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Efficient cross-polarized wave generation with holographic cut crystals for femtosecond laser contrast filtering
Author(s): S. Kourtev; L. Canova; N. Minkovski; A. Jullien; O. Albert; R. Lopez-Martens; S. M. Saltiel
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Paper Abstract

We show both theoretically and experimentally that cross-polarized wave generation (XPWG) is more efficient when the input fundamental beam propagates along the [011] direction in a cubic crystal than along the previously used [001] direction. With a [011]-cut BaF2 crystal we measured the highest to date XPWG conversion efficiencies. We prove another very important advantage of the [011]-cut approach: weak induced phase mismatch and consequently no need for its compensation.

Paper Details

Date Published: 19 December 2008
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 7027, 15th International School on Quantum Electronics: Laser Physics and Applications, 70271Q (19 December 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.822540
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S. Kourtev, Sofia Univ. (Bulgaria)
L. Canova, Lab. d'Optique Appliquée, ENSTA/École Polytechnique, CNRS (France)
N. Minkovski, Sofia Univ. (Bulgaria)
A. Jullien, Lab. d'Optique Appliquée, ENSTA/École Polytechnique, CNRS (France)
O. Albert, Lab. d'Optique Appliquée, ENSTA/École Polytechnique, CNRS (France)
R. Lopez-Martens, Lab. d'Optique Appliquée, ENSTA/École Polytechnique, CNRS (France)
S. M. Saltiel, Sofia Univ. (Bulgaria)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7027:
15th International School on Quantum Electronics: Laser Physics and Applications
Tanja Dreischuh; Elena Taskova; Ekaterina Borisova; Alexander Serafetinides, Editor(s)

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