Abstract

We report the generation of ultrabroadband mid-infrared (mid-IR) pulses by noncollinear difference frequency mixing. The signal and the idler output beams of an optical parametric amplifier are combined in a silver thiogallate crystal (AgGaS2) to generate mid-infrared radiation. We show that a noncollinear geometry facilitates broadband phase matching. Spectral bandwidths up to 1750cm1 were obtained at an external noncollinear angle of 4.2 deg, which is more than three times broader than in a collinear geometry. The broadband spectrum is tunable in the range of 15004500cm1. Pulse energies up to 1 μJ were achieved. The broadband pulses were used in sum frequency generation in ZnSe and in vibrational absorption spectroscopy experiments of liquid samples.

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