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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 33, Iss. 13 — Jul. 1, 2008
  • pp: 1404–1406

Single-beam homodyne SPIDER for multiphoton microscopy

Jiha Sung, Bi-Chang Chen, and Sang-Hyun Lim  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 33, Issue 13, pp. 1404-1406 (2008)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.33.001404


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Abstract

We report a new version of spectral phase interferometry for direct electric field reconstruction (SPIDER) requiring only a single phase-shaped laser beam. A narrowband probe pulse is selected out of a broadband ultrafast laser pulse by a phase pulse-shaping technique and mixed with the original broadband pulse to generate a second-harmonic generation (SHG) signal. Using another SHG signal solely generated by the broadband pulse as a local oscillator, the spectral phase of the broadband laser pulse can be analytically retrieved by a combination of double-quadrature spectral interferometry and homodyne optical technique for SPIDER (HOT SPIDER). An arbitrary spectral phase at the sample position of a microscope can be compensated with a precision of 0.05 rad over the FWHM of the laser spectrum. It is readily applicable to a nonlinear microscopy technique with a phase-controlled broadband laser pulse.

© 2008 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(320.0320) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast optics
(320.5520) Ultrafast optics : Pulse compression
(320.5540) Ultrafast optics : Pulse shaping
(320.7100) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast measurements

ToC Category:
Ultrafast Optics

History
Original Manuscript: March 13, 2008
Revised Manuscript: May 14, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: May 16, 2008
Published: June 19, 2008

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Vol. 3, Iss. 8 Virtual Journal for Biomedical Optics

Citation
Jiha Sung, Bi-Chang Chen, and Sang-Hyun Lim, "Single-beam homodyne SPIDER for multiphoton microscopy," Opt. Lett. 33, 1404-1406 (2008)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-33-13-1404


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