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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 17, Iss. 25 — Dec. 7, 2009
  • pp: 23016–23024

High-visibility interference fringes with femtosecond laser radiation

Raúl Martínez-Cuenca, Lluís Martínez-León, Jesús Lancis, Gladys Mínguez-Vega, Omel Mendoza-Yero, Enrique Tajahuerce, Pere Clemente, and Pedro Andrés  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 17, Issue 25, pp. 23016-23024 (2009)

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We propose and experimentally demonstrate an interferometer for femtosecond pulses with spectral bandwidth about 100 nm. The scheme is based on a Michelson interferometer with a dispersion compensating module. A diffractive lens serves the purpose of equalizing the optical-path-length difference for a wide range of frequencies. In this way, it is possible to register high-contrast interference fringes with micrometric resolution over the whole area of a commercial CCD sensor for broadband femtosecond pulses.

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OCIS Codes
(030.1640) Coherence and statistical optics : Coherence
(260.3160) Physical optics : Interference
(320.5550) Ultrafast optics : Pulses

ToC Category:
Ultrafast Optics

Original Manuscript: June 3, 2009
Revised Manuscript: September 23, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: October 27, 2009
Published: December 2, 2009

Raúl Martínez-Cuenca, Lluís Martínez-León, Jesús Lancis, Gladys Mínguez-Vega, Omel Mendoza-Yero, Enrique Tajahuerce, Pere Clemente, and Pedro Andrés, "High-visibility interference fringes with
femtosecond laser radiation," Opt. Express 17, 23016-23024 (2009)

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