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  • Vol. 14, Iss. 12 — Jun. 15, 1989
  • pp: 630–632

Temporal imaging with a time lens

Brian H. Kolner and Moshe Nazarathy  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 14, Issue 12, pp. 630-632 (1989)

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We extend the well-known analogy between the problems of paraxial diffraction in space and dispersion in time to optical pulse compression and propose a time-domain analog to spatial imaging that allows for the distortionless expansion or compression of optical power waveforms. We call this new concept temporal imaging and derive equivalent expressions for the focal length and the f-number of a time lens and the magnification of an imaging system. It should now become possible, with a temporal microscope, to expand ultrafast optical phenomena to a time scale that is accessible to conventional high-speed photodiodes.

© 1989 Optical Society of America

Original Manuscript: December 2, 1988
Manuscript Accepted: March 26, 1989
Published: June 15, 1989

Brian H. Kolner and Moshe Nazarathy, "Temporal imaging with a time lens," Opt. Lett. 14, 630-632 (1989)

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