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APPLICATIONS-CENTERED RESEARCH IN OPTICS

  • Editor: James C. Wyant
  • Vol. 46, Iss. 35 — Dec. 10, 2007
  • pp: 8488–8492

Efficient temporal shaping of ultrashort pulses with birefringent crystals

Shian Zhou, Dimitre Ouzounov, Heng Li, Ivan Bazarov, Bruce Dunham, Charles Sinclair, and Frank W. Wise  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 46, Issue 35, pp. 8488-8492 (2007)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.46.008488


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Abstract

We report on a simple and robust technique to temporally shape ultrashort pulses. A number of birefringent crystals with appropriate crystal length and orientation form a crystal set. When a short pulse propagates through the crystal set, the pulse is divided into numerous pulses, producing a desired temporal shape. Flexibility in the final pulse shape is achieved through varying initial pulse duration, divided-pulse number, the polarization-mode delay, and energy distribution of the divided pulses. The energy efficiency of the technique is near 100% for a pulse train of alternating polarizations, and 50% for a linearly polarized pulse train.

© 2007 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(320.5540) Ultrafast optics : Pulse shaping
(320.7080) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast devices

ToC Category:
Ultrafast Optics

History
Original Manuscript: May 18, 2007
Revised Manuscript: October 3, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: October 12, 2007
Published: December 7, 2007

Citation
Shian Zhou, Dimitre Ouzounov, Heng Li, Ivan Bazarov, Bruce Dunham, Charles Sinclair, and Frank W. Wise, "Efficient temporal shaping of ultrashort pulses with birefringent crystals," Appl. Opt. 46, 8488-8492 (2007)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-46-35-8488


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