Table of Contents
ISRN Optics
Volume 2012 (2012), Article ID 120827, 4 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.5402/2012/120827
Research Article

Design Considerations for Dispersion Control with a Compact Bonded Grism Stretcher for Broadband Pulse Amplification

1Kansai Photon Science Institute, Japan Atomic Energy Agency, 8-1-7 Umemidai, Kizugawa 619-0215, Japan
2Central Laser Facility, STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Chilton, Didcot OX11 0QX, UK

Received 27 March 2012; Accepted 13 May 2012

Academic Editors: A. Bogoni, D. Y. Choi, Y. Leng, V. Matejec, D. Monzon-Hernandez, C. Shu, and A. A. Sukhorukov

Copyright © 2012 H. Kiriyama et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

We report on the design of a compact grism-pair stretcher for a near-infrared noncollinear optical parametric chirped-pulse amplification (OPCPA) system. The grisms are produced by bonding a grating to a prism using a resin. The stretcher is capable of controlling a bandwidth of over 300 nm, which is suitable for parametric amplification of few-cycle pulses. After amplification, pulses can be compressed by the dispersion of optical glass, and the residual group-delay can be compensated with an acousto-optic programmable dispersive filter (AOPDF).