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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 17, Iss. 17 — Aug. 17, 2009
  • pp: 14517–14525

Supercontinuum optical vortex pulse generation without spatial or topological-charge dispersion

Yu Tokizane, Kazuhiko Oka, and Ryuji Morita  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 17, Issue 17, pp. 14517-14525 (2009)

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A new achromatic method to generate the optical vortex was proposed and supercontinuum optical vortex generation ranging ~500 to ~800 nm was experimentally demonstrated without spatial nor topological-charge dispersions. In addition, polarization evolution in our system using Jones vectors and matrices was discussed and the condition of the polarizer to transfer polarizations was elucidated. This method is useful for the application to time-resolved nonlinear spectroscopy utilizing ultrabroadband optical vortex pulses in topological materials such as ring-shaped crystals or annular materials.

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OCIS Codes
(230.5440) Optical devices : Polarization-selective devices
(320.1590) Ultrafast optics : Chirping
(050.4865) Diffraction and gratings : Optical vortices
(320.6629) Ultrafast optics : Supercontinuum generation

ToC Category:
Ultrafast Optics

Original Manuscript: June 12, 2009
Revised Manuscript: July 29, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: July 30, 2009
Published: August 3, 2009

Yu Tokizane, Kazuhiko Oka, and Ryuji Morita, "Supercontinuum optical vortex pulse generation without spatial or topological-charge dispersion," Opt. Express 17, 14517-14525 (2009)

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