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Journal of the Optical Society of America B

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  • Editor: Henry M. Van Driel
  • Vol. 24, Iss. 12 — Dec. 1, 2007
  • pp: 2940–2947

Phase and amplitude pulse shaping with two-dimensional phase-only spatial light modulators

Eugene Frumker and Yaron Silberberg  »View Author Affiliations


JOSA B, Vol. 24, Issue 12, pp. 2940-2947 (2007)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/JOSAB.24.002940


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Abstract

We consider a programmable, phase, and amplitude femtosecond pulse shaper based on a two-dimensional (2D) reflective liquid-crystal (LC) spatial light modulator (SLM). A new zero-order pulse shaping scheme is introduced and compared to the first-order scheme, both theoretically and experimentally, using liquid crystal on silicon 2D SLM. While the spectral components of the pulse are spread across the horizontal dimension, we use the vertical direction for modulation of both spectral phases and amplitudes. It was found that while zero-order approach provided better light efficiency (67% versus 43%), the first-order scheme has superior dynamic range of amplitude modulation.

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OCIS Codes
(190.0190) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics
(190.7110) Nonlinear optics : Ultrafast nonlinear optics
(320.2250) Ultrafast optics : Femtosecond phenomena
(320.5540) Ultrafast optics : Pulse shaping
(320.7160) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast technology

ToC Category:
Ultrafast Optics

History
Original Manuscript: August 29, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: September 30, 2007
Published: November 9, 2007

Citation
Eugene Frumker and Yaron Silberberg, "Phase and amplitude pulse shaping with two-dimensional phase-only spatial light modulators," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 24, 2940-2947 (2007)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/josab/abstract.cfm?URI=josab-24-12-2940


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