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Journal of the Optical Society of America B

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  • Editor: Henry M. Van Driel
  • Vol. 25, Iss. 6 — Jun. 1, 2008
  • pp: A140–A150

Interference without an interferometer: a different approach to measuring, compressing, and shaping ultrashort laser pulses

Yves Coello, Vadim V. Lozovoy, Tissa C. Gunaratne, Bingwei Xu, Ian Borukhovich, Chien-hung Tseng, Thomas Weinacht, and Marcos Dantus  »View Author Affiliations


JOSA B, Vol. 25, Issue 6, pp. A140-A150 (2008)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/JOSAB.25.00A140


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Abstract

The inherent brevity of ultrashort laser pulses prevents a direct measurement of their electric field as a function of time; therefore different approaches based on autocorrelation have been used to characterize them. We present a discussion, guided by experimental studies, regarding accurate measurement, compression, and shaping of ultrashort laser pulses without autocorrelation or interferometry. Our approach based on phase shaping, multiphoton intrapulse interference phase scan, provides a direct measurement of the spectral phase. Illustrations of this method include new results demonstrating wavelength independence, compatibility with sub- 5 fs pulses, and a perfect match for experimental coherent control and biomedical imaging applications.

© 2008 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(320.0320) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast optics
(320.7100) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast measurements

ToC Category:
Measurement of Ultrashort Electromagnetic Pulses

History
Original Manuscript: November 2, 2007
Revised Manuscript: February 15, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: March 11, 2008
Published: May 30, 2008

Virtual Issues
Vol. 3, Iss. 7 Virtual Journal for Biomedical Optics

Citation
Yves Coello, Vadim V. Lozovoy, Tissa C. Gunaratne, Bingwei Xu, Ian Borukhovich, Chien-hung Tseng, Thomas Weinacht, and Marcos Dantus, "Interference without an interferometer: a different approach to measuring, compressing, and shaping ultrashort laser pulses," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 25, A140-A150 (2008)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/josab/abstract.cfm?URI=josab-25-6-A140


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