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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 19, Iss. 23 — Nov. 7, 2011
  • pp: 22851–22862

Wavefront retrieval of amplified femtosecond beams by second-harmonic generation

Rocío Borrego-Varillas, Carolina Romero, Javier R. Vázquez de Aldana, Juan M. Bueno, and Luis Roso  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 19, Issue 23, pp. 22851-22862 (2011)

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We present a new approach for wavefront characterization of near transform-limited intense femtosecond beams using the angular and spectral dependences of the second-harmonic generation conversion efficiency in uniaxial crystals. The method is applied to different aberrated beams and results are compared with the measurements performed with a commercial sensor, finding very good agreement. The phase retrieval dependence with different parameters (e.g. crystal thickness) is discussed. Successful application to sharpen intensity profiles is also demonstrated.

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OCIS Codes
(010.7350) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Wave-front sensing
(120.5050) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Phase measurement
(190.4410) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, parametric processes
(320.7100) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast measurements
(320.7110) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast nonlinear optics

ToC Category:
Ultrafast Optics

Original Manuscript: July 19, 2011
Revised Manuscript: September 11, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: October 15, 2011
Published: October 27, 2011

Rocío Borrego-Varillas, Carolina Romero, Javier R. Vázquez de Aldana, Juan M. Bueno, and Luis Roso, "Wavefront retrieval of amplified femtosecond beams by second-harmonic generation," Opt. Express 19, 22851-22862 (2011)

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