We present a femtosecond pulse shaper setup that is capable of shaping the phase, amplitude, and polarization simultaneously and independently. The modulator utilizes four liquid crystal arrays, a pair of half-wave plates, and a polarizer to gain full control of the electrical field. This is done in a common-path common-optic scheme without using interferometry. The functionality of the setup is demonstrated by using systematic parameter scans and example pulses.
© 2009 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: January 22, 2009
Revised Manuscript: March 17, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: March 18, 2009
Published: April 10, 2009
Fabian Weise and Albrecht Lindinger, "Full control over the electric field using four liquid crystal arrays," Opt. Lett. 34, 1258-1260 (2009)