We demonstrate the possibility of creating user-defined partially coherent light pulses by means of a slight modification of the direct space-to-time pulse shaper. Specifically, we generate a mutual coherence function that corresponds to the independent-elementary-pulse representation model. The theoretical limits in the parameter of global coherence and the efficiency of the system are studied. Our result opens the door to a new way of quantum control in laser-assisted chemical reactions, namely, control by partial coherence.
© 2007 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: January 19, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: March 28, 2007
Published: June 5, 2007
Víctor Torres-Company, Gladys Mínguez-Vega, Jesús Lancis, and Ari T. Friberg, "Controllable generation of partially coherent light pulses with direct space-to-time pulse shaper," Opt. Lett. 32, 1608-1610 (2007)