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  • Vol. 41, Iss. 18 — Jun. 20, 2002
  • pp: 3743–3747

Optical Kerr switching technique for the production of a picosecond, multiwavelength CO2 laser pulse

Catalin V. Filip, Ritesh Narang, Sergei Ya. Tochitsky, Christopher E. Clayton, and Chandrashekhar Joshi  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 41, Issue 18, pp. 3743-3747 (2002)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.41.003743


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Abstract

A wavelength-independent method for optical gating, based on the optical Kerr effect, has been demonstrated. Using this method, we produced 100-ps, 10-kW, two-wavelength pulses (10.3 and 10.6 µm) with a signal-to-background ratio contrast of 105 by slicing a long CO2 pulse. The capability of gating consecutive pulses separated on a picosecond time scale with this method is also shown.

© 2002 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(140.3470) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, carbon dioxide
(190.3270) Nonlinear optics : Kerr effect
(320.4240) Ultrafast optics : Nanosecond phenomena

History
Original Manuscript: August 7, 2001
Revised Manuscript: March 14, 2002
Published: June 20, 2002

Citation
Catalin V. Filip, Ritesh Narang, Sergei Ya. Tochitsky, Christopher E. Clayton, and Chandrashekhar Joshi, "Optical Kerr switching technique for the production of a picosecond, multiwavelength CO2 laser pulse," Appl. Opt. 41, 3743-3747 (2002)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-41-18-3743


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