Role of dispersion and compression ratio on the temporal contrast of SPM-broadened post-compressed pulses

Esmerando Escoto, Anne Lise Viotti, Skirmantas Alisauskas, Henrik Tunnermann, Marcus Seidel, Katharina Dudde, Bastian Manschwetus, Ingmar Hartl, Christoph M. Heyl

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Sammanfattning

Nonlinear pulse post-compression, mainly enabled by self-phase modulation (SPM), opens new avenues towards high peak power laser pulses at high average power while bypassing the need for a gain medium with large bandwidth. However, SPM-induced spectral broadening typically introduces spectral amplitude modulations as well as a chirp of third and higher orders, limiting the temporal contrast of the compressed pulse. While some recent works address this issue and discuss mitigation strategies [1] , [2] , not much attention has been devoted to the physical processes and limitations that determine the temporal contrast of post-compressed pulses. As novel compression techniques expand the achievable compression ratio [3] , it is increasingly important to fully understand the underlying pulse quality limitations. Here, we outline the role of two important characteristics - dispersion and compression ratio - on the temporal quality of post-compressed pulses. Using both numerical simulations as well as experimental tests employing a gas-filled multi-pass cell (MPC), we study the temporal contrast of post-compressed pulses over large compression-ratio and dispersion range. Using a 730 fs input pulse we were able to generate a 55 fs post-compressed pulse with up to 78% energy contained in the main compressed pulse (defined via the first local minima near the highest peak) against its picosecond background.

Originalspråkengelska
Titel på värdpublikation2021 Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics Europe and European Quantum Electronics Conference, CLEO/Europe-EQEC 2021
FörlagIEEE - Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
ISBN (elektroniskt)9781665418768
DOI
StatusPublished - 2021 juni
Evenemang2021 Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics Europe and European Quantum Electronics Conference, CLEO/Europe-EQEC 2021 - Munich, Tyskland
Varaktighet: 2021 juni 212021 juni 25

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Namn2021 Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics Europe and European Quantum Electronics Conference, CLEO/Europe-EQEC 2021

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Konferens2021 Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics Europe and European Quantum Electronics Conference, CLEO/Europe-EQEC 2021
Land/TerritoriumTyskland
OrtMunich
Period2021/06/212021/06/25

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  • Atom- och molekylfysik och optik

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