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Opt Lett. 2004 Jul 15;29(14):1686-8.

Tunable sub-10-fs ultraviolet pulses generated by achromatic frequency doubling.

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  • 1Lehrstuhl für BioMolekulare Optik, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Oettingenstrasse, München, Germany.


Tunable UV pulses shorter than 10 fs are generated by achromatic frequency doubling of a noncollinear optical parametric amplifier. With a suitable two-prism sequence we achieve first- and second-order achromatic phase matching and increase the natural bandwidth of the nonlinear crystal by a factor of 80. Extremely broad UV spectra with a Fourier limit of 2.9 fs are generated in a 360-microm-thick beta-barium borate crystal at a conversion efficiency of 20%. We compensate for the angular dispersion and the first-order chirp of the highly stable UV pulses with a second prism sequence and fully characterize the temporal pulse shape with zero-additional-phase spectral phase interferometry for direct electric-field reconstruction (ZAP-SPIDER). Pulses as short as 7 fs are generated by controlling the higher-order chirp with a deformable mirror.

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