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Optics Express

  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 22, Iss. 15 — Jul. 28, 2014
  • pp: 17968–17978

Measurement of energy contrast of amplified ultrashort pulses using cross-polarized wave generation and spectral interferometry

Marin Iliev, Amanda K. Meier, Benjamin Galloway, Daniel E. Adams, Jeff A. Squier, and Charles G. Durfee  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 22, Issue 15, pp. 17968-17978 (2014)

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We present a method using spectral interferometry (SI) to characterize a pulse in the presence of an incoherent background such as amplified spontaneous emission (ASE). The output of a regenerative amplifier is interfered with a copy of the pulse that has been converted using third-order cross-polarized wave generation (XPW). The ASE shows as a pedestal background in the interference pattern. The energy contrast between the short-pulse component and the ASE is retrieved. The spectra of the interacting beams are obtained through an improvement to the self-referenced spectral interferometry (SRSI) analysis.

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OCIS Codes
(190.1900) Nonlinear optics : Diagnostic applications of nonlinear optics
(190.7110) Nonlinear optics : Ultrafast nonlinear optics
(320.5520) Ultrafast optics : Pulse compression
(320.7100) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast measurements

ToC Category:
Ultrafast Optics

Original Manuscript: May 12, 2014
Revised Manuscript: July 4, 2014
Manuscript Accepted: July 7, 2014
Published: July 17, 2014

Marin Iliev, Amanda K. Meier, Benjamin Galloway, Daniel E. Adams, Jeff A. Squier, and Charles G. Durfee, "Measurement of energy contrast of amplified ultrashort pulses using cross-polarized wave generation and spectral interferometry," Opt. Express 22, 17968-17978 (2014)

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