, Volume 73, Issue 3, pp 219-222
Date: 11 Feb 2014

Dependence of spectrum on pump-signal angle in BBO-I noncollinear optical-parametric chirped-pulse amplification

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Abstract

A BBO-I noncollinear optical-parametric chirped-pulse amplifier pumped by a Q-switched and frequency-doubled Nd:YAG laser has been demonstrated. At an optimal pump-signal angle, the temporally stretched chirped signal pulses with bandwidth of 36 nm (FWHM) were amplified without any distortion in spectrum. The gain bandwidth was very sensitive to the pump-signal angle. Variation of this angle by about 1.5 mrad may significantly reduce the amplified bandwidth and result in a significant distortion in the amplified spectrum.