Abstract

We introduce a scheme for the generation of tunable few-optical-cycle UV pulses based on sum-frequency generation between a broadband visible pulse and a narrowband pulse ranging from the visible to the near-IR. This configuration generates broadband UV pulses tunable from 0.3 to 0.4 μm, with energy up to 1.5 μJ. By exploiting nonlinear phase transfer, transform-limited pulse durations are achieved. Full characterization of the UV pulse spectral phase is obtained by two-dimensional spectral shearing interferometry, which is here extended to the UV spectral range. We demonstrate clean 8.4 fs UV pulses.

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A. Nenov, I. Rivalta, G. Cerullo, S. Mukamel, and M. Garavelli, J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 5, 767 (2014).
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2013 (1)

C. Consani, G. Auboeck, F. Van Mourik, and M. Chergui, Science 339, 1586 (2013).
[CrossRef]

2011 (3)

H. Li, J. Liu, Y. Feng, C. Chen, H. Pan, J. Wu, and H. Zeng, Appl. Phys. Lett. 99, 011108 (2011).
[CrossRef]

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[CrossRef]

C. Homann, N. Krebs, and E. Riedle, Appl. Phys. B 104, 783 (2011).
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2008 (3)

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Angelow, G.

Auboeck, G.

C. Consani, G. Auboeck, F. Van Mourik, and M. Chergui, Science 339, 1586 (2013).
[CrossRef]

Azzeer, A. M.

Backus, S.

Banaszek, K.

M. Kacprowicz, W. Wasilewski, and K. Banaszek, Appl. Phys. B 91, 283 (2008).
[CrossRef]

Baum, P.

Beutler, M.

Birge, J. R.

Brida, D.

Buchvarov, I.

P. Tzankov, T. Fiebig, and I. Buchvarov, Appl. Phys. Lett. 82, 517 (2003).
[CrossRef]

Cerullo, G.

Chen, C.

H. Li, J. Liu, Y. Feng, C. Chen, H. Pan, J. Wu, and H. Zeng, Appl. Phys. Lett. 99, 011108 (2011).
[CrossRef]

Chergui, M.

C. Consani, G. Auboeck, F. Van Mourik, and M. Chergui, Science 339, 1586 (2013).
[CrossRef]

Consani, C.

C. Consani, G. Auboeck, F. Van Mourik, and M. Chergui, Science 339, 1586 (2013).
[CrossRef]

Crespo-Hernández, C. E.

C. T. Middleton, K. De La Harpe, C. Su, Y. K. Law, C. E. Crespo-Hernández, and B. Kohler, Annu. Rev. Phys. Chem. 60, 217 (2009).
[CrossRef]

De La Harpe, K.

C. T. Middleton, K. De La Harpe, C. Su, Y. K. Law, C. E. Crespo-Hernández, and B. Kohler, Annu. Rev. Phys. Chem. 60, 217 (2009).
[CrossRef]

De Silvestri, S.

Durfee, C. G.

Ell, R.

Feng, Y.

H. Li, J. Liu, Y. Feng, C. Chen, H. Pan, J. Wu, and H. Zeng, Appl. Phys. Lett. 99, 011108 (2011).
[CrossRef]

Fiebig, T.

P. Tzankov, T. Fiebig, and I. Buchvarov, Appl. Phys. Lett. 82, 517 (2003).
[CrossRef]

Fiess, M.

Fuji, T.

Fuss, W.

Gaeta, A. L.

Gallmann, L.

Garavelli, M.

A. Nenov, I. Rivalta, G. Cerullo, S. Mukamel, and M. Garavelli, J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 5, 767 (2014).
[CrossRef]

Ghotbi, M.

Giessen, H.

Goulielmakis, E.

Graf, U.

Homann, C.

C. Homann, N. Krebs, and E. Riedle, Appl. Phys. B 104, 783 (2011).
[CrossRef]

Horio, T.

Jiang, J.

J. Jiang and S. Mukamel, Angew. Chem., Int. Ed. Engl. 49, 9666 (2010).
[CrossRef]

Jiang, Y.

Kacprowicz, M.

M. Kacprowicz, W. Wasilewski, and K. Banaszek, Appl. Phys. B 91, 283 (2008).
[CrossRef]

Kaertner, F. X.

Kapteyn, H. C.

Karpowicz, N.

Keller, U.

Kida, Y.

Kienberger, R.

Kobayashi, T.

Kohler, B.

C. T. Middleton, K. De La Harpe, C. Su, Y. K. Law, C. E. Crespo-Hernández, and B. Kohler, Annu. Rev. Phys. Chem. 60, 217 (2009).
[CrossRef]

Kosma, K.

Krausz, F.

Krebs, N.

C. Homann, N. Krebs, and E. Riedle, Appl. Phys. B 104, 783 (2011).
[CrossRef]

Kuhl, J.

Law, Y. K.

C. T. Middleton, K. De La Harpe, C. Su, Y. K. Law, C. E. Crespo-Hernández, and B. Kohler, Annu. Rev. Phys. Chem. 60, 217 (2009).
[CrossRef]

Li, H.

H. Li, J. Liu, Y. Feng, C. Chen, H. Pan, J. Wu, and H. Zeng, Appl. Phys. Lett. 99, 011108 (2011).
[CrossRef]

Linden, S.

Liu, J.

H. Li, J. Liu, Y. Feng, C. Chen, H. Pan, J. Wu, and H. Zeng, Appl. Phys. Lett. 99, 011108 (2011).
[CrossRef]

Y. Kida, J. Liu, T. Teramoto, and T. Kobayashi, Opt. Lett. 35, 1807 (2010).
[CrossRef]

Lochbrunner, S.

Manzoni, C.

Matuschek, N.

Middleton, C. T.

C. T. Middleton, K. De La Harpe, C. Su, Y. K. Law, C. E. Crespo-Hernández, and B. Kohler, Annu. Rev. Phys. Chem. 60, 217 (2009).
[CrossRef]

Midorikawa, K.

Miyanaga, N.

Mukamel, S.

A. Nenov, I. Rivalta, G. Cerullo, S. Mukamel, and M. Garavelli, J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 5, 767 (2014).
[CrossRef]

J. Jiang and S. Mukamel, Angew. Chem., Int. Ed. Engl. 49, 9666 (2010).
[CrossRef]

Murnane, M. M.

Nabekawa, Y.

Nenov, A.

A. Nenov, I. Rivalta, G. Cerullo, S. Mukamel, and M. Garavelli, J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 5, 767 (2014).
[CrossRef]

Noack, F.

Obara, M.

Pan, H.

H. Li, J. Liu, Y. Feng, C. Chen, H. Pan, J. Wu, and H. Zeng, Appl. Phys. Lett. 99, 011108 (2011).
[CrossRef]

Peatross, J.

Ranka, J. K.

Reiter, F.

Riedle, E.

C. Homann, N. Krebs, and E. Riedle, Appl. Phys. B 104, 783 (2011).
[CrossRef]

P. Baum, S. Lochbrunner, and E. Riedle, Opt. Lett. 29, 210 (2004).
[CrossRef]

P. Baum, S. Lochbrunner, and E. Riedle, Opt. Lett. 29, 1686 (2004).
[CrossRef]

P. Baum, S. Lochbrunner, and E. Riedle, Appl. Phys. B 79, 1027 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Rivalta, I.

A. Nenov, I. Rivalta, G. Cerullo, S. Mukamel, and M. Garavelli, J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 5, 767 (2014).
[CrossRef]

Rundquist, A.

Scheuer, V.

Schmid, W. E.

Schreiber, E.

Schröder, H.

Schultze, M.

Schweinberger, W.

Seidel, M. T.

Shimizu, S.

Steinmeyer, G.

Streltsov, A. M.

Su, C.

C. T. Middleton, K. De La Harpe, C. Su, Y. K. Law, C. E. Crespo-Hernández, and B. Kohler, Annu. Rev. Phys. Chem. 60, 217 (2009).
[CrossRef]

Sueda, K.

Suzuki, T.

Taft, G.

Tan, H.-S.

Teramoto, T.

Trushin, S. A.

Tschudi, T.

Tzankov, P.

P. Tzankov, T. Fiebig, and I. Buchvarov, Appl. Phys. Lett. 82, 517 (2003).
[CrossRef]

Van Mourik, F.

C. Consani, G. Auboeck, F. Van Mourik, and M. Chergui, Science 339, 1586 (2013).
[CrossRef]

Warren, W. S.

Wasilewski, W.

M. Kacprowicz, W. Wasilewski, and K. Banaszek, Appl. Phys. B 91, 283 (2008).
[CrossRef]

Wells, K. L.

Wu, J.

H. Li, J. Liu, Y. Feng, C. Chen, H. Pan, J. Wu, and H. Zeng, Appl. Phys. Lett. 99, 011108 (2011).
[CrossRef]

Yan, S.

Zavelani-Rossi, M.

Zeek, Z.

Zeng, H.

H. Li, J. Liu, Y. Feng, C. Chen, H. Pan, J. Wu, and H. Zeng, Appl. Phys. Lett. 99, 011108 (2011).
[CrossRef]

Zhang, Z.

Zhao, B.

Angew. Chem., Int. Ed. Engl. (1)

J. Jiang and S. Mukamel, Angew. Chem., Int. Ed. Engl. 49, 9666 (2010).
[CrossRef]

Annu. Rev. Phys. Chem. (1)

C. T. Middleton, K. De La Harpe, C. Su, Y. K. Law, C. E. Crespo-Hernández, and B. Kohler, Annu. Rev. Phys. Chem. 60, 217 (2009).
[CrossRef]

Appl. Phys. B (3)

P. Baum, S. Lochbrunner, and E. Riedle, Appl. Phys. B 79, 1027 (2004).
[CrossRef]

M. Kacprowicz, W. Wasilewski, and K. Banaszek, Appl. Phys. B 91, 283 (2008).
[CrossRef]

C. Homann, N. Krebs, and E. Riedle, Appl. Phys. B 104, 783 (2011).
[CrossRef]

Appl. Phys. Lett. (2)

H. Li, J. Liu, Y. Feng, C. Chen, H. Pan, J. Wu, and H. Zeng, Appl. Phys. Lett. 99, 011108 (2011).
[CrossRef]

P. Tzankov, T. Fiebig, and I. Buchvarov, Appl. Phys. Lett. 82, 517 (2003).
[CrossRef]

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

J. Phys. Chem. Lett. (1)

A. Nenov, I. Rivalta, G. Cerullo, S. Mukamel, and M. Garavelli, J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 5, 767 (2014).
[CrossRef]

Opt. Express (3)

Opt. Lett. (15)

J. R. Birge, R. Ell, and F. X. Kaertner, Opt. Lett. 31, 2063 (2006).
[CrossRef]

M. Zavelani-Rossi, G. Cerullo, S. De Silvestri, L. Gallmann, N. Matuschek, G. Steinmeyer, U. Keller, G. Angelow, V. Scheuer, and T. Tschudi, Opt. Lett. 26, 1155 (2001).
[CrossRef]

S. Linden, J. Kuhl, and H. Giessen, Opt. Lett. 24, 569 (1999).
[CrossRef]

A. M. Streltsov, J. K. Ranka, and A. L. Gaeta, Opt. Lett. 23, 798 (1998).
[CrossRef]

P. Baum, S. Lochbrunner, and E. Riedle, Opt. Lett. 29, 210 (2004).
[CrossRef]

F. Reiter, U. Graf, M. Schultze, W. Schweinberger, H. Schröder, N. Karpowicz, A. M. Azzeer, R. Kienberger, F. Krausz, and E. Goulielmakis, Opt. Lett. 35, 2248 (2010).
[CrossRef]

K. Kosma, S. A. Trushin, W. E. Schmid, and W. Fuss, Opt. Lett. 33, 723 (2008).
[CrossRef]

C. G. Durfee, S. Backus, M. M. Murnane, and H. C. Kapteyn, Opt. Lett. 22, 1565 (1997).
[CrossRef]

C. G. Durfee, S. Backus, H. C. Kapteyn, and M. M. Murnane, Opt. Lett. 24, 697 (1999).
[CrossRef]

Y. Kida, J. Liu, T. Teramoto, and T. Kobayashi, Opt. Lett. 35, 1807 (2010).
[CrossRef]

T. Fuji, T. Horio, and T. Suzuki, Opt. Lett. 32, 2481 (2007).
[CrossRef]

M. Beutler, M. Ghotbi, F. Noack, D. Brida, C. Manzoni, and G. Cerullo, Opt. Lett. 34, 710 (2009).
[CrossRef]

P. Baum, S. Lochbrunner, and E. Riedle, Opt. Lett. 29, 1686 (2004).
[CrossRef]

H.-S. Tan, E. Schreiber, and W. S. Warren, Opt. Lett. 27, 439 (2002).
[CrossRef]

S. Backus, J. Peatross, Z. Zeek, A. Rundquist, G. Taft, M. M. Murnane, and H. C. Kapteyn, Opt. Lett. 21, 665 (1996).
[CrossRef]

Science (1)

C. Consani, G. Auboeck, F. Van Mourik, and M. Chergui, Science 339, 1586 (2013).
[CrossRef]

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Figures (5)

Fig. 1.
Fig. 1.

(a) GVM δ32 for the SFG process in BBO between a narrowband pulse at λ1 and a broadband pulse at λ2=600nm. (b) The dashed–dotted line shows expected TL UV pulse durations for the e1+o2e3 SFG process in a 50 μm crystal, starting from 6.2 fs visible pulses and monochromatic light at λ1. The circles show TL pulse durations of the measured UV spectra of Fig. 3.

Fig. 2.
Fig. 2.

(a) Experimental setup for the generation of the UV pulses. DL, delay line; DM, dichroic mirror. (b) 2DSI setup based on DFG between UV and stretched replicas of the FF. BS, beam splitter; FS, fused silica plate.

Fig. 3.
Fig. 3.

Tunability of the UV pulses from SFG between the 600 nm broadband NOPA pulse and a narrowband pulse with wavelength indicated on top.

Fig. 4.
Fig. 4.

(a) Experimental 2DSI map of the compressed UV pulses. (b) Detail of the retrieved GD. (c) Dispersion of thin fused silica plates as deduced from 2DSI measurements (solid lines) and from Sellmeier equations (dashed lines).

Fig. 5.
Fig. 5.

(a) Spectral intensity and phase for the compressed UV pulse. (b) Retrieved pulse in the temporal domain.

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Δk=k3k2k1(k3ω|ω¯3k2ω|ω¯2)Δω=[1vg31vg2]Δω=δ32Δω,

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