Narrow-bandwidth tunable picosecond pulses in the visible produced by noncollinear optical parametric amplification with a chirped blue pump

Dick T. Co, Jenny V. Lockard, David W. McCamant, Michael R. Wasielewski

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Narrow-bandwidth (∼27 cm -1) tunable picosecond pulses from 480nm-780nm were generated from the output of a 1kHz femtosecond titanium:sapphire laser system using a type I noncollinear optical parametric amplifier (NOPA) with chirped second-harmonic generation (SHG) pumping. Unlike a femtosecond NOPA, this system utilizes a broadband pump beam, the chirped 400nm SHG of the Ti:sapphire fundamental, to amplify a monochromatic signal beam (spectrally-filtered output of a type II collinear OPA). Optimum geometric conditions for simultaneous phase-and group-velocity matching were calculated in the visible spectrum. This design is an efficient and simple method for generating tunable visible picosecond pulses that are synchronized to the femtosecond pulses.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1880-1885
Number of pages6
JournalApplied Optics
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - Apr 1 2010


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Engineering (miscellaneous)
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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