We extend an approach based upon sum-frequency generation of oppositely chirped pulses to narrow the bandwidths of broadband femtosecond pulses. We efficiently generate near-transform-limited pulses with durations of several picoseconds, while reducing the pulse bandwidth by a factor of 120, which is more than twice the reduction reported in previous literature. Such extreme bandwidth narrowing of a broadband pulse enhances the effects of dispersion nonlinearities. Precise chirp control enables us to characterize the efficacy of frequency mixing broadband pulses with nonlinear temporal chirps. We demonstrate the use of these narrowband pulses as probes in coherent anti-Stokes Raman spectroscopy.
- Ultrafast nonlinear optics
- coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering