Abstract

We report the generation of few-cycle multiterawatt light pulses with a temporal contrast of 1010, when measured as close as 2ps to the pulse’s peak. Tens of picoseconds before the main pulse, the contrast value is expected to spread much beyond the measurement limit. Separate measurements of contrast improvement factors at different stages of the laser system indicate that real contrast values may reach 1019 and 1014, when measured 50 and 25ps before the pulse’s peak, respectively. The combination of the shortest pulse duration and the highest contrast renders our system a promising front-end architecture for future multipetawatt laser facilities.

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K. Schmid, L. Veisz, F. Tavella, S. Benavides, R. Tautz, D. Herrmann, A. Buck, B. Hidding, A. Marcinkevicius, U. Schramm, M. Geissler, J. Meyer-ter-Vehn, D. Habs, and F. Krausz, Phys. Rev. Lett. 102, 124801 (2009).
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[CrossRef] [PubMed]

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Augé-Rochereau, F.

Benavides, S.

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Buck, A.

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Bulanov, S. V.

G. Mourou, T. Tajima, and S. V. Bulanov, Rev. Mod. Phys. 78, 309 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Burgy, F.

Ceccotti, T.

Chambaret, J.-P.

Chériaux, G.

Chvykov, V.

D’Oliveira, P.

Doumy, G.

G. Doumy, F. Quere, O. Gobert, M. Perdrix, Ph. Martin, P. Audebert, J. C. Gauthier, J.-P. Geindre, and T. Wittmann, Phys. Rev. E 69, 026402 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Dromey, B.

B. Dromey, S. Kar, M. Zepf, and P. Foster, Rev. Sci. Instrum. 75, 645 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Dubietis, A.

A. Dubietis, G. Jonušauskas, and A. PiskarskasOpt. Commun. 88, 437 (1992).
[CrossRef]

Eidmann, K.

G. D. Tsakiris, K. Eidmann, J. Meyer-ter-Vehn, and F. Krausz, New J. Phys. 8, 19 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Etchepare, J.

Falcone, R.

Foster, P.

B. Dromey, S. Kar, M. Zepf, and P. Foster, Rev. Sci. Instrum. 75, 645 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Gauthier, J. C.

G. Doumy, F. Quere, O. Gobert, M. Perdrix, Ph. Martin, P. Audebert, J. C. Gauthier, J.-P. Geindre, and T. Wittmann, Phys. Rev. E 69, 026402 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Geindre, J.-P.

A. Levy, T. Ceccotti, P. D’Oliveira, F. Réau, M. Perdrix, F. Quéré, P. Monot, M. Bougeard, H. Lagadec, Ph. Martin, J.-P. Geindre, and P. Audebert, Opt. Lett. 32, 310 (2007).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

G. Doumy, F. Quere, O. Gobert, M. Perdrix, Ph. Martin, P. Audebert, J. C. Gauthier, J.-P. Geindre, and T. Wittmann, Phys. Rev. E 69, 026402 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Geissler, M.

K. Schmid, L. Veisz, F. Tavella, S. Benavides, R. Tautz, D. Herrmann, A. Buck, B. Hidding, A. Marcinkevicius, U. Schramm, M. Geissler, J. Meyer-ter-Vehn, D. Habs, and F. Krausz, Phys. Rev. Lett. 102, 124801 (2009).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Gobert, O.

G. Doumy, F. Quere, O. Gobert, M. Perdrix, Ph. Martin, P. Audebert, J. C. Gauthier, J.-P. Geindre, and T. Wittmann, Phys. Rev. E 69, 026402 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Habs, D.

K. Schmid, L. Veisz, F. Tavella, S. Benavides, R. Tautz, D. Herrmann, A. Buck, B. Hidding, A. Marcinkevicius, U. Schramm, M. Geissler, J. Meyer-ter-Vehn, D. Habs, and F. Krausz, Phys. Rev. Lett. 102, 124801 (2009).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Hamoniaux, G.

Herrmann, D.

K. Schmid, L. Veisz, F. Tavella, S. Benavides, R. Tautz, D. Herrmann, A. Buck, B. Hidding, A. Marcinkevicius, U. Schramm, M. Geissler, J. Meyer-ter-Vehn, D. Habs, and F. Krausz, Phys. Rev. Lett. 102, 124801 (2009).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

D. Herrmann, L. Veisz, R. Tautz, F. Tavella, K. Schmid, V. Pervak, and F. Krausz, Opt. Lett. 34, 2459 (2009).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Hidding, B.

K. Schmid, L. Veisz, F. Tavella, S. Benavides, R. Tautz, D. Herrmann, A. Buck, B. Hidding, A. Marcinkevicius, U. Schramm, M. Geissler, J. Meyer-ter-Vehn, D. Habs, and F. Krausz, Phys. Rev. Lett. 102, 124801 (2009).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Ishii, N.

F. Tavella, K. Schmid, N. Ishii, A. Marcinkevičius, L. Veisz, and F. Krausz, Appl. Phys. B 81, 753 (2005).
[CrossRef]

Jonušauskas, G.

A. Dubietis, G. Jonušauskas, and A. PiskarskasOpt. Commun. 88, 437 (1992).
[CrossRef]

Jullien, A.

Kalinchenko, G.

Kapteyn, H.

Kar, S.

B. Dromey, S. Kar, M. Zepf, and P. Foster, Rev. Sci. Instrum. 75, 645 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Krausz, F.

D. Herrmann, L. Veisz, R. Tautz, F. Tavella, K. Schmid, V. Pervak, and F. Krausz, Opt. Lett. 34, 2459 (2009).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

K. Schmid, L. Veisz, F. Tavella, S. Benavides, R. Tautz, D. Herrmann, A. Buck, B. Hidding, A. Marcinkevicius, U. Schramm, M. Geissler, J. Meyer-ter-Vehn, D. Habs, and F. Krausz, Phys. Rev. Lett. 102, 124801 (2009).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

G. D. Tsakiris, K. Eidmann, J. Meyer-ter-Vehn, and F. Krausz, New J. Phys. 8, 19 (2006).
[CrossRef]

F. Tavella, K. Schmid, N. Ishii, A. Marcinkevičius, L. Veisz, and F. Krausz, Appl. Phys. B 81, 753 (2005).
[CrossRef]

Lagadec, H.

Levy, A.

Marcinkevicius, A.

K. Schmid, L. Veisz, F. Tavella, S. Benavides, R. Tautz, D. Herrmann, A. Buck, B. Hidding, A. Marcinkevicius, U. Schramm, M. Geissler, J. Meyer-ter-Vehn, D. Habs, and F. Krausz, Phys. Rev. Lett. 102, 124801 (2009).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

F. Tavella, K. Schmid, N. Ishii, A. Marcinkevičius, L. Veisz, and F. Krausz, Appl. Phys. B 81, 753 (2005).
[CrossRef]

Martin, Ph.

A. Levy, T. Ceccotti, P. D’Oliveira, F. Réau, M. Perdrix, F. Quéré, P. Monot, M. Bougeard, H. Lagadec, Ph. Martin, J.-P. Geindre, and P. Audebert, Opt. Lett. 32, 310 (2007).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

G. Doumy, F. Quere, O. Gobert, M. Perdrix, Ph. Martin, P. Audebert, J. C. Gauthier, J.-P. Geindre, and T. Wittmann, Phys. Rev. E 69, 026402 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Meyer-ter-Vehn, J.

K. Schmid, L. Veisz, F. Tavella, S. Benavides, R. Tautz, D. Herrmann, A. Buck, B. Hidding, A. Marcinkevicius, U. Schramm, M. Geissler, J. Meyer-ter-Vehn, D. Habs, and F. Krausz, Phys. Rev. Lett. 102, 124801 (2009).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

G. D. Tsakiris, K. Eidmann, J. Meyer-ter-Vehn, and F. Krausz, New J. Phys. 8, 19 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Minkovski, N.

Monot, P.

Mourou, G.

G. Mourou, T. Tajima, and S. V. Bulanov, Rev. Mod. Phys. 78, 309 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Murnane, M.

Perdrix, M.

A. Levy, T. Ceccotti, P. D’Oliveira, F. Réau, M. Perdrix, F. Quéré, P. Monot, M. Bougeard, H. Lagadec, Ph. Martin, J.-P. Geindre, and P. Audebert, Opt. Lett. 32, 310 (2007).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

G. Doumy, F. Quere, O. Gobert, M. Perdrix, Ph. Martin, P. Audebert, J. C. Gauthier, J.-P. Geindre, and T. Wittmann, Phys. Rev. E 69, 026402 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Pervak, V.

Piskarskas, A.

A. Dubietis, G. Jonušauskas, and A. PiskarskasOpt. Commun. 88, 437 (1992).
[CrossRef]

Quere, F.

G. Doumy, F. Quere, O. Gobert, M. Perdrix, Ph. Martin, P. Audebert, J. C. Gauthier, J.-P. Geindre, and T. Wittmann, Phys. Rev. E 69, 026402 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Quéré, F.

Réau, F.

Reed, S.

Rousseau, J.-P.

Rousseau, P.

Saltiel, S. M.

Schmid, K.

K. Schmid, L. Veisz, F. Tavella, S. Benavides, R. Tautz, D. Herrmann, A. Buck, B. Hidding, A. Marcinkevicius, U. Schramm, M. Geissler, J. Meyer-ter-Vehn, D. Habs, and F. Krausz, Phys. Rev. Lett. 102, 124801 (2009).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

D. Herrmann, L. Veisz, R. Tautz, F. Tavella, K. Schmid, V. Pervak, and F. Krausz, Opt. Lett. 34, 2459 (2009).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

F. Tavella, K. Schmid, N. Ishii, A. Marcinkevičius, L. Veisz, and F. Krausz, Appl. Phys. B 81, 753 (2005).
[CrossRef]

Schramm, U.

K. Schmid, L. Veisz, F. Tavella, S. Benavides, R. Tautz, D. Herrmann, A. Buck, B. Hidding, A. Marcinkevicius, U. Schramm, M. Geissler, J. Meyer-ter-Vehn, D. Habs, and F. Krausz, Phys. Rev. Lett. 102, 124801 (2009).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Szoke, A.

Tajima, T.

G. Mourou, T. Tajima, and S. V. Bulanov, Rev. Mod. Phys. 78, 309 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Tautz, R.

D. Herrmann, L. Veisz, R. Tautz, F. Tavella, K. Schmid, V. Pervak, and F. Krausz, Opt. Lett. 34, 2459 (2009).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

K. Schmid, L. Veisz, F. Tavella, S. Benavides, R. Tautz, D. Herrmann, A. Buck, B. Hidding, A. Marcinkevicius, U. Schramm, M. Geissler, J. Meyer-ter-Vehn, D. Habs, and F. Krausz, Phys. Rev. Lett. 102, 124801 (2009).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Tavella, F.

K. Schmid, L. Veisz, F. Tavella, S. Benavides, R. Tautz, D. Herrmann, A. Buck, B. Hidding, A. Marcinkevicius, U. Schramm, M. Geissler, J. Meyer-ter-Vehn, D. Habs, and F. Krausz, Phys. Rev. Lett. 102, 124801 (2009).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

D. Herrmann, L. Veisz, R. Tautz, F. Tavella, K. Schmid, V. Pervak, and F. Krausz, Opt. Lett. 34, 2459 (2009).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

F. Tavella, K. Schmid, N. Ishii, A. Marcinkevičius, L. Veisz, and F. Krausz, Appl. Phys. B 81, 753 (2005).
[CrossRef]

Tsakiris, G. D.

G. D. Tsakiris, K. Eidmann, J. Meyer-ter-Vehn, and F. Krausz, New J. Phys. 8, 19 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Veisz, L.

D. Herrmann, L. Veisz, R. Tautz, F. Tavella, K. Schmid, V. Pervak, and F. Krausz, Opt. Lett. 34, 2459 (2009).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

K. Schmid, L. Veisz, F. Tavella, S. Benavides, R. Tautz, D. Herrmann, A. Buck, B. Hidding, A. Marcinkevicius, U. Schramm, M. Geissler, J. Meyer-ter-Vehn, D. Habs, and F. Krausz, Phys. Rev. Lett. 102, 124801 (2009).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

F. Tavella, K. Schmid, N. Ishii, A. Marcinkevičius, L. Veisz, and F. Krausz, Appl. Phys. B 81, 753 (2005).
[CrossRef]

Wittmann, T.

G. Doumy, F. Quere, O. Gobert, M. Perdrix, Ph. Martin, P. Audebert, J. C. Gauthier, J.-P. Geindre, and T. Wittmann, Phys. Rev. E 69, 026402 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Yanovsky, V.

Zepf, M.

B. Dromey, S. Kar, M. Zepf, and P. Foster, Rev. Sci. Instrum. 75, 645 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Appl. Phys. B (1)

F. Tavella, K. Schmid, N. Ishii, A. Marcinkevičius, L. Veisz, and F. Krausz, Appl. Phys. B 81, 753 (2005).
[CrossRef]

New J. Phys. (1)

G. D. Tsakiris, K. Eidmann, J. Meyer-ter-Vehn, and F. Krausz, New J. Phys. 8, 19 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Opt. Commun. (1)

A. Dubietis, G. Jonušauskas, and A. PiskarskasOpt. Commun. 88, 437 (1992).
[CrossRef]

Opt. Lett. (5)

Phys. Rev. E (1)

G. Doumy, F. Quere, O. Gobert, M. Perdrix, Ph. Martin, P. Audebert, J. C. Gauthier, J.-P. Geindre, and T. Wittmann, Phys. Rev. E 69, 026402 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Phys. Rev. Lett. (1)

K. Schmid, L. Veisz, F. Tavella, S. Benavides, R. Tautz, D. Herrmann, A. Buck, B. Hidding, A. Marcinkevicius, U. Schramm, M. Geissler, J. Meyer-ter-Vehn, D. Habs, and F. Krausz, Phys. Rev. Lett. 102, 124801 (2009).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Rev. Mod. Phys. (1)

G. Mourou, T. Tajima, and S. V. Bulanov, Rev. Mod. Phys. 78, 309 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Rev. Sci. Instrum. (1)

B. Dromey, S. Kar, M. Zepf, and P. Foster, Rev. Sci. Instrum. 75, 645 (2004).
[CrossRef]

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Fig. 1
Fig. 1

Schematic diagram of the system. PCF, photonic crystal fiber for optical synchronization of the pump and seed in OPCPA; GS, grism stretcher; AOM, acousto-optical modulator; CMC, chirped mirror compressor. The upper left panel shows the XPW scheme. The upper right panel shows the setup of the CMC and PM.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

Resultant temporal contrast. Blue dots, measured THG autocorrelation with the dynamic range of about 10 10 . The actual contrast (red (lower) line) is estimated using measured contrast enhancement factors of OPCPA, XPW, and PM. The inset shows the measured THG autocorrelation on a fine scale.

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

(a) THG autocorrelations taken before (red (upper) line) and after OPCPA (blue (lower) line). Gray (middle) line C1 shows a typical front-end contrast; red (upper) line, front-end contrast decreased for measuring the contrast enhancement. (b) THG autocorrelations measured at the output of the system without (green line C2) and with XPW (blue (middle) line) with a decreased front-end contrast. Gray line C3 shows the autocorrelation obtained with XPW with the optimal front-end contrast. (c) THG autocorrelations obtained without (red squares) and with PM (blue line). (d) Blue (upper) line, measured second-order autocorrelation after PM; red (lower) line, second-order autocorrelation, calculated from the laser spectrum (displayed in the inset) assuming constant phase.

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C = { C 1 · 1 / 10 5 ( OPCPA ) · 1 / 10 4 ( XPW ) · 1 / 500 ( PM ) , for     80 ps < τ d < 45 ps C 2 / max ( C 2 ) | τ d < 10 ps · C 1 · 1 / 200 ( XPW + APF ) · 1 / 500 ( PM ) , for     45 ps < τ d < 10 ps C 3 · 1 / 500 ( PM ) ,   for     10 ps < τ d < 1.5 ps

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