Abstract

We report on efficient generation of millijoule-level, kilohertz-repetition-rate few-cycle laser pulses with radial polarization by combining a gas-filled hollow-waveguide compression technique with a suitable polarization mode converter. Peak power levels >85GW are routinely achieved, capable of reaching relativistic intensities >1019W/cm2 with carrier-envelope-phase control, by employing readily accessible ultrafast high-energy laser technology.

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E. A. J. Marcatili and R. A. Schmeltzer, Bell Syst. Tech. J. 43, 1783 (1964).
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L. Novotny, M. R. Beversluis, K. S. Youngworth, and T. G. Brown, Phys. Rev. Lett. 86, 5251 (2001).
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M. Nisoli, S. De Silvestri, and O. Svelto, Appl. Phys. Lett. 68, 2793 (1996).
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R. Dorn, S. Quabis, and G. Leuchs, Phys. Rev. Lett. 91, 233901 (2003).
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W. D. Kimura, G. H. Kim, R. D. Romea, L. C. Steinhauer, I. V. Pogorelsky, K. P. Kusche, R. C. Fernow, X. Wang, and Y. Liu, Phys. Rev. Lett. 74, 546 (1995).
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S. Payeur, S. Fourmaux, B. E. Schmidt, J. P. MacLean, C. Tchervenkov, F. Lagare, M. Piche, and J. C. Kieffer, Appl. Phys. Lett. 101, 041105 (2012).
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Grunwald, R.

Hensley, C. J.

Hnatovsky, C.

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K. H. Hong, B. Hou, J. A. Nees, E. Power, and G. A. Mourou, Appl. Phys. B 81, 447 (2005).
[CrossRef]

Hong, K.-H.

Hora, H.

L. Cicchitelli, H. Hora, and R. Postle, Phys. Rev. A 41, 3727 (1990).
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Hou, B.

K. H. Hong, B. Hou, J. A. Nees, E. Power, and G. A. Mourou, Appl. Phys. B 81, 447 (2005).
[CrossRef]

Ishaaya, A. A.

Jackel, S.

Kärtner, F. X.

Kieffer, J. C.

S. Payeur, S. Fourmaux, B. E. Schmidt, J. P. MacLean, C. Tchervenkov, F. Lagare, M. Piche, and J. C. Kieffer, Appl. Phys. Lett. 101, 041105 (2012).
[CrossRef]

Kim, G. H.

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[CrossRef]

Kimura, W. D.

W. D. Kimura, G. H. Kim, R. D. Romea, L. C. Steinhauer, I. V. Pogorelsky, K. P. Kusche, R. C. Fernow, X. Wang, and Y. Liu, Phys. Rev. Lett. 74, 546 (1995).
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König, S.

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[CrossRef]

Lagare, F.

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W. D. Kimura, G. H. Kim, R. D. Romea, L. C. Steinhauer, I. V. Pogorelsky, K. P. Kusche, R. C. Fernow, X. Wang, and Y. Liu, Phys. Rev. Lett. 74, 546 (1995).
[CrossRef]

Lumer, Y.

Machavariani, G.

MacLean, J. P.

S. Payeur, S. Fourmaux, B. E. Schmidt, J. P. MacLean, C. Tchervenkov, F. Lagare, M. Piche, and J. C. Kieffer, Appl. Phys. Lett. 101, 041105 (2012).
[CrossRef]

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Mosche, I.

Moshe, I.

Mourou, G.

Mourou, G. A.

K. H. Hong, B. Hou, J. A. Nees, E. Power, and G. A. Mourou, Appl. Phys. B 81, 447 (2005).
[CrossRef]

Murokh, A.

J. Rosenzweig, A. Murokh, and C. Pellegrini, Phys. Rev. Lett. 74, 2467 (1995).
[CrossRef]

Nees, J. A.

K. H. Hong, B. Hou, J. A. Nees, E. Power, and G. A. Mourou, Appl. Phys. B 81, 447 (2005).
[CrossRef]

Nisoli, M.

M. Nisoli, S. De Silvestri, and O. Svelto, Appl. Phys. Lett. 68, 2793 (1996).
[CrossRef]

Novotny, L.

L. Novotny, M. R. Beversluis, K. S. Youngworth, and T. G. Brown, Phys. Rev. Lett. 86, 5251 (2001).
[CrossRef]

Payeur, S.

S. Payeur, S. Fourmaux, B. E. Schmidt, J. P. MacLean, C. Tchervenkov, F. Lagare, M. Piche, and J. C. Kieffer, Appl. Phys. Lett. 101, 041105 (2012).
[CrossRef]

Pellegrini, C.

J. Rosenzweig, A. Murokh, and C. Pellegrini, Phys. Rev. Lett. 74, 2467 (1995).
[CrossRef]

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M. D. Perry and G. Mourou, Science 264, 917 (1994).
[CrossRef]

Piche, M.

S. Payeur, S. Fourmaux, B. E. Schmidt, J. P. MacLean, C. Tchervenkov, F. Lagare, M. Piche, and J. C. Kieffer, Appl. Phys. Lett. 101, 041105 (2012).
[CrossRef]

Pogorelsky, I. V.

W. D. Kimura, G. H. Kim, R. D. Romea, L. C. Steinhauer, I. V. Pogorelsky, K. P. Kusche, R. C. Fernow, X. Wang, and Y. Liu, Phys. Rev. Lett. 74, 546 (1995).
[CrossRef]

Postle, R.

L. Cicchitelli, H. Hora, and R. Postle, Phys. Rev. A 41, 3727 (1990).
[CrossRef]

Power, E.

K. H. Hong, B. Hou, J. A. Nees, E. Power, and G. A. Mourou, Appl. Phys. B 81, 447 (2005).
[CrossRef]

Quabis, S.

R. Dorn, S. Quabis, and G. Leuchs, Phys. Rev. Lett. 91, 233901 (2003).
[CrossRef]

Rode, A. V.

Romea, R. D.

W. D. Kimura, G. H. Kim, R. D. Romea, L. C. Steinhauer, I. V. Pogorelsky, K. P. Kusche, R. C. Fernow, X. Wang, and Y. Liu, Phys. Rev. Lett. 74, 546 (1995).
[CrossRef]

Rosenzweig, J.

J. Rosenzweig, A. Murokh, and C. Pellegrini, Phys. Rev. Lett. 74, 2467 (1995).
[CrossRef]

Schmeltzer, R. A.

E. A. J. Marcatili and R. A. Schmeltzer, Bell Syst. Tech. J. 43, 1783 (1964).
[CrossRef]

Schmidt, B. E.

S. Payeur, S. Fourmaux, B. E. Schmidt, J. P. MacLean, C. Tchervenkov, F. Lagare, M. Piche, and J. C. Kieffer, Appl. Phys. Lett. 101, 041105 (2012).
[CrossRef]

Schrauth, S.

Shim, B.

Shostka, N.

Shvedov, V. G.

Steinhauer, L. C.

W. D. Kimura, G. H. Kim, R. D. Romea, L. C. Steinhauer, I. V. Pogorelsky, K. P. Kusche, R. C. Fernow, X. Wang, and Y. Liu, Phys. Rev. Lett. 74, 546 (1995).
[CrossRef]

Svelto, O.

M. Nisoli, S. De Silvestri, and O. Svelto, Appl. Phys. Lett. 68, 2793 (1996).
[CrossRef]

Tchervenkov, C.

S. Payeur, S. Fourmaux, B. E. Schmidt, J. P. MacLean, C. Tchervenkov, F. Lagare, M. Piche, and J. C. Kieffer, Appl. Phys. Lett. 101, 041105 (2012).
[CrossRef]

Treffer, A.

Wallrabe, U.

Wang, H.

Wang, X.

W. D. Kimura, G. H. Kim, R. D. Romea, L. C. Steinhauer, I. V. Pogorelsky, K. P. Kusche, R. C. Fernow, X. Wang, and Y. Liu, Phys. Rev. Lett. 74, 546 (1995).
[CrossRef]

Wolf, E.

M. Born and E. Wolf, Principles of Optics (Cambridge University, 1999).

Wong, L. J.

Youngworth, K.

Youngworth, K. S.

L. Novotny, M. R. Beversluis, K. S. Youngworth, and T. G. Brown, Phys. Rev. Lett. 86, 5251 (2001).
[CrossRef]

Appl. Phys. B (1)

K. H. Hong, B. Hou, J. A. Nees, E. Power, and G. A. Mourou, Appl. Phys. B 81, 447 (2005).
[CrossRef]

Appl. Phys. Lett. (2)

S. Payeur, S. Fourmaux, B. E. Schmidt, J. P. MacLean, C. Tchervenkov, F. Lagare, M. Piche, and J. C. Kieffer, Appl. Phys. Lett. 101, 041105 (2012).
[CrossRef]

M. Nisoli, S. De Silvestri, and O. Svelto, Appl. Phys. Lett. 68, 2793 (1996).
[CrossRef]

Bell Syst. Tech. J. (1)

E. A. J. Marcatili and R. A. Schmeltzer, Bell Syst. Tech. J. 43, 1783 (1964).
[CrossRef]

Opt. Express (4)

Opt. Lett. (6)

Phys. Rev. A (1)

L. Cicchitelli, H. Hora, and R. Postle, Phys. Rev. A 41, 3727 (1990).
[CrossRef]

Phys. Rev. Lett. (4)

J. Rosenzweig, A. Murokh, and C. Pellegrini, Phys. Rev. Lett. 74, 2467 (1995).
[CrossRef]

W. D. Kimura, G. H. Kim, R. D. Romea, L. C. Steinhauer, I. V. Pogorelsky, K. P. Kusche, R. C. Fernow, X. Wang, and Y. Liu, Phys. Rev. Lett. 74, 546 (1995).
[CrossRef]

R. Dorn, S. Quabis, and G. Leuchs, Phys. Rev. Lett. 91, 233901 (2003).
[CrossRef]

L. Novotny, M. R. Beversluis, K. S. Youngworth, and T. G. Brown, Phys. Rev. Lett. 86, 5251 (2001).
[CrossRef]

Science (1)

M. D. Perry and G. Mourou, Science 264, 917 (1994).
[CrossRef]

Other (1)

M. Born and E. Wolf, Principles of Optics (Cambridge University, 1999).

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Fig. 1.
Fig. 1.

a, schematic layout of the pressure gradient hollow-waveguide compressor setup and the polarization mode-converter. Ar gas is laminarly flown in the counterpropagating direction of the laser beam. b, short-term output intensity fluctuations over more than 3 s accounting for < 0.5 % over the average intensity value due to active pointing stabilization of the input beam. For optimum alignment, the fluctuations are comparable to the those inherent to the Ti:sapphire amplifier system.

Fig. 2.
Fig. 2.

a, normalized input spectrum (gray), normalized output spectrum (solid cyan), and λ / 2 waveplate transmission curves (dashed cyan). b, measured interferometric autocorrelator (IAC) signal (dashed cyan) and fitted IAC signal with a 8.06 ± 0.15 fs FWHM pulse duration and waveguide output far-field beam profile (inset); bar is 5 mm.

Fig. 3.
Fig. 3.

Computed coupling efficiency as a function of electric field beam waist of linearly polarized Gaussian EH 11 (solid) and EH 12 (dashed) beams and linearly polarized Gaussian beam externally converted to TM 01 (dotted) mode.

Fig. 4.
Fig. 4.

Normalized transverse far-field intensity profile of 8 fs radially polarized beam for a, full beam; b, 0°-angle; c, 45°-angle; d, 90°-angle; and e, 135°-angle components.

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