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Appl. Sci. 2017, 7(3), 265; doi:10.3390/app7030265

Optical Parametric Amplification Techniques for the Generation of High-Energy Few-Optical-Cycles IR Pulses for Strong Field Applications

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Dipartimento di Fisica, Politecnico di Milano, Piazza Leonardo da Vinci, 32, 20133 Milano, Italy
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Istituto di Fotonica e Nanotecnologie (IFN), CNR, Via Cineto Romano, 42, 00156 Roma, Italy
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Academic Editor: Antonella Bogoni
Received: 20 January 2017 / Revised: 16 February 2017 / Accepted: 1 March 2017 / Published: 8 March 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Ultrashort Optical Pulses)
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Over the last few decades, the investigation of ultrafast phenomena occurring in atoms, molecules and solid-state systems under a strong-field regime of light-matter interaction has attracted great attention. The increasing request for a suitable optical technology is significantly boosting the development of powerful ultrafast laser sources. In this framework, Optical Parametric Amplification (OPA) is currently becoming a leading solution for applications in high-power ultra-broadband light burst generation. The main advantage provided by the OPA scheme consists of the possibility of exploring spectral ranges that are inaccessible by other laser technologies, as the InfraRed (IR) window. In this paper, we will give an overview on recent progress in the development of high-power few-optical-cycle parametric amplifiers in the near-IR and in the mid-IR spectral domain. In particular, the design of the most advanced OPA implementations is provided, containing a discussion on the key technical aspects. In addition, a review on their application to the study of strong-field ultrafast physical processes is reported. View Full-Text
Keywords: ultrafast optics; optical parametric amplifiers; high order harmonics; attosecond science ultrafast optics; optical parametric amplifiers; high order harmonics; attosecond science
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Ciriolo, A.G.; Negro, M.; Devetta, M.; Cinquanta, E.; Faccialà, D.; Pusala, A.; De Silvestri, S.; Stagira, S.; Vozzi, C. Optical Parametric Amplification Techniques for the Generation of High-Energy Few-Optical-Cycles IR Pulses for Strong Field Applications. Appl. Sci. 2017, 7, 265.

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