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  • Editor: Michael Duncan
  • Vol. 11, Iss. 6 — Mar. 24, 2003
  • pp: 601–609

Measurement of the intensity and phase of attojoule femtosecond light pulses using Optical-Parametric-Amplification Cross-Correlation Frequency-Resolved Optical Gating

Jing-yuan Zhang, Aparna Prasad Shreenath, Mark Kimmel, Erik Zeek, Rick Trebino, and Stephan Link  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 11, Issue 6, pp. 601-609 (2003)

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We use the combination of ultrafast gating and high parametric gain available with Difference-Frequency Generation (DFG) and Optical Parametric Amplification (OPA) to achieve the complete measurement of ultraweak ultrashort light pulses. Specifically, spectrally resolving such an amplified gated pulse vs. relative delay yields the complete pulse intensity and phase vs. time. This technique is a variation of Cross-correlation Frequency-Resolved Optical Gating (XFROG), and using it, we measure the intensity and phase of a train of attenuated white light continuum containing only a few attojoules per pulse. Unlike interferometric methods, this method can measure pulses with poor spatial coherence and random absolute phase, such as fluorescence.

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OCIS Codes
(190.4410) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, parametric processes
(190.7110) Nonlinear optics : Ultrafast nonlinear optics
(300.6420) Spectroscopy : Spectroscopy, nonlinear
(300.6530) Spectroscopy : Spectroscopy, ultrafast

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Original Manuscript: January 23, 2003
Revised Manuscript: March 16, 2003
Published: March 24, 2003

Jing-yuan Zhang, Aparna Shreenath, Mark Kimmel, Erik Zeek, Rick Trebino, and Stephan Link, "Measurement of the intensity and phase of attojoule femtosecond light pulses using Optical-Parametric-Amplification Cross-Correlation Frequency-Resolved Optical Gating," Opt. Express 11, 601-609 (2003)

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