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Concepts, performance review, and prospects of table-top, few-cycle optical parametric chirped-pulse amplification

Paper Abstract

More than 20 years after the first presentation of optical parametric chirped-pulse amplification (OPCPA), the technology has matured as a powerful technique to produce high-intensity, few-cycle, and ultrashort laser pulses. The output characteristics of these systems cover a wide range of center wavelengths, pulse energies, and average powers. The current record performance of table-top, few-cycle OPCPA systems are 16 TW peak power and 22 W average power, which show that OPCPA is able to directly compete with Ti:sapphire chirped-pulse amplification-based systems as source for intense optical pulses. Here, we review the concepts of OPCPA and present the current state-of-the art performance level for several systems reported in the literature. To date, the performance of these systems is most generally limited by the employed pump laser. Thus, we present a comprehensive review on the recent progress in high-energy, high-average-power, picosecond laser systems, which provide improved performance relative to OPCPA pump lasers employed to date. From here, the impact of these novel pump lasers on table-top, few-cycle OPCPA is detailed and the prospects for next-generation OPCPA systems are discussed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 31 December 2013
PDF: 12 pages
Opt. Eng. 53(5) 051507 doi: 10.1117/1.OE.53.5.051507
Published in: Optical Engineering Volume 53, Issue 5
Show Author Affiliations
Andreas Vaupel, CREOL, The College of Optics and Photonics, Univ. of Central Florida (United States)
Nathan Bodnar, CREOL, The College of Optics and Photonics, Univ. of Central Florida (United States)
Benjamin Webb, CREOL, The College of Optics and Photonics, Univ. of Central Florida (United States)
Lawrence Shah, CREOL, The College of Optics and Photonics, Univ. of Central Florida (United States)
Martin C. Richardson, CREOL, The College of Optics and Photonics, Univ. of Central Florida (United States)


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