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Journal of the Optical Society of America B

Journal of the Optical Society of America B

| OPTICAL PHYSICS

  • Editor: Henry van Driel
  • Vol. 27, Iss. 4 — Apr. 1, 2010
  • pp: 619–624

Single-diffraction-grating and grism pulse compressors

Vikrant Chauhan, Pamela Bowlan, Jacob Cohen, and Rick Trebino  »View Author Affiliations


JOSA B, Vol. 27, Issue 4, pp. 619-624 (2010)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/JOSAB.27.000619


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Abstract

We introduce and demonstrate a simple, compact, and automatically aligned ultrashort-pulse compressor that uses only a single diffraction element—a grating or a grism (a grating on a prism). This design automatically has unity beam magnification and automatically contributes zero spatiotemporal distortions to the pulse, thus avoiding spatial chirp, angular dispersion, pulse-front tilt, and all other first-order spatiotemporal distortions. It is comprised of only three elements: a diffraction element, a corner cube, and a roof mirror. Half the size of comparable two-grating compressors, it can provide large amounts of negative group-delay dispersion with small translations of the corner cube. The device can operate on pulses with both large and small bandwidths by varying the corner-cube position. Using a grism as the diffraction element, material dispersion up to the third order can be compensated, and we demonstrated compensation for 10 m of optical fiber for 800 nm pulses.

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OCIS Codes
(320.1590) Ultrafast optics : Chirping
(320.5520) Ultrafast optics : Pulse compression

ToC Category:
Ultrafast Optics

History
Original Manuscript: November 23, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: December 15, 2009
Published: March 3, 2010

Citation
Vikrant Chauhan, Pamela Bowlan, Jacob Cohen, and Rick Trebino, "Single-diffraction-grating and grism pulse compressors," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 27, 619-624 (2010)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/josab/abstract.cfm?URI=josab-27-4-619

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