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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 17, Iss. 9 — Apr. 27, 2009
  • pp: 7465–7478

Programmable ultrashort-pulsed flying images

M. Bock, S. K. Das, and R. Grunwald  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 17, Issue 9, pp. 7465-7478 (2009)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.17.007465


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Abstract

We report the generation of programmable two-dimensional arrangements of ultrashort-pulsed fringe-less Bessel-like beams of extended depth of focus (referred to as needle beams) without truncating apertures. A sub-20-fs Ti:sapphire laser and a liquid-crystal-on-silicon spatial light modulator (LCoS-SLM) of high-fidelity temporal transfer in phase-only operation mode were used in the experiments. Axicon profiles with ultra-small conical angles were approximated by adapted gray scale distributions. It was demonstrated that digitized image information encoded in amplitude-phase maps of the needle beams is propagated over considerably large distances at minimal cross talk without the need for additional relay optics. This experiment represents a physical realization of Saari’s proposal of spatio-temporally nondiffracting “flying images” on a few-femtosecond time scale.

© 2009 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(320.0320) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast optics
(320.5540) Ultrafast optics : Pulse shaping

ToC Category:
Ultrafast Optics

History
Original Manuscript: February 27, 2009
Revised Manuscript: April 16, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: April 20, 2009
Published: April 21, 2009

Citation
M. Bock, S. K. Das, and R. Grunwald, "Programmable ultrashort-pulsed flying images," Opt. Express 17, 7465-7478 (2009)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-17-9-7465


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