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  • Vol. 10, Iss. 12 — Dec. 1, 1985
  • pp: 609–611

Picosecond pulse shaping by spectral phase and amplitude manipulation

J. P. Heritage, A. M. Weiner, and R. N. Thurston  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 10, Issue 12, pp. 609-611 (1985)

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The temporal profile of ultrashort optical pulses may be tailored by physically manipulating the phase and the amplitude of frequency components that are spatially dispersed within a grating pulse compressor. Arbitrary pulse shapes may be synthesized subject only to the usual restrictions imposed by finite bandwidth and spatial resolution. We demonstrate this technique by generating a burst of evenly spaced picosecond pulses, a pulse doublet with odd field symmetry, and a burst of evenly spaced pulse doublets with odd field symmetry.

© 1985 Optical Society of America

Original Manuscript: August 19, 1985
Manuscript Accepted: September 24, 1985
Published: December 1, 1985

J. P. Heritage, A. M. Weiner, and R. N. Thurston, "Picosecond pulse shaping by spectral phase and amplitude manipulation," Opt. Lett. 10, 609-611 (1985)

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  1. A different approach to Fourier pulse shaping, which uses nonchirped optical pulses, has been discussed by C. Froehly, B. Colombeau, M. Vampouille, in Progress in Optics, E. Wolf, ed. (North-Holland, Amsterdam, 1981), p. 115.
  2. J. P. Heritage, R. N. Thurston, W. J. Tomlinson, A. M. Weiner, R. H. Stolen, Appl. Phys. Lett. 47, 87 (1985). [CrossRef]
  3. J. Debois, F. Gires, P. Tournois, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. QE-9, 213 (1973); J. Agostinelli, G. Harvey, T. Stone, C. Gabel, Appl. Opt. 18, 2500 (1979). [CrossRef] [PubMed]
  4. A. M. Johnson, R. H. Stolen, W. M. Simpson, Appl. Phys. Lett. 44, 729 (1984). [CrossRef]
  5. R. N. Thurston, J. P. Heritage, A. M. Weiner, W. J. Tomlinson (submitted to IEEE J. Quantum Electron.).
  6. J. E. Rothenberg, D. Grischkowsky, A. C. Balant, Phys. Rev. Lett. 53, 552 (1984). [CrossRef]

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