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  • Editor: Anthony J. Campillo
  • Vol. 32, Iss. 12 — Jun. 15, 2007
  • pp: 1608–1610

Controllable generation of partially coherent light pulses with direct space-to-time pulse shaper

Víctor Torres-Company, Gladys Mínguez-Vega, Jesús Lancis, and Ari T. Friberg  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 32, Issue 12, pp. 1608-1610 (2007)

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We demonstrate the possibility of creating user-defined partially coherent light pulses by means of a slight modification of the direct space-to-time pulse shaper. Specifically, we generate a mutual coherence function that corresponds to the independent-elementary-pulse representation model. The theoretical limits in the parameter of global coherence and the efficiency of the system are studied. Our result opens the door to a new way of quantum control in laser-assisted chemical reactions, namely, control by partial coherence.

© 2007 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(030.1640) Coherence and statistical optics : Coherence
(320.5540) Ultrafast optics : Pulse shaping

ToC Category:
Ultrafast Optics

Original Manuscript: January 19, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: March 28, 2007
Published: June 5, 2007

Víctor Torres-Company, Gladys Mínguez-Vega, Jesús Lancis, and Ari T. Friberg, "Controllable generation of partially coherent light pulses with direct space-to-time pulse shaper," Opt. Lett. 32, 1608-1610 (2007)

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