It is shown that the fiber and grating-pair pulse-compression technique is limited by higher-order terms in the response of the grating-pair compressor and that these terms also limit the usefulness of the compressor for canceling the effects of group-velocity dispersion on the propagation of ultrashort optical pulses. Numerical evaluations of these limits are in good agreement with the minimum experimentally observed compressed pulse width of 8 fsec. Approaches for achieving shorter pulses are discussed.
© 1987 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: March 5, 1987
Manuscript Accepted: June 12, 1987
Published: September 1, 1987
W. J. Tomlinson and W. H. Knox, "Limits of fiber-grating optical pulse compression," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 4, 1404-1411 (1987)