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  • Vol. 25, Iss. 18 — Sep. 15, 2000
  • pp: 1394–1396

Femtosecond nonlinear polarization evolution based on cascade quadratic nonlinearities

X. Liu, F. O. Ilday, K. Beckwitt, and F. W. Wise  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 25, Issue 18, pp. 1394-1396 (2000)

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We experimentally demonstrate that one can exploit nonlinear phase shifts produced in type I phase-mismatched second-harmonic generation to produce intensity-dependent polarization evolution with 100-fs pulses. An amplitude modulator based on nonlinear polarization rotation provides passive amplitude-modulation depth of up to ∼50%. Applications of the amplitude and phase modulations to mode locking of femtosecond bulk and fiber lasers are promising and are discussed.

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OCIS Codes
(190.7110) Nonlinear optics : Ultrafast nonlinear optics
(320.5540) Ultrafast optics : Pulse shaping

X. Liu, F. O. Ilday, K. Beckwitt, and F. W. Wise, "Femtosecond nonlinear polarization evolution based on cascade quadratic nonlinearities," Opt. Lett. 25, 1394-1396 (2000)

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