We propose a ray-tracing model that provides a clear physical picture and simple formulas for grating pair stretcher dispersion calculations. With this model we can easily demonstrate why and to what extent the stretcher and compressor are opposite quantitatively without using a Fourier transform. The dispersion calculation shows that the spherical aberration in the stretcher decreases fourth-order dispersion compared with an aberration-free stretcher. In a chirped pulse amplification system, this fourth order can help to reduce residual fourth-order dispersion. The effect of the finite beam size and the misalignment are also considered.
© 1997 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: April 18, 1996
Revised Manuscript: October 21, 1996
Published: May 20, 1997
Zhigang Zhang, Takashi Yagi, and Takashi Arisawa, "Ray-tracing model for stretcher dispersion calculation," Appl. Opt. 36, 3393-3399 (1997)