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  • Editor: James C. Wyant
  • Vol. 45, Iss. 24 — Aug. 20, 2006
  • pp: 6187–6191

Bichromatic, phase compensating interferometer based on prism pair compressors

Daniel A. Flickinger, Ryan N. Coffee, George N. Gibson, and Thomas C. Weinacht  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 45, Issue 24, pp. 6187-6191 (2006)

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We present a bichromatic prism pair interferometer (BPPI) for controlling the delay between laser pulses of two different frequencies propagating collinearly in a single beam. The BPPI is especially useful when working with ultrafast laser pulses because it intrinsically allows for independent control over the second-order dispersion experienced by the differently colored pulses. We use this control to demonstrate successful precompensation for blue ( λ 390   nm ) and UV ( λ 260   nm ) pulses that pass through 2.2   cm of dispersive material after the interferometer. The BPPI is extremely flexible and works with all frequencies from the UV to the near-infrared. We demonstrate this by describing measurements made with BPPIs configured for three different combinations of central frequencies.

© 2006 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(120.3180) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Interferometry
(120.4640) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Optical instruments
(230.1360) Optical devices : Beam splitters
(230.5480) Optical devices : Prisms
(260.7190) Physical optics : Ultraviolet
(320.1590) Ultrafast optics : Chirping
(320.5520) Ultrafast optics : Pulse compression
(320.7080) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast devices

Original Manuscript: January 6, 2006
Manuscript Accepted: April 14, 2006

Daniel A. Flickinger, Ryan N. Coffee, George N. Gibson, and Thomas C. Weinacht, "Bichromatic, phase compensating interferometer based on prism pair compressors," Appl. Opt. 45, 6187-6191 (2006)

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