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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 18, Iss. 23 — Nov. 8, 2010
  • pp: 23973–23986

Spatio-temporal and -spectral coupling of shaped laser pulses in a focusing geometry

Matthew A. Coughlan, Mateusz Plewicki, and Robert J. Levis  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 18, Issue 23, pp. 23973-23986 (2010)

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The spatio-temporal coupling of shaped laser pulses is measured using scanning SEA TADPOLE as a function of propagation distance through the focal region of a plano-convex lens. A double pulse sequence is measured to have a gradually changing spectral phase across the beam front as a function of propagation distance. When a sinusoidal spectral phase is applied to the shaper a saw-tooth spectral amplitude is measured across the beam front before and after the focal plane of the lens. The measured spatio-spectral phase and amplitude for these two common pulse shapes are consistent with the predictions of a theoretical model.

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OCIS Codes
(320.2250) Ultrafast optics : Femtosecond phenomena
(320.5540) Ultrafast optics : Pulse shaping
(320.7110) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast nonlinear optics

ToC Category:
Ultrafast Optics

Original Manuscript: September 8, 2010
Revised Manuscript: October 10, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: October 12, 2010
Published: November 1, 2010

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Matthew A. Coughlan, Mateusz Plewicki, and Robert J. Levis, "Spatio-temporal and -spectral coupling of shaped laser pulses in a focusing geometry," Opt. Express 18, 23973-23986 (2010)

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