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Journal of the Optical Society of America B

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  • Editor: Henry van Driel
  • Vol. 29, Iss. 2 — Feb. 1, 2012
  • pp: 244–248

Using phase diversity for the measurement of the complete spatiotemporal electric field of ultrashort laser pulses

Pamela Bowlan and Rick Trebino  »View Author Affiliations


JOSA B, Vol. 29, Issue 2, pp. 244-248 (2012)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/JOSAB.29.000244


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Abstract

Even so-called “complete” ultrashort laser pulse-measurement techniques actually have ambiguities and so are not truly complete. In particular, the spectral-interferometry technique called scanning SEA TADPOLE measures the “complete” spatiotemporal intensity and phase of arbitrary ultrashort pulses (using a previously characterized spatially uniform reference pulse), but the difficulty of maintaining the stability of the required interferometer to submicron resolution while scanning in space usually blurs the frequency-independent spatial component of the pulse phase. We show here, however, that this information is actually still contained in the measured SEA TADPOLE data, and using a simple Gerchberg–Saxton-like phase-diversity algorithm, it can be recovered from measurements in only two planes, yielding a truly complete spatiotemporal measurement of the pulse field, limited only by any possible ambiguities present in the reference pulse.

© 2012 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(100.5070) Image processing : Phase retrieval
(320.7100) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast measurements

ToC Category:
Image Processing

History
Original Manuscript: August 30, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: September 26, 2011
Published: January 25, 2012

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March 7, 2012 Spotlight on Optics

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Pamela Bowlan and Rick Trebino, "Using phase diversity for the measurement of the complete spatiotemporal electric field of ultrashort laser pulses," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 29, 244-248 (2012)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/josab/abstract.cfm?URI=josab-29-2-244


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