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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 34, Iss. 8 — Apr. 15, 2009
  • pp: 1258–1260

Full control over the electric field using four liquid crystal arrays

Fabian Weise and Albrecht Lindinger  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 34, Issue 8, pp. 1258-1260 (2009)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.34.001258


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Abstract

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.

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OCIS Codes
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization
(320.5540) Ultrafast optics : Pulse shaping
(320.7160) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast technology

ToC Category:
Ultrafast Optics

History
Original Manuscript: January 22, 2009
Revised Manuscript: March 17, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: March 18, 2009
Published: April 10, 2009

Citation
Fabian Weise and Albrecht Lindinger, "Full control over the electric field using four liquid crystal arrays," Opt. Lett. 34, 1258-1260 (2009)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-34-8-1258


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