Conference Agenda

Topical Meetings and Sessions:

TOM 1 - Silicon Photonics and Guided-Wave Optics
TOM 2 - Computational, Adaptive and Freeform Optics
TOM 3 - Optical System Design, Tolerancing and Manufacturing
TOM 4 - Bio-Medical Optics
TOM 5 - Resonant Nanophotonics
TOM 6 - Optical Materials: crystals, thin films, organic molecules and polymers, syntheses, characterization and devices
TOM 7 - Thermal radiation and energy management
TOM 8 - Nonlinear and Quantum Optics
TOM 9 - Optics at Nanoscale (ONS)
TOM 10 - Optical Microsystems (OMS)
TOM 11 - Waves in Complex Photonic Media
TOM 12 - Optofluidics
TOM 13 - Ultrafast Optical Technologies and Applications
TOM 14 - Advances and Applications of Optics and Photonics
EU Project Session
Early Stage Researcher Session organised by SIOF
Grand Challenges of Photonics Session

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Session Overview
TOM13 S10: Ultrafast: Nonlinear compression 1
Wednesday, 15/Sept/2021:
11:15 - 12:45

Session Chair: Jan Rothhardt, Helmholtz-Institute Jena, Germany
Location: Aula 1

1st floor

11:15 - 11:45
ID: 202 / TOM13 S10: 1
TOM 13 Ultrafast Optical Technologies and Applications

High-energy multidimensional solitary states in hollow-core fibers

Reza Safaei1, Guangyu Fan1, Ojoon Kwon1, Katherine Légaré1, Bruno E. Schmidt2, Philippe Lassonde1, Heide Ibrahim1, François Legare1

1INRS-EMT, Canada; 2few-cycle Inc., Canada

Using sub-picosecond pulses, we report the first time observation of the formation of highly-stable multidimensional solitary states (MDSS) in molecular-filled hollow-core fibers. The MDSS have broadband red-shifted spectra with an uncommon negative quadratic spectral phase at output, originating from strong intermodal interactions. This approach paves the route to compress sub-picosecond Ytterbium laser systems to few-cycle pulse duration using a compact setup.

11:45 - 12:00
ID: 435 / TOM13 S10: 2
TOM 13 Ultrafast Optical Technologies and Applications

Single-stage few-cycle nonlinear compression of Ti:Sa femtosecond pulses in a multipass cell

Louis Daniault1, Zhao Cheng1, Jean-François Hergott2, Fabrice Réau2, Olivier Tcherbakoff2, Nour Daher3, Xavier Delen3, Marc Hanna3, Rodrigo Lopez-Martens1

1Laboratoire d’Optique Appliquée, CNRS, Ecole Polytechnique, ENSTA Paris, Institut Polytechnique de Paris; 2Université Paris-Saclay, CEA, CNRS, LIDYL; 3Université Paris-Saclay, Institut d'Optique Graduate School, CNRS, Laboratoire Charles Fabry

We report on the nonlinear temporal compression of mJ energy pulses from a Ti:Sa chirped pulse amplifier system in a multipass cell filled with argon. The pulses are compressed from 30 fs down to 5.6 fs, corresponding to approximately two optical cycles. The post-compressed beam exhibits excellent spatial quality and homogeneity. These results pave the way to robust and energy-scalable compression of Ti:Sa pulses down to the few-cycle regime.

12:00 - 12:15
ID: 456 / TOM13 S10: 3
TOM 13 Ultrafast Optical Technologies and Applications

Post-compression of 9.2-um terawatt laser pulses to femtoseconds

Igor V. Pogorelsky, Mikhail N. Polyanskiy, Marcus Babzien, Mark A. Palmer

Brookhaven National Laboratory, United States of America

We have experimentally demonstrated the post-compression of a long-wave infrared (9.2 µm) 150-GW peak power pulse from 2 ps to less than 500 fs using a combination of two optical materials with significantly different ratios of the nonlinear refractive index to the GVD coefficient. Such combination allows for optimization of the compression mechanism and promises a viable path to scaling peak powers to supra-terawatt levels.

12:15 - 12:30
ID: 422 / TOM13 S10: 4
TOM 13 Ultrafast Optical Technologies and Applications

Near-single-cycle pulses generated through post-compression on FAB1 laser at ATTOLAB-Orme facility

Jean-Francois Hergott1, Hugo J.B. Marroux1, Rodrigo Lopez-Martens2, Fabrice Réau1, Fabien Lepetit1, Olivier Tcherbakoff1, Thierry Auguste1, Lucie Maeder1, Xiaowei Chen3, Benoit Bussière3, Pierre-Mary Paul3, Pascal D'Oliveira1, Pascal Salières1

1Université Paris-Saclay, CEA, CNRS, LIDYL, 91191, Gif-sur-Yvette, France; 2Laboratoire d’Optique Appliquée, CNRS, Ecole Polytechnique, ENSTA Paris, Institut Polytechnique de Paris, 91120 Palaiseau, France; 3Amplitude 2-4 rue du Bois Chaland CE 2926, 91029 Evry, France

Generating energetic, few-cycle laser pulses with stabilized Carrier-Envelope Phase at high repetition rate constitutes a first step to access the ultra-fast dynamics underlying the interaction of matter with intense, ultrashort pulses in attosecond science or high field physics. We present here a post-compression stage delivering 3.8fs pulses with 2.5mJ coupled to a Ti: Sa based 1 kHz TW-class laser which can deliver 17.8fs pulses with 350mrad shot to shot CEP noise. This is the first step towards high energy few-cycle post-compression of the FAB laser at ATTOLAB-Orme.

12:30 - 12:45
ID: 229 / TOM13 S10: 5
TOM 13 Ultrafast Optical Technologies and Applications

Divided-pulse nonlinear compression in a multipass cell

Henning Stark1, Joachim Buldt1, Michael Müller1, Christian Grebing1,2, Arno Klenke1,3, Jens Limpert1,2,3

1Institute of Applied Physics, Abbe Center of Photonics, Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Albert-Einstein-Str. 6, 07745 Jena, Germany; 2Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering, Albert-Einstein-Str. 7, 07745 Jena, Germany; 3Helmholtz-Institute Jena, Fröbelstieg 3, 07743 Jena, Germany

We present the nonlinear pulse compression of an ytterbium-based 4-pulse burst in a gas-filled multipass cell as a scaling approach to increase the supported pulse energy and output peak power. The pulse division and passive recombination is based on birefringent crystals and enables an output pulse energy of 4.5 mJ at a pulse duration of 31 fs while more than doubling the energy limitations set by laser induced damage of the multipass cell mirrors. Overall, a good efficiency and temporal contrast are achieved.