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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 18, Iss. 2 — Jan. 18, 2010
  • pp: 1613–1617

Optical sampling by laser cavity tuning

Thomas Hochrein, Rafal Wilk, Michael Mei, Ronald Holzwarth, Norman Krumbholz, and Martin Koch  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 18, Issue 2, pp. 1613-1617 (2010)

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Most time-resolved optical experiments rely either on external mechanical delay lines or on two synchronized femtosecond lasers to achieve a defined temporal delay between two optical pulses. Here, we present a new method which does not require any external delay lines and uses only a single femtosecond laser. It is based on the cross-correlation of an optical pulse with a subsequent pulse from the same laser. Temporal delay between these two pulses is achieved by varying the repetition rate of the laser. We validate the new scheme by a comparison with a cross-correlation measurement carried out with a conventional mechanical delay line.

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OCIS Codes
(030.1640) Coherence and statistical optics : Coherence
(060.5530) Fiber optics and optical communications : Pulse propagation and temporal solitons
(070.4550) Fourier optics and signal processing : Correlators
(120.0120) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology
(320.7100) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast measurements

ToC Category:
Instrumentation, Measurement, and Metrology

Original Manuscript: November 30, 2009
Revised Manuscript: January 7, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: January 7, 2010
Published: January 13, 2010

Thomas Hochrein, Rafal Wilk, Michael Mei, Ronald Holzwarth, Norman Krumbholz, and Martin Koch, "Optical sampling by laser cavity tuning," Opt. Express 18, 1613-1617 (2010)

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