Self-compression of millijoule 1.5 microm pulses. Academic Article uri icon


  • We demonstrate a four-stage optical parametric chirped-pulse amplification system that delivers carrier-envelope phase-stable approximately 1.5 microm pulses with energies up to 12.5 mJ before recompression. The system is based on a fusion of femtosecond diode-pumped solid-state Yb technology and a picosecond 100 mJ Nd:YAG pump laser. Pulses with 62 nm bandwidth are recompressed to a 74.4 fs duration close to the transform limit. To show the way toward a terawatt-peak-power single-cycle IR source, we demonstrate self-compression of 2.2 mJ pulses down to 19.8 fs duration in a single filament in argon with a 1.5 mJ output energy and 66% energy throughput.

published proceedings

  • Opt Lett

author list (cited authors)

  • Mcke, O. D., Alisauskas, S., Verhoef, A. J., Pugzlys, A., Baltuska, A., Smilgevicius, V., ... Forget, N.

citation count

  • 82

complete list of authors

  • Mücke, Oliver D||Alisauskas, Skirmantas||Verhoef, Aart J||Pugzlys, Audrius||Baltuska, Andrius||Smilgevicius, Valerijus||Pocius, Jonas||Giniūnas, Linas||Danielius, Romualdas||Forget, Nicolas

publication date

  • August 2009