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  • Vol. 24, Iss. 12 — Jun. 15, 1999
  • pp: 850–852

Femtosecond time-resolved optical polarigraphy: imaging of the propagation dynamics of intense light in a medium

M. Fujimoto, S. Aoshima, M. Hosoda, and Y. Tsuchiya  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 24, Issue 12, pp. 850-852 (1999)

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A time-resolved imaging technique for visualizing ultrafast propagation dynamics of intense light pulses in a medium has been demonstrated. The method probes the instantaneous birefringence induced by a pulse in the medium. Through consecutive femtosecond snapshot images of intense femtosecond laser pulses propagating in air, ultrafast temporal changes in the two-dimensional spatial distribution of the optical pulse intensity were clearly seen.

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OCIS Codes
(140.3440) Lasers and laser optics : Laser-induced breakdown
(260.1440) Physical optics : Birefringence
(320.2250) Ultrafast optics : Femtosecond phenomena
(320.7100) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast measurements
(350.5400) Other areas of optics : Plasmas
(350.5500) Other areas of optics : Propagation

M. Fujimoto, S. Aoshima, M. Hosoda, and Y. Tsuchiya, "Femtosecond time-resolved optical polarigraphy: imaging of the propagation dynamics of intense light in a medium," Opt. Lett. 24, 850-852 (1999)

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