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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 17, Iss. 9 — Apr. 27, 2009
  • pp: 7431–7439

Circularly polarized light in the single-cycle limit: the nature of highly polychromatic radiation of defined polarization

Jie Shan, Jerry I. Dadap, and Tony F. Heinz  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 17, Issue 9, pp. 7431-7439 (2009)

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We have developed a general analytic description of polarized light pulses and explored the properties of circularly polarized single-cycle pulses. The temporal evolution of the electric-field vector of such spectrally broad pulses, which may be described in terms of a Hilbert transform relationship, differs significantly from the well-known behavior of quasi-monochromatic radiation. Single-cycle circularly polarized pulses have been produced and characterized experimentally in the terahertz spectral region.

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OCIS Codes
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization
(320.0320) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast optics
(300.6495) Spectroscopy : Spectroscopy, teraherz

ToC Category:
Ultrafast Optics

Original Manuscript: January 21, 2009
Revised Manuscript: April 2, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: April 2, 2009
Published: April 21, 2009

Jie Shan, Jerry I. Dadap, and Tony F. Heinz, "Circularly polarized light in the single-cycle limit: The nature of highly polychromatic radiation of defined polarization," Opt. Express 17, 7431-7439 (2009)

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