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Limitations on the fidelity of 100-fs pulses produced by chirped-pulse amplification
Author(s): William E. White; Frank G. Patterson; Linn D. Van Woerkom; Dwight F. Price; Ronnie L. Shepherd
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Paper Abstract

We have developed a system for continuously variable independent tuning of the higher order frequency dependent phase of ultrashort laser pulses. This technique relies on geometric aberrations that arise from adjustments to the relative alignment of the elements of an air spaced doublet lens in systems such as a diffraction grating stretcher in which the spectral components of the optical pulses are spatially dispersed. Modeling results are compared to experimental measurements for a non optimized pulse stretcher/compressor combination showing the higher order phase aberrations that limit the performance of a chirped pulse amplification system. Numerical results are presented indicating these higher order phase terms can be compensated by a properly adjusted air spaced doublet design within the pulse stretcher.

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 June 1993
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 1861, Ultrafast Pulse Generation and Spectroscopy, (17 June 1993); doi: 10.1117/12.147073
Show Author Affiliations
William E. White, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
Frank G. Patterson, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
Linn D. Van Woerkom, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
Dwight F. Price, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
Ronnie L. Shepherd, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1861:
Ultrafast Pulse Generation and Spectroscopy
Timothy R. Gosnell; Antoinette J. Taylor; Keith A. Nelson; Michael C. Downer, Editor(s)

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