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  • Vol. 14, Iss. 16 — Aug. 15, 1989
  • pp: 862–864

Femtosecond-resolution pulse-front distortion measurement by time-of-flight interferometry

Zsolt Bor, Zoltan Gogolak, and Gabor Szabo  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 14, Issue 16, pp. 862-864 (1989)

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The pulse-front distortion occurring in lenses and lens systems has been measured by a Michelson interferometer. In this technique the plane pulse front from one arm of the interferometer is used as a temporal reference level to map contour lines of equal propagation time on the pulse-front surface. The experimental arrangement is capable of detecting pulse-front distortion with a resolution of 20 fsec, and this can be improved to approximately 1 fsec. The measured value of pulse-front distortion in a telescope (1.1 psec) is in good agreement with the calculated data.

© 1989 Optical Society of America

Original Manuscript: February 13, 1989
Manuscript Accepted: May 23, 1989
Published: August 15, 1989

Zsolt Bor, Zoltan Gogolak, and Gabor Szabo, "Femtosecond-resolution pulse-front distortion measurement by time-of-flight interferometry," Opt. Lett. 14, 862-864 (1989)

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