We demonstrate the use of a femtosecond pulse-shaping apparatus for electronically programmable phase filtering of amplified spontaneous emission from an erbium-doped fiber amplifier. Pulse shaping applied to a broadband incoherent light (noise) input results in reshaped noise, with a specially tailored electric field correlation function. Our experiments clearly reveal that phase filtering can strongly affect the coherence properties of broadband, phase-incoherent light.
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V. Binjrajka, C.-C. Chang, A. W. R. Emanuel, D. E. Leaird, and A. M. Weiner, "Pulse shaping of incoherent light by use of a liquid-crystal modulator array," Opt. Lett. 21, 1756-1758 (1996)