An optical compression technique which is particularly suitable for ultrashort pulses of high energy is presented. Spectral broadening is achieved by pulse propagation along a hollow‐core fused silica waveguide filled with noble gases at high pressure. Pulse compression is then obtained in a prisms dispersive delay line. Experiments performed with pulses of 140 fs duration and 660 μJ energy from a Ti:sapphire laser demonstrate the generation of compressed pulses of 10 fs duration and 240 μJ energy.

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