Applied Physics B

, Volume 81, Issue 6, pp 753–756 | Cite as

High-dynamic range pulse-contrast measurements of a broadband optical parametric chirped-pulse amplifier

  • F. Tavella
  • K. Schmid
  • N. Ishii
  • A. MarcinkevičiusEmail author
  • L. Veisz
  • F. Krausz
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We report on the pulse contrast-ratio characterization of a few-cycle 0.2 TW optical parametric chirped pulse amplifier system operating at 20 Hz. A specially designed third-order correlator was used to characterize and optimize the contrast of the system. We demonstrate that the pulse contrast depends much more on the temporal overlap between the pump and the seed pulse than the shape of the amplified spectrum. The best amplified pulse contrast-ratio was 10-4 at Δt=±25 ps and >10-9 at Δt=±150 ps delays.


Pump Pulse Main Pulse Pulse Spectrum Seed Pulse Pump Pulse Duration 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • F. Tavella
    • 1
  • K. Schmid
    • 1
    • 2
  • N. Ishii
    • 1
  • A. Marcinkevičius
    • 1
    Email author
  • L. Veisz
    • 1
  • F. Krausz
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Max-Planck Institut für QuantenoptikGarchingGermany
  2. 2.Department für PhysikLudwig-Maximilians-Universität MünchenGarchingGermany

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