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  • Vol. 16, Iss. 16 — Aug. 4, 2008
  • pp: 11782–11794

Ultrashort laser pulse characterization using modified spectrum auto-interferometric correlation (MOSAIC)

Daniel A. Bender, Jeffrey W. Nicholson, and Mansoor Sheik-Bahae  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 16, Issue 16, pp. 11782-11794 (2008)

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Sensitive, real-time chirp and spectral phase diagnostics along with full field reconstruction of femtosecond laser pulses are performed using a single rapid-scan interferometric autocorrelator. Through the use of phase retrieval error maps, ambiguities in pulse retrievals based on the pulse spectrum and various forms of MOSAIC traces are discussed. We show second-order autocorrelations can introduce significantly different amounts of chirp depending on the implementation. Examples are presented that illustrate the sensitivity and fidelity of the scheme even with low signal-to-noise.

© 2008 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(140.7090) Lasers and laser optics : Ultrafast lasers
(320.7100) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast measurements

ToC Category:
Ultrafast Optics

Original Manuscript: June 13, 2008
Revised Manuscript: July 18, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: July 18, 2008
Published: July 23, 2008

Daniel A. Bender, Jeffrey W. Nicholson, and Mansoor Sheik-Bahae, "Ultrashort laser pulse characterization using modified spectrum auto-interferometric correlation (MOSAIC)," Opt. Express 16, 11782-11794 (2008)

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