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High-efficiency pulse compression with intracavity Raman amplifiers

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2 Author(s)
R. Frey ; Laboratoire d'Optique Quantique du CNRS, Ecole Polytechnique, France ; F. Pradere

High-efficiency pulse compression using intracavity Raman amplifiers has been computed. The energy of a pump laser stored in a lossless cavity is extracted at the Stokes frequency by means of Raman amplification of an input Stokes pulse. Calculations are made for both long and short duration input Stokes pulses for different lossless cavities. As an example, we use a hydrogen-argon mixture as the Raman medium and 1.5 J/cm2energy fluence stored in the lossless cavity at the ruby frequency. By comparing amplified Stokes pulses to a 30 ns pulse duration conventional ruby laser delivering the same energy fluence, pulse shortening factors larger than 20 are computed with quantum conversion efficiencies higher than 80 percent. These values compare favorably to backward Raman amplification. Moreover, this technique is proved to be able to provide a pulse compression rate larger than 14, even for a broad-band laser, which is impossible with backward Raman amplification. This technique could be used with any laser, even with absorbing laser media (excimer lasers) provided pump energy is stored in the lossless cavity by shifting of the laser frequency with any nonlinear process.

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IEEE Journal of Quantum Electronics  (Volume:20 ,  Issue: 7 )