Analysis and optimization of optical parametric chirped pulse amplification

Ian N. Ross, Pavel Matousek, Geoffrey H C New, K. Osvay

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Abstract

Optical parametric amplification can give particularly high values for gain, gain bandwidth, energy, efficiency, and wave-front quality. In combination with chirped pulse amplification, in a technique we call optical parametric chirped pulse amplification, it offers the prospect of generating peak powers up to 100 PW and intensities greater than 1024 W/cm 2 with existing technology. Here we study the technique in detail using both analytical and computational techniques, and the limit of validity of the analytical approach is identified. The effects of spectral phase, energy extraction, signal pulse chirp, and pump pulse nonuniformity are analyzed, and optimization techniques are proposed and discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2945-2956
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of the Optical Society of America B: Optical Physics
Volume19
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 2002

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Analysis and optimization of optical parametric chirped pulse amplification. / Ross, Ian N.; Matousek, Pavel; New, Geoffrey H C; Osvay, K.

In: Journal of the Optical Society of America B: Optical Physics, Vol. 19, No. 12, 2002, p. 2945-2956.

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Ross, Ian N. ; Matousek, Pavel ; New, Geoffrey H C ; Osvay, K. / Analysis and optimization of optical parametric chirped pulse amplification. In: Journal of the Optical Society of America B: Optical Physics. 2002 ; Vol. 19, No. 12. pp. 2945-2956.
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