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  • Editor: Anthony J. Campillo
  • Vol. 32, Iss. 15 — Aug. 1, 2007
  • pp: 2203–2205

Simple technique for generating trains of ultrashort pulses

T. Robinson, K. O’Keeffe, M. Landreman, S. M. Hooker, M. Zepf, and B. Dromey  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 32, Issue 15, pp. 2203-2205 (2007)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.32.002203


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Abstract

A simple method for generating trains of high-contrast femtosecond pulses is proposed and demonstrated: a linearly polarized, frequency-chirped laser pulse is passed through a multiple-order wave plate and a linear polarizer. It is shown theoretically that this arrangement forms a train of laser pulses, and in experiments the production of a train of approximately 100 pulses, each of 200 fs duration, is demonstrated. In combination with an acousto-optic programmable dispersive filter this technique could be used to generate and control pulse trains with chirped spacing. Pulse trains of this type have widespread applications in ultrafast optics.

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OCIS Codes
(190.4160) Nonlinear optics : Multiharmonic generation
(320.1590) Ultrafast optics : Chirping
(320.5540) Ultrafast optics : Pulse shaping

ToC Category:
Ultrafast Optics

History
Original Manuscript: March 14, 2007
Revised Manuscript: May 2, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: May 18, 2007
Published: July 24, 2007

Citation
T. Robinson, K. O'Keeffe, M. Landreman, S. M. Hooker, M. Zepf, and B. Dromey, "Simple technique for generating trains of ultrashort pulses," Opt. Lett. 32, 2203-2205 (2007)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-32-15-2203


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