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  • Editor: Anthony J. Campillo
  • Vol. 31, Iss. 23 — Dec. 1, 2006
  • pp: 3526–3528

Pulse polarization splitting in a transient wave plate

Klaus Hartinger and Randy A. Bartels  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 31, Issue 23, pp. 3526-3528 (2006)

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We demonstrate propagation of ultrafast laser pulses through a molecular gas acting as a transient wave plate under conditions of strong phase modulation. The resulting decomposition of a linearly polarized laser pulse into two nearly distinct, orthogonally polarized laser pulses is demonstrated with transiently aligned, linear molecules.

© 2006 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(320.5540) Ultrafast optics : Pulse shaping
(320.5550) Ultrafast optics : Pulses

ToC Category:
Ultrafast Optics

Original Manuscript: June 7, 2006
Revised Manuscript: August 24, 2006
Manuscript Accepted: August 30, 2006
Published: November 9, 2006

Klaus Hartinger and Randy A. Bartels, "Pulse polarization splitting in a transient wave plate," Opt. Lett. 31, 3526-3528 (2006)

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