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  • Editor: Michael Duncan
  • Vol. 13, Iss. 7 — Apr. 4, 2005
  • pp: 2617–2626

Interferometric frequency-resolved optical gating

Gero Stibenz and Günter Steinmeyer  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 13, Issue 7, pp. 2617-2626 (2005)

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We demonstrate a novel variant of frequency-resolved optical gating (FROG) that is based on spectrally resolving a collinear interferometric autocorrelation rather than a noncollinear one. From the interferometric FROG trace, one can extract two terms, the standard SHG-FROG trace and a new phase-sensitive modulational component, which both allow for independent retrieval of the pulse shape. We compare the results of both methods and a separate SPIDER measurement using 6.5-fs pulses from a white-light continuum. We find that the novel modulational component allows for robust retrieval of pulse shapes in the few-cycle regime. Together with the added cross-checks, our method significantly enhances choices for pulse characterization in this regime.

© 2005 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(320.5520) Ultrafast optics : Pulse compression
(320.7100) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast measurements
(320.7160) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast technology

ToC Category:
Research Papers

Original Manuscript: March 8, 2005
Revised Manuscript: March 22, 2005
Published: April 4, 2005

Gero Stibenz and Günter Steinmeyer, "Interferometric frequency-resolved optical gating," Opt. Express 13, 2617-2626 (2005)

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