, Volume 96, Issue 2-3, pp 445-452
Date: 03 Mar 2009

Design considerations for a compact grism stretcher for non-collinear optical parametric chirped-pulse amplification

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Abstract

The dispersion management of a non-collinear optical parametric chirped-pulse amplifier is presented. A stretcher based on a combination of a grating and a prism pair (grism) is given and analyzed in detail. This combination can provide up to 300 nm acceptance bandwidth and is suitable for parametric amplification of few-cycle pulses. The amplified pulses can be compressed by the dispersion of optical glasses such as SF57 and the residual high-order dispersion may be compensated by adaptive optical filters and chirped mirrors.