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  • Vol. 24, Iss. 4 — Feb. 15, 1999
  • pp: 247–249

Amplitude and chirp characterization of high-power laser pulses in the 5-fs regime

Z. Cheng, A. Fürbach, S. Sartania, M. Lenzner, Ch. Spielmann, and F. Krausz  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 24, Issue 4, pp. 247-249 (1999)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.24.000247


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Abstract

Frequency-resolved optical gating (FROG) based on second-harmonic generation has been demonstrated to be capable of high-fidelity measurement of the electric-field envelope and of the temporal evolution of the instantaneous carrier frequency of 0.1-TW 5-fs pulses without the need for any correction for systematic experimental errors. At a 1-kHz repetition rate, pulse energies of a few microjoules are sufficient for reliable FROG characterization of pulses with durations down to the single-cycle regime. The results obtained reveal that carefully designed hollow-fiber chirped-mirror compressors are able to deliver high-power sub-10-fs pulses with a smooth Gaussianlike leading edge that has an intensity contrast of ≈10-2 .

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OCIS Codes
(050.1590) Diffraction and gratings : Chirping
(140.3280) Lasers and laser optics : Laser amplifiers
(140.7090) Lasers and laser optics : Ultrafast lasers

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Z. Cheng, A. Fürbach, S. Sartania, M. Lenzner, Ch. Spielmann, and F. Krausz, "Amplitude and chirp characterization of high-power laser pulses in the 5-fs regime," Opt. Lett. 24, 247-249 (1999)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-24-4-247


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