Small-angle, noncollinear, first- and second-order interferometric autocorrelation experiments with Ti:sapphire laser pulses of 9–80-fs duration have been performed with microaxicon arrays. Predictions of short-pulse spatial frequency effects were verified by comparison of interference patterns of single elements and matrices. An angular spectrum of Gaussian-shaped axicons was analyzed on the basis of linear refraction. Experimental data indicate contributions to autocorrelation by nonlinear refraction and travel-time differences. The influence of the spectral bandwidth was separated from the pulse-duration-dependent effects. Spatially resolved information about the coherence time was delivered by the multichannel structure.
© 2001 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: January 2, 2001
Revised Manuscript: April 12, 2001
Manuscript Accepted: April 18, 2001
Published: November 1, 2001
R. Grunwald, U. Griebner, E. T. J. Nibbering, A. Kummrow, M. Rini, T. Elsaesser, V. Kebbel, H.-J. Hartmann, and W. Jüptner, "Spatially resolved small-angle noncollinear interferometric autocorrelation of ultrashort pulses with microaxicon arrays," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 18, 2923-2931 (2001)