Abstract

The coherent combination of ultrashort pulses has recently been established as a technique to overcome the limitations of laser amplifiers regarding pulse peak-power, pulse energy, and average power. Similar limitations also occur in nonlinear compression setups. In a proof-of-principle experiment, we show that the techniques developed for the combination of amplifiers can be adapted to nonlinear compression. We create two spatially separated pulse replica that undergo self-phase modulation in independent optical fibers and are recombined afterwards. Using this technique we demonstrate operation above the self-focusing threshold of a single pulse. Furthermore, we prove that the recombined pulses can be temporally compressed. This experiment paves the way for higher energy or average power operation of various nonlinear compression setups.

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J. Limpert, F. Stutzki, F. Jansen, H.-J. Otto, T. Eidam, C. Jauregui, and A. Tünnermann, Light Sci. Appl. 1, e8 (2012).
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T. W. Hänsch and B. Couillaud, Opt. Commun. 35, 441 (1980).
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Opt. Express (3)

Opt. Lett. (7)

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Figures (5)

Fig. 1.
Fig. 1.

Schematic setup of coherent combination employing multiple broadening elements (Broad. 1-N) with a common compressor.

Fig. 2.
Fig. 2.

Schematic setup of the experiment with two solid-core fibers and a chirped-mirror compressor. HWP, half-wave plate; QWP, quarter-wave plate; HC, Hänsch–Couillaud detector.

Fig. 3.
Fig. 3.

Combination efficiency depending on the output pulse energy per channel behind the corresponding apertures. The corresponding 10 dB bandwidths of the combined pulses are also shown.

Fig. 4.
Fig. 4.

Spectra of the combined beam for two different pulse energies.

Fig. 5.
Fig. 5.

Autocorrelation trace for the two single channels and the combined beam at the highest pulse energy. The inset shows the beam profile for the combined beam after compression.

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