Abstract

We present the extension of high-power pulse compression deeper into the challenging IR spectral range around 3.2 μm wavelength, where the effects of material absorption, dispersion, and free electron disturbance on nonlinear propagation become increasingly limiting parameters. 5 mJ, 80 fs pulses from a KTA parametric amplifier were spectrally broadened in a large-core hollow fiber with argon as the nonlinear medium. Subsequent compression through anomalous dispersion in CaF2 yielded 2.5 mJ close-to-transform-limited two-cycle pulses exhibiting a passively stabilized carrier envelope phase (CEP). Furthermore, we outline the feasibility of generating sub-two-cycle pulses with good spatial and temporal characteristics.

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V. Cardin, N. Thiré, S. Beaulieu, V. Wanie, F. Légaré, and B. E. Schmidt, Appl. Phys. Lett. 107, 181101 (2015).
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A. Suda and T. Takeda, Appl. Sci. 2, 549 (2012).
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[Crossref]

P. Béjot, B. E. Schmidt, J. Kasparian, J.-P. Wolf, and F. Legaré, Phys. Rev. A 81, 063828 (2010).
[Crossref]

2003 (1)

A. Baltuška, M. Uiberacker, E. Goulielmakis, R. Kienberger, V. S. Yakovlev, T. Udem, T. W. Hänsch, and F. Krausz, IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 9, 972 (2003).
[Crossref]

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A. Baltuška, T. Fuji, and T. Kobayashi, Phys. Rev. Lett. 88, 133901 (2002).
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Balciunas, T.

Baltuska, A.

Baltuška, A.

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A. Baltuška, T. Fuji, and T. Kobayashi, Phys. Rev. Lett. 88, 133901 (2002).
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V. Cardin, N. Thiré, S. Beaulieu, V. Wanie, F. Légaré, and B. E. Schmidt, Appl. Phys. Lett. 107, 181101 (2015).
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Béjot, P.

B. E. Schmidt, P. Béjot, M. Giguère, A. D. Shiner, C. Trallero-Herrero, E. Bisson, J. Kasparian, J.-P. Wolf, D. M. Villeneuve, J.-C. Kieffer, P. B. Corkum, and F. Légaré, Appl. Phys. Lett. 96, 121109 (2010).
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P. Béjot, B. E. Schmidt, J. Kasparian, J.-P. Wolf, and F. Legaré, Phys. Rev. A 81, 063828 (2010).
[Crossref]

Benabid, F.

Bisson, E.

B. E. Schmidt, P. Béjot, M. Giguère, A. D. Shiner, C. Trallero-Herrero, E. Bisson, J. Kasparian, J.-P. Wolf, D. M. Villeneuve, J.-C. Kieffer, P. B. Corkum, and F. Légaré, Appl. Phys. Lett. 96, 121109 (2010).
[Crossref]

Bohman, S.

Calegari, F.

Cardin, V.

V. Cardin, N. Thiré, S. Beaulieu, V. Wanie, F. Légaré, and B. E. Schmidt, Appl. Phys. Lett. 107, 181101 (2015).
[Crossref]

Chen, M.-C.

Chen, Y.

Corkum, P. B.

B. E. Schmidt, P. Béjot, M. Giguère, A. D. Shiner, C. Trallero-Herrero, E. Bisson, J. Kasparian, J.-P. Wolf, D. M. Villeneuve, J.-C. Kieffer, P. B. Corkum, and F. Légaré, Appl. Phys. Lett. 96, 121109 (2010).
[Crossref]

Dai, Y.

DeSilvestri, S.

M. Nisoli, S. DeSilvestri, and O. Svelto, Appl. Phys. Lett. 68, 2793 (1996).
[Crossref]

Fan, G.

Fourcade-Dutin, C.

Fuji, T.

A. Baltuška, T. Fuji, and T. Kobayashi, Phys. Rev. Lett. 88, 133901 (2002).
[Crossref]

Gérôme, F.

Giguère, M.

B. E. Schmidt, P. Béjot, M. Giguère, A. D. Shiner, C. Trallero-Herrero, E. Bisson, J. Kasparian, J.-P. Wolf, D. M. Villeneuve, J.-C. Kieffer, P. B. Corkum, and F. Légaré, Appl. Phys. Lett. 96, 121109 (2010).
[Crossref]

Goulielmakis, E.

A. Baltuška, M. Uiberacker, E. Goulielmakis, R. Kienberger, V. S. Yakovlev, T. Udem, T. W. Hänsch, and F. Krausz, IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 9, 972 (2003).
[Crossref]

Guo, X.

Haessler, S.

Hänsch, T. W.

A. Baltuška, M. Uiberacker, E. Goulielmakis, R. Kienberger, V. S. Yakovlev, T. Udem, T. W. Hänsch, and F. Krausz, IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 9, 972 (2003).
[Crossref]

Huang, Z.

Kanai, T.

Kapteyn, H. C.

Kasparian, J.

P. Béjot, B. E. Schmidt, J. Kasparian, J.-P. Wolf, and F. Legaré, Phys. Rev. A 81, 063828 (2010).
[Crossref]

B. E. Schmidt, P. Béjot, M. Giguère, A. D. Shiner, C. Trallero-Herrero, E. Bisson, J. Kasparian, J.-P. Wolf, D. M. Villeneuve, J.-C. Kieffer, P. B. Corkum, and F. Légaré, Appl. Phys. Lett. 96, 121109 (2010).
[Crossref]

Kieffer, J.-C.

B. E. Schmidt, P. Béjot, M. Giguère, A. D. Shiner, C. Trallero-Herrero, E. Bisson, J. Kasparian, J.-P. Wolf, D. M. Villeneuve, J.-C. Kieffer, P. B. Corkum, and F. Légaré, Appl. Phys. Lett. 96, 121109 (2010).
[Crossref]

Kienberger, R.

A. Baltuška, M. Uiberacker, E. Goulielmakis, R. Kienberger, V. S. Yakovlev, T. Udem, T. W. Hänsch, and F. Krausz, IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 9, 972 (2003).
[Crossref]

Kobayashi, T.

A. Baltuška, T. Fuji, and T. Kobayashi, Phys. Rev. Lett. 88, 133901 (2002).
[Crossref]

Krausz, F.

A. Baltuška, M. Uiberacker, E. Goulielmakis, R. Kienberger, V. S. Yakovlev, T. Udem, T. W. Hänsch, and F. Krausz, IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 9, 972 (2003).
[Crossref]

Legaré, F.

P. Béjot, B. E. Schmidt, J. Kasparian, J.-P. Wolf, and F. Legaré, Phys. Rev. A 81, 063828 (2010).
[Crossref]

Légaré, F.

V. Cardin, N. Thiré, S. Beaulieu, V. Wanie, F. Légaré, and B. E. Schmidt, Appl. Phys. Lett. 107, 181101 (2015).
[Crossref]

B. E. Schmidt, P. Béjot, M. Giguère, A. D. Shiner, C. Trallero-Herrero, E. Bisson, J. Kasparian, J.-P. Wolf, D. M. Villeneuve, J.-C. Kieffer, P. B. Corkum, and F. Légaré, Appl. Phys. Lett. 96, 121109 (2010).
[Crossref]

Leng, Y.

Li, W.

Li, Y.

Liu, Z.

Lu, J.

Lücking, F.

Midorikawa, K.

Murnane, M. M.

Nagy, T.

Nisoli, M.

Oksenhendler, T.

Pervak, V.

Popmintchev, T.

Pugžlys, A.

Sansone, G.

Schmidt, B. E.

V. Cardin, N. Thiré, S. Beaulieu, V. Wanie, F. Légaré, and B. E. Schmidt, Appl. Phys. Lett. 107, 181101 (2015).
[Crossref]

B. E. Schmidt, P. Béjot, M. Giguère, A. D. Shiner, C. Trallero-Herrero, E. Bisson, J. Kasparian, J.-P. Wolf, D. M. Villeneuve, J.-C. Kieffer, P. B. Corkum, and F. Légaré, Appl. Phys. Lett. 96, 121109 (2010).
[Crossref]

P. Béjot, B. E. Schmidt, J. Kasparian, J.-P. Wolf, and F. Legaré, Phys. Rev. A 81, 063828 (2010).
[Crossref]

Shiner, A. D.

B. E. Schmidt, P. Béjot, M. Giguère, A. D. Shiner, C. Trallero-Herrero, E. Bisson, J. Kasparian, J.-P. Wolf, D. M. Villeneuve, J.-C. Kieffer, P. B. Corkum, and F. Légaré, Appl. Phys. Lett. 96, 121109 (2010).
[Crossref]

Simon, P.

Suda, A.

Svelto, O.

M. Nisoli, S. DeSilvestri, and O. Svelto, Appl. Phys. Lett. 68, 2793 (1996).
[Crossref]

Takeda, T.

A. Suda and T. Takeda, Appl. Sci. 2, 549 (2012).
[Crossref]

Tempea, G.

Thiré, N.

V. Cardin, N. Thiré, S. Beaulieu, V. Wanie, F. Légaré, and B. E. Schmidt, Appl. Phys. Lett. 107, 181101 (2015).
[Crossref]

Trabattoni, A.

Trallero-Herrero, C.

B. E. Schmidt, P. Béjot, M. Giguère, A. D. Shiner, C. Trallero-Herrero, E. Bisson, J. Kasparian, J.-P. Wolf, D. M. Villeneuve, J.-C. Kieffer, P. B. Corkum, and F. Légaré, Appl. Phys. Lett. 96, 121109 (2010).
[Crossref]

Udem, T.

A. Baltuška, M. Uiberacker, E. Goulielmakis, R. Kienberger, V. S. Yakovlev, T. Udem, T. W. Hänsch, and F. Krausz, IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 9, 972 (2003).
[Crossref]

Uiberacker, M.

A. Baltuška, M. Uiberacker, E. Goulielmakis, R. Kienberger, V. S. Yakovlev, T. Udem, T. W. Hänsch, and F. Krausz, IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 9, 972 (2003).
[Crossref]

Villeneuve, D. M.

B. E. Schmidt, P. Béjot, M. Giguère, A. D. Shiner, C. Trallero-Herrero, E. Bisson, J. Kasparian, J.-P. Wolf, D. M. Villeneuve, J.-C. Kieffer, P. B. Corkum, and F. Légaré, Appl. Phys. Lett. 96, 121109 (2010).
[Crossref]

Voronin, A.

Wang, D.

Wanie, V.

V. Cardin, N. Thiré, S. Beaulieu, V. Wanie, F. Légaré, and B. E. Schmidt, Appl. Phys. Lett. 107, 181101 (2015).
[Crossref]

Witting, T.

Wolf, J.-P.

P. Béjot, B. E. Schmidt, J. Kasparian, J.-P. Wolf, and F. Legaré, Phys. Rev. A 81, 063828 (2010).
[Crossref]

B. E. Schmidt, P. Béjot, M. Giguère, A. D. Shiner, C. Trallero-Herrero, E. Bisson, J. Kasparian, J.-P. Wolf, D. M. Villeneuve, J.-C. Kieffer, P. B. Corkum, and F. Légaré, Appl. Phys. Lett. 96, 121109 (2010).
[Crossref]

Yakovlev, V. S.

A. Baltuška, M. Uiberacker, E. Goulielmakis, R. Kienberger, V. S. Yakovlev, T. Udem, T. W. Hänsch, and F. Krausz, IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 9, 972 (2003).
[Crossref]

Yamaguchi, S.

Zhao, R.

Zheltikov, A. M.

Appl. Phys. Lett. (3)

M. Nisoli, S. DeSilvestri, and O. Svelto, Appl. Phys. Lett. 68, 2793 (1996).
[Crossref]

B. E. Schmidt, P. Béjot, M. Giguère, A. D. Shiner, C. Trallero-Herrero, E. Bisson, J. Kasparian, J.-P. Wolf, D. M. Villeneuve, J.-C. Kieffer, P. B. Corkum, and F. Légaré, Appl. Phys. Lett. 96, 121109 (2010).
[Crossref]

V. Cardin, N. Thiré, S. Beaulieu, V. Wanie, F. Légaré, and B. E. Schmidt, Appl. Phys. Lett. 107, 181101 (2015).
[Crossref]

Appl. Sci. (1)

A. Suda and T. Takeda, Appl. Sci. 2, 549 (2012).
[Crossref]

IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. (1)

A. Baltuška, M. Uiberacker, E. Goulielmakis, R. Kienberger, V. S. Yakovlev, T. Udem, T. W. Hänsch, and F. Krausz, IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 9, 972 (2003).
[Crossref]

Opt. Express (2)

Opt. Lett. (4)

Phys. Rev. A (1)

P. Béjot, B. E. Schmidt, J. Kasparian, J.-P. Wolf, and F. Legaré, Phys. Rev. A 81, 063828 (2010).
[Crossref]

Phys. Rev. Lett. (1)

A. Baltuška, T. Fuji, and T. Kobayashi, Phys. Rev. Lett. 88, 133901 (2002).
[Crossref]

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Fig. 1.
Fig. 1.

(a) Schematic of the OPA and idler post-compression setup. PZT, piezo actuator for CEP control; TFP, thin film polarizing beam splitter; WLG, white light supercontinuum seed; DM, dichroic mirror. The HCF is differentially pumped with argon gas supplied at the output, and the input is kept under vacuum. (b) Calculated dependence of the transmission through a HCF on the wavelength at two different core diameters and lengths. (c) Input beam profile in the focus of a f=1.5  m focal length focusing mirror measured using a pyroelectric thermal camera (PyroCAM) with a resolution of 100 μm. The circle indicates the size of the capillary. (d) Gaussian fits of the input beam waist of 660 μm at a 1/e2 intensity level for optimal coupling into the fiber.

Fig. 2.
Fig. 2.

(a) Spectral broadening in a hollow-core capillary filled with argon at three different pressures and at constant input pulse energy. (b) Fourier-limited pulse duration dependence on filling gas pressure calculated from experimentally measured spectra. TL, transform limit. (c) Pulse spectrum retrieved from FROG reconstruction and directly measured using a spectrometer at 1.3 bars argon filling gas pressure.

Fig. 3.
Fig. 3.

Temporal characterization of a two-cycle pulse in the mid-IR. Measured SHG-FROG trace of (a) input pulse and (b) compressed pulse. (c) Pulse profile retrieved from FROG measurement and compared to Fourier-limited pulse. (d) Pulse electric field. Here +cos CEP is assumed and peak field strength is calculated for a 100 μm spot size.

Fig. 4.
Fig. 4.

Comparison of (a) second- and (b) third-order dispersion of fused silica and CaF2 bulk material. (c) Dependence of GDD and thickness of CaF2 as a function of filling argon gas pressure needed to compensate the chirp of the output pulses. (d) TOD induced due to self-steepening (SS), bulk CaF2 material, and the residual uncompensated TOD as a function of filling argon gas pressure.

Fig. 5.
Fig. 5.

(a) Measured f-2f interferogram at the output of the hollow-core fiber where saw-tooth modulation of the CEP was applied on the input pulse. (b) Retrieved CEP compared to the set point.

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