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Title: Carrier-envelope-phase stabilized terawatt class laser at 1 kHz with a wavelength tunable option

We demonstrate a chirped-pulse-amplified Ti:Sapphire laser system operating at 1 kHz, with 20 mJ pulse energy, 26 femtosecond pulse duration (0.77 terawatt), and excellent long term carrier-envelope-phase (CEP) stability. A new vibrational damping technique is implemented to significantly reduce vibrational noise on both the laser stretcher and compressor, thus enabling a single-shot CEP noise value of 250 mrad RMS over 1 hour and 300 mrad RMS over 9 hours. This is, to the best of our knowledge, the best long term CEP noise ever reported for any terawatt class laser. This laser is also used to pump a white-light-seeded optical parametric amplifier, producing 6 mJ of total energy in the signal and idler with 18 mJ of pumping energy. Due to preservation of the CEP in the white-light generated signal and passive CEP stability in the idler, this laser system promises synthesized laser pulses spanning multi-octaves of bandwidth at an unprecedented energy scale.
Authors:
 [1] ;  [2] ;  [3] ;  [3] ;  [3] ;  [3] ;  [4] ;  [3] ;  [5] ;  [6] ;  [7] ;  [3] ;  [3] ;  [3] ;  [3]
  1. Kapteyn-Murnane Laboratories, Boulder, CO (United States); Crunch Technologies, Boulder, CO (United States)
  2. Kapteyn-Murnane Laboratories, Boulder, CO (United States)
  3. Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS (United States)
  4. Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS (United States); Ludwig Maximilian Univ., Munich (Germany)
  5. Univ. of Kansas, Lawrence, KS (United States)
  6. Augustana College, Sioux Fall, SD (United States)
  7. Louisiana State Univ., Baton Rouge LA (United States)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
1222326
Grant/Contract Number:
FG02-86ER13491; DGE-1247193; 1229672; FA2386-12-1-3014
Type:
Published Article
Journal Name:
Optics Express
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 23; Journal Issue: 4; Journal ID: ISSN 1094-4087
Publisher:
Optical Society of America (OSA)
Research Org:
Kansas State Univ., Manhattan, KS (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), Basic Energy Sciences (BES) (SC-22)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English