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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