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  • Vol. 27, Iss. 21 — Nov. 1, 2002
  • pp: 1947–1949

Simple linear technique for the measurement of space-time coupling in ultrashort optical pulses

Christophe Dorrer and Ian A. Walmsley  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 27, Issue 21, pp. 1947-1949 (2002)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.27.001947


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Abstract

We demonstrate a simple sensitive linear technique that quantifies the spatiotemporal coupling in the electric field of an ultrashort optical pulse. The space–time uniformity of the field can be determined with only time-stationary filters and square-law integrating detectors, even if it is impossible to measure the temporal electric field in this way. A degree of spatiotemporal uniformity is defined and can be used with the demonstrated diagnostic to quantify space-time coupling. Experimental measurements of space–time coupling due to linear and nonlinear focusing, refraction, and diffraction are presented.

© 2002 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(120.0120) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology
(120.3940) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Metrology
(320.0320) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast optics
(320.5550) Ultrafast optics : Pulses

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Christophe Dorrer and Ian A. Walmsley, "Simple linear technique for the measurement of space-time coupling in ultrashort optical pulses," Opt. Lett. 27, 1947-1949 (2002)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-27-21-1947

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