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Journal of the Optical Society of America B


  • Vol. 12, Iss. 9 — Sep. 1, 1995
  • pp: 1687–1694

Response of grating pairs to single-cycle electromagnetic pulses

Jeffrey O. White, Christoph Ludwig, and Jürgen Kuhl  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA B, Vol. 12, Issue 9, pp. 1687-1694 (1995)

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The chirp of single-cycle microwave fields after interaction with pairs of parallel diffraction gratings is measured in a phase-sensitive terahertz spectrometer. Novel transmission grating pairs recently proposed by Tournois, which combine diffraction and refraction effects, yield an almost linear group delay over a bandwidth that exceeds that of conventional reflection gratings by a factor of ~3.5. The experimentally measured group delay shows good agreement with theoretical predictions for both types of grating. The applicability of the novel transmission gratings for stretching and compression of 1–2-fs pulses in the optical regime and the limitations set by material dispersion are discussed.

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Jeffrey O. White, Christoph Ludwig, and Jürgen Kuhl, "Response of grating pairs to single-cycle electromagnetic pulses," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 12, 1687-1694 (1995)

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