Three commercial optical design programs are used to model familiar geometries in ultrafast optics. A set of macros has been created to calculate the pulse delay, group velocity dispersion, and third-order dispersion caused by the components in an ultrafast optical system. The results correspond to published values. This opens the possibility of using the well-developed optimization routines to improve the performance of ultrafast systems.
© 2006 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: November 3, 2005
Revised Manuscript: December 26, 2005
Manuscript Accepted: January 4, 2006
Donald C. O'Shea, "Group velocity dispersion using commercial optical design programs," Appl. Opt. 45, 4740-4746 (2006)