versus corresponding center-of-mass wavelengths (solid curve connects the data points).

Fig. 4
Fig. 4

Interferometric autocorrelation of the compressed signal pulses coming from the KTP together with a Gaussian fit. The inset shows the power spectrum of the pulses.

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