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Journal of the Optical Society of America B


  • Editor: Grover Swartzlander
  • Vol. 31, Iss. 7 — Jul. 1, 2014
  • pp: 1544–1554

Comparison of pulse compression methods using only a pulse shaper

Daniel E. Wilcox and Jennifer P. Ogilvie  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA B, Vol. 31, Issue 7, pp. 1544-1554 (2014)

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Spectral phase compensation is crucial in the production of ultrafast laser pulses. To produce very short pulses, it is necessary to correct higher-order phase terms beyond the typical second-order and third-order corrections. It is helpful to have a pulse shaper to perform the compression, and to use an integrated, deterministic pulse-shaper-only method for pulse compression and characterization. While several algorithms exist for this purpose, it is desirable to know which method is optimal. Using a computer simulation, we investigate the speed of several existing approaches in several typical pulse shaping cases. We also present and demonstrate experimentally a new method named Spectral Phase of Electric field by Analytic Reconstruction (SPEAR), a variant of the Chirp Reversal Technique (CRT). The chirp-scan method, CRT, and SPEAR are found to be the fastest methods to achieve a desired level of accuracy, for the cases investigated.

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OCIS Codes
(190.1900) Nonlinear optics : Diagnostic applications of nonlinear optics
(190.7110) Nonlinear optics : Ultrafast nonlinear optics
(320.0320) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast optics
(320.5520) Ultrafast optics : Pulse compression
(320.5540) Ultrafast optics : Pulse shaping
(320.7100) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast measurements

ToC Category:
Ultrafast Optics

Original Manuscript: March 4, 2014
Revised Manuscript: April 28, 2014
Manuscript Accepted: April 28, 2014
Published: June 11, 2014

Daniel E. Wilcox and Jennifer P. Ogilvie, "Comparison of pulse compression methods using only a pulse shaper," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 31, 1544-1554 (2014)

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