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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 17, Iss. 14 — Jul. 6, 2009
  • pp: 11986–12000

Robust orthogonal parameterization of evolution strategy for adaptive laser pulse shaping

Aliakbar Jafarpour, Janne Savolainen, Rianne de Jong, Jacob Middag, Daan P. Sprünken, Peter van der Walle, Di Yang, and Jennifer L. Herek  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 17, Issue 14, pp. 11986-12000 (2009)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.17.011986


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Abstract

Many spectroscopic applications of femtosecond laser pulses require properly-shaped spectral phase profiles. The optimal phase profile can be programmed on the pulse by adaptive pulse shaping. A promising optimization algorithm for such adaptive experiments is evolution strategy (ES). Here, we report a four fold increase in the rate of convergence and ten percent increase in the final yield of the optimization, compared to the direct parameterization approach, by using a new version of ES in combination with Legendre polynomials and frequency-resolved detection. Such a fast learning rate is of paramount importance in spectroscopy for reducing the artifacts of laser drift, optical degradation, and precipitation.

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OCIS Codes
(320.5520) Ultrafast optics : Pulse compression
(320.5540) Ultrafast optics : Pulse shaping
(320.7150) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast spectroscopy
(350.5030) Other areas of optics : Phase

ToC Category:
Ultrafast Optics

History
Original Manuscript: March 24, 2009
Revised Manuscript: June 7, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: June 28, 2009
Published: July 1, 2009

Citation
Aliakbar Jafarpour, Janne Savolainen, Rianne de Jong, Jacob Middag, Daan P. Sprünken, Peter van der Walle, Di Yang, and Jennifer L. Herek, "Robust orthogonal parameterization of evolution strategy for adaptive laser pulse shaping," Opt. Express 17, 11986-12000 (2009)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-17-14-11986


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