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  • Editor: Michael Duncan
  • Vol. 14, Iss. 23 — Nov. 13, 2006
  • pp: 11460–11467

Single-shot measurement of the full spatio-temporal field of ultrashort pulses with multi-spectral digital holography

Pablo Gabolde and Rick Trebino  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 14, Issue 23, pp. 11460-11467 (2006)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.14.011460


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Abstract

We present a remarkably simple technique for measuring the full spatio-temporal electric field of a single ultrashort laser pulse. It involves capturing a large digital hologram containing multiple smaller holograms, each of which characterizes the spatial intensity and phase distributions of an individual frequency component of the pulse. From that single camera frame, we numerically reconstruct the complete electric field, E(x,y,t), using a direct algorithm. While holography requires a well-characterized reference pulse, this pulse can easily be generated from the pulse itself in most cases, so the technique is self-referencing. We experimentally demonstrate this technique using femtosecond pulses from a mode-locked Ti:Sapphire oscillator.

© 2006 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(090.2880) Holography : Holographic interferometry
(320.7100) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast measurements

ToC Category:
Ultrafast Optics

History
Original Manuscript: September 18, 2006
Revised Manuscript: November 1, 2006
Manuscript Accepted: November 4, 2006
Published: November 13, 2006

Citation
Pablo Gabolde and Rick Trebino, "Single-shot measurement of the full spatio-temporal field of ultrashort pulses with multi-spectral digital holography," Opt. Express 14, 11460-11467 (2006)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-14-23-11460


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