Efficient cross-polarized wave generation with holographic cut crystals for femtosecond laser contrast filtering

S. Kourtev, L. Canova, N. Minkovski, A. Jullien, O. Albert, R. Lopez-Martens, S. M. Saltiel, Tanja Dreischuh, Elena Taskova, Ekaterina Borisova, Alexander Serafetinides
2008 15th International School on Quantum Electronics: Laser Physics and Applications  
We show both theoretically and experimentally that cross-polarized wave generation (XPWG) is more efficient when the input fundamental beam propagates along the [011] direction in a cubic crystal than along the previously used [001] direction. With a [011]-cut BaF 2 crystal we measured the highest to date XPWG conversion efficiencies. We prove another very important advantage of the [011]-cut approach: weak induced phase mismatch and consequently no need for its compensation.
doi:10.1117/12.822540 fatcat:c7bpp2fr2rhhtmwy3qm253gzbu