Third-Generation Femtosecond Technology

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Springer, Aug 28, 2015 - Technology & Engineering - 140 pages
This thesis offers a thorough and informative study of high-power, high-energy optical parametric chirped pulse amplifications systems, the foundation of the next generation of femtosecond laser technology. Starting from the basics of the linear processes involved and the essential design considerations, the author clearly and systematically describes the various prerequisites of the nonlinear optical systems expected to drive attosecond physics in the coming decade. In this context, he gives an overview of methods for generating the broadband and carrier-envelope-phase stable seed pulses necessary for producing controlled electric-field waveforms in the final system; provides a guide to handling the high-power, high-energy pump lasers required to boost the pulse energy to the desired operating range; describes the design of the nonlinear optical system used to perform the amplification, including modes of operation for ultra-broadband infrared-visible pulses or narrowband (yet still ultrafast) pulses tunable over multiple octaves; and finally presents a prospective high-energy field synthesizer based upon these techniques. As such, this work is essential reading for all scientists interested in utilizing the newest generation of ultrafast systems.
 

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Contents

1 Introduction
1
2 How to Amplify Photons
13
3 Broadband Seed Generation
45
4 Regenerative Amplifiers
73
5 Experimental OPCPA
87
6 Design of a Multiterawatt Field Synthesizer LWSpro
107
7 Conclusion and Outlook
127
Appendix A In Situ Spectral Interferometry as a PulseCompression Tool
131
Appendix B Toolbox and Ideas
134
Appendix C Simulation Details of Fig 12
137
Appendix D 1psPumped Supercontinuum Generation
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