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  • Editor: Michael Duncan
  • Vol. 13, Iss. 26 — Dec. 26, 2005
  • pp: 10888–10894

Pulse compression with time-domain optimized chirped mirrors

P. Dombi, V. S. Yakovlev, K. O’Keeffe, T. Fuji, M. Lezius, and G. Tempea  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 13, Issue 26, pp. 10888-10894 (2005)

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Dispersive optical interference coatings (chirped mirrors - CMs) are designed by computer optimization of an analytically calculated initial multilayer. Traditionally, the relevant properties of the CM (reflectance and the frequency-dependence of the phase shift upon reflection) are optimized to match frequency-domain targets. We propose a novel target function that quantifies directly the capability of a multilayer to control the temporal shape of the reflected optical pulse. Employing this time-domain analysis/optimization one can design dispersive multilayers having air as medium of incidence and supporting the generation of pulses with durations in the sub-5-fs-range, as demonstrated in a proof-of-principle compression experiment.

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(320.5520) Ultrafast optics : Pulse compression
(320.7160) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast technology

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P. Dombi, V. S. Yakovlev, K. O'Keeffe, T. Fuji, M. Lezius, and G. Tempea, "Pulse compression with time-domain optimized chirped mirrors," Opt. Express 13, 10888-10894 (2005)

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