Abstract

A highly efficient pulse cleaner based on nonlinear ellipse rotation (NER) in a liquid medium of CS2 is investigated for the temporal contrast enhancement of ultrashort pulses. In theory, a nonlinear transmissivity higher than 60% can be achieved with the temporal contrast improved by about four orders of magnitude, on the condition that the extinction ratio of the polarizer–analyzer pair is better than 104. In a proof of principle experiment, the cleaned pulses at the mJ level with total transmissivity as high as 30% are obtained via NER, in which the temporal contrast is enhanced by about three orders of magnitude. This provides a simple and feasible technology for improving the temporal contrast of an ultrashort and ultraintense laser system in the future.

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[CrossRef]

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[CrossRef]

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[CrossRef]

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R. A. Ganeev, A. I. Ryasnyansky, M. Baba, M. Suzuki, N. Ishizawa, M. Turu, S. Sakakibara, and H. Kuroda, Appl. Phys. B 78, 433 (2004).
[CrossRef]

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R. A. Ganeev, A. I. Ryasnyansky, M. Baba, M. Suzuki, N. Ishizawa, M. Turu, S. Sakakibara, and H. Kuroda, Appl. Phys. B 78, 433 (2004).
[CrossRef]

A. Jullien, S. Kourtev, O. Albert, G. Chériaux, J. Etchepare, N. Minkovski, and S. M. Saltiel, Appl. Phys. B 84, 409 (2006).
[CrossRef]

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K. Kitayama, Y. Kimura, and S. Seikai, Appl. Phys. Lett. 46, 317 (1985).
[CrossRef]

N. J. Halas, D. Krökel, and D. Grischkowsky, Appl. Phys. Lett. 50, 886 (1987).
[CrossRef]

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[CrossRef]

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[CrossRef]

J. Appl. Phys. (1)

K. Sala and M. C. Richardson, J. Appl. Phys. 49, 2268 (1978).
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Opt. Express (1)

Opt. Lett. (6)

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D. Umstadter, Phys. Plasmas 8, 1774 (2001).
[CrossRef]

Phys. Rev. A (1)

M. Centurion, Y. Pu, M. Tsang, and D. Psaltis, Phys. Rev. A 71, 063811 (2005).
[CrossRef]

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Figures (6)

Fig. 1.
Fig. 1.

Schematic setup for the temporal contrast enhancement of ultrashort pulses via NER. PD, polarization direction; P, polarizer.

Fig. 2.
Fig. 2.

(a) Transmissivity of the NER and (b) time profile of the cleaned pulse versus the nonlinear shift (ϕSPM).

Fig. 3.
Fig. 3.

Temporal contrast (a) via NER and (b) with different extinction ratios of the polarizer–analyzer pair.

Fig. 4.
Fig. 4.

Measured (a) output energy versus the angle α and (b) transmissivity of the NER versus the intensity.

Fig. 5.
Fig. 5.

Measured (a) temporal contrast before and after the NER, (b) temporal profile of the cleaned pulse.

Fig. 6.
Fig. 6.

Measured (a) spectrum and spatial profile of the (b) input pulse and (c) cleaned pulse.

Equations (2)

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INER=Iinputsin2(2α)sin2(φSPMcos(2α)6),
Cout=Cin3[1+R/(Cin2ηeff)]/(1+R/ηeff),

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