Reaching the nonlinear regime of raman amplification of ultrashort laser pulses

W. Cheng, Y. Avitzour, Y. Ping, S. Suckewer, N. J. Fisch, M. S. Hur, J. S. Wurtele

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Abstract

The intensity of a subpicosecond laser pulse was amplified by a factor of up to 1000 using the Raman backscatter interaction in a 2 mm long gas jet plasma. The process of Raman amplification reached the nonlinear regime, with the intensity of the amplified pulse exceeding that of the pump pulse by more than an order of magnitude. Features unique to the nonlinear regime such as gain saturation, bandwidth broadening, and pulse shortening were observed. Simulation and theory are in qualitative agreement with the measurements.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number045003
JournalPhysical review letters
Volume94
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 4 2005

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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