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Opt Lett. 2006 Dec 15;31(24):3629-31.

300 microJ noncollinear optical parametric amplifier in the visible at 1 kHz repetition rate.

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  • 1Max Born Institte for Nonlinear Optics and Shory Pulse Spectroscopy, Max-Born-Strasse 2A, Berlin, Germany.


We demonstrate an order-of-magnitude energy scaling of a white-light seeded noncollinear optical parametric amplifier in the visible. The generated pulses, tunable between 520 and 650 nm with sub-25-fs duration, had energies up to 310 microJ with 20% blue-pump-to-signal energy conversion efficiency at 540 nm. This new ultrafast source will make possible numerous extreme nonlinear optics applications. As a first application, we demonstrate the generation of tunable vacuum ultraviolet pulses.

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