We introduce a self-referenced method for determining the complete polarization state of an ultrafast pulse field. The algorithm is based on any well-established technique that measures both the intensity and phase of a single polarization, such as frequency-resolved optical gating (FROG). We demonstrate the retrieval of nontrivial fields generated using a polarization-amplitude-phase ultrafast pulse shaper using four standard FROG measurements.
© 2008 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: October 19, 2007
Revised Manuscript: December 11, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: December 18, 2007
Published: January 30, 2008
Philip Schlup, Omid Masihzadeh, Lina Xu, Rick Trebino, and Randy A. Bartels, "Tomographic retrieval of the polarization state of an ultrafast laser pulse," Opt. Lett. 33, 267-269 (2008)