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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 16, Iss. 2 — Jan. 21, 2008
  • pp: 957–964

Pump polarization-state preservation of picosecond generated white-light supercontinuum

Leonardo De Boni, Carlos Toro, and Florencio E. Hernández  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 16, Issue 2, pp. 957-964 (2008)

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Supercontinuum (SC) generation is among the most interesting nonlinear optical effects lately discovered, due to the complexity of the mechanisms responsible for its generation. This phenomenon, first demonstrated by Alfano and Shapiro using picosecond pulses in condensed phase, has found novel applications in optical pulse compression, time-resolved spectroscopy and material characterization among many others. Here, we demonstrate that picosecond generated SC white-light in water preserves the polarization state: linear, elliptical and circular of the pump source. Moreover, we were able to determine the SC polarization rotation direction in the circular case. With the generation of pulsed circularly polarized SC, new studies and applications are envisaged in the biological, medical and pharmaceutical field. Amino acids, involved in the origin of life, and other chiral structures represent an attractive target for this type of study.

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OCIS Codes
(190.0190) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics
(190.4720) Nonlinear optics : Optical nonlinearities of condensed matter
(190.7110) Nonlinear optics : Ultrafast nonlinear optics

ToC Category:
Nonlinear Optics

Original Manuscript: December 19, 2007
Revised Manuscript: January 8, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: January 8, 2008
Published: January 11, 2008

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Leonardo De Boni, Carlos Toro, and Florencio E. Hernández, "Pump polarization-state preservation of picosecond generated white-light supercontinuum," Opt. Express 16, 957-964 (2008)

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