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Optics Express

  • Editor: Michael Duncan
  • Vol. 12, Iss. 12 — Jun. 14, 2004
  • pp: 2762–2773

Experimental and theoretical demonstration of validity and limitations in fringe-resolved autocorrelation measurements for pulses of few optical cycles

K. Yamane, T. Kito, R. Morita, and M. Yamashita  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 12, Issue 12, pp. 2762-2773 (2004)

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Using 3.6- and 5.3-fs pulses, we demonstrated theoretically and experimentally that fringe-resolved autocorrelation (FRAC) traces are distorted by bandwidth limitations of the second-harmonic generation (SHG) in 10-µm-thick, type I β -BaB2O4 for pulses shorter than sub-5 fs. In addition, detailed numerical analysis of the SHG showed that the optimum crystal angle where the FRAC trace distortion becomes minimum is in disagreement not only with the phase-matching angle but also with the angle where the FRAC signal intensity becomes maximum. Furthermore, the apparent pulse duration measured at a nonoptimum angle was confirmed to become shorter than that of its transform-limited pulse, in excellent agreement with the calculated result.

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OCIS Codes
(320.5520) Ultrafast optics : Pulse compression
(320.7100) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast measurements

ToC Category:
Research Papers

Original Manuscript: March 26, 2004
Revised Manuscript: May 14, 2004
Published: June 14, 2004

K. Yamane, T. Kito, R. Morita, and M. Yamashita, "Experimental and theoretical demonstration of validity and limitations in fringe-resolved autocorrelation measurements for pulses of few optical cycles," Opt. Express 12, 2762-2773 (2004)

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