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Optics Express

  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 21, Iss. 6 — Mar. 25, 2013
  • pp: 6866–6872

Spectrally tailored narrowband pulses for femtosecond stimulated Raman spectroscopy in the range 330-750 nm

E. Pontecorvo, C. Ferrante, C. G. Elles, and T. Scopigno  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 21, Issue 6, pp. 6866-6872 (2013)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.21.006866


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Abstract

Spectral compression of femtosecond pulses by second harmonic generation in the presence of substantial group velocity dispersion provides a convenient source of narrowband Raman pump pulses for femtosecond stimulated Raman spectroscopy (FSRS). We discuss here a simple and efficient modification that dramatically increases the versatility of the second harmonic spectral compression technique. Adding a spectral filter following second harmonic generation produces narrowband pulses with a superior temporal profile. This simple modification i) increases the Raman gain for a given pulse energy, ii) improves the spectral resolution, iii) suppresses coherent oscillations associated with slowly dephasing vibrations, and iv) extends the useful tunable range to at least 330-750 nm.

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OCIS Codes
(190.7110) Nonlinear optics : Ultrafast nonlinear optics
(300.6450) Spectroscopy : Spectroscopy, Raman
(320.5390) Ultrafast optics : Picosecond phenomena

ToC Category:
Spectroscopy

History
Original Manuscript: December 13, 2012
Revised Manuscript: February 18, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: February 19, 2013
Published: March 12, 2013

Citation
E. Pontecorvo, C. Ferrante, C. G. Elles, and T. Scopigno, "Spectrally tailored narrowband pulses for femtosecond stimulated Raman spectroscopy in the range 330-750 nm," Opt. Express 21, 6866-6872 (2013)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-21-6-6866


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