3 years ago

520-µJ mid-infrared femtosecond laser at 2.8 µm by 1-kHz KTA optical parametric amplifier

Peilong Yang, Peng He, Zhaohua Wang, Huijun He, Ninghua Zhang, Zhiyi Wei, Zhiyuan Li, Shuang Qin, Jianwang Jiang, Chenyang Hu


We report on a 520-µJ, 1-kHz mid-infrared femtosecond optical parametric amplifier system driven by a Ti:sapphire laser system. The seeding signal was generated from white-light continuum in YAG plate and then amplified in four non-collinear amplification stages and the idler was obtained in the last stage with central wavelength at 2.8 µm and bandwidth of 525 nm. To maximize the bandwidth of the idler, a theoretical method was developed to give an optimum non-collinear angle and estimate the conversion efficiency and output spectrum. As an experimental result, laser pulse energy up to 1.8 mJ for signal wave and 520 µJ for idler wave were obtained in the last stage under 10-mJ pump energy, corresponding to a pump-to-idler conversion efficiency of 5.2%, which meets well with the numerical calculation.

Publisher URL: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00340-018-6896-y

DOI: 10.1007/s00340-018-6896-y

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