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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 33, Iss. 3 — Feb. 1, 2008
  • pp: 267–269

Tomographic retrieval of the polarization state of an ultrafast laser pulse

Philip Schlup, Omid Masihzadeh, Lina Xu, Rick Trebino, and Randy A. Bartels  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 33, Issue 3, pp. 267-269 (2008)

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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.

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OCIS Codes
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization
(320.5540) Ultrafast optics : Pulse shaping
(260.7120) Physical optics : Ultrafast phenomena

ToC Category:
Ultrafast Optics

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)

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