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  • Vol. 42, Iss. 4 — Feb. 1, 2003
  • pp: 715–718

Ultrashort laser pulse beam shaping

Shuyan Zhang, Yuhang Ren, and Gunter Lüpke  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 42, Issue 4, pp. 715-718 (2003)

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We calculated the temporal and spatial characteristics of an ultrashort laser pulse propagating through a diffractive beam-shaping system that converts a Gaussian beam into a beam with a uniform irradiance profile that was originally designed for continuous waves [Proc. SPIE 2863, 237 (1996)]. The pulse front is found to be considerably curved for a 10-fs pulse, resulting in a temporal broadening of the pulse that increases with increasing radius. The spatial intensity distribution deviates significantly from a top-hat profile, whereas the fluence shows a homogeneous radial distribution.

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OCIS Codes
(140.3300) Lasers and laser optics : Laser beam shaping
(320.5550) Ultrafast optics : Pulses

Original Manuscript: July 3, 2002
Revised Manuscript: October 25, 2002
Published: February 1, 2003

Shuyan Zhang, Yuhang Ren, and Gunter Lüpke, "Ultrashort laser pulse beam shaping," Appl. Opt. 42, 715-718 (2003)

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