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  • Editor: Anthony J. Campillo
  • Vol. 32, Iss. 23 — Dec. 1, 2007
  • pp: 3379–3381

Programmable common-path vector field synthesizer for femtosecond pulses

M. Ninck, A. Galler, T. Feurer, and T. Brixner  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 32, Issue 23, pp. 3379-3381 (2007)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.32.003379


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Abstract

We demonstrate a novel design for a femtosecond vector field synthesizer. Pulse shaping of all four degrees of freedom of the electric field (amplitude, phase, ellipticity, and orientation angle) is achieved with a single 1D double-layer spatial light modulator in a zero-dispersion compressor by modulating the amplitude and phase of the two transverse polarization components in separate halves of the modulator. Being a common-path arrangement, it is interferometrically stable and therefore usable for long-term measurements. The method can be broadly applied in coherent control and nonlinear spectroscopy.

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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

ToC Category:
Ultrafast Optics

History
Original Manuscript: August 3, 2007
Revised Manuscript: October 18, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: October 19, 2007
Published: November 16, 2007

Citation
M. Ninck, A. Galler, T. Feurer, and T. Brixner, "Programmable common-path vector field synthesizer for femtosecond pulses," Opt. Lett. 32, 3379-3381 (2007)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-32-23-3379


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