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  • Vol. 26, Iss. 8 — Apr. 15, 2001
  • pp: 557–559

Femtosecond polarization pulse shaping

T. Brixner and G. Gerber  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 26, Issue 8, pp. 557-559 (2001)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.26.000557


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Abstract

We report computer-controlled femtosecond polarization pulse shaping where intensity, momentary frequency, and light polarization are varied as functions of time. For the first time to our knowledge, a pulse shaper is used to modulate the degree of ellipticity as well as the orientation of the elliptical principal axes within a single laser pulse by use of a 256-pixel two-layer liquid-crystal display inside a zero-dispersion compressor. Interferometric stability of the setup is not required. Complete pulse characterization is achieved by dual-channel spectral interferometry. This technology has a large range of applications, especially in the field of quantum control.

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OCIS Codes
(070.2580) Fourier optics and signal processing : Paraxial wave optics
(320.5540) Ultrafast optics : Pulse shaping
(320.7160) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast technology

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T. Brixner and G. Gerber, "Femtosecond polarization pulse shaping," Opt. Lett. 26, 557-559 (2001)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-26-8-557


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