We have developed a simple, high-speed, nearly vibration-free, mechanically scanned, optical delay line suitable for femtosecond time-resolved signal-averaging measurements. We demonstrate a 2-ps time window autocorrelator with a display updated at 400 Hz. The delay line uses a dithering planar mirror as a time-varying linear phase ramp in the spectral plane of a modified grating–lens femtosecond pulse shaper. The time delay is linearly proportional to the angular deviation of the mirror. The high speed and low vibration are a result of the extremely small angular changes required to generate a large time delay.
© 1993 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: October 26, 1992
Published: April 1, 1993
K. F. Kwong, D. Yankelevich, K. C. Chu, J. P. Heritage, and A. Dienes, "400-Hz mechanical scanning optical delay line," Opt. Lett. 18, 558-560 (1993)