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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 20, Iss. 15 — Jul. 16, 2012
  • pp: 17220–17229

Temporal focusing of ultrashort pulsed Bessel beams into Airy–Bessel light bullets

Peeter Piksarv, Heli Valtna-Lukner, Andreas Valdmann, Madis Lõhmus, Roland Matt, and Peeter Saari  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 20, Issue 15, pp. 17220-17229 (2012)

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We present measurements of the impulse response of a circular phase diffraction grating in dependence of the field point location behind it. These measurements were carried out using a white-light spectral interferometry set-up, which employs photonic crystal fibers in both the signal and reference arms, and achieves a few micron spatial and almost one-wave-cycle temporal resolution. Our study shows that the grating as a simple and robust single-element optical device (i) suppresses the material-induced spread of ultrashort pulses, (ii) thereby generates the Airy–Bessel light bullets, and (iii) enables temporal focusing of the pulses at the prescribed propagation depth.

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OCIS Codes
(050.1950) Diffraction and gratings : Diffraction gratings
(320.5550) Ultrafast optics : Pulses
(320.7100) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast measurements

ToC Category:
Ultrafast Optics

Original Manuscript: May 25, 2012
Revised Manuscript: July 1, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: July 1, 2012
Published: July 12, 2012

Peeter Piksarv, Heli Valtna-Lukner, Andreas Valdmann, Madis Lõhmus, Roland Matt, and Peeter Saari, "Temporal focusing of ultrashort pulsed Bessel beams into Airy–Bessel light bullets," Opt. Express 20, 17220-17229 (2012)

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