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  • Editor: Michael Duncan
  • Vol. 13, Iss. 20 — Oct. 3, 2005
  • pp: 8056–8068

A programmable Fresnel transform pulse shaper

G. Mínguez-Vega, J.D. McKinney, and A.M. Weiner  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 13, Issue 20, pp. 8056-8068 (2005)

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We demonstrate the first reprogrammable Fresnel transform pulse shaper based on a modified direct space-to-time pulse shaping apparatus. In our approach, the pulse shaping lens and mask are implemented by a dual-layer liquid crystal spatial light modulator. The input mask subsequently undergoes a free-space Fresnel transform which causes quadratic dispersion of the output temporal waveform. When used as a spectrometer, we demonstrate that the passband function of the apparatus (determined by the Fourier transform of the input spatial mask) may be chosen to exhibit a user-defined scale. Here we present the theory of operation, as well as experimental verification in both the time- and frequency-domains.

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OCIS Codes
(260.2030) Physical optics : Dispersion
(320.1590) Ultrafast optics : Chirping
(320.5540) Ultrafast optics : Pulse shaping

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Original Manuscript: August 4, 2005
Revised Manuscript: September 20, 2005
Published: October 3, 2005

G. Mínguez-Vega, J. McKinney, and A. Weiner, "A programmable Fresnel transform pulse shaper," Opt. Express 13, 8056-8068 (2005)

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