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  • Editor: Franco Gori
  • Vol. 31, Iss. 4 — Apr. 1, 2014
  • pp: 765–772

Effects of aberrations in spatiotemporal focusing of ultrashort laser pulses

Bangshan Sun, Patrick S. Salter, and Martin J. Booth  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA A, Vol. 31, Issue 4, pp. 765-772 (2014)

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Spatiotemporal focusing, or simultaneous spatial and temporal focusing (SSTF), has already been adopted for various applications in microscopy, photoactivation for biological studies, and laser fabrication. We investigate the effects of aberrations on focus formation in SSTF, in particular, the effects of phase aberrations related to low-order Zernike modes and a refractive index mismatch between the immersion medium and sample. By considering a line focus, we are able to draw direct comparison between the performance of SSTF and conventional spatial focusing (SF). Wide-field SSTF is also investigated and is found to be much more robust to aberrations than either line SSTF or SF. These results show the sensitivity of certain focusing methods to specific aberrations, and can inform on the necessity and benefit of aberration correction.

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OCIS Codes
(110.0180) Imaging systems : Microscopy
(140.3390) Lasers and laser optics : Laser materials processing
(180.6900) Microscopy : Three-dimensional microscopy
(220.1000) Optical design and fabrication : Aberration compensation
(220.1010) Optical design and fabrication : Aberrations (global)
(220.4610) Optical design and fabrication : Optical fabrication

ToC Category:
Optical Design and Fabrication

Original Manuscript: January 10, 2014
Manuscript Accepted: January 30, 2014
Published: March 18, 2014

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Bangshan Sun, Patrick S. Salter, and Martin J. Booth, "Effects of aberrations in spatiotemporal focusing of ultrashort laser pulses," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 31, 765-772 (2014)

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