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  • Vol. 18, Iss. 11 — Nov. 1, 2001
  • pp: 1742–1746

Optical pulse compression to 5.0 fs by use of only a spatial light modulator for phase compensation

Naoki Karasawa, Liming Li, Akira Suguro, Hidemi Shigekawa, Ryuji Morita, and Mikio Yamashita  »View Author Affiliations


JOSA B, Vol. 18, Issue 11, pp. 1742-1746 (2001)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/JOSAB.18.001742


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Abstract

We experimentally demonstrate the generation of 5.0-fs optical pulses (2.5 μJ, 1-kHz repetition rate), using only a spatial light modulator for phase compensation. Pulse compression of the broadband pulse (500–1000 nm) from an argon-filled capillary fiber is achieved with a liquid-crystal spatial light modulator without any prechirp compensation. The output pulse width is found to be 4.1 fs by a fringe-resolved autocorrelator fitted with a transform-limited pulse and to be 5.0 fs by second-harmonic generation frequency-resolved optical gating with marginal correction. It is to our knowledge the shortest pulse ever generated by use of only a spatial light modulator for phase compensation.

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OCIS Codes
(190.7110) Nonlinear optics : Ultrafast nonlinear optics
(230.6120) Optical devices : Spatial light modulators
(320.5520) Ultrafast optics : Pulse compression
(320.7090) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast lasers
(320.7140) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast processes in fibers

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Naoki Karasawa, Liming Li, Akira Suguro, Hidemi Shigekawa, Ryuji Morita, and Mikio Yamashita, "Optical pulse compression to 5.0 fs by use of only a spatial light modulator for phase compensation," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 18, 1742-1746 (2001)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/josab/abstract.cfm?URI=josab-18-11-1742


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