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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 19, Iss. 4 — Feb. 14, 2011
  • pp: 3406–3417

Time-frequency distribution of interferograms from a frequency comb in dispersive media

M. G. Zeitouny, M. Cui, A. J. E. M. Janssen, N. Bhattacharya, S. A. van den Berg, and H. P. Urbach  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 19, Issue 4, pp. 3406-3417 (2011)

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We investigate general properties of the interferograms from a frequency comb laser in a non-linear dispersive medium. The focus is on interferograms at large delay distances and in particular on their broadening, the fringe formation and shape. It is observed that at large delay distances the interferograms spread linearly and that its shape is determined by the source spectral profile. It is also shown that each intensity point of the interferogram is formed by the contribution of one dominant stationary frequency. This stationary frequency is seen to vary as a function of the path length difference even within the interferogram. We also show that the contributing stationary frequency remains constant if the evolution of a particular fringe is followed in the successive interferograms found periodically at different path length differences. This can be used to measure very large distances in dispersive media.

© 2011 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(070.4550) Fourier optics and signal processing : Correlators
(070.4790) Fourier optics and signal processing : Spectrum analysis
(120.3180) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Interferometry
(320.1590) Ultrafast optics : Chirping
(320.7150) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast spectroscopy

ToC Category:
Instrumentation, Measurement, and Metrology

Original Manuscript: October 11, 2010
Revised Manuscript: December 11, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: December 13, 2010
Published: February 7, 2011

M. G. Zeitouny, M. Cui, A. J. Janssen, N. Bhattacharya, S. A. van den Berg, and H. P. Urbach, "Time-frequency distribution of interferograms from a frequency comb in dispersive media," Opt. Express 19, 3406-3417 (2011)

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