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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 15, Iss. 16 — Aug. 6, 2007
  • pp: 10219–10230

Directly measuring the spatio-temporal electric field of focusing ultrashort pulses

Pamela Bowlan, Pablo Gabolde, and Rick Trebino  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 15, Issue 16, pp. 10219-10230 (2007)

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We present the first technique for directly measuring (without assumptions) the spatio-temporal intensity and phase of a train of ultrashort pulses at and near a focus. Our method uses an experimentally simple and high-spectral resolution variant of spectral interferometry (SEA TADPOLE). To illustrate our technique, we measured the spatio-temporal electric field in and around the foci of several different types of lenses. To confirm our results, we also simulated these measurements by numerically propagating a pulse through each of the lenses used. From one set of measurements, we made a movie showing a focusing pulse with severe chromatic aberration.

© 2007 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(220.2560) Optical design and fabrication : Propagating methods
(260.3160) Physical optics : Interference
(320.7100) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast measurements

ToC Category:
Ultrafast Optics

Original Manuscript: June 14, 2007
Revised Manuscript: July 19, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: July 21, 2007
Published: July 27, 2007

Pamela Bowlan, Pablo Gabolde, and Rick Trebino, "Directly measuring the spatio-temporal electric field of focusing ultrashort pulses," Opt. Express 15, 10219-10230 (2007)

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