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Opt Express. 2009 Oct 12;17(21):19204-12. doi: 10.1364/OE.17.019204.

Chirped-pulse amplification of laser pulses with dispersive mirrors.

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Ludwig-Maximilians-Universit√§t M√ľnchen, Am Coulombwall 1, D-85748 Garching, Germany.


We report a novel implementation of chirped-pulse amplification (CPA) by dominantly using dispersive multilayer mirrors for chirp control. Our prototyp dispersive-mirror (DMC) compressor has been designed for a kHz Ti:sapphire amplifier and yielded--in a proof-of-concept study--millijoule-energy, sub-20-fs, 790-nm laser pulses with an overall throughput of approximately 90% and unprecedented spatio-temporal quality. Dispersive-mirror-based CPA permits a dramatic simplification of high-power lasers and affords promise for their advancement to shorter pulse durations, higher peak powers, and higher average powers with user-friendly systems.

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