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Generation of flattop pump pulses for OPCPA by coherent pulse stacking with fiber Bragg gratings

: Rothhardt, J.; Hädrich, S.; Gottschall, T.; Limpert, J.; Tünnermann, A.; Rothhardt, M.; Becker, M.; Brückner, S.; Bartelt, H.

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Optics Express 17 (2009), No.18, pp.16332-16341
ISSN: 1094-4087
Journal Article, Electronic Publication
Fraunhofer IOF ()
top picosecond pulse; parametric amplification; birefringent filter; nonlinear optics; compression; amplifiers; FS

We present a simple and robust pulse shaping device based on coherent pulse stacking. The device is embedded in a polarisation maintaining step index fiber. An input pulse is sent through a fiber optical circulator. Up to four pulse replicas are reflected by fiber Bragg gratings and interfere at the output. Temperature control allows tuning of the relative pulse phases of the sub-pulses. Additionally fine tuning of the sub-pulse amplitudes is demonstrated. We experimentally generated 235 ps and 416 ps long flattop pulses with rising and falling edges shorter than 100 ps. In contrast to other pulse shaping techniques the presented setup is robust, alignment free, provides excellent beam quality and is also suitable for pulse durations up to several nanoseconds.