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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 15, Iss. 14 — Jul. 9, 2007
  • pp: 8979–8987

Ultrafast phase and amplitude pulse shaping with a single, one-dimensional, high-resolution phase mask.

Jesse W. Wilson, Philip Schlup, and Randy A. Bartels  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 15, Issue 14, pp. 8979-8987 (2007)

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An ultrafast pulse shaper, capable of both phase and amplitude shaping, is constructed using a single high-resolution liquid crystal phase mask. The shaper is calibrated with an inline spectral interferometry technique. Amplitude shaping is accomplished by writing to the mask a phase grating, whose period is smaller than the spectral focus, diffracting away selected frequencies in a controllable manner.

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OCIS Codes
(230.3720) Optical devices : Liquid-crystal devices
(230.6120) Optical devices : Spatial light modulators
(320.5540) Ultrafast optics : Pulse shaping

ToC Category:
Ultrafast Optics

Original Manuscript: June 20, 2007
Revised Manuscript: June 28, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: June 29, 2007
Published: July 5, 2007

Jesse W. Wilson, Philip Schlup, and Randy A. Bartels, "Ultrafast phase and amplitude pulse shaping with a single, one-dimensional, high-resolution phase mask.," Opt. Express 15, 8979-8987 (2007)

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