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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 17, Iss. 10 — May. 11, 2009
  • pp: 7943–7951

Double-angle multilayer mirrors with smooth dispersion characteristics

V. Pervak, I. Ahmad, M. K. Trubetskov, A. V. Tikhonravov, and F. Krausz  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 17, Issue 10, pp. 7943-7951 (2009)

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We report the feasibility of precision broadband dispersion control with multilayer mirrors produced in a single coating run. Inherent fluctuations of the group-delay dispersion (GDD) are suppressed by using the mirrors at two different angles of incidence. With a specialized version of the needle optimization algorithm, we have designed the multilayer structure to yield a complementary pair with a resultant GDD substantially free from spectral oscillations characteristic of broadband chirped multilayers. Since the mirrors employed at two different incidence angles are produced in a single deposition run, their overall dispersion is more robust to errors in layer thicknesses than that of previous complementary mirror pairs manufactured in two different steps. This offers the potential for improving production yield and quality of femtosecond dispersion control. We have successfully used the first “double-angle” mirrors for compressing pulses to a duration of 4.3 fs.

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OCIS Codes
(310.1620) Thin films : Interference coatings
(320.5520) Ultrafast optics : Pulse compression
(310.4165) Thin films : Multilayer design
(310.5696) Thin films : Refinement and synthesis methods

ToC Category:
Thin Films

Original Manuscript: April 17, 2009
Revised Manuscript: April 26, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: April 27, 2009
Published: April 28, 2009

V. Pervak, I. Ahmad, M. K. Trubetskov, A. V. Tikhonravov, and F. Krausz, "Double-angle multilayer mirrors with smooth dispersion characteristics," Opt. Express 17, 7943-7951 (2009)

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