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  • Vol. 23, Iss. 24 — Dec. 15, 1998
  • pp: 1915–1917

Adaptive control of pulse phase in a chirped-pulse amplifier

Anatoly Efimov, Mark D. Moores, Nicole M. Beach, Jeffrey L. Krause, and David H. Reitze  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 23, Issue 24, pp. 1915-1917 (1998)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.23.001915


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Abstract

Using experimental feedback, we demonstrate that a chirped-pulse amplifier can adaptively learn to compensate for the higher-order phase dispersion that is inherent in the amplification process. A genetic algorithm-based search routine is used to repetitively update the pulse phase in a programmable pulse stretcher during a plasma breakdown experiment to maximize the magnitude of spectral blueshift. Reductions in pulse duration from 37 to 30 fs and substantially better wing structure are typically obtained as a result of the optimization.

© 1998 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(320.0320) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast optics
(320.1590) Ultrafast optics : Chirping
(320.5540) Ultrafast optics : Pulse shaping

Citation
Anatoly Efimov, Mark D. Moores, Nicole M. Beach, Jeffrey L. Krause, and David H. Reitze, "Adaptive control of pulse phase in a chirped-pulse amplifier," Opt. Lett. 23, 1915-1917 (1998)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-23-24-1915


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