Abstract

We demonstrate a compact 20Hz repetition-rate mid-IR OPCPA system operating at a central wavelength of 3900nm with the tail-to-tail spectrum extending over 600nm and delivering 8mJ pulses that are compressed to 83fs (<7 optical cycles). Because of the long optical period (13fs) and a high peak power, the system opens a range of unprecedented opportunities for tabletop ultrafast science and is particularly attractive as a driver for a highly efficient generation of ultrafast coherent x-ray continua for biomolecular and element specific imaging.

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T. Popmintchev, M.-C. Chen, P. Arpin, M. M. Murnane, and H. C. Kapteyn, Nat. Photon. 4, 822 (2010).
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2009 (4)

2007 (1)

2005 (1)

Alisauskas, S.

O. D. Muecke, S. Alisauskas, A. Verhoef, A. Pugzlys, A. Baltuska, V. Smilgevicius, J. Pocius, R. Giniunas, R. Danielius, and N. Forget, Opt. Lett. 34, 2498 (2009).
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Andriukaitis, G.

T. Popmintchev, M.-C. Chen, D. Popmintchev, S. Alisauskas, G. Andriukaitis, T. Balciunas, A. Pugzlys, A. Baltuska, M. Murnane, and H. Kapteyn, presented at the Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, Baltimore, Maryland, USA, May 1–6, 2011, paper PDP12.

G. Andriukaitis, O. D. Muecke, A. J. Verhoef, A. Pugzlys, A. Baltuska, D. Mikalauskas, L. Giniunas, and R. Danielius, in Advanced Solid-State Photonics (ASSP) (CD) (The Optical Society of America,2010), presentation number AWC8.

Arpin, P.

T. Popmintchev, M.-C. Chen, P. Arpin, M. M. Murnane, and H. C. Kapteyn, Nat. Photon. 4, 822 (2010).
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Balciunas, T.

T. Popmintchev, M.-C. Chen, D. Popmintchev, S. Alisauskas, G. Andriukaitis, T. Balciunas, A. Pugzlys, A. Baltuska, M. Murnane, and H. Kapteyn, presented at the Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, Baltimore, Maryland, USA, May 1–6, 2011, paper PDP12.

Baltuska, A.

O. D. Muecke, S. Alisauskas, A. Verhoef, A. Pugzlys, A. Baltuska, V. Smilgevicius, J. Pocius, R. Giniunas, R. Danielius, and N. Forget, Opt. Lett. 34, 2498 (2009).
[CrossRef]

T. Popmintchev, M.-C. Chen, D. Popmintchev, S. Alisauskas, G. Andriukaitis, T. Balciunas, A. Pugzlys, A. Baltuska, M. Murnane, and H. Kapteyn, presented at the Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, Baltimore, Maryland, USA, May 1–6, 2011, paper PDP12.

G. Andriukaitis, O. D. Muecke, A. J. Verhoef, A. Pugzlys, A. Baltuska, D. Mikalauskas, L. Giniunas, and R. Danielius, in Advanced Solid-State Photonics (ASSP) (CD) (The Optical Society of America,2010), presentation number AWC8.

Bates, P. K.

Biegert, J.

Calegari, F.

Cameron, S. M.

Chalus, O.

Chen, M.-C.

T. Popmintchev, M.-C. Chen, P. Arpin, M. M. Murnane, and H. C. Kapteyn, Nat. Photon. 4, 822 (2010).
[CrossRef]

T. Popmintchev, M.-C. Chen, D. Popmintchev, S. Alisauskas, G. Andriukaitis, T. Balciunas, A. Pugzlys, A. Baltuska, M. Murnane, and H. Kapteyn, presented at the Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, Baltimore, Maryland, USA, May 1–6, 2011, paper PDP12.

Cowan, M. L.

Danielius, R.

O. D. Muecke, S. Alisauskas, A. Verhoef, A. Pugzlys, A. Baltuska, V. Smilgevicius, J. Pocius, R. Giniunas, R. Danielius, and N. Forget, Opt. Lett. 34, 2498 (2009).
[CrossRef]

G. Andriukaitis, O. D. Muecke, A. J. Verhoef, A. Pugzlys, A. Baltuska, D. Mikalauskas, L. Giniunas, and R. Danielius, in Advanced Solid-State Photonics (ASSP) (CD) (The Optical Society of America,2010), presentation number AWC8.

Erny, C.

Forget, N.

Franjic, K.

Frassetto, F.

Gallmann, L.

Giniunas, L.

G. Andriukaitis, O. D. Muecke, A. J. Verhoef, A. Pugzlys, A. Baltuska, D. Mikalauskas, L. Giniunas, and R. Danielius, in Advanced Solid-State Photonics (ASSP) (CD) (The Optical Society of America,2010), presentation number AWC8.

Giniunas, R.

Haag, M.

Heese, C.

Hua, R.

Kapteyn, H.

T. Popmintchev, M.-C. Chen, D. Popmintchev, S. Alisauskas, G. Andriukaitis, T. Balciunas, A. Pugzlys, A. Baltuska, M. Murnane, and H. Kapteyn, presented at the Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, Baltimore, Maryland, USA, May 1–6, 2011, paper PDP12.

Kapteyn, H. C.

T. Popmintchev, M.-C. Chen, P. Arpin, M. M. Murnane, and H. C. Kapteyn, Nat. Photon. 4, 822 (2010).
[CrossRef]

Keller, U.

Kraemer, D.

Lan, P.

E. J. Takahashi, P. Lan, O. D. Mücke, Y. Nabekawa, and K. Midorikawa, Phys. Rev. Lett. 104, 233901 (2010).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Law, R. J.

Luk, T. S.

Midorikawa, K.

E. J. Takahashi, P. Lan, O. D. Mücke, Y. Nabekawa, and K. Midorikawa, Phys. Rev. Lett. 104, 233901 (2010).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Mikalauskas, D.

G. Andriukaitis, O. D. Muecke, A. J. Verhoef, A. Pugzlys, A. Baltuska, D. Mikalauskas, L. Giniunas, and R. Danielius, in Advanced Solid-State Photonics (ASSP) (CD) (The Optical Society of America,2010), presentation number AWC8.

Miller, R. J. D.

Mücke, O. D.

E. J. Takahashi, P. Lan, O. D. Mücke, Y. Nabekawa, and K. Midorikawa, Phys. Rev. Lett. 104, 233901 (2010).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Muecke, O. D.

O. D. Muecke, S. Alisauskas, A. Verhoef, A. Pugzlys, A. Baltuska, V. Smilgevicius, J. Pocius, R. Giniunas, R. Danielius, and N. Forget, Opt. Lett. 34, 2498 (2009).
[CrossRef]

G. Andriukaitis, O. D. Muecke, A. J. Verhoef, A. Pugzlys, A. Baltuska, D. Mikalauskas, L. Giniunas, and R. Danielius, in Advanced Solid-State Photonics (ASSP) (CD) (The Optical Society of America,2010), presentation number AWC8.

Murnane, M.

T. Popmintchev, M.-C. Chen, D. Popmintchev, S. Alisauskas, G. Andriukaitis, T. Balciunas, A. Pugzlys, A. Baltuska, M. Murnane, and H. Kapteyn, presented at the Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, Baltimore, Maryland, USA, May 1–6, 2011, paper PDP12.

Murnane, M. M.

T. Popmintchev, M.-C. Chen, P. Arpin, M. M. Murnane, and H. C. Kapteyn, Nat. Photon. 4, 822 (2010).
[CrossRef]

Nabekawa, Y.

E. J. Takahashi, P. Lan, O. D. Mücke, Y. Nabekawa, and K. Midorikawa, Phys. Rev. Lett. 104, 233901 (2010).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Negro, M.

Nisoli, M.

Pocius, J.

Poletto, L.

Popmintchev, D.

T. Popmintchev, M.-C. Chen, D. Popmintchev, S. Alisauskas, G. Andriukaitis, T. Balciunas, A. Pugzlys, A. Baltuska, M. Murnane, and H. Kapteyn, presented at the Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, Baltimore, Maryland, USA, May 1–6, 2011, paper PDP12.

Popmintchev, T.

T. Popmintchev, M.-C. Chen, P. Arpin, M. M. Murnane, and H. C. Kapteyn, Nat. Photon. 4, 822 (2010).
[CrossRef]

T. Popmintchev, M.-C. Chen, D. Popmintchev, S. Alisauskas, G. Andriukaitis, T. Balciunas, A. Pugzlys, A. Baltuska, M. Murnane, and H. Kapteyn, presented at the Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, Baltimore, Maryland, USA, May 1–6, 2011, paper PDP12.

Pugzlys, A.

O. D. Muecke, S. Alisauskas, A. Verhoef, A. Pugzlys, A. Baltuska, V. Smilgevicius, J. Pocius, R. Giniunas, R. Danielius, and N. Forget, Opt. Lett. 34, 2498 (2009).
[CrossRef]

T. Popmintchev, M.-C. Chen, D. Popmintchev, S. Alisauskas, G. Andriukaitis, T. Balciunas, A. Pugzlys, A. Baltuska, M. Murnane, and H. Kapteyn, presented at the Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, Baltimore, Maryland, USA, May 1–6, 2011, paper PDP12.

G. Andriukaitis, O. D. Muecke, A. J. Verhoef, A. Pugzlys, A. Baltuska, D. Mikalauskas, L. Giniunas, and R. Danielius, in Advanced Solid-State Photonics (ASSP) (CD) (The Optical Society of America,2010), presentation number AWC8.

Rudd, J. V.

Sansone, G.

Silvestri, S. D.

Smilgevicius, V.

Smolarski, M.

Stagira, S.

Takahashi, E. J.

E. J. Takahashi, P. Lan, O. D. Mücke, Y. Nabekawa, and K. Midorikawa, Phys. Rev. Lett. 104, 233901 (2010).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Verhoef, A.

Verhoef, A. J.

G. Andriukaitis, O. D. Muecke, A. J. Verhoef, A. Pugzlys, A. Baltuska, D. Mikalauskas, L. Giniunas, and R. Danielius, in Advanced Solid-State Photonics (ASSP) (CD) (The Optical Society of America,2010), presentation number AWC8.

Villores, P.

Vozzi, C.

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

Nat. Photon. (1)

T. Popmintchev, M.-C. Chen, P. Arpin, M. M. Murnane, and H. C. Kapteyn, Nat. Photon. 4, 822 (2010).
[CrossRef]

Opt. Express (2)

Opt. Lett. (3)

Phys. Rev. Lett. (1)

E. J. Takahashi, P. Lan, O. D. Mücke, Y. Nabekawa, and K. Midorikawa, Phys. Rev. Lett. 104, 233901 (2010).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Other (2)

G. Andriukaitis, O. D. Muecke, A. J. Verhoef, A. Pugzlys, A. Baltuska, D. Mikalauskas, L. Giniunas, and R. Danielius, in Advanced Solid-State Photonics (ASSP) (CD) (The Optical Society of America,2010), presentation number AWC8.

T. Popmintchev, M.-C. Chen, D. Popmintchev, S. Alisauskas, G. Andriukaitis, T. Balciunas, A. Pugzlys, A. Baltuska, M. Murnane, and H. Kapteyn, presented at the Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, Baltimore, Maryland, USA, May 1–6, 2011, paper PDP12.

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Figures (5)

Fig. 1
Fig. 1

Layout of the 3.9 μm OPCPA system (see text for details).

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

Spectra of the WL generated in different crystals and the output spectra of the three OPA stages (indicated in the panel).

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

X-FROG characterization of stretched 1.46 μm pulses. Dashed curve represents calculated optimal dispersion. In the top right corner, schematics of the stretcher together with the ray tracing is given (G, grating, P, Prism; R, roof retro reflector).

Fig. 4
Fig. 4

Spectra of the signal and idler pulses after the last OPCPA stage measured, respectively, with a 512-pixel InGaAs array (Control Development) and a 1 / 2 m scanning monochromator (Digikrom, CVI) and a liquid nitrogen cooled InSb photodetector. The dotted green curve is the transmission spectrum of the KTA crystal.

Fig. 5
Fig. 5

SHG FROG characterization of 3.9 μm pulses.

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