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Journal of the Optical Society of America B


  • Editor: Henry van Driel
  • Vol. 28, Iss. 1 — Jan. 1, 2011
  • pp: 58–64

Space–time coupling of shaped ultrafast ultraviolet pulses from an acousto-optic programmable dispersive filter

David J. McCabe, Dane R. Austin, Ayhan Tajalli, Sébastien Weber, Ian A. Walmsley, and Béatrice Chatel  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA B, Vol. 28, Issue 1, pp. 58-64 (2011)

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A comprehensive experimental analysis of spatiotemporal coupling effects inherent to the acousto-optic programmable dispersive filter (AOPDF) is presented. Phase and amplitude measurements of the AOPDF transfer function are performed using spatially and spectrally resolved interferometry. Spatiotemporal and spatio-spectral coupling effects are presented for a range of shaped pulses that are commonly used in quantum control experiments. These effects are shown to be attributable to a single mechanism: a group-delay-dependent displacement of the shaped pulse. The physical mechanism is explained, and excellent quantitative agreement between the measured and calculated coupling speed is obtained. The implications for quantum control experiments are discussed.

© 2011 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(120.3180) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Interferometry
(320.5540) Ultrafast optics : Pulse shaping
(320.7100) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast measurements

ToC Category:
Ultrafast Optics

Original Manuscript: September 22, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: October 8, 2010
Published: December 13, 2010

David J. McCabe, Dane R. Austin, Ayhan Tajalli, Sébastien Weber, Ian A. Walmsley, and Béatrice Chatel, "Space–time coupling of shaped ultrafast ultraviolet pulses from an acousto-optic programmable dispersive filter," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 28, 58-64 (2011)

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