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  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 22, Iss. 6 — Mar. 24, 2014
  • pp: 6691–6698

Polarization independent broadband femtosecond optical gating using transient Kerr lens effect

Yu-E Wu, Zhenhua Wang, Xinzheng Zhang, Wenhua Li, Ligang Huang, Feng Gao, Wei Li, Qiang Wu, and Jingjun Xu  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 22, Issue 6, pp. 6691-6698 (2014)

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A convenient polarization independent, broadband femtosecond optical gating technique utilizing transient Kerr lens effect is demonstrated by measuring the chirp structure of linearly polarized or non-polarized white light continuum generated in water and a photonic crystal fiber, respectively. Comparing with previous time-resolved spectroscopic techniques, this Kerr lens gating method is not limited by the requirement of specific nonlinear media with broadband response, critical phase-matching conditions, and especially the pump-probe polarization relationship. By replacing the white light continuum with other broadband light signals of interest, this method can be exploited in other femtosecond time-resolved spectroscopy, e.g., femtosecond photoluminescence.

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OCIS Codes
(190.3270) Nonlinear optics : Kerr effect
(320.1590) Ultrafast optics : Chirping
(320.7150) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast spectroscopy
(320.6629) Ultrafast optics : Supercontinuum generation

ToC Category:
Ultrafast Optics

Original Manuscript: January 13, 2014
Revised Manuscript: February 26, 2014
Manuscript Accepted: March 11, 2014
Published: March 14, 2014

Yu-E Wu, Zhenhua Wang, Xinzheng Zhang, Wenhua Li, Ligang Huang, Feng Gao, Wei Li, Qiang Wu, and Jingjun Xu, "Polarization independent broadband femtosecond optical gating using transient Kerr lens effect," Opt. Express 22, 6691-6698 (2014)

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