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Journal of the Optical Society of America B


  • Vol. 15, Iss. 3 — Mar. 1, 1998
  • pp: 1224–1230

Analytic expressions for group-delay dispersion and cubic dispersion in arbitrary prism sequences

R. E. Sherriff  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA B, Vol. 15, Issue 3, pp. 1224-1230 (1998)

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A simple expression is obtained for the wavelength-dependent optical path length through a completely general N-prism sequence. Once the prisms’ rotational orientations are fixed, a one-time calculation yields analytic expressions for the group-delay dispersion and cubic dispersion. The technique can be generalized for higher dispersion orders. As an example, expressions for Proctor–Wise prism sequences [Opt. Lett. 17, 1295 (1992)] constructed from a variety of glasses are produced. The analytic expressions for this sequence permit an exhaustive search of relative prism translations. The arrangement that produces the smallest cubic dispersion for a given group-delay dispersion and total optical path is found.

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(320.5520) Ultrafast optics : Pulse compression
(320.7090) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast lasers

R. E. Sherriff, "Analytic expressions for group-delay dispersion and cubic dispersion in arbitrary prism sequences," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 15, 1224-1230 (1998)

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