We describe a new and simple method to aid in the analysis of retrieved pulses from inverted frequency-resolved optical gating (FROG) traces. The analysis can separate noise from distortion and shows that distortion is more deleterious to the retrieved pulse than is pure noise. The analysis relies on the fact that FROG traces can be constructed from a single outer product of two vectors, whereas distortion and noise require the sum of a series of outer products.
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Daniel J. Kane, Fiorenzo G. Omenetto, and Antoinette J. Taylor, "Convergence test for inversion of frequency-resolved optical gating spectrograms," Opt. Lett. 25, 1216-1218 (2000)