High-power, mid-infrared, picosecond pulses generated by compression of a CO2 laser beat-wave in GaAs.

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PubMedID: 26670498

Pigeon JJ, Tochitsky SY, Joshi C. High-power, mid-infrared, picosecond pulses generated by compression of a CO2 laser beat-wave in GaAs. Opt Lett. 2015;40(24):5730-3.
We report on the generation of a train of ~2??ps, 10 µm laser pulses via multiple four-wave mixing and compression of an infrared laser beat-wave propagating in the negative group velocity dispersion region of bulk GaAs and a combination of GaAs and NaCl crystals. The use of a 200 ps, 106 GHz beat-wave, produced by combining laser pulses amplified on the 10P(20) and 10P(16) transition of a CO2 laser, provides a novel method for generating high-power, picosecond, mid-IR laser pulses at a high repetition rate. By using 165 and 882 GHz beat-waves, we show that cascaded phase-mismatched difference frequency generation plays a significant role in the four-wave mixing process in GaAs.