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  • Editor: Michael Duncan
  • Vol. 13, Iss. 9 — May. 2, 2005
  • pp: 3296–3302

Observation of propagating femtosecond light pulse train generated by an integrated array illuminator as a spatially and temporally continuous motion picture

Masatomo Yamagiwa, Aya Komatsu, Yasuhiro Awatsuji, and Toshihiro Kubota  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 13, Issue 9, pp. 3296-3302 (2005)

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We observed a propagating femtosecond light pulse train generated by an integrated array illuminator as a spatially and temporally continuous motion picture. To observe the light pulse train propagating in air, light-in-flight holography is applied. The integrated array illuminator is an optical device for generating an ultrashort light pulse train from a single ultrashort pulse. The experimentally obtained pulse width and pulse interval were 130 fs and 19.7 ps, respectively. A back-propagating femtosecond light pulse train, which is the -2 order diffracted light pulse from the array illuminator and which is difficult to observe using conventional methods, was observed.

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OCIS Codes
(050.1950) Diffraction and gratings : Diffraction gratings
(090.0090) Holography : Holography
(090.2870) Holography : Holographic display
(130.3120) Integrated optics : Integrated optics devices
(320.2250) Ultrafast optics : Femtosecond phenomena
(320.7120) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast phenomena
(320.7160) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast technology

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Original Manuscript: March 1, 2005
Revised Manuscript: April 14, 2005
Published: May 2, 2005

Masatomo Yamagiwa, Aya Komatsu, Yasuhiro Awatsuji, and Toshihiro Kubota, "Observation of propagating femtosecond light pulse train generated by an integrated array illuminator as a spatially and temporally continuous motion picture," Opt. Express 13, 3296-3302 (2005)

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