What we believe to be the first use of a single-layer liquid-crystal modulator array for spectral phase pulse shaping that operates independently of input polarization is reported. Polarization insensitivity is essential to optical-fiber-based applications such as dispersion compensation.
© 2006 Optical Society of America
(060.2330) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics communications
(070.2580) Fourier optics and signal processing : Paraxial wave optics
(320.5540) Ultrafast optics : Pulse shaping
Original Manuscript: December 9, 2005
Manuscript Accepted: January 19, 2006
C. G. Slater, D. E. Leaird, and A. M. Weiner, "Programmable polarization-independent spectral phase compensation and pulse shaping by use of a single-layer liquid-crystal modulator," Appl. Opt. 45, 4858-4863 (2006)