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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 33, Iss. 5 — Mar. 1, 2008
  • pp: 458–460

Design of a full-silica pulse-compression grating

Nicolas Bonod and Jérôme Neauport  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 33, Issue 5, pp. 458-460 (2008)

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A diffraction grating engraved on a two-dimensional photonic crystal composed of square air holes in a silica matrix is numerically studied for the compression of ultrashort pulses. The silica is therefore the only solid material of the grating, and the reflection of the incident beam is based on the contrast of the air and silica refractive indices. This optical component enables the single use of silica as a solid material, presenting a high laser-induced damage threshold. In comparison to gratings engraved on a dielectric stack, multilayer dielectric, it offers the advantage of avoiding the presence of interfaces between two solid materials with different mechanical properties and sources of mechanical constraints that can distort the grating.

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OCIS Codes
(050.1950) Diffraction and gratings : Diffraction gratings
(140.7090) Lasers and laser optics : Ultrafast lasers
(050.5298) Diffraction and gratings : Photonic crystals

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

Original Manuscript: November 27, 2007
Revised Manuscript: January 11, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: January 16, 2008
Published: February 22, 2008

Nicolas Bonod and Jérôme Neauport, "Design of a full-silica pulse-compression grating," Opt. Lett. 33, 458-460 (2008)

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