Abstract

We demonstrate the generation of arbitrary amplitude, phase, and polarization controlled pulses in the mid-infrared (MIR) tunable around 3.5μm. Two temporally separated sets of individually phase and amplitude shaped pulse profiles in the near-infrared are transferred into the MIR via two independent optical parametric amplification processes in two perpendicularly oriented nonlinear crystals in a common-path geometry. The resulting two shaped MIR light fields of orthogonal polarizations are temporally recombined interferometrically in a birefringent material.

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S. Linden, H. Giessen, and J. Kuhl, Phys. Status Solidi B 206, 119 (1998).
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Bartels, R.

Brixner, T.

Dimler, F.

Fechner, S.

Feurer, T.

Fulmer, E. C.

Galler, A.

Gerber, G.

Giessen, H.

S. Linden, H. Giessen, and J. Kuhl, Phys. Status Solidi B 206, 119 (1998).
[CrossRef]

Hartinger, K.

Kompa, K. L.

Kuhl, J.

S. Linden, H. Giessen, and J. Kuhl, Phys. Status Solidi B 206, 119 (1998).
[CrossRef]

Langhojer, F.

Linden, S.

S. Linden, H. Giessen, and J. Kuhl, Phys. Status Solidi B 206, 119 (1998).
[CrossRef]

Lindinger, A.

Middleton, C. T.

Motzkus, M.

Ninck, M.

Nuernberger, P.

Oron, D.

Polachek, L.

Proch, D.

Schlup, P.

Schreiber, E.

Selle, R.

Shim, S. -H.

Silberberg, Y.

Strasfeld, D. B.

Tan, H. -S.

Vogt, G.

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Warren, W. S.

Weise, F.

Wilson, J.

Witte, T.

Zanni, M. T.

Zeidler, D.

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Figures (4)

Fig. 1
Fig. 1

(a) Schematic setup of the CAPPUCCINO MIR polarization pulse shaper: OPA, optical parametric amplifier; SLM1, NIR SLM; SLM2, 800 nm SLM; DG, degrouping; 1 and 2, orthogonally oriented KNB crystals; RG, regrouping. (b) Detailed representation of the polarization sensitive parametric transfer.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

(a) Spectrum of an unshaped seed pulse in the NIR, and spectra of the two components 1 and 2 of an amplitude modulated seed pulse to be transferred to the MIR and (b) the corresponding idler pulse in the MIR after parametric transfer with orthogonal polarization states.

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

X-FROG traces for a two-pulse train with temporal separation of 840 fs and orthogonal polarization.

Fig. 4
Fig. 4

(a) X-FROG traces for a two-pulse train with temporal separation of 840 fs and polarizations of 0° and 45°. (b) The corresponding MIR spectra of the individual x and y components.

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