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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 16, Iss. 22 — Oct. 27, 2008
  • pp: 18004–18016

A modular approach to the analytic calculation of spectral phase for grisms and other refractive/diffractive structures

Charles G. Durfee, Jeff A. Squier, and Steve Kane  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 16, Issue 22, pp. 18004-18016 (2008)

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Analytic expressions for spectral phase for optical systems are very important for the design of wide-bandwidth optical systems. We describe a general formalism for analytically calculating the spectral phase for arbitrary optical structure made up of nested pairs of plane-parallel interfaces that can be diffractive or refractive. Our primary application is the calculation of the spectral phase of a grism pair, which is then used to analyze the behavior of higher-order phase terms. The analytic expressions for the grism spectral phase provide insight into the tunability of the third-order phase of grisms as well as the fourth-order limits. Our exact and approximate expressions are compared with a raytracing model.

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OCIS Codes
(260.2030) Physical optics : Dispersion
(320.5520) Ultrafast optics : Pulse compression
(230.2035) Optical devices : Dispersion compensation devices

ToC Category:
Ultrafast Optics

Original Manuscript: September 16, 2008
Revised Manuscript: October 13, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: October 13, 2008
Published: October 21, 2008

Charles G. Durfee, Jeff A. Squier, and Steve Kane, "A modular approach to the analytic calculation of spectral phase for grisms and other refractive/diffractive structures," Opt. Express 16, 18004-18016 (2008)

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