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  • Vol. 28, Iss. 23 — Dec. 1, 2003
  • pp: 2408–2410

Automated spatiotemporal diffraction of ultrashort laser pulses

Joshua C. Vaughan, T. Feurer, and Keith A. Nelson  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 28, Issue 23, pp. 2408-2410 (2003)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.28.002408


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Abstract

We exploit the close similarities between time–frequency and position–wave-vector correspondences to control the spatiotemporal diffraction pattern of ultrashort laser pulses. This approach permits novel, automated generation of sophisticated two-dimensional femtosecond waveforms. A two-dimensional space–time version of a Gerchberg–Saxton algorithm is used to iteratively determine the phase pattern in position-frequency space that produces a user-defined intensity profile in wave-vector–time space.

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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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Joshua C. Vaughan, T. Feurer, and Keith A. Nelson, "Automated spatiotemporal diffraction of ultrashort laser pulses," Opt. Lett. 28, 2408-2410 (2003)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-28-23-2408


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