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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 33, Iss. 22 — Nov. 15, 2008
  • pp: 2704–2706

Isochronic carrier-envelope phase-shift compensator

Mihaly Görbe, Karoly Osvay, Christian Grebing, and Günter Steinmeyer  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 33, Issue 22, pp. 2704-2706 (2008)

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A concept for orthogonal control of phase and group delay inside a laser cavity by a specially designed compensator assembly is discussed. Similar to the construction of variable polarization retarder, this assembly consists of two thin wedge prisms made from appropriately chosen optical materials. Being shifted as a whole, the assembly allows changing the phase delay with no influence on the cavity round-trip time, whereas relative shifting of the prisms enables adjustment of the latter. This scheme is discussed theoretically and verified experimentally, indicating a factor 30 reduction of the influence on the repetition rate compared to the commonly used silica wedge pair. For a 2 π adjustment of the carrier-envelope phase shift, single-pass timing differences are reduced to the single-femtosecond regime. With negligible distortions of timing and dispersion, the described compensator device greatly simplifies carrier-envelope phase control and experiments in extreme nonlinear optics. © 2008 Optical Society of America

© 2008 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(120.5060) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Phase modulation
(320.7090) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast lasers
(230.2035) Optical devices : Dispersion compensation devices

ToC Category:
Ultrafast Optics

Original Manuscript: July 23, 2008
Revised Manuscript: September 24, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: October 7, 2008
Published: November 14, 2008

Mihaly Görbe, Karoly Osvay, Christian Grebing, and Günter Steinmeyer, "Isochronic carrier-envelope phase-shift compensator," Opt. Lett. 33, 2704-2706 (2008)

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