Quantronix has released its Palitra Series of ultra-fast Optical Parametric Amplifiers (OPAs).
The OPAs deliver a wide gap-free tuning range (175nm to 22µm) and a high conversion efficiency (>40 per cent at peak), ensuring they meet even the most demanding ultra-short scientific applications.
Distributed in the UK by Photonic Solutions, the Palitra is a white-light continuum (WLC) seeded, co-linear OPA, which can be pumped by a femtosecond Ti:Sapphire amplifier, delivering ultrafast pulses over the entire wavelength tuning range. Each Palitra model is built in a compact, thermally stabilised enclosure, providing stable, hands-off performance. Options are available to integrate two or three Palitra units into one box to be seeded by a single WLC for the best possible inter-OPA coherence. The Palitra models can also be directly integrated into the amplifier box upon request. For example it is possible to purchase an Integra-C with the Palitra OPA integrated inside.
Three models of the Palitra are available, all of which are fully automated with hands-free computer control: the Palitra-USP offers ultra-short pulses of less than 40fs, the Palitra-FS offers femtosecond pulses of fewer than 130fs and the Palitra-PS offers picoseconds pulses of fewer than 3ps. All these models use the same femtosecond amplifier source.