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  • Vol. 27, Iss. 10 — May. 15, 2002
  • pp: 815–817

Observation of light propagation by holography with a picosecond pulsed laser

Toshihiro Kubota and Yasuhiro Awatsuji  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 27, Issue 10, pp. 815-817 (2002)

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We demonstrate the propagation of a light pulse undergoing refraction and total refraction inside a glass block as well as diffraction at a grating. Observation of a frameless, continuous motion picture of the light propagation is possible by recording of hologram with a picosecond pulsed laser. It is shown that the direction of the pulse changes as a result of refraction, the pulse's speed decreases inside a glass block, and the pulse travels a zigzag path by total refraction. The pulse fronts of the diffracted light propagating parallel to the grating surface are also demonstrated.

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OCIS Codes
(050.1940) Diffraction and gratings : Diffraction
(090.0090) Holography : Holography
(120.5710) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Refraction
(140.7090) Lasers and laser optics : Ultrafast lasers
(260.6970) Physical optics : Total internal reflection
(320.7100) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast measurements

Toshihiro Kubota and Yasuhiro Awatsuji, "Observation of light propagation by holography with a picosecond pulsed laser," Opt. Lett. 27, 815-817 (2002)

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