The results of a theoretical study of the throughput efficiency limitations of passive picosecond pulse shapers are presented. One goal of the authors was to provide a point of reference with which various pulse shaper schemes can be compared. The maximum efficiency of any general pulse stacker is derived and the special cases of pseudosquare, linear ramps, and exponential pulse distributions treated in detail.
© 1978 Optical Society of America
Harry E. Bates and B. J. Henderson, "Theoretical maximum efficiencies for passive optical pulse shaping systems," J. Opt. Soc. Am. 68, 919-924 (1978)