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  • Vol. 41, Iss. 12 — Apr. 20, 2002
  • pp: 2308–2317

Femtosecond snapshot imaging of propagating light itself

Makoto Hosoda, Shin-ichiro Aoshima, Masatoshi Fujimoto, and Yutaka Tsuchiya  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 41, Issue 12, pp. 2308-2317 (2002)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.41.002308


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Abstract

An ultrafast imaging technique has been developed to visualize directly a light pulse that is propagating in a medium. The method, called femtosecond time-resolved optical polarigraphy (FTOP), senses instantaneous changes in the birefringence within the medium that are induced by the propagation of an intense light. A snapshot sequence composed of each femtosecond probing the pulse delay enables ultrafast propagation dynamics of the intense femtosecond laser pulse in the medium, such as gases and liquids, to be visualized directly. Other examples include the filamentation dynamics in CS2 liquid and the propagation dynamics in air related to the interaction with laser breakdown plasma. FTOP can also be used to extract information on the optical Kerr constant and its decay time in media. This method is useful in the monitoring of the intensity distribution in the nonlinear propagation of intense light pulses, which is a frequently studied subject in the field of physics regarding nonlinear optics and laser processing.

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OCIS Codes
(190.3270) Nonlinear optics : Kerr effect
(190.5530) Nonlinear optics : Pulse propagation and temporal solitons
(260.1440) Physical optics : Birefringence
(270.5530) Quantum optics : Pulse propagation and temporal solitons
(320.7100) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast measurements

History
Original Manuscript: October 15, 2001
Revised Manuscript: January 22, 2002
Published: April 20, 2002

Citation
Makoto Hosoda, Shin-ichiro Aoshima, Masatoshi Fujimoto, and Yutaka Tsuchiya, "Femtosecond snapshot imaging of propagating light itself," Appl. Opt. 41, 2308-2317 (2002)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-41-12-2308


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