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  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 22, Iss. 9 — May. 5, 2014
  • pp: 11099–11106

Characterization of the spatiotemporal evolution of ultrashort optical pulses using FROG holography

Nikhil Mehta, Chuan Yang, Yong Xu, and Zhiwen Liu  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 22, Issue 9, pp. 11099-11106 (2014)

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We propose holographically recorded frequency-resolved-optical-gating (FROG) measurement for probing the evolution of ultrashort optical pulses at multiple locations. As a proof-of-concept demonstration of our method, we record holographic FROG traces at five axial locations as we traverse through the focus of an objective lens along its axis using BaTiO3 micro-cluster as the nonlinear medium and retrieve the amplitude and phase of the ultrashort pulse at each location. Moreover, the group delay of the pulse retrieved numerically using FROG holography is used to compute the separation between the five locations which agree well with the experimentally measured distances. This study suggests that FROG holography can be used to remove the ambiguity regarding arbitrary constant phase and arbitrary temporal shift in the retrieved pulse at each location (upto to an overall constant phase).

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OCIS Codes
(070.4340) Fourier optics and signal processing : Nonlinear optical signal processing
(100.5070) Image processing : Phase retrieval
(190.7110) Nonlinear optics : Ultrafast nonlinear optics
(100.0118) Image processing : Imaging ultrafast phenomena
(090.6186) Holography : Spectral holography

ToC Category:
Instrumentation, Measurement, and Metrology

Original Manuscript: February 17, 2014
Revised Manuscript: April 14, 2014
Manuscript Accepted: April 14, 2014
Published: May 1, 2014

Nikhil Mehta, Chuan Yang, Yong Xu, and Zhiwen Liu, "Characterization of the spatiotemporal evolution of ultrashort optical pulses using FROG holography," Opt. Express 22, 11099-11106 (2014)

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